It seems to me as though most Valentine’s Day outfits consist of some mixture of the following colors: red, pink, black, silver and white. I don’t know where the idea came from that the date ensembles for the holiday had to include the holiday’s color scheme, but it seems like most girls try to stack within that color scheme if possible. And that’s ok, I can work with that.

My recommendation for spicing up a Valentine’s outfit would be this: if you’re going to wear a dress in one or more of the traditional colors, pick a wild clutch to make the whole thing a little less sweet. Unless, you know, sweet is your thing. If not, the Jessica McClintock Patterned Sequin Clutch is a good bet.

This sprightly little clutch works well because it has so many colors. Not only are both red and pink represented, meaning that it could match with outfits that were based on either, but so many other beautiful shades have a spot somewhere on the bag that it would immediately takes the monochrome clothes of V-Day and kick them up a notch.

After Valentine’s Day, this clutch is best worn in the same way – contrasted with a dress of a single color, or maybe a color plus black or white. That way, the abstract flowers can pop. Buy through Nordstrom for $78.

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