PEOPLE will spend Valentine’s Day differently but one thing is certain—they’ll be spending it with someone special. What to do on that day requires planning, especially the outfit that goes with the occasion. Here are some ideas you can pull off for dates that call for casual ensembles, or lavish ones where you need to pull out all the stops. And don’t forget that pop of red!
This is a cross between casual and formal, and screams: “I want to spend time with you but I know you’re not a morning person so let’s meet halfway.” It takes place in the middle of the day, so lean more on the casual side but put some thought into it—it’s casual, not sloppy.
Don a sundress with a denim jacket (it’s optional but adds a subtle edge to the look) paired with a minimal amount of accessories, and sneakers or flats. In this kind of weather, the key is to look and feel comfortable, and to make a good impression while you’re stuffing your face with bacon.
If the plan is to dine out at some fancy restaurant or hotel, opt for that dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion. That LBD (little black dress) is a surefire hit if you’re not planning on a red-themed ensemble. Although it seems like you’re playing safe, it still has that elegant touch especially when paired with the right heels and accessories. Keep everything in a cute clutch. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s an outfit that will make a statement.
The spontaneous date
This is where your fashion sense will be put to the test. Sometimes, we dress for a certain situation—and Valentine’s Day is a situation. Ask for a few hints here and there if you can but if you’re coming up blank, you can’t go wrong with the basics. A nice, stylish white top goes well with anything. It’s classic, clean and goes well with anything, whether a skirt or a pair of jeans. Layer it with a jacket or a cardigan. As far as accessories go, slip on a pair of earrings, a watch or a necklace (depending on the neckline) paired with sneakers, flats or small inch heels. It’s all about spontaneity, so the look should be flexible enough to handle whatever he’ll spring on you that day.