Your Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspo

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re scrambling to find an outfit, don’t panic. We’ve pulled together three different looks you can shop directly or take inspiration from. 

Look #1: Keep it casual

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This look is perfect for daytime or even a casual dinner out. If you’re looking to replicate it we suggest keeping the majority of the outfit neutral, but add a pop of color with a bodysuit or camisole. All of the components of this look are wardrobe staples. A bodysuit is surprisingly comfortable as well as flattering, so if you haven’t given them a shot yet we encourage you to do so. A neutral cardigan like this one is extremely versatile and can be dressed up or down. Finally, you can add a little height with a heeled bootie. A version with a pointed toe will also elongate your legs. However, if you find yourself wanting a sporty alternative you can swap out the boot for a sneaker to complete your look. 

Look #2: Make it sexy

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If you’re looking for a sexy outfit, this one is for you. A slip dress like this one is not only trendy right now, but we promise you’ll get so much use out of it. This style of dress is perfect for a wedding guest, or you can dress it down for everyday by layering a sweater over the top and pairing it with sneakers. For outerwear, we love a moto-style jacket to add some edge. It could be real leather or faux since the goal is to add some texture. This specific look is finished with gold and black accents. For shoes, try out a strappy black sandal (which is another wardrobe staple). A gold and black metallic clutch, as well as a chunky gold chain necklace add some sheen. 

Look #3: Stay classy

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Now if you’re looking for a more elegant and classy look, look no further. This red dress look is a iconic. We love this dress for so many reasons. Red is the perfect pop of color (not to mention classic for Valentine’s day). The top has an elegant cowl neck detail, but the bottom is fitted and will hug all of your curves. We’ve pulled in some closet staples to finish it off. With a high neckline like this one we’d recommend pulling your hair back and showcasing a statement earring. This long wool coat is perfect for those in a colder climate. The shoes are a nude pointed toe pump, sure to elongate any leg line. Finally, a gold clutch for a pop of shimmer. 

That concludes our Valentine’s Day outfit roundup. Happy shopping!

Wedding Dress Code Refresher

After a year of quarantine it finally feels like life is beginning to return to normal. This new sense of normalcy means wedding season has resumed. It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to attend glamorous events so we thought it might be a good idea to brush up on the appropriate attire for each dress code. Whether you’re in a position to save or splurge, we’ve got you covered so keep reading. 

Casual

A casual dress code can vary greatly and it also depends on things like the location and time of day, so always take those into account when choosing your outfit.

For men: If you want to be on the dressier side then opt for a sport coat, button-down, and chinos. If outside or on a beach, linen is a good look. In some very casual instances, you could even get away with a polo and shorts. For shoes, a boat shoe or a loafer are both great casual options. 

For women: You can’t go wrong with a sundress. Pair it with flats or a sandal (just not a flip-flop) and you’re all set!

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Semi-Formal/Cocktail 

This is the most popular wedding dress code today. It’s a step up from casual and a step down from formal. Again your apparel should match the venue and time of day. 
 
For men: The safest bet is to wear a suit (could be any color), with or without a tie. Our recommendation is to go for a lighter suit for daytime, and a darker suit for evenings. Make it your own by picking a dress shirt that represents your personal style.
 
For women: There are a few popular options – a cocktail dress with a midi hemline or just above the knee. Or, if a dress isn’t your thing, a jumpsuit or dressy separates work too.
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Black-Tie Optional/Formal

A black-tie optional dress code means that you should still look appropriate for the occasion but not too formal. 

For men: The safest option is a dark suit (you may even opt for a three-piece suit if you want to dress it up). As for colors stick to black, navy blue, or dark grey. 

For women: Similar to men, pending the venue, you might choose a floor-length gown or cocktail dress with a midi-length hem. Again, if a dress isn’t your thing opt for a dressy jumpsuit or a pantsuit. 

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Black-Tie

A black-tie wedding is a very formal affair so dress it up!

For men: This dress code calls for a dark tuxedo, a white dress shirt, a black bow tie (or regular tie), and suspenders (optional). Finish the look off with dress shoes, like oxfords. 

For women: A long gown is most common, but you could opt for a dressy cocktail dress. As for shoes, heels are preferable.

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White Tie

This dress code is as formal as it gets, and also not very common these days. You may also hear it referred to as “full evening dress” or “tails”.

For men: They should wear a tuxedo with a tailcoat, a white tie, and a white shirt. If you don’t own a tuxedo you can rent one from a place such as The Black Tux. The footwear should be a formal shiny shoe that will complement the look perfectly. 

For women: This dress code calls for a full-length gown in a luxurious fabric. If you don’t want to shell out a pretty penny we highly recommend renting from a service such as Rent The Runway or Nuuly

Traditional

This means the dress code aligns with a certain culture’s customs. In this case do your research, ask for help when needed, and always dress respectfully.

If you want help finding the perfect outfit for your next wedding let us know! Refined offers custom event styling. For more information check out our services page or contact us directly.  

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Fourth of July Favorites

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is just one short week away. After a year of social distancing and isolation, all the more reason to make this year’s celebration bigger, better, and more fashionable!

At Refined the goal is always to make your clothing effortless and fun. We also know that this time of year cool comfort is key. So here we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Summer party dresses to help you celebrate America in style. 

Beat the Heat

This light, breezy, beauty features feminine details. With a drawstring waist, you can make this dress the perfect fit. Oh, and did we mention? Pockets!

Perfect Polka Dots

This simple stunner is giving us major June Cleaver vibes. Featuring a tiered midi skirt, and perfect flutter sleeves, this dress is more American than apple pie!

Short and Sweet

If your Forth of July plans are a little more casual, here’s a dress is for you. This silk blend style has a fun floral paisley pattern that screams Summer. 

Final Sale

These two last-chance maxi dresses are fun less-traditional options for your Fourth of July weekend. And the prices can’t be beat!

All these beautiful dresses are available from ShopBop, and on major sale! With free 2-day shipping and free returns, this retailer is a Refined favorite. If you’re on the hunt for last minute Fourth of July looks, you can’t go wrong with ShopBop.

Have a safe, fun, and fashionable Fourth. AND, happy shopping!

Love,

The Refined Team