Valentine’s Day
28 Jan 2022

finding your style

Yes, there is a lot of hype and yes, of the cost of a red rose bought on Valentine’s Day you could buy you a car – just kidding, but for those of us falling in love or who want to add bit a zing, it is a great opportunity to show someone special how much you care.

Dressing for Valentine’s Day, which falls in the peak of the Australian summer, is all about keeping it cool and fresh. So too for those on the equator while in the northern hemisphere staying warm is the aim.

The New Year sales are over and if you did not pick up something special during the sales then Autumn fashion will be what you are likely to find in store.

If you do not know where you are going, best to err on the side of well-dressed casual attire. For men it is a nice pair of slacks and open neck shirt unless of course you have the beach in mind. If that is the case, dress shorts work with a polo shirt. RM Williams may be a good option to achieve a relaxed an well dressed look. While you are there you can get some fantastic dress boots Sadly, British India Asia are not available in Australia but for a good range of coloured polo shirts and casual open shirts try Gazman. Other high street options available from The Iconic include Academy, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Ben Sherman. You could also try COS menswear or Country Road.

For women, focus on colours you look best in. This is perhaps not the day to try out a quirky new style. It’s important to be comfortable. You do not want to spend the evening adjusting spanx. Head to Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie if you are in Canberra to ensure that what is worn beneath fits as it should. Stephanie’s also have some terrific gift options.

If giving gifts, keep it personal. Jewellery, is a good choice. Canberra has top quality jewellery designers and makers. If you are looking to have something made for Valentine’s Day you may have left it a bit too late but in store you might find the perfect way to say I very much like you.  

Home grown talent to explore include the Diamond Boutique in Braddon. In addition to designing and making jewellery you will find in store a selection of quality new jewellery. Check our their cabinet of vintage pre-loved jewellery while you are there for something your beloved might love. In the city try Aharoni Jewellers particularly for coloured gems.

In Manuka you are spoilt for choice with Creations Jewellers of Manuka, Bijoux and The Village Jewellers all in an easy walk of each other.

If it is artisan style jewellery you are after, you are in luck. In Canberra your choices include Kin Gallery. Kin offers pieces made from a variety of materials and many of the pieces are unique. Another option is Beaver Galleries but beware it may be art that catches your eye. The Canberra Glassworks stocks terrific glass jewellery. If it’s affordable quality pearls you are after, try Jane Brown Pearls.

If part of your celebration involves a visit the any of the galleries in Canberra, remember to check out their gift shops. The National Portrait Gallery and the National Arboretum are home to The Curatoreum. While The National Museum has an extensive collection of jewellery featuring the designs of indigenous artists.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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