FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Dani Valladares

Fashionista Spotlight

Love is in the air and shades of red and rose are abundant on the streets. Main Street is fluttering with girls carrying tiny pink boxes encasing fresh cupcakes to share with friends, and trees on the Green don a charming display of hand-knitted hearts. As I write this, UD celebrates Valentine’s Day, and student style is appropriately festive.

I caught this Fashionista just before her Valentine’s Day date — dinner at Café Gelato, where she can enjoy white wine-soaked mussels and sweet crème brûlée. Her look perfectly suited the occasion. The rosy hue of her dress hints at the holiday’s color without being as obvious as bright red or fuschia. Her winged eyeliner and bold lips are flirty and her oxford-inspired heels are too adorable to ignore. Her outfit is subtle and classic, making it a perfect date look for any occassion, holiday or everyday.

In my classes and on the streets today I saw holiday looks I fell in love with — red cigarette pants with a white and red polka-dot blouse, a white canvas coat over an ivory top textured with rosettes, a subtle lingerie-inspired piecs under a sophisticated blazer, and lots of chiffon, silk, lace. Romance was in every outfit. It seems campus has mastered the art of dressing for Valentine’s Day.

Name: Dani Valladares

Major: Anthropology and English, Art minor

Year: Junior

CollegeFashionista: What inspired your look today?

Dani Valladares: I love this dress I bought in London because it reminds me of a ballerina. It’s soft and flowy and romantic.

CF: Do you have any style tips for a festive holiday fashion?

DV: I’d say try to dress conservatively but also quirky. I like to be wholesome while maintaining personal style.

CF: What influences your style most?

DV: I like to dress classically, and reference times in the past, especially decades like the '50s and '60s. If I had some flared jeans I’d throw in some '70s, too!

CF:  How do you make an otherwise simple look become unique?

DV: You can’t really tell by the looks of today’s outfit, but I like to put on some funky tights. I counted — I have 25 pairs of right now.

CF: What is the best thing you brought home from abroad this winter?

DV: London is where I accumulated so many of my tights. I think I bought seven pairs there. One really adorable pair looks like a ribbon twirling up the back of your leg and ends up in a bow.

How To: While I’m not sure I can say the same for other holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, for example) dressing for Valentine’s day is done best when romance is subtle, sweet and in the details. Immediately one reaches for a date dress in a pinkish hue, but try a color like this Fashionista’s dusty rose tint. Pair it with sweet accessories like her rose stud earrings and take it a step further with textured tights. I love her long wavy locks and the classic makeup she used complements the look perfectly.

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