5 Valentine’s Day Outfits We’re Crushing On

Call us romantics, but we are here for wearing pink and red on Valentine’s Day. Not only is the tradition a fun fashion challenge, it’s also a good opportunity to give your winter uniform a break. Black and gray will get you from week to week, sure, but a fiery red look will be the highlight of your month.

The trick to being on-theme without veering into cheese is knowing your audience. A red teddy at the office? Not the best move. A foxy red cocktail dress at a dimly lit restaurant? Yes, girl. To help you figure out what to wear on February 14th,  we’ve put together a few plan-specific outfits will get your heart racing. If you’re feeling fabulously extra, use this guide to line up a whole week’s worth of Valentine’s Day outfits.

 

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Romantic Dinner

When the stars—and dinner reservations—align, go for it with a flirty red dress, strappy heels, and sparkly stud earrings. As we pointed out in our holiday post, there’s no such thing as one perfect crimson frock. But Valentine’s Day is a time to play favorites, and we think this curve-hugging ruffle number will have your date’s jaw on the floor. And those adjustable spaghetti straps? They practically do the flirting for you.

 

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Flirty First Date

Keeping it chill with your wardrobe on a first date is just common sense, but this is Valentine’s Day we’re talking about here. If you and your potential new person actually set a rendezvous for the most romantic night of the year, you owe it to the gods of romance to dress for a fairytale ending. The most fashionable way to do that right now? ‘90s structured minimalism. A red-hot dress with a sweetheart neckline and your most strappy stiletto heels channels Cher’s best “as if.” A bag here or an earring there won’t hurt, but resist the urge to over-accessorize. This look is all about the dress (and you, of course), not the extras.

 

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Galentine’s Day

The beautiful thing about over-the-knee boots is that they are incredibly sexy and incredibly warm at the same time. For a night out with your girls—which could take you in any number of directions—they really cover all the bases. Throw an easy dress on top, like our flowy flap-pocket shirt dress, and you’re out the door. The red polka dot pattern is appropriately festive but the structured cut keeps it sophisticated. Bonus points: Repurpose it for work with a slightly less scandalous shoe.

 

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Staying-In (with a Date)

We all know there are two types of loungewear: at home facemask, bookworm grunge and cute-for-company cozy. Our plush sweater dress was made for these latter moments, when comfort and “come hither” intersect. A leather jacket adds some edge and simple sneakers connote the perfect amount of effortlessness. Couch-bound movie night has never been so chic.  

 

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Hostess with the Mostess

If your Valentine’s Day plans involve hosting a dinner party for friends, family, or coworkers,  something slightly more conservative might be in order. After all, when you’re impressing guests, nothing detracts from impeccable culinary skills like pulling down a mini or hiking up your tights. All black is always both practical and darkly romantic in this scenario. Try slim black pants and a top with lace details or voluminous sleeves for drama. Add a bold red earring for a dinner table-friendly style statement and then treat yourself to flats—you’ve earned ‘em.