Black Rose Heart

Aesthetically Valentine’s day could be considered to be the direct opposite of Halloween, yet if you were to look at the origins of this  particular holiday you’d find that it actually has a lot more in common with Halloween than you’d think.  So you can understand how easy it was for me to ditch the traditional V-day aesthetic of cutesy red, hearts and flowers for black hearts, skulls and blood red roses this year.  I took this as a chance to style a Victorian goth look for the day. Of course goth style is not very affordable but I figured I should treat myself. After all, Valentine’s day is a holiday set aside for love so why not celebrate my love for myself by splurging on something stylish and elegant, right?  Also I find nothing more romantic than textures that remind me of a different time like lace and velvet – both of which come together really well with this soft velvet shirt dress. 

I kept accessories to a minimum because the lace-bib and trim already elevates the traditional shirtdress style, but I did add this silver plated vintage inspired locket to keep within my theme. Heart shaped lockets were very popular in the 19th century. They represented love and contained portraits, or locks of hair to represent romantic love for another. While mine is currently empty, that didn’t hold me back from being a Victorian aristocratic lady pinning for her lost love for a day.

~Get the look~

Dead Silent Shirt Dress (Plus Size 4XL/18) | KILLSTAR *
Heart Locket Long Necklace | Foxblood
Wide Brim Fedora | Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Claire Cloudwalker Heels | Avenue (old, similar here and here)


* Style Note: Even with the structured silhouette this dress has a bit of stretch.  I actually sized up to play it safe but if I had wanted a more fitted style I could have sized down .The corset back is also functional as it allows you to adjust the dress should you need to take it in a bit.

How are you spending Valentine’s day?

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