New York-based image consultant Marla Tomazin says that’s exactly why February 14th is the perfect chance to give your look, and your confidence, a little boost.
“We spend so much time being caught up in the everyday rat race that we often forget to take the time to make ourselves and our partners feel special,” says Tomazin, who has been an image consultant for twenty years after earlier experience in the fashion industry. “That’s why Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to put a little extra effort into how you look. If you can create an outfit that makes you feel romantic and sexy, that will translate into how you feel as well.”
Tomazin says that the trick to looking romantic for this special day is simple: Just shake things up a bit. She says that straying from your usual wardrobe, whether through vibrant new colors or special accessories and styling, will make you look and feel sexier.
Get dressed from the inside out. Before celebrating Valentine’s Day, take a few minutes to relax and focus on your inner beauty. After all, it’s hard to feel sexy when you are frazzled from rushing around. Tomazin suggests planning ahead so that you can take your time getting ready and calming your inner self in order to enjoy pampering yourself before your big night out. Clear your calendar and send the kids off to the sitter a little early. Not only will you feel more confident, you’ll look more refreshed and ready to enjoy your Valentine’s Day, on the inside and out.
Focus on the first layer. Before deciding on the perfect outfit, spend some extra time getting ready by layering on your favorite perfume and body lotion. Choose a fun new nail polish color, and finish off the “look” with a matching bra and pair of panties that you feel great in. Tomazin says that focusing on the details of your foundation will make you feel great and put together—and it will show.
Opt for not-so-basic black. Many of us love to wear black: It’s slimming, sophisticated, and sexy. Because of this, most people have a lot of black in their closets already.