02/10/2012 10:41 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Deborah Lindquist: Dressing up for February -- the Love Month!

What makes you blush? A text from your lover, a glance, a touch, a passionate kiss? The excitement, mystery, and romance is all part of falling in love. And Valentine's Day -- indeed all of February -- is for lovers. Here are my ideas for putting love (and the color and symbols of love) into your life this month.

Wear a Shade of Red

From hot, fiery red to the softest, seashell pink, there is a perfect shade of red for you. While your friend with pale skin and jet black hair can wear the darkest shade of red and look goth/fabulous, you may be a green-eyed redhead and will look better in a peachy pink tone.


You know the "Which season are you?" quiz? Are you a winter, spring, summer, or autumn? Not such a bad idea. Picking your right color tones can enhance your already uniquely beautiful self and make you look and feel more confident, approachable, and thereby loveable.

Within these categories are cool, deep, and clear, since you may be a combination of two seasons, but for the sake of simplicity, and also because I don't want to spin your head around in confusion (or mine), here are my suggestions:

Spring: watermelon, salmon, powder pink
Summer: soft pink, raspberry, deep rose
Autumn: salmon pink, peaches and warm reds
Winter: scarlet, burgundy, fuchsia, icy pink

What the Colors Mean

Color has a profound effect on us on all levels: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual. You can convey your heart's desire by the red you choose to wear.

Red is a fiery color and exudes excitement.

Pink is the color of universal love. Wear it to convey an open heart.

Wear coral colors and orange-y reds to spice things up!

So Many Symbols for Love

Pick your favorite "love" symbol and wear it on a colorful accessory.

The cupid, hearts, peace hearts, roses, and Chinese love symbols are a few good choices. Or find your own favorite symbol. There is a symbol of love in any language.


Prepare Yourself for Lots of Kissing

There are times when a kiss hypnotizes you and it's hard to stop. (Hmmm. Not such a terrible thing.) So keep those lips soft, and stain them with an eco lip stain. And wear my Green Queen "1 kiss turns into 100" organic cotton t-shirt printed with kisses to top it all off!

Notice All the Love Around You and Share It

Love is everywhere. In your Valentine, in your children, in your pets, in your friends, in nature. That old saying "Stop and smell the roses" makes a lot of sense. Sometimes we're in such a hurry we don't notice that love is right in front of us.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


As one of American's most sought after environmentally conscious designers, Deborah Lindquist creates exquisite apparel out of a mix of "reincarnated" and new Earth-friendly fabrics, such as cashmere, hemp, and bamboo. Lindquist's avant-garde apparel has been showcased in numerous publications including Elle, In Style, Lucky, WWD, Vibe, People, Brides, and Maxim. You can also catch her one-of-a-kind pieces during episodes of Lifetime's "How to Look Good Naked" and Access Hollywood's "Hollywood Green." She has dressed trendsetters such as Rhianna, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton, Keisha Cole, and Jessica Alba. Check out her designs at and read her blog on Red Room.