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Great Valentine's Looks

Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches.

Allure magazine's February issue has some great looks for those who want something special to wear for a date with a special someone. Allure's editor-in-chief Linda Wells says you don't have to spend a lot to look great.

She challenged The Early Show's Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Dave Price to guess which items were steals, costing a fraction of the designer prices of the other splurges. And Julie was the winner. Can you tell the splurges from the steals?

Wells says Valentine's Day clothes don't have to be red, pink and white. They also don't need to have big hearts. Instead, Wells recommends wearing chic, sexy,outfits that can be worn throughout the season and not just for Valentine's Day.

The following should be considered for the big night, says Wells:

  • Color
  • Shine
  • Top half of an outfit - Most people will only see the top when you're seated at your romantic dinner for two, so make it look good.

    Wells says you can be fancy or you can be casual chic with nice jeans paired with a flashy top. Shiny metallic fabrics, bright-colored silks and chiffon dresses all look good.

    Jeans
    Jeans have come a long way. They are no longer just for running errands. Denim has proven to have staying power. Wells says jeans can be worn dressed up or down.

    The jean look is great for a more casual, chic downtown night. Wells demonstrates an outfit that paired a liquid gold top with jeans and high heels, which is perfect for drinks or dancing.

    Splurge:
    Louis Vuitton Lurex Fabric Top, $1,200
    Seven Jeans, $121 from eLuxury.com
    Cesare Paciotti Gold Leather Sandals, $495
    Fendi Leather and Fabric small clutch, $735

    Grand Total: $2,551

    Steal:
    Alice and Trixie Silk Top, $172 from Big Drop in NYC
    Gap, $58
    Frederick's of Hollywood Gold Leather Sandals, $38
    MZ Wallace leather bag, $155
    Grand Total: $423

    The main difference: LUREX is not a common fabric. Wells says the Louis Vuitton will cost more because of the uncommon material.

    Bright Sleek Dress

    Steal:
    A.B.S. Evening by Allen Schwartz Polyacetate Dress, $300 from Saks Fifth Avenue
    Kenneth Cole Sandals, $150
    Kenneth Cole bag, $89

    Grand Total: $539

    Splurge:
    Zac Posen Satin and Silk Dress, $1, 450 from Barneys New York
    Lamberston Truex Leather Clutch, $495 from Bergdorf Goodman
    Jimmy Choo Sandals, $440

    Grand Total: $2,385

    The difference: Wells says Zac Posen is currently a popular, trend label. The Zac Posen dress is made of silk and satin. A.B.S. is a poly acetate blend. A.B.S. is well known for knocking off the hottest red carpet dresses.

    Two-Piece

    Splurge:
    YSL Cotton and Silk Blouse, $850 from Bergdorf Goodman
    YSL Satin Skirt, $895 from Bergdorf Goodman
    Gucci Satin and Diamante Gladiator Sandals, $895
    Grand Total: $2,640

    Steal:
    Myshkin Satin Top, $215 from Barneys New York
    Myshkin Satin Skirt, $225 from Barneys New York
    Guess? Fabric shoes, $79

    Grand Total: $519

    Wells says the two-piece outfits can be worn separately, so you get more for your money.

    The main difference: Besides the fact that you're paying for the YSL label, the YSL top is cut with more refinement, and also has more detailing on the blouse. The satin panels in the silk skirt make it more versatile. Wells says Myshkin has a plunging neckline, and ordinary smocking at waist.

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