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 multicourse meal, or reliving your first date (so sweet and romantic!), a Valentine’s Day outfit for date night is the perfect place to try something new. You may even be celebrating at home with a new recipe and your favorite bottle of wine—finding the perfect Valentine's Day outfit 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 all 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 to go—Pro tip: opt for an asymmetrical silhouette for a fashion-forward twist.
How ever you’re spending the most romantic day of the year, we have 25 Valentine’s Day outfit ideas perfect for every occasion.