Sure, Valentine’s Day can be overhyped and over-marketed to sell diamonds, jewelry, and flowers. But when you’re newly engaged, celebrating an anniversary, or planning an ultra-special date night with your S.O., it can be an incredibly fun occasion to dress up for. Whether you’re celebrating the day of love with dinner and a show, a fancy food and beverage marathon via a multi-course meal, or re-living your first date (so sweet and romantic!), a Valentine’s Day date night is the perfect occasion to try something new, see that show you’ve been meaning to see, and try that restaurant that’s perpetually on your list. You may even be celebrating at home with a new recipe and your favorite bottle of wine—dressing up for it is a fun way to make the evening a little more special and a surefire way to feel like your best self.
No matter your Valentine’s Day date of choice, a sweet, sleek, or sexy dress is undoubtedly the move for February 14th, whether you stick to an on-theme red or pink palette or think slightly out of the box with a romantic floral print or unexpected shade of mauve, rust, or merlot.
If feminine frocks routinely call your name, a lace-adorned sheath, ruffled mini, or puffy-sleeved midi dress feel decidedly romantic and fresh. For a bohemian touch, go for a floral print maxi or flouncy off-the-shoulder style or keep it super sweet in a red or print motif. For a little more edge, opt for blooms in a moodier palette—the effect will feel unexpectedly chic. Velvet is a gorgeous and luxe option that’s at once refined (and a bit warmer if you’re battling frigid winter weather). If your taste skews modern and simple, a sleek sheath or slip dress is the way—pro tip: opt for an asymmetrical silhouette for a fashion-forward twist.
However you’re spending your Valentine’s Day date night, ahead, scroll through 25 dresses that are romantic as ever.