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How to Wear Hearts Without Looking Like a Tween

One of the easiest ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether you have a significant other or not, is to dress the part. Half the fun of V-Day is putting together an outfit that does the day justice; that means it’s time to pull out everything pink and heart-patterned that you have in your wardrobe.  Though this combination (pink and hearts) may seem suited more for middle school than a college campus, that’s not necessarily the case. Here are a few ways to wear V-Day appropriate outfits without looking like you’re headed to the orthodontist to have your braces tightened.

1. KISS! (AKA Keep It Simple, Stupid)

If you’re going to wear hearts, the best advice we can give you is to keep it simple, not overwhelming! One single heart, or a heart pattern in a single color, sends the message that you’re big on celebrating love, but doesn’t make you look like you’re on your way to a junior high dance. We love this sweater and this blouse

2. It’s All in the Details

Instead of wearing your heart on your sleeve, try wearing it on your wrist (or ears, or fingers)! Adding heart-shaped accessories, such as earrings or a ring, will add a touch of Valentine’s flair to your outfit without going too, too far. As a bonus, fun heart-shaped jewelry can be worn year-round.

3. Be Full of Surprises

Add Valentine’s Day-inspired prints in unexpected places, like your socks or sunglasses! A quirky addition like these sunglasses will show that you want to celebrate February 14th, but aren’t taking the holiday too seriously. 

4. Wear Grown-Up Hearts

If you’re not into patterns, what about cutouts? Try spicing up your LBD, or velvet blouse with a heart-shaped cutout. It’s a little sexy, a little sweet, and a whole lot chic.

5. Small Print = Big Love

A printed blouse or skirt can be adorable on Valentine’s Day, as long as you aren’t drowning in hearts. Opt for light fabrics with small prints to look stylish and grown up.

However you choose to dress on Friday, we know you’re going to look great. Tweet or Instagram your V-Day outfits, and be sure to tag @hercampus!

Maddie is a senior at Boston College, where she spends her days fawning over literature and Art History textbooks. She was previously an editorial intern at Her Campus, and is now a HC contributing writer and blogger. Follow her on twitter @madschmitz for a collection of vaguely amusing tweets. 
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