Valentine’s Day Date Looks That Are Anything But Cliché
If just the thought of a Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner with a “rose for the lady” makes you cringe hard, then predictable pink, red or heart-print looks probably aren’t your thing either. Instead, come Feb. 14, go for a style that feels more you. From a chic khaki jumpsuit to a silver sequin skirt, shop unexpected, but just as lovable, date night looks below. Chocolate, on the other hand, is always the perfect accessory. You can quote us.
Jumpsuit for Joy
A boiler suit won’t be mistaken for workwear when done in luxe satin. This streamlined & Other Stories interpretation gets additional sophistication from its cuffed wrist and ankle. The khaki color is modern, while a tie waist wraps things up perfectly. Now if only your date can handle packaging your Valentine’s Day gift this well.
Shop It! & Other Stories Belted Satin Boiler Suit, $99; stories.com
Tuxedo-inspired style doesn’t have to be limited to a white button-down or lapelled jacket. Take this ASOS Design top, for example, which features a deep V-neck, a far-from-fussy tiered ruffle hem and double buttons in statement-making chartreuse. Wear with skinny black jeans, and you’re sure to win over someone’s heart.
Shop It! ASOS Design Long-Sleeve Tux Top With Button Detail, $48; asos.com
In the Running
Just because there are pink and red hearts everywhere you look doesn’t mean you have to dress like someone you’re not. Stick with your personal style, like athleisure. These joggers by Gibson x Living in Yellow have a sleek, non-sweatpant-looking vibe, especially when worn with a fitted sweater. Ditch the sneakers in favor of pumps, and you may just fall in love with this winning combo.
Shop It! Gibson x Living in Yellow Shirley Ponte Jogger Pants, $49; nordstrom.com
Sparkles Will Fly
A sequin skirt looks forward when pleats and a just-below-the-knee hemline are involved. Temper the sparkle of Chelsea28’s festive number by wearing it over a black bodysuit or with a slim, dark-colored top. This way, you won’t be outshined by your clothing or look like a disco ball. For a similar look with a bit more bold, check out Free People's New Way to Shine skirt with black tulle and sequin gold stars.
Shop It! Chelsea28 Sequin Skirt, $119; nordstrom.com
Shirtdress to Impress
The abstract tie-dye print (a huge trend for spring) of this ASOS shirtdress will lend unexpected edge to your Valentine’s Day style. And don’t be intimidated by its maxi length — the longer hemline won’t provide too much coverage, thanks to thigh-high side slits. Can you say legs for days?
Shop It! ASOS Stradivarius Maxi Shirt Dress in Tie Dye, $57; asos.com
If your style isn’t super girlie but you want to get a little dressed up for Valentine’s Day, this piece has your name all over it. Silvertone side studs add interest to J.Crew’s fitted black denim skirt, making it the perfect base for a cropped tee or even a hoodie, depending on your date plans. Dress things down with chunky sneakers or elevate your look in heeled booties.
Shop It! J.Crew Structured Black Mini Skirt With Studs, $78; jcrew.com
Topshop's Norr ribbed sweater dress is perfect for Valentine’s Day, which falls on an often-frigid Feb. 14. Who scheduled this little celebration of love in peak winter anyway? But fret (and freeze) not. While a mock neck, long sleeves and midi length are quite practical for this time of year, the formfitting cut and royal blue hue are undeniably sultry.
Shop It! Norr Knitted Midi Dress, $150; topshop.com
A bodysuit is the perfect foundation for many a Valentine’s Day look. Whether you wear Free People’s black one-piece as a top with high-waist pants or layer it under an oversize blazer, don’t be surprised if your date gets struck by Cupid’s arrow. And note the notched “V” neckline. You didn’t think we were total Valentine’s Day Scrooges, did you?
Shop It! Free People Pippa V-Wire Bodysuit, $58; freepeople.com
Get in Line
Stripes are always in style, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. The graphic aesthetic of this CeCe sweater gets a heavy dose of feminine flair with blouson sleeves and ruffled shoulders. But don’t think a few frills mean you can’t be a femme fatale: Add a leather pencil skirt and pointy-toe ankle boots for a smoldering finish.
Shop It! CeCe Stripe Balloon Sleeve Sweater, $99; nordstrom.com
A bomber style gets the glam treatment when done in plush faux fur. Heat up any look with Chelsea28's on-trend topper. Bonus: If it’s chilly where you and your Valentine spend the evening, you can keep this jacket on all night. Think of it as a wearable throw. You're welcome.
Shop It! Line & Dot Aspen Faux Fur Jacket, $120; shopbop.com