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PHOTO: ALINA CARDIAE PHOTOGRAPHY STYLIST: STEPHANIE STROWBRIDGE, MOXIE


What to Wear T


he dress code for Valentine’s Day is fun and sexy. If your look is conservative, now is the time to vamp it up. If you normally turn heads with your clothes and hair, it’s the perfect reason to head in yet another style direction. With love, anything is possible, so


practice a little hand-on-the-hip attitude, pucker up, and find ways to look stunning for the holiday. Heck, we’ve even thrown in a few notes on what’s not working for you — or anyone for that matter.


Don’t give your date a reason to look away. “Fake eyelashes open the eye up and are dramatic. Put hot rollers in your hair and shake them out for a nice bouncy curl,” says Stephanie Strowbridge after consulting make-up artist Caroline Kampfschulte of Kentwood’s Moxie Beauty & Hair Parlor. Strowbridge reminds that a “red lip with some black liquid liner for a little bit of a cat eye is good. It’s Valentine’s Day — you want to feel a little different.” Another subtle trick? Catch the light, which calls for some sequin action. “Sequins


are great, even on a cute top with a pair of jeans and a heel. Denim is fun, just dress it up,” says Maribeth VanZalen, owner of jb and me in Holland. VanZalen also offers her seal of approval for scarves. “They always add to an outfit and there are ones with nice ruffles out there.”


When it comes to don’ts for holiday date attire, think beyond red. Don’t do traditional and obvious. Instead, throw a little twist into your color choice. “Take red and do something new with it. A burgundy or a cranberry would be pretty,” says Emma Mead of Paperdoll in Rockford. Another buzz kill? Try a girl covered from head to toe. Karmen Piccione of Rosa’s Closet in Grand Rapids recognizes the problem and advises to “reveal yourself a little bit more on Valentine’s Day — arms or legs or something.” People get sick of winter and with a limited wardrobe, this can lead to drab choices. Enough with the “dark colors, heavy jackets,” and covering yourself says Piccione. In other words, show a little. By Melissa Black


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