I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even going back to the days when it was far from a romantic event for me. When I was a little girl, I was my mother’s Valentine, and, importantly, this honor always came with chocolate. We would celebrate the holiday by filling out tiny cards for my classmates and by donning our best pink and red dresses. If we are anything, we’re festive.
Wearing a special pink or red dress on Valentine’s Day is one of the few little traditions I’ve kept up over the years. This year, I was drawn to this sweet dress by RED Valentino. (Rent/buy here, buy similar here, buy cheaper versions here and here.) Its drop waist and Peter Pan collar make it both elegant and youthful. What I love most about it, though, is its color. Blush pink is a wonderful hue for Valentine’s Day (and any other day, for that matter) because it is understated yet undeniably romantic. To help you add a little blush to your wardrobe, I’ve rounded up my favorite pink dresses of the season, most under $150:
To reinforce my dress’s classic look, I opted for black accessories, including my go-to Coach purse and much-loved Rothy’s pointed flats. I also bought myself some flowers, of course. As Claude Monet said, “I must have flowers, always and always.”
Walking through our neighborhood of Nob Hill on a sunny day, my pink dress, calla lilies, and peonies solicited many a smile from passersby and, of course, from Rolan. We wandered through the pastel streets, admired Grace Cathedral, sat by the fountain in Huntington Park, and stopped to smell the roses. Dressing up for the day made it all that much more special.
Whether or not you are romantically attached this Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to embrace its spirit of honoring love. Show yourself love, and do what makes you feel happy, whether that means wearing a pretty dress, buying flowers, eating chocolate, or all or none of the above. Reach out to those you care about and let them know you appreciate them. Spread love wherever you can. Enjoy the day!