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February may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s still plenty to do around town! For our monthly “What to Wear” series we’ve put together a collection of outfits from local boutiques that range from girly pastels and lacy dresses to retro bell bottoms and graphic tees that look great and will leave you feeling confident. Here are three of our favorite events happening this month and what to wear to each one.

The Event: Queen City Brewers Festival

  • February 4, 2017
  • Tickets start at $45
  • Learn more and purchase tickets at qcbrewfest.com.

It’s no secret we love our craft beer here in Charlotte, and with so many incredible local breweries, it can be hard to get to them all — until now. The Queen City Brewers Festival brings more than 30 breweries all to one place at the AvidXchange Music Factory. Guests can enjoy an entire day of tasting all for a good cause. Proceeds from the festival go toward ACEing Autism, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching children with Autism how to play tennis.

What to wear: Staying comfortable is the key to enjoying a day full of craft beer tastings. You also don’t want to be too dressy. We suggest wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a flowy blouse — and because we never know what Mother Nature is going to do this time year, have a jacket on hand to bundle up in case there’s a cold spell.

Look #1:

Retro look|styleblueprint.com

From Revolution Clothiers and Co.: Paisley bow blouse, $219; Raen Optics sunglasses, $150; Amorium bracelet, $150

Paige premium denim|styleblueprint.com

From Revolution Clothiers and Co.: Paige premium denim bell bottoms, $249

Amorium bracelet |styleblueprint.com

Get a closer look at that bracelet!

Look #2:

ripped jeans|styleblueprint.com

From BOEM Boutique: Selena ripped jeans, $35; burgundy split-front sweater, $70; fringe cross-body $76

Winter jacket|styleblueprint.com

Layer up with a Gregor jacket $106 and Wade gold necklace, $22, also from BOEM Boutique

Look #3:

Blush blouse|styleblueprint.com

From Clair De Lune: Blush tie blouse, $55; olive stretch pants, $78.40

Blue calypso earrings|styleblueprint.com

From Clair De Lune: Blue Calypso earrings, $32.25

The Event: Valentine’s Day

  • February 14, 2017

It’s the annual day to celebrate love! Whether you’re spending the evening with your significant other, or you’re celebrating with your gal pals, it’s still a great excuse to kick things up a notch with some elevated looks.

What to wear: Traditional red is always our go-to for Valentine’s Day. It’s fun and flirty and most people can pull it off. Add a little lace in there, and you’re all set. Not into red? Not a problem! You can’t go wrong with pretty pastels mixed with neutrals. We also love a little black dress option, but since it’s a special night, glam it up a bit with an eye-catching accessory or two.

Look #1:

Red dress|styleblueprint.com

From BOEM Boutique: Red lace open-back dress, $192

The open back adds a sultry touch.

The open back adds a sultry touch.

gold drop earrings|styleblueprint.com

From BOEM Boutique: Gold drop earrings, $40

Look #2:

Date night look|styleblueprint.com

From BOEM Boutique: BB Dakota cut-out top, $50; metallic pleated skirt, $48; metal clutch, $58; necklace, $48

Look #3:

Bow tie top|styleblueprint.com

From Revolution Clothiers and Co.: Champagne tie top, $145; patchwork skirt, $90

The Event: Shovels and Rope

  • February 21, 2017
  • Tickets start at $20
  • Learn more and purchase tickets at blumenthalarts.org.

Enjoy a night of soulful Southern music by the popular American Folk band from Charleston, S.C., Shovels and Rope at Knight Theater in Uptown Charlotte.

What to wear: Concerts are always a great excuse to dress a little edgier than normal, giving you the chance to try out some new trendy jewelry, graphic tees … maybe even some fringe or wild prints! You might surprise yourself on what you can pull off — so go for it!

Look #1:

Date night look|styleblueprint.com

From Clair De Lune Boutique: Gentle fawn dress, $80.50; black wool hat, $27; black jacket, $45.40; Crescent arrowhead necklace, $50

Crescent arrowhead necklace|styleblueprint.com

Get a closer look at that necklace!

Look #2:

Fringe skirt|styleblueprint.com

From Clair De Lune Boutique: Crop-top, $9; fringe skirt, $52.50; embellished charcoal hat, $55

fringe skirt|styleblueprint.com

We love the movement of the fringe skirt!

Look #3:

leopard coat|styleblueprint.com

From Revolution Clothiers and Co.:Stark Moto Pant, $255; leopard vegan coat, $218; Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington graphic tee, $80; three-tier earrings, $18

Grace Coddington Graphic tee|styleblueprint.com

We love the Grace Coddington tee!

Thank you to Katie Weigel for styling and modeling for this month’s “What to Wear” and also to Avonné of Avonné Photography for the incredible pictures!

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