Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by wearing the color of love — bright red. It’s a hue that keeps coming back in style, year after year, making it good for investment pieces. It’s actually been shown that we are more attracted to people who wear red. True or not, February 14 would be the perfect time to put that theory to the test.
1. Patchuli Jelly Wedge Sandals by Melissa
These red-hot wedges by Brazilian label Melissa are made from sculpted, durable PVC. The navy blue ankle strap and sole contrast nicely with the bright red of the shoe. Wearing these, you’re ready for anything from a hot date to a walk in the rain.
$145, Saks Fifth Avenue
2. Priti NYC Nail Polish in Japanese Rose
A super easy way to incorporate some red into your life for Valentine’s Day is to simply change your polish. This color, called Japanese Rose, is a semi-sheer, fiery rose red that will look hot on anyone. Priti NYC’s polishes are all made without any nasty chemicals, so you can feel good about having that special guy kiss your hand.
$13.50, Priti NYC
3. Monogrammed Drawstring Jewelry Pouch by Clare Vivier
Treat your jewelry (and yourself) right by getting a nice case to store your favorite pieces in. This drawstring pouch by Clare Vivier is ethically made by hand in Los Angeles. Customizing it with gold-embossed initials adds that special touch that makes something a true keepsake.
$70, Clare Vivier
4. Peace Cord Hope Red Bracelet
Handmade with red braided parachute cord and a silver frosted button emblazoned with “ARZU means Hope,” this bracelet is a gift that gives twice. Your purchase directly helps create employment opportunities for the female artisans in Afghanistan who make them, under fair labor conditions. If you don’t love red, there are plenty of other colors to choose from as well.
$15, Peace Cord
5. Baggu Medium Leather Bag
Although if features the same simple shape as Baggu’s popular grocery bags, this version is made, in New York City, from soft natural milled leather. It’s a fancy version of your favorite carry-all, and comfortably fits over the shoulder.
6. Tomato Pointelle Ankle Sock by PACT
PACT’s spring collection is inspired by getting back to our roots and features designs symbolizing the heritage of farming. (And they’ve also launched a crowdfunding campaign for urban school gardens.) Made from single-sourced organic cotton in GOTS certified factories, these socks are as comfy and conscious as they come. Try wearing them with your favorite pair of heels.
Images courtesy of the designers and labels featured. Collages by Johanna Björk.