Pret Reporteur: An Old Romantic

February 6, 2012 • Magazine, Pret Reporteur

What is it about February that makes us all a little love-sick? Okay, perhaps it’s because the most romantic day of the year happens to fall right in the middle of the month – let’s thank St. Valentine for that one.  Still there’s something about this time of year, the crossroads between winter and spring, that always has me craving lace, tulle, and silk like a true Victorian romantic.

And so, as cupid’s day draws nearer and we rack our brains in search of style-inspiration for our date night out I thought, “Why not break out of the cliché red-and-pink color palette and into some truly romance-inspired pieces?”

•    Who said lace was limited to grandmas? Well, unless your grandma happens to be someone in the likes of Daphne Guinness (if only!) I highly recommend keeping this dress for yourself. The body-conscience silhouette and asymmetric hem keeps the cream lace from looking frumpy and old but its delicate hue keeps it classy and sophisticated, and let’s not forget romantic!

•    Women have always had a love-hate relationship when it came to corsets: we love how we look in them, but we hate how we feel. With this Stuart Weitzman corset-back pump, however, we don’t need to be holding our every breath when we slip it on! Such intricate detailing is hard to find in a shoe and this one is definitely putting us in a Parisian state-of-mind. Did someone just say “Moulin Rouge”?

    We will no doubt dress up for our big date night out. This time however you can be the one to don the dinner coat.  This Rebecca Minkoff jacket keeps a traditional Victorian-era vibe while its vibrant turquoise color and feminine cut gives it that modern-chic twist we all love.

    I like to refer this Nina Ricci frock as Queen Victoria’s LBD (with a sexier edge!). Its pleated classic A-line skirt flares out flirtatiously while its elaborate low-cut lace design gives it a raw and edgy, almost rocker feel.

    No outfit would be complete without a little be-dazzle to set the mood! This Anthropologie necklace’s earthy gems and unique design keeps it from looking too dated. However, the Swarovski crystal centerpiece brings back memories of stately brooches of yesteryear.

1.  Stella McCartney Asymmetric Lace Dress, $4075

2.  Stuart Weitzman Corset-Back Pump, $395

3.  Rebecca Minkoff Becky Silk Jacket, $328

4.  Nina Ricci Cap-Sleeve Lace-Front Dress, $3490

5.  Anthropologie Hewn Cosmos Necklace, $398

–Laurie Espino

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