By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market
Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if you love love, this is your chance to show it. You don’t even need a hot date to heart these love-inspired pieces — just a lust for the sweeter side of life.
Dress you up in my love
This Friday, forgo your standard winter wear and don a dress that turns up the heat. Go red-hot retro in Tatyana’s Alika Circle Dress ($150 at Bettie Page Clothing, Capitol Hill), with fishnet across the top and a swing skirt that’s ready for the dance floor.
Splurge on the lace BCBG MaxAzria Tara Wrap Peplum Dress ($338), a flirty twist on the little black dress that features a crossover bodice, peek-a-boo cutout at the waist and on-trend peplum.
Lush’s Open Back Chiffon Maxi Dress ($52 at Nordstrom) is boho sexy with an open back, side slit and sheer skirt over a short under layer. Feeling more refined? The Lili Wang for Lili’s Closet Geojacquard Dress ($168 at Anthropologie) is classy and dramatic, with a structured skirt and exposed back zip.
It’s business time
Heading to dinner straight from the office? Don the wine-colored Sparrow Dotlace Pullover ($98 at Anthropologie), with sheer polka-dot sleeves and buttons down the back. Topshop’s Twist Detail Tube Skirt ($50 at Nordstrom) can quickly go from serious to sexy with just a few styling changes. And Forever 21’s Romantic-At-Heart Love Sweater ($23) spells out your enthusiasm for the holiday in graphic black-and-white letters.
Gotta have heart
Wear your heart on your sleeve — and your face and your legs. The heart-shaped Urban Outfitters Sweetheart Sunglasses ($16) are a cheeky nod to Lolita, while the made-in-Seattle La Macón Leather Heart Earrings ($22 at Sassafras) have rock-and-roll style. Pretty Polly’s Heart Trompe l’Oeil Tights ($34 at Nordstrom) are chic in half-sheer/half-opaque back, and dramatic with a red heart below the back of the knee.
Still looking for the perfect gift? The delicate Zina Kao Flat Heart Necklace in Gold ($53 at Show Pony, Fremont) comes in 23-karat gold with a brushed matte finish. Or adorn her ears with the sweet Kate Spade New York Be Mine Studs ($48 at Kate Spade New York and Nordstrom) in gold with girly pink enamel centers.
Underneath it all
Slip into something more comfortable, such as local designer Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s Lingerie Shorts ($45 at Sassafras). The soft nylon shorts are printed with cherries or roses and have a flattering wide lace waistband.
The sheer Hanky Panky Signature Lace Camisole ($48 at Macy’s and Nordstrom) is an alluring layer under a blazer or low-cut blouse. Or pair Topshop’s Pasha Lace Inset Camisole ($52 at Nordstrom) with a statement necklace and your favorite jeans for a casually sexy look.
If you prefer your romance more edgy than sweet, try on Too Fast’s Spike Ribcage Cardigan (on sale for $38 at Trendy Wendy, Capitol Hill), which features a ribcage skeleton and an embroidered heart with gold spikes. Or carry the leather La Macón Broken Heart Bracelet Clutch ($68 at Sassafras), because love is a four-letter word.
For the boys
Men can show off a romantic side with the locally made Moxie & Oliver Wood Grain Pattern Belt ($145 at moxieandoliver.com; order ASAP for Valentine’s Day delivery). The leather belt with a small orange heart tempers its sweetness with a rugged sophistication. There’s also a Wood Grain Pattern Guitar Strap ($115) for those planning to woo with love ballads.
Still shopping for your sweetie? Show him he’s got the key to your heart with the locally made Steel Toe Studios Keyhole Belt Buckle ($80 at steeltoestudios.bigcartel.com; order ASAP for Valentine’s Day delivery).
Show you’re a matched set — without being cheesy — with a Grill Belt Buckle ($110) for him and the Avion Tassel Necklace ($78, both at steeltoestudios.bigcartel.com) for her. Both are hand forged and have an industrial design reminiscent of a vintage car grille.