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The Stylin’ Irish

| Thursday, February 5, 2015

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If you’re an avid reader of the Scene section of The Observer, you might have noticed this curious new column — The Stylin’ Irish. Slightly similar to Fashion by Felicia, this column is dedicated to all things fashion from trends and style on campus to style advice to fashion show reviews and features of your favorite style icons. I am Onyinye Naomi Igboanugo, a senior accounting major with restless fingers. When I’m not crunching numbers and learning about SEC regulations, I love honing my passion for the creative. In addition to running a personal style blog — The Vain Sport — I also act as Notre Dame’s head style guru for CollegeFashionista.com. When I discovered that The Observer was one fashion columnist short, I jumped at the chance to fill that opening. I will be writing this bi-weekly column on Fridays, so be on the lookout for great advice on style and fashion deals.

Valentine’s Day: Three Outfits for three Occasions.

I’m sure we all share the same sentiments about Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday. Whether you are having a single ladies’ night/bros’ night (wait, do guys do that?), spending the day with your family or maybe doing something romantic with someone special, a great outfit can really set the tone for the day or night. Here are three outfit ideas for three possible events you might be attending next weekend.

Dinner Date

While cliché, dinner dates on Valentine’s Day are certainly not overrated. I mean, anything involving food simply can’t be overrated. As expected, a red dress would be perfect for this occasion. Depending on how fancy your venue is, your options range from a low-back midi dress to a white blouse paired with a red high-waisted mini skirt. Personally, I’m a rebel when it comes to fashion. And if you’re like me, you can go against the norm by spotting a velvet dress. Finish your look off with red lipstick and keep your accessories simple, tasteful and classy.

More dapper is always better for men. There are very few things sexier than a man in a nice suit. While a blazer is an essential piece, you can switch between matching pants and jeans depending on how formal your venue is.

Girls’ Night Out/In

Calling all my single ladies. Don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day? Call up (or in the case of our generation, text) your girlfriends and plan a night out/night in with lots of wine, gossip and dancing. Alternatively, you can hit the bars and clubs to mingle with other single people. Jumpsuits are fun, flattering and flirty. They also allow a wide range of motion, making them perfect for a great night out.

Boys, if you’re hitting the night spots, you should dress to impress. This means, button-down shirts, jackets, jeans/chinos and loafers.

Movie Night

While movie night is usually casual, you can still look stylish without compromising comfort. Girls, trade in your plain top for a sleeveless chiffon blouse and pair it with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans. Throw on a leather jacket and a pair of booties, and you’re good to go. If you want something a little fancier, try wearing a plain red dress with a statement necklace, a leather jacket and booties.

A nice button-down shirt and a pair of jeans will just work fine for boys.

Ladies, you can find more outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day here.

Then again, maybe you are just getting some personal time with Netflix or Hulu. In that case, your pajamas will work just fine.

Keep Stylin’ Irish!

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