By Shannon Hanrahan • February 07, 2014
Valentine’s Day is, in my opinion, an overrated holiday. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of flowers and chocolates, but who says it has to be limited to just one day a year? I would prefer those surprises on a random day that will catch me off guard. With that said, I still like observing it and getting caught up in the magic. This year I am especially excited because I get to celebrate the holiday with one of my very best friends. Can you think of anything better than an Italian dinner with an old friend?
To revel in all things Valentine's Day, I wanted to list some fashion at Forever 21 I’m currently obsessing over, that you can rock on the special day, or all week if you can't decide which you like the most, like me.
At the Office
If are looking to bring a little Valentine’s spirit into the office but still want to look chic and professional, this outfit is perfect! It is a great choice as well if you are planning on going right from work to your night’s affairs. Wear a blazer and flats to work during the day if your office is a bit more formal and then change into your heels once the workday is over!
Pink Lace Peplum Top ($17.80) and Pleated Trousers ($19.80)
Total: Under $40.
I don’t mind wearing pants every now and then, but I prefer dresses and skirts. Luckily, LA weather is kind to me, so I rarely have to worry about being cold. This skirt and button-up combination is simple but has the perfect touch of femininity for my taste. It also lends well to layering, so if the office is cold, I will have no problem adding to my ensemble. This skirt can be paired with a variety of shirts, but if you already own a button up, then your look will be complete. I also like this Lace Paneled Top, pictured on the rifght, with the skirt. Pair it with a pair of flats, and you will have a comfortable but stylish outfit.
Enchanting Eyelet Skater Skirt ($19.80) and Essential Lace Paneled Top ($19.80)
Total: Under $40 (If you pair it with a top you already have, you will spend less than $20!)
Out on the Town
As I mentioned before, one of my oldest friends is visiting Valentine’s weekend, so my roommate and I are taking her out to a “romantic” Italian dinner and then showing her what Santa Monica has to offer. Since it’s a special occasion I wanted to get a bit dressed up, and I instantly fell in love with this dress. It is not overly complicated or fancy, so it makes the perfect “dinner date with friends” outfit. Pair it with this Faux Pearl Statement Necklace or these Stacked Heart Bangles, and it is sure to impress.
Luxe Lover Faux Pearl Necklace ($14.80), Chiffon Lace Dress ($24.90), Stacked Heart Bangles ($5.80)
Total: Under $46
At Home on the Couch
If you would rather stay at home and relax on the couch instead of going out, I wouldn’t blame you one bit. Personally, I like a good night in, so catching up on your favorite movies or TV shows or hanging out with your boyfriend or friends sounds just as appealing as a dinner out. Just because you are staying in though doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day has to be completely forgotten. Go for something simple, like this Love Sleep Shirt with a pair of yoga pants or leggings and call it a night. There is no reason you have to spend extra money going out if you don’t want to because in reality, it is just another Friday night.
French Sweet Sleep Shirt ($14.90) and Black Ankle-Length Leggings ($3.80)
Total: Under $19
Whatever you decide to do, I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s week and especially a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
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Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).