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Wearing Traditional Red for Valentines Day

Wearing traditional Red for Valentine’s Day is nothing new. But why red?

Red sweater with pink mutlicolord slip dress and red velvet boots

Red sweater with pink mutlicolord slip dress and red velvet boots

The Color Red

Wearing traditional red for Valentine’s Day is something that many of us enjoy.

The color red is vibrant, often exudes confidence, and is a symbol of our beating hearts. Romance and Passion.

In Roman times, brides wore red veils.

Greek Mythology connects red with love.  “According to legend, red roses first appeared from the blood of Adonis. And the red rose itself was dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Since then, red has taken over as the color most associated with love.” credit Romper.

Poetry

Jeffrey Chaucer, 14th century poet is the first English writer to be associated with romantic love and St Valentine.

H wrote a poem (one of the first Valentine poems, titled, “Parliament of Fowls”, which was a 699-line poem about birds finding their mates. ( yes, you read that right!)

As I researched poetry, I discovered Edgar Allen Poe, with whom you don’t think of as a romantic, wrote a poem entitled, “A Valentine.”

For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes,
Brightly expressive as the twins of Leda,
Shall find her own sweet name, that, nestling lies
Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
Search narrowly the lines! — they hold a treasure
Divine — a talisman — an amulet
That must be worn at heart. Search well the measure —
The words — the syllables! Do not forget
The trivialest point, or you may lose your labor!

I had to laugh to myself, as my recollection of Poe began in grade school when we read “The Raven” and “The Tale Tale Heart.”, which were more macabre, than romantic!

Outfit

You have seen this outfit formula on the blog before. I am wearing a silky slip dress by Natori I bought years ago, so I wasn’t able to find it , but have linked other red slip dresses below. I love the mix of pink, red, orange, purple in a painted print.

The cardigan is one of my favorites and I got it as a gift a few Christmas’ ago. It is from Mango, so I linked others that were similar.

My velvet red Zara boots make an appearance, as they often do this time of year and my structured Teddy Blake bag is one of my favorites.

Slip dress + sweater or cardigan + boots, is an easy look that is also so comfortable. I suggest one thing though, for the Winter months- Static Guard spray! 🙂

Red sweater with pink mutlicolord slip dress and red Teddy Blake bag

Red sweater with pink mutlicolored slip dress and red velvet boots

Red sweater with pink mutlicolord slip dress and red satchel

Red sweater with pink mutlicolored slip dress and red velvet boots

Do you wear red on Valentine’s Day? How about a favorite love poem? Let me know in the comments!

SHOP MY LOOK

Have a great day!

Jess xx

12 Comments
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  • Neti
    Posted at 13:01h, 02 February Reply

    Love, love, Love this dress and the red topper just made it perfect for V Day. Happy February Jess. . .

  • mireille
    Posted at 09:18h, 02 February Reply

    What a striking outfit and skirt! Love those boots too. Very pretty for Valentines!
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

  • Maria Khan
    Posted at 06:23h, 02 February Reply

    wow! Red beg is amazing. Stunning look. Your dress is also touching my heart. The color red is my favorite, often exudes confidence

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 18:35h, 01 February Reply

    Such a beautiful outfit! I love your Teddy Blake bag and velvet boots!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

  • Jill
    Posted at 06:32h, 01 February Reply

    Love how you styled this look! Your slipdress is gorgeous! So many pretty details!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Joni Ria
    Posted at 02:51h, 01 February Reply

    Well, as I said on IG, this look is fantastic, Jess! What an incredible dress, and how many ways you could wear it with different colored sweaters or tops! I’m partial to pinks and rose colors, but a bright splash of red looks awesome! Oh, and those earrings are awesome!
    Thanks for giving a history lesson on Valentines poems – so interesting! I wonder what poor maiden had to listen to 699 lines of poetry recited to her by Geoffrey! 😊. I could imagine her responding to him by quoting Poe: ‘awk! Nevermore!’ 🤣. xo, Joni

  • Lovely
    Posted at 23:06h, 31 January Reply

    Love the colors on the slip dress and the bag is simply gorgeous!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovey.com

  • Jodie Filogomo
    Posted at 19:25h, 31 January Reply

    Oh, that skirt is just the most amazing thing ever Jess. I just love how you paired it with the red.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 12:11h, 31 January Reply

    That is the prettiest look ever! That red bag is amazing. I am always drawn to red bags. You look ready for Vday! I am not sure of my look yet but I know it will be something pink or red. Love this time of year.
    Peace!
    Cheryl

  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 05:05h, 31 January Reply

    That Teddy Blake bag is my favorite and you are reminding me that I need to wear my slip dress. Fun facts about the color red – never knew brides wore red veils – ever! How crazy!!
    Looking great as always Jess!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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