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

Valentine's Day outfits - Angela wears a red sweater and bias cut skirt |

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.

Tops to wear for Valentine's Day |

Zadig & Voltaire Anya Beaded Hearts Linen Blend T-ShirtBoden Silk ShirtVince Camuto Puff Sleeve TopDIARRABLU Aida Wrap Blouse

Jackets and coats to wear over your valentine’s clothes

How to dress for Valentine's day? |

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.

How to dress for Valentine's day - outwears |

Anne Klein Serenity Drape Front JacketNordstrom Signature Wool & Cashmere Double Face CoatTHE GREAT. The Tiny Hearts Lodge Wool & Alpaca Blend CardiganBOSS Lisandra Wool Poncho

How to dress for Valentine’s Day: DRESSES & SKIRTS

Valentine's Day outfits - Erica in a knee-length dress and metallic heels |

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.

How to dress for Valentine's day - dresses and skirts |

Fraiche by J Wrap Front Long Sleeve DressCOS Pleated Midi DressCOS Puff-Sleeve Midi DressBOSS Sharkbite Hem Satin Skirt

valentine’s day clothes: JEANS & PANTS

Lizzy wears a statement top and heels with her jeans |

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.

How to dress for Valentine's day - pants and jeans |

PAIGE Manhattan Bootcut JeansRebecca Taylor Satin Cigarette PantsBoden Tie Waist Wide Leg TrousersBoden High Waisted Richmond Trousers

shoes to wear with your valentine’s day looks

Catherine in a floral jumpsuit |

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.

Shoes for Valentine's |

Sam Edelman Classic Dori PumpLucky Brand Roakly High Heel Pump – MUSSHOE Pointed Toe Ballet FlatsPUMA Basket Heart Sneaker

accessories to go with your valentine’s day outfits

Outfits for Valentine's Day - Alison wears a maxi dress |

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.

Accessories for Valentine's |

COACH Signature Coated Canvas & Hearts Crossbody BagHOBO SableLaura Lombardi Amorina Heart Pendant NecklaceKendra Scott Haven Heart Cuff BraceletNashelle Complete Heart RingKendra Scott Ari Heart Stud EarringsLizzie Fortunato Rio Heart Drop EarringsSHYMI 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.

Valentine's Day capsule wardrobe |

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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.

Valentine's Day capsule wardrobe |
Valentine's Day capsule wardrobe |

Will you celebrate valentine’s day this year? What do you plan to wear?

Continue reading:

  1. How To Wear Red – Your Comprehensive Guide On Wearing The Color Of Love!
  2. The Best Dress Styles For Your Body Shape
  3. The Best Cocktail Dresses In Stores Now

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