Last Minute Tips for Valentine’s Day

Today is the big day for you and your significant other!  Have you been too busy to figure out how to be as sartorially impressive to your date as you will be romantically?  Don’t despair, we’ve got you covered!  Or, rather, the Cornell Daily Sun in Upstate New York has you covered.  The newspaper’s Eric Ding wrote a compact, common sense set of last-minute tips last year, and even though they’re ostensibly for a busy student, they’re really perfect for just about any man if you’re in a rush in these final hours (and he even got saucy at the end there!).  Check them out below, and be sure to read the original article HERE.

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The Color Red

Come on, it’s Valentine’s Day. The color red, or a different hue of it (maroon or pink, for example) should be the centerpiece of the outfit. However, this doesn’t mean that you should wear red everything. Red is a very passionate and vibrant color, capable of making your lady fall in love with you all over again, but also capable of being an eyesore when handled improperly. To do the former, only wear one red item, whether it be a red dress shirt, a red tie, a red scarf or even a red blazer. Avoid looking tacky or too over the top and don’t overdo it—  no matter how sexy you might think you look in a red suit.

Suit & Tie

Or maybe just a tie, if a suit seems like too much. If you’re the type of person who wouldn’t wear a tie except for very, very dire circumstances, then wearing a tie on Valentine’s Day will indeed impress your lady. And it doesn’t even have to be that formal if you wear the tie along with a checkered button-up shirt and a V-neck sweater. Layering always creates a very stylish and warm ensemble, which is quite appropriate for this tender but chilly day. Valentine’s Day is just for you and her, so dress formally enough to show that it’s a special day, but for the love of God, please don’t outdo her outfit.

The Little Things

If your significant other gave you a gift to wear at some point in your relationship, incorporate it into your outfit. Any watch or accessory that she bought you should definitely be worn to put icing on the already handsome cake. If she bought you a more substantial clothing item, then try to structure an outfit around that item, and see if you can pull one off that would look chic. People love to feel appreciated, so make sure to recognize her gifts.

Balance

Colors are important, but it’s even more important to balance them and tone them down with neutrality. The color red will most likely be the powerhouse color of choice, but that doesn’t mean it should overpower the rest of the outfit. As said before, try to limit yourself to one red item so that the color shines through, but doesn’t bog the outfit down. Red works well with white, black and gray, so try to keep things within those parameters. Express conveniently has its own guide to this momentous day, and Esquire magazine has a couple of outfits picked out just for the occasion.

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