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Valentine’s Day Dressy Outfit – A Dark Romance

A dressy Valentine's Day outfit

With Winter and it’s bare, cold chill, I wanted a look with texture and a dark, romantic vibe. This outfit I called “Dark Romance” for a Valentine’s Day inspiration, as the brocade, lace and velvet lends itself nicely to this style.

A Dressy Valentine's Day outfit

A dressy Valentine's Day look

A Dark Romance Outfit and Inspiration

You don’t need to wear red on Valentine’s Day, even though I love the traditional look as well. I will be sharing another Valentine’s Day look tomorrow, and it will be a more classic look.

I’ve shared a dark floral styled look, last week on the blog, and today I was inspired a bit by the Victorian Poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who wrote the familiar love poem I shared at the end of my post.

She was a poet from an early age, about 11, and later became the more popular poet between her and her husband, Robert Browning. She was widely read in England and the US. She wrote many sonnets about love. many you might be familiar with . If you would like to read more about her, read HERE.

Now, a lace cami would not have been worn in Victorian times, but I did take some “poetic liscence” here . 🙂  It is 2021, after all.

If I were to make it more authentic, I would have added this style of blouse, with a high collar, ruffles and buttons. Or even better, the one below!

*credit image-recollection.biz

Velvet is rich fabric, one that I have always loved wearing. The black and burgundy repeat iteself with my Marc Jacob booties I bought a few years ago from Nordstrom. The fillagree scroll earrings add to the intricate design and textured look.

Burgundy velvet blazer

A dressy Valentine's Day outfit

Lace tights and brocade booties

A dressy Valentine's Day look

Women's velvet blazer

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Love Poem-

  • credit to poetsearcher.com


I shopped my closet and these are older pieces.

I have linked up some similar pieces below.

Ann Taylor velvet blazer- Poshmark  ( Here is a similar velvet blazer for under $32) Petite blazer on SALE

Ann Taylor lace skirt ( old) Love this skirt from White House Black Market

Marc Fisher brocade booties

JJ Winters Clutch ( similar)

Black lace cami- H&M ( similar)

 Are you dressing up for Valentine’s Day just for the fun of it? Do you read poetry?

Stay Safe,

Jess xx


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    February 7, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Stunning outfit, Jess! I love the combination of different lace patterns and the richness of your burgundy velvet blazer. Those boots are magnificent as well to create a splendidly romantic outfit! I have always been a fan of Elizabeth Barrett Browning since I was first introduced to her works in middle school. Thanks for linking with me!


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    [email protected]
    February 2, 2021 at 10:23 am

    I am loving these rich jewel toned pieces. So luxe for this time of year!

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 3, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Libbie, I have always been a fan of jewel tones and love rich looks for Winter. 🙂

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    February 1, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    I love how you put this together Jess. I adore your tight’s addiction that rivals mine (and my mother’s) and those boots are just the best.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 3, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Jodie! I am going to buy some more tights for next year.

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    February 1, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    That velvet jacket is TDF and you wear it so very well Jess. Happy February. . .

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 3, 2021 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Neti, secondhand ! Happy Feb to you as well!

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    Michelle Churchman
    February 1, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Such a lovely lacy look!


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    Lisa D.
    February 1, 2021 at 8:07 am

    This is a perfect Valentine look. Love the lace and velvet. I bought a Valentine Sweater to wear for Valentines day.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 1, 2021 at 12:51 pm

      There are some cute Vday sweaters out there! I saw a few from Loft I would have liked. Thank you Lisa!

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      February 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      This is by far a fav of mine Jess. The burgundy velvis stunning 😍.

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        Jess Jannenga
        February 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

        Glad you like the look! Kind of a rocker vibe too, i suppose 🙂

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    February 1, 2021 at 6:13 am

    You look so great in red! I love how you’ve used so many different textures and patterns to add dimension and flavour x

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 1, 2021 at 11:24 am

      THanks very much, it was fun to put together!

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    February 1, 2021 at 4:43 am

    These dark colors are so pretty and I am glad you chose the cami over the high neck blouse – ha!! That looks uncomfortable while your outfit looks beautiful, comfortable, and sexy too! I have admire those booties before when you’ve worn them and still do!

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 1, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Thank yu my friend! I have been wearing darker colors lately, and this was fun to style. Felt romantic!

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