DAccording to Barr Bones boutique owner Carli Barr, dressing up for Valentine’s Day, or any holiday, is all about having fun, being creative and feeling good about yourself.
The holidays, Barr said, are fun to dress up in a theme and wear things you might not normally wear in your daily life.
It also gives an opportunity, she said, for clothing stores to be more artistic and stylish for different and outsized customers, especially with a vibrant color palette of pinks, reds, purples and of flowers, colors and patterns.
“I’m creative, but I don’t paint or draw, but I can put an outfit together and it shows your personality, and a lot of times I wear a lot of bright colors and I have a big personality – I’m always loud and that shows up,” she said. “It’s something I always try to help people with.”
Expressing yourself, she says, is a big part of it, though some might be more hesitant to really get creative.
The holidays, however, are the perfect excuse to go a little crazy and wear this bold, bright and colorful outfit, she said.
“I’ve always been the kind of person who, if you want to wear something, you wear it. I get that all the time, especially with my clients who say, ‘you can wear this, but I can’t’. and I’m like, “why not?” she said. “I think it has a lot to do with what other people might think or say about it, but at the end of the day, I’ve always seen fashion as art, and whatever you put together, it comes from your brain, your imagination, your creativity.
Dressing for any occasion, according to Natasha Stanley, owner of Bella Ragazza Boutique, is also about feeling confident.
Valentine’s Day is a time to plan a night out, host something fun and feel good, especially for those, she said, who may have busy lives and children. It gives them the opportunity to rekindle the romance with their partner or meet up with friends they are not used to seeing.
“When you put something on, whatever it makes you feel, it definitely brings you back to that self-love, especially if you feel really confident in yourself, which is our mission statement here anyway – to build trust,” she said.
But above all, she says, dressing up is having fun.
“It’s just fun, whether it’s spending time with that special someone…just sharing that time with your friends, and then of course there’s all the self-love,” she said. declared. “It gives a youthful feel – it’s just exciting and fun and no matter what age you are, people like to express themselves that way.”
Regardless of what someone is doing, where they are going or who they are going with, or even whether they are spending the evening with friends or alone, Barr said it all depends on how someone is feeling in their own skin.
“At the end of the day, it’s just about having confidence in what you’re wearing and that will speak out to whoever is there to see it,” she said.