Now that you’re engaged, Valentine’s Day carries more meaning than ever before. The giddy feeling of planning a wedding and vowing lifelong promises to your S.O. has you on the romance train that’s immediately getting you in the mood to celebrate the romantic holiday with your love. You definitely deserve to go all out this year. Whether you’ve finally secured reservations for the buzziest new restaurant in town or are going out dancing—despite V-Day falling on a Wednesday, but c’est la vie—you want to look good. And what’s the secret to being a stunner that night? The perfect Valentine's Day dress, of course.
The key is to search for one that catches your eye—one that strikes the impeccable balance of sexy and elegant, which plays up your femininity and figure. We suggest starting off by choosing a length you feel most comfortable in whether it’s a mini, midi or maxi. Then, seek details that capture your attention at first glance. Prefer a celestial print over floral? How about a show-stopping feather-trimmed number for full-fledged glamour? Such elements define a fantastic dress from the rest of the overdone, identical designs already donned on previous date nights.
Scouring the market, we were thrilled to come across a deluge of options worthy of a Valentine debut. First, we noticed lots of shoulder-baring silhouettes, which isn’t a surprise as off-the-shoulders are very popular for evening ware. However, these iterations are far more interesting via strategic placement of frills such as those that cascade down the sleeves as seen on a gorgeous LBD from Cinq a Sept. Asymmetric shapes that expose a lone shoulder are utterly flirtatious too. Talulah’s powder blue embroidered maxi is complete with subtle ruffles that delicately drape over the arm and Topshop’s edgy take on the traditional floral frock is cool-girl chic done right.
Want to embrace the red and pink tradition without appearing cheesy? Get festive and don the sweet, girly shade with aplomb in a silky fuchsia wrap finished with dramatic pleats you won’t be able to resist twirling in. (PSA: it’s from Nasty Gal and the price is unbeatable.) Reformation’s red-hot slinky plunging lace and satin column dress is the epitome of sultry. And if you can’t choose between the two colors, opt for a playful paneled midi that combines both hues, courtesy of Bardot.
You know we didn’t forget you ladies who want to keep it bridal. White is also perfect for Valentine’s Day and lets you toot your own horn ahead of the shower. Derek Lam’s floaty lurex ivory mini is fantastic with gold accessories, while a simple bias slip from Stone Cold Fox is an ideal option for the minimalist. Ulla Johnson’s fluttery dotted babydoll dress with handkerchief hem is boho beautiful easy to throw on.
Here, take a peek at 31 Valentine's Day dresses that’ll knock your fiancé out of his socks.