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Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day, is celebrated yearly on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions around the world.

The two most celebrated colors representing Valentine’s Day? Red and pink…mixed with white I think!

The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong and powerful masculine energy. Red is often used to express love, which is why the color is associated with Valentine’s Day. When you leave the house you’ll be noticed by all if dressed in red…from your toes to your head!

The color pink represents compassion, nurturing and love. Pink relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing. A combination of the colors red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. When you leave the house dressed in pink you’ll be the daintiest, most feminine person on the planet…I think!

Pink and red clothes for Valentine’s Day! Dress Your Way!

Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th century England, Valentine’s Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionaries and candies, and sending greeting cards. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.”

Popular Valentine’s Day Symbols Used Today:

  1. Heart Shaped Outlines
  2. Doves
  3. Cupid
  4. Flowers
  5. Handwritten Valentines
  6. Greeting Cards
  7. Candies
  8. Chocolates

Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Pink:

  1. Unconditional Love
  2. Romantic Love
  3. Compassion
  4. Understanding
  5. Nurturing
  6. Romance
  7. Warmth
  8. Hope
  9. Calming
  10. Sweetness
  11. Naivete
  12. Femininity
  13. Intuitive Energy

Positive Keywords Associated With the Color Red:

  1. Action
  2. Energy
  3. Speed
  4. Attention-Getting
  5. Assertive
  6. Confident
  7. Stimulating
  8. Exciting
  9. Powerful
  10. Driven
  11. Passionate
  12. Courageous
  13. Strong
  14. Spontaneous
  15. Determined

When you adorn your fabulous self in pink and red clothes you’ll steal the show, as all true fashion divas know!

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 27: Olivia Culpo is seen in Long Island City on July 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

For those of you that feel red and/or pink clothing is too brash or too girly to wear, why not try these various shades of red and pink:

Variations of the Color Red:

  1. Maroon
  2. Burgundy
  3. Crimson
  4. Scarlet
  5. Candy Apple Red

Variations of the Color Pink:

  1. Blush
  2. Rose Pink
  3. Salmon Pink
  4. Orchid
  5. Fuchsia
  6. Hot Pink

Step out on Valentine’s Day in ruffled, satin clothing of red and pink. You’ll turn every head in the room and definitely get a wink!

Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Associated with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone for February, which is thought to attract love!

Lovey dovey…Valentine’s day gets you all warm and fuzzy!

“I see you dressed in red and pink for Valentine’s Day.”

“I did. But I adore red and pink and wear the colors in other ways.”

“So you step out in red when you’re feeling brassy, confident and strong?”

“Yes. And I adorn myself in pink when I want to feel girly all day long.”

“You seem like a cool gal with lots of spunk and love in your heart.”

“I live my days that way…it’s always a great way to start.”

Red and Pink: Colors that are perfect to wear on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the week, month or year! To red and pink garments we give a cheer!

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The color pink, although a soft color, never allows itself to get pushed to the background. The color pink is, well, tough! Whether you prefer pink flowers, pink hair or pink clothes, there is no denying that the color pink is a tough act to follow!
Pink is a pale red color, blending the colors of red and white. Depending on the tones of the reds, and how much white is added, the color pink ranges from a deep bold pink to bright pink to a more subdued, soft pink. Combining pink with darker colors such as dark blue, dark green, black or gray adds strength and sophistication to pink.
Think hot pink and black – modern and fierce!
Think pale pink and white – purity and innocence!
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The color pink in garments presents a feminine, flirtatious look, although men can rock a great pink fabric themselves. Think gray or black suits with a pink dress shirt or a pink tie. To die for!
Pink Fun Fact: According to surveys in Europe and the United States, the color pink is associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic. Need I say more?
Pink equals positive qualities!
Pink is the power and the passion of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white!
What is a much desired sight for sore eyes? Pink I think!
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Okay, I get that too much pink can sometimes be exactly that, too much pink! For those of you that feel like a walking strawberry when dressed in pink from head to toe, a small amount of pink clothing would be the way to go!
Or, and this is fun, how about pink hair? Still too much? Then how about pink highlights? Pink hair  is trendy, fun and fabulous! Not to mention pretty!
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Pink Fun Fact: Pink was first used as a color name in the 17th century. The color pink is named after the flowers called “pinks”, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus. The name derives from the frilled edge of the flowers – the verb “to pink” dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.” Think pinking shears.
More Pink Fun Facts: The golden age of the color pink was the Rococo Period (1720-1777) in the 18th century, when pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe.
Ah pink, quite interesting, don’t you think?
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For those of you fashion divas that prefer to keep pink to a minimum, one way to optimize your outfit is to wear one single color that matches pink, say all white or all black, and then decorate you feet with high heeled pink shoes and/or carry a pink purse! This way, you still exuded the softness and tenderness of pink, yet you don’t go overboard with what some consider a “too filly” color.
Yes, when dressed in pink you will look fluffy and frilly! Also sultry, but never silly!
A smile and wink – flirtatious in pink!
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Pink is just too girly, you say. The transition to pink as a sexually differentiating color for girls occurred gradually, through the selective process of the marketplace, in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1920s, some groups had been describing pink as a masculine color, an equivalent of the red that was considered to be for men, but lighter for boys. Stores found that people were increasingly choosing to buy pink for girls and blue for boys, until this became accepted as the norm in the 1940s.
Fashion is bold, brave, risky! Break the mold – don’t follow the norm. If your own path is to wear pink, bravo! If your own path is to wear blue, well, that works too!
Fashion fits what is best for you!
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The color pink puts people in touch with the nurturing side of themselves, through either the need to receive or the need to give tender loving care! Do you have a flair for the flamboyant pink? Get in touch with your inner “TLC”! The best is yet to be!
In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay!
Calm and reassuring, when draped in the color pink you look calm, cool, alluring!
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Hip, hip, hooray! Wash those blues away when you paint the town wearing punchy, poignant, pretty pink!
Pink is a non-threatening color seeking appreciation, respect and admiration. Pink doesn’t like to be taken for granted and just loves to hear the words “thank you”. So, doll yourself up in the color pink and let your body, and everyone staring at you, say thank you!
“Who’s that gal? The one in the pink?”
“She looks lovely, don’t you think?”
“Yes. I don’t want to miss even one second of the sight of her.”
“Then be sure you don’t blink.”
“I’ll just close one eye.”
“That’s a clever way to give her a wink!”
Ah, the potent, irresistible power of pink!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two riveting Natalie North murder mystery novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website www.nancymangano.com, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846?fref=ts