Valentine’s day is coming up on 14 February and it’s a perfect day to go on a romantic date with your significant other. Even if you aren’t going any further than your dining room. But how to dress for Valentine’s Day and what are the best Valentine’s outfits for this romantic evening?
Below are a few of my ideas on what to wear on how to dress for Valentine’s Day with your beloved. I thought we could do with some fun, so you’ll find plenty of playful choices featuring bold reds, romantic prints and heart-shaped jewelry.
Valentine’s outfits to wear on a date
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you tend to go out with your loved one?
While Valentine’s Day is often called a “hallmark holiday,” it does at the very least focus the attention on spending quality time with the one you love.
If you are heading out on a date, lucky you! Here are some Valentine’s outfits for you, no matter whether you are going to a swanky restaurant for an evening meal, or you are celebrating in a more casual lunch venue. Or, given current events, perhaps you are simply opting for a takeout or a dinner cooked at home.
Don’t forget to let me know what you will be wearing for Valentine’s Day, or what your favorite date night outfit is, in the comments at the bottom of this article.
Below are my favorite ideas if you’re thinking about how to dress for Valentine’s Day. I’d love to know what you think.
Should you wear red for Valentine’s Day?
Red is considered the color of love and passion, so red is definitely an obvious choice if you are choosing how to dress for Valentine’s Day, and there’s a shade of red that will suit all skin tones, whether you opt for a shade which has more orange or more blue in its mix.
For a more romantic feel, you could add a touch of pink to your outfit. Or, just wear any color which makes you feel great!
Also take a look at how to wear red.
How to dress for valentine’s Day: Fabric choices
I always think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to wear tactile fabrics such as silk or satin, or to choose chiffon with a camisole worn underneath.
A Valentine’s Day capsule for you
If you still have to decide on what to wear for Valentine’s day this year, below are some suggestions for you. Let me – know which outfit you would be most likely to wear.
You’ll find the best clothes, shoes and accessories to choose for Valentine’s Day as well as a special Valentine’s capsule at the bottom of the article.
TOPS to go with your valentine’s outfit
Angela @angelamashelle above looks beautiful in an on-trend outfit with a red puff sleeve sweater.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top, skirt, sandals and clutch.
Below, I’ve included a t-shirt with hearts on it that you could wear with more casual outfits, as well as a versatile shirt, a figure flattering wrap top and a red top that will add some Valentine’s flare to even a simple pair of jeans.
Zadig & Voltaire Anya Beaded Hearts Linen Blend T-Shirt – Boden Silk Shirt – Vince Camuto Puff Sleeve Top – DIARRABLU Aida Wrap Blouse
Jackets and coats to wear over your valentine’s clothes
You may be heading out to dinner (if you’re able to) or perhaps just out for a romantic walk. Either way, you’ll want to add some outerwear to your outfit.
Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above matches her blazer to her shoes.
Steal her look with this similar top, high waist shorts (another option here), blazer, pumps and clutch.
The outerwear options below feature red, pink and a poncho you could use for layering. If you look very closely, you can see the tiny hearts on the black cardigan.
Anne Klein Serenity Drape Front Jacket – Nordstrom Signature Wool & Cashmere Double Face Coat – THE GREAT. The Tiny Hearts Lodge Wool & Alpaca Blend Cardigan – BOSS Lisandra Wool Poncho
How to dress for Valentine’s Day: DRESSES & SKIRTS
I think that a dress should be your number one option to look at. Certainly when you don’t normally wear dresses. That makes it extra special!
Opt for something sexy that shows off the parts that you wish to highlight about your body. Don’t be afraid to show off some of your curves and be proud of them! Men love a woman who is confident about her body.
That doesn’t mean you have to go ultra-short or ultra-tight. Simply choose a dress which shows off the part of you that you like best, whether that is your shoulders, decolletage or your legs.
Erica @ericabunker above (read her style interview here) looks stunning in her knee-length dress that shows off her legs. Her metallic strap shoes draw attention to her ankles.
Check out these dresses from Berydress and GOBLES and wear with these similar gold heels and necklace.
Fraiche by J Wrap Front Long Sleeve Dress – COS Pleated Midi Dress – COS Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress – BOSS Sharkbite Hem Satin Skirt
valentine’s day clothes: JEANS & PANTS
You might want to dress down a little if you are staying at home, by pairing your Valentine’s top with jeans.
Lizzy @whatlizzyloves above (read her style interview here) shows how you could make a pair of black trousers special by wearing a statement top.
Check out this embellished top (other options here and here) that you can wear with this similar pair trousers and sandals (another option here).
You could wear a pair of bootleg jeans, or on-trend wide pants, or you could choose to add a print or pop of color to your outfit with your pants.
PAIGE Manhattan Bootcut Jeans – Rebecca Taylor Satin Cigarette Pants – Boden Tie Waist Wide Leg Trousers – Boden High Waisted Richmond Trousers –
shoes to wear with your valentine’s day looks
If you want to keep the rest of your outfit fairly classic, then a great way to add some color is with your shoes. Or, you can opt for the other way around and choose a bright outfit with classic shoes like Catherine @notlamb above (read her style interview here).
Check out these jumpsuits from Lulus and Amazon that you can wear with this similar pair of pumps.
Sam Edelman Classic Dori Pump – Lucky Brand Roakly High Heel Pump – MUSSHOE Pointed Toe Ballet Flats – PUMA Basket Heart Sneaker
accessories to go with your valentine’s day outfits
Accessories are always important for any outfit, but they’re the perfect way to add some romance to your Valentine’s outfit.
Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) chooses a box clutch and metallic shoes with her maxi dress.
Check out these printed dresses from Amazon, Chaus and Maggy London that you can wear with this similar pair of sandals and clutch.
You can have some fun with your accessories and add a little heart print or shape to your bag or jewelry.
COACH Signature Coated Canvas & Hearts Crossbody Bag – HOBO Sable – Laura Lombardi Amorina Heart Pendant Necklace – Kendra Scott Haven Heart Cuff Bracelet – Nashelle Complete Heart Ring – Kendra Scott Ari Heart Stud Earrings – Lizzie Fortunato Rio Heart Drop Earrings – SHYMI Pavé Heart Drop Huggie Hoop Earrings
valentine’s day capsule wardrobe
Below are the Valentine’s outfits from above together in a capsule wardrobe.
You could easily mix and match many of the tops, jackets and bottoms here.
For instance, how about wearing the red pants with the matching top, the wrap top with the print pants or you could opt to wear the red coat over the red print midi dress.
shop some of the items above here:
More how to dress for Valentine’s day inspiration for you
The capsules below are past season, but all of the looks are completely timeless so they should still provide inspiration whether you are shopping your closet or treating yourself to something new.
Will you celebrate valentine’s day this year? What do you plan to wear?
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I really like Tanasha’s and Suzie’s looks. Effortless and beautiful! And Petra’s is very sophisticated, not something I could feel comfortable in, but very beautiful too.
We celebrate at home on Valentine’s day, but I do enjoy a bit of holiday fun with my work wear. I have a flowy high-low tunic with oversized watercolor florals in shades of deep rose and wine. Paired with skinny black pants, wine booties, and a Swarovski crystal heart pendant that I crafted.
Beautiful looks wear all these enchanting ladies. This year I will be wearing a chic leather costume. I spend Valentine’s Day in a beautiful wellness hotel in Austria and look forward to some special beautiful days over the 14 of Feb.
XO Martina from Germany
I usually wear red dress. I got beautiful size 4 sheath dress from h & m. I usually wear that to work. It is sleeveless and had black and bugurdy. I have knee high boots from target. It is sexy professional and shows off my curves just right way.
I usually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. But this time I am going to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But what I am going to wear is a Shirt & pants & a jacket but the thing is idk what to wear…
I always and only wear a red dress. I also like to mix red and pink since this is the only day I can do this. Most important to how I dress is what will the weather be. We might have a blizzard, heat wave, or rain. Then I decide which boots I need to wear and then the coat. Rain coat, fur coat, or shawl. Then I work inwards and choose the dress and accessories. St. Valentine’s Day is the only day I allow myself to get away with lots of hearts and flowers and red, pink and brown. Kinda goofy I suppose but I like that kind of kiddish jewelry.
I recently discovered Anthropologie and I am very pleased to see you suggested their dresses. The Carissima Sheath is on my “lust list”.
Can you tell me where the grey sleeveless top in the “Skirt” section is from. I love this!
As for Valentines, I plan on staying home with my sweetie and wearing my birthday suit :-).
The collages can be found here http://fortyplusstyle.polyvore.com/ which will have links to the products also. Great outfit choice for the day!
We on’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and I am trying to get past this post as quickly as I can. Seeing too many great items. Thanks for the reminder of leather jacket with flowery skirt. I am going to try that out tomorrow.
I like the red leather motorcycle jacket! I usually wear something that’s either red or pink. Don’t know what’s on tap for this year as yet
I love the black dresses you showed because they are different from the traditional solid LBD. This year I will be on a hiking/travel vacation in the American southwest on Valentine’s day so my best chance to dress up is a skirt/top combination with limited accessories. Like Suzanne we don’t observe Valentine’s Day on its own. It is usually combined with my birthday celebrations on the 12th.
Could you please tell me where I could purchase the floral blouse you show with the white pants for Valentine Day?
Just go to my Polyvore account where you can see all my collages and details of items used. http://fortyplusstyle.polyvore.com/
The Hubs and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I am hoping to get in some fancy dinners now that we’re becoming empty nesters. Today I went shopping for stilettos, something I never wear.
From a man’s perspective, I think you are right on the money in the first paragraph where you suggest wearing a dress if you don’t usually. Conversely, if you are one of those finance/banking/law women who have to dress well every day, maybe some fitted jeans and some tall Loubies.
And yes you can never go wrong with silk or leather. A nice new piece of lingerie could be a great surprise. I prefer La Perla 🙂
The days I never go out are Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, and New Years. lol. But since I do the cooking I usually try and do something exceptional, which will normally involve lobsters and pink Champagne.
Well, well Denton… You are reveiling secrets LOL
I am definitely in the mood for a romantic evening out. I feel in the mood for some drama so perhaps a long romantic skirt with a edgy cropped seater (it’s still so cold), long earrings and some boots with a higher heel. There is a fabulous and intimate little music venue where we could hear some jazz and have a nice meal. I may need to treat because my partner/photographer has been working so hard taking photos of me for the blog that he deserves and extra special reward! So many wonderful suggestions as always Sylvia, thank you.
We’re usually at home with a movie and a bottle of wine – but I adore that floral full skirt, for any occasion! xo
I think I might wear my teal fit and flare dress. We don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day but wait until the 16th to celebrate the day we met. It is better since we don’t end up going out on the same day as everyone else.
I do love that skirt and the one dress from Anthro, the first one you showed. Just fantastic!
I expect to see what you’ll be wearing : )