Valentine's Day Outfits

*This post was paid for, and marked items gifted, but opinions & fashion choices are my own!*

Hi all! Last week, as you may have witnessed on my Instagram (try-on vids are still viewable in the 'Fashion' highlight!), I was lucky enough to be invited along to Silverlink Shopping Park in North Tyneside for a Valentine's Day/Galentine's Day shopping extravaganza! (Galentine's being 100% more appropriate to my relationship status atm lols). 

I love a good styling challenge, so was in my element picking Valentine's-appropriate ensembles. I covered Outfit, New Look, H&M, Next, River Island and M&S, and tried to create an outfit for every occasion – from casual drinks with the gals to a sophisticated soiree with your partner.  This is what I came up with...

Look no.1 – smart/casual – perfect for drinks or a meal out

This is one of my absolute favourite options. It's the perfect smart/casual combo and ticks multiple trends. Silk midi skirts are having a HUGE moment, as is the colour green and hair accessories (more so hairbands moving into next season). So here they all are in one handy, effortless ensemble. 

I added these chunky lace-up boots cos I was wearing them at the time, but they actually work really well I think! I also added a faux leather jacket from Topshop. Both these grungy accessories help take the look from prim and proper to edgy chic, which is what I prefer no matter what the occasion.

Skirt*, jacket and hairband are Topshop from Outfit.

Close up of the hairband bc it's a babe:

Look no. 2 – Sexy, dressy level: optimum – perfect for a posh event or evening meal at a castle or something (lol I'm totally going to refer to this list when/if I need future date ideas, I'm nailing them)

This is the 'sexy' option – you'll certainly catch their eye with this. Of course, it does 'hot' in a sophisticated rather than OTT way. Low slung at the back and not too tight but clinging in all the right places. It also has a leg slit  – the designers pulled out all the sexy stops with this one gals!

Dress: Topshop

Look no. 3 – stylish & sophisticated – perfect for a lunch date or theatre trip

Animal print is hot RN, obviously, as you've probably gathered from going to a bar at any point in time since about Sept and being faced with at least five leopard print-clad females. I'm also loving (as inspired by Faye Ellaby), the floaty midi-dress and high boots combo. Thank u, Next.

In case you didn't get that Ariana pun, this outfit is from Next lol

Look no. 4 – the cool & casual – perfect for a gig, comedy club, edgy bar

Another big trend at the moment is semi-sheer body suits/tops. And I am loving these two with jeans and boots (I also think this outfit would be fab with heels and heeled boots, these are just the ones I rocked up in on the day).

I think these tops are perfect for a Valentine's or Galentine's involving an edgy bar, live music or a day time activity. Make sure you wear with a cool non-Bridget Jones style bra – this could make or break the cool vibe.

Tops* & jeans: Topshop from Outfit

The accessories...

I stumbled upon shed-loads of amazing accessories to snap during my day at Silverlink so here y'all are:

Hairband & clips: H&M

Both pairs of shoes: Next (how good would these heels look with the black dress above?!)

Shoes: M&S

Loving marble/tortoiseshell earrings! All New Look

The tortoiseshell vibe extends to bags too... Topshop at Outfit

Aaand layered gold necklaces – perfect with a low-cut dress (like the black one) or top. Topshop at Outfit

*All items marked with (*) were bought with the gifted shopping voucher at Outfit, Silverlink Shopping Park (lucky me, TY Silverlink!)