Happy Wednesday friends! Today I am sharing with you my Valentine’s Day date night outfit. I plan on wearing this out to dinner with Michael this weekend when we celebrate an early Valentine’s Day at a French restaurant we have been itching to try since last year. I’ve been obsessed with french food since my visit to Paris in 2015 when I ate the most delicious foods (basically just crepes, bread, and escargot).
I am also sharing with you some tips on styling pieces with ruffle detailing, like my skirt! Ruffle details have been everywhere lately, and I am obsessed. Keep reading to see my top 3 styling tips 🙂
As much as I love ruffle details, they can definitely be worn wrong. As a rule of thumb for any outfit, you want to keep everything balanced. So if you are wearing a tight skirt, opt for a loose shirt. Or if you are showing alot of leg, cover more of your arms. Obviously, like every rule, there are exceptions. But when I’m getting dressed this is the #1 thing I keep in mind.
Tip #1. Because ruffles are a statement and add volume to an outfit I like to keep the rest of my outfit slim fitting. This allows the ruffles to really stand out and make a statement without making it look like you are drowning in fabric. By highlighting my waist and legs in this outfit, the ruffles make a statement without overpowering the outfit (or my body).
Tip #2- Now not everyone will agree with this, but I suggest opting for ruffles in a neutral color. In general I’d say to stick to 1-2 statement pieces in one outfit. A statement could be articulated via color, silhouette, or detail. And in most cases, an item with a ruffle is the statement to your outfit. Because of this I wouldn’t want to have this ruffle skirt in hot pink because this would serve as 2 statements in my outfit, when I already have the ruffle and the pink jacket.
Again, this is a rule that I personally live by but if you want to rock tons of statement pieces then you do you.
Tip #3- Be conscious of where the ruffles hit your body. Everyone has a different body and therefore certain things look better on some more so than others. Keep this in mind when it comes to ruffles because, again, ruffles add volume. Therefore, you do not want to be adding volume to areas that are already bigger on your body.
For me personally, I think I have broader shoulders. Because of this I never wear tops that have ruffles on the shoulders because it will make them appear larger than they really are. On the other hand, if you’re someone who has a smaller chest, opting for a top with ruffles on the front will probably be really flattering because it will give you more volume up top and make your waist appear slimmer. So just be super conscious of where the ruffles are located when shopping.
Quick update: We’ve scheduled an appointment for Genevieve to have her adenoids removed. Our ENT told us that her constant runny nose and the fluid sitting in her ears is a result of her adenoids taking up too much space and preventing the fluid from draining. One the 22nd of this month she will go under (which is absolutely terrifying) and have her adenoids removed and tubes put in her ears. If anyone else has gone through this or any other procedure where they baby has needed to go under anesthesia for a procedure please let me know. I’d love to talk to another mama who has had their baby go through this because it is so nerve wracking to think of my little girl having surgery! Anyways, I’ll keep you update and thank you for your sweet comments and messages. They truly mean the world 🙂
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