Getting romantic

By Tiffany Tivasuradej

It’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s day marks the most romantic and perfect occasion for lovebirds to celebrate their relationship, or can simply be a great one-off occasion to party big time with friends (after lectures of course!). Wondering about what to wear on that grand day? Fret not. Palatinate Fashion’s got you all sorted from day to night with outfits all purchasable in both Durham and Queen’s campus. Whether you’re aiming for the bold and glamorous or simple yet romantic, this issue’s guaranteed to have something for all!

Picking out what to wear for lectures can be quite a hassle, particularly if it’s on such a special occasion. For a Valentine’s day themed outfit that’s not too over the top, why not try a simple pair of pink skinny jeans matched with a delicate and eye-catching, cream crochet blouse and a couple of simple accessories? Ballet flats or loafers are beyond perfect for this look, but studded, black ankle boots would give it a slight edge and roughness that is still within the romantic perimeter. Not a fan of jeans? Try combining a playful floral skirt with a simple yet elegant collared brown blouse. Ribbon-patterned tights and love-heart hoop earrings help to reinforce the outfit’s gracefulness, while a pair of white sneakers and a bright, mustard yellow Cambridge satchel will help bring out a loveable, scholarly look. Versatile and youthful, what more could you want?

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Left: jeans: New Look (£20), blouse: River Island (£32), shopper bag: New Look (£49), ankle boots: New Look (£70), pendant: Claire’s (£5), gold ring: Topshop (£11), coral ring: Topshop (£6.37).

Right: collared blouse: nordstrom.com (£46), skirt: Topshop (£38), sneakers: New Look (£9.99), Cambridge satchel (£104), tights: River Island (£10), crystal heart Hoop earrings: (£6.68), necklace: Claire’s (£11).

The chilled and party atmosphere of Durham and Stockton begins with sunset. Going out on a romantic dinner date with your loved one? Maroon is the ultimate color that this event calls for. Combining it together with baroque-inspired lace and soft chiffon creates the perfect dress that will strengthen your stylishness and elegance. Match it up with a couple of sparkle-themed accessories and a gorgeous heart-shaped box clutch. Gold-dusted court shoes can reinforce the outfit’s glamor (and are also way easier to walk in than 6-inch heels!) while popping on a crisp, black blazer helps to keep you warm and stylish when dining in restaurants. Going out for a couple of drinks with friends? Try a sleek pair of leather leggings paired with a pair of studded, eye-popping white court shoes. Tired of wearing red for the whole day? A cool, casual yet sophisticated mint jumper will undoubtedly help you stand out amongst the crowds. Complete the outfit with a couple of romantic yet edgy accessories and a sharp, rectangular oversized clutch, topped with a graceful shade of coral that will create a trendy color-block effect with the mint jumper.

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Left: jumper: H&M (£15), leggings: Topshop (£28), court shoes: New Look – Online Exclusive (£24.99), gold ring: Topshop (£2.86), rectangular clutch: River Island (£25), Paris earrings: Claire’s (£4.50)

Right: lace dress: Topshop (£61), blazer: Topshop (£50), heart-shaped box clutch: New Look (£15), earrings: Topshop (£16), metal layer cuff: Topshop (£18), court shoes: Topshop (£79).

Whether you’re retiring from the party atmosphere of Valentine’s Day or simply chilling at home with a couple of friends, the onesie is a must-wearer for either of the two for a good laugh. A combination of different shades of red and touches of white, this comfy and cute outfit is perfect for a night-in filled with movies and chocolates with friends. Or simply for reading a couple of great novels inside your cozy room in college.

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Above: onesie: River Island (£30)

Photographs: all on Polyvore.

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