Must-Have Monday: What to Wear to Work on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day falls on a work day this year. Synonymous with the month of February, shades of red, white and pink have are everywhere, and whether you want to impress a coworker or just dress up your work wardrobe a little bit more, it’s best to do it subtly yet stylishly. We’re twenty-somethings with jobs; we want to look professional whether we embrace the “holiday” or not. Here’s what to wear without looking like a walking Hallmark card:

Girls: 

Valentine’s Day on a Friday=Casual Friday. Keep your look simple but add fun accessories to dress it up.

Arm Party:

 

Anthropologie bracelets: left ($38) and right ($38), Anthropologie.com

The pink shirt still gives a fun vibe, and pleats are huge for spring.

 

Express Portofino Shirt, $49.90; High Waist Inverted Pleated Skirt, $69.90, Express.com

Wear this casual piece with a white button-down (or a striped tee, as shown on the model, black jeans and black ankle boots or booties.

 

                 

Textured One-Button Blazer, $69.99; 917 Black Wash Skinny Jean, $49.90, Thelimited.com

If your office doesn’t celebrate “Casual Friday” (or you work in corporate), add a little red beauty to your look. A red tinted lip balm or red nails are the easiest way to get the look.

   

Essie “Really Red” Nail Polish, $8.50, Essie.com; Fresh Sugar Cherry Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50, Sephora.com

Guys:

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR A HEART TIE TO WORK (or any heart-pattern anything). That just looks weird. If you really want to “dress up” a bit, wear a baby pink button-down shirt and give each girl you work with a compliment. Pink is a really hot color on guys, and a compliment will make our day.

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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