With February 14th looming and all the stores stocking gooey cards and heart shaped chocolates, it’s hard not to fall prisoner to the cliche of Valentines Day. Now, I’m never normally one for overly celebrating love and putting on plenty of PDA, but this year, Ben and I will be celebrating our last one before we are married – so I thought I’d make a little effort.
I’ve been searching around for the perfect dress, similar in style to the one I wore on our first date almost six years ago. It was when I landed on the new SS18 collection by Karen Millen that I fell instantly in love with their ditsy prints that still oozed business-chic. I admire how the brand encourages and empowers women to be bolder with their choices whilst remaining super stylish. As part of their latest campaign, I vow to Be More Karen this year and show my braver, stronger side and simply, have more fun – whilst looking good of course!
I want Ben to reminisce over our first date; the one that led to where we are now, three months from being husband and wife – even now, part of me thinks it was down to a killer outfit that showed my personality (and my sheer determination to impress)
In a bid to Be More Karen and show off my bolder, more confident side. I’ve opted for a patterned dress to grace my date night outfit, leaving my plain, neutrals behind. I’ve chosen this graphic floral dress (RRP £170). I love the navy base colour, the playful pattern of yellow and pastel blue flowers. It’s perfect for adding a colour-pop pair of heels, a statement clutch or you can let the dress do the talking and wear a more muted neutral colour with a matching handbag.
Not only is the pattern a tease for the exciting times ahead in terms of our honeymoon, it’s also a beautifully cut fit for any body shape with cape style, flirty and floaty sleeves and a rounded neck, allowing the dress to be the key piece in your outfit – no need for accessories here (remember the Coco Chanel rule!) The contrasting thread-detailed tie to the waist cinches you in in all the right places, whilst an alluring fluted skirt adds a romantic element to an already beautiful dress. It’s a delightfully diverse piece that can be worn hair-up or hair-down, with heels or with flats, during the day or in the evening and that’s pretty hard to find.
I plan to team it with the nude leather classic sandals (RRP £135). A versatile shoe which can be worn for any occasion and a timeless style that will go with most of my other wardrobe items. The open toe is a tell-tale sign that summer is near and provides the perfect amount of flirtation to the outfit. The metalwork gives the shoe an extra luxurious feel and of course, wins me over with its gold colouring.
I’m one of those people who likes to colour coordinate and so with a nude shoe, there must be a nude bag. I’ve fallen in love with the chain leather clutch which is a steal at just £99 too. I love how the golden chain detail stands out against the soft nude leather. It adds a hint of edginess to a girly outfit which is just ‘so me’. The same gold metal is as on the shoes so they blend perfectly well when together in an outfit.
If this outfit doesn’t scream ‘It’s our last Valentine’s Day before we get married in three months and go away on honeymoon – can you tell I’m super excited but also dressed to kill’ – I don’t know what else will.
See more of the Karen Millen SS18 collection and Be More Karen.
*sponsored post in collaboration with Karen Millen