10 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas to Inspire Your Look This Year


Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming—and if you haven’t already seen chocolate hearts and cheesy cards in every shop, buckle up. We all know in our heart of hearts that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday but listen: It’s the middle of February, winter is still raging it’s ugly head, Christmas is a distant hangover, and frankly, we need something to celebrate. 

Even if you historically loathe the day of love, why not embrace it this year, no matter where you currently are in your love life. Whether you’re very single and ready to mingle or preparing to celebrate what seems like your 97th Valentine’s Day with the same partner, spice it up with what you wear! Below are a few Valentine’s Day outfit ideas suggestions depending on your current relationship status or date plans. 

The First Valentine’s

The first Valentine’s day is always special: a bit of nerves, a bit of excitement or a bit of total shock if one member of the couple is completely unaware that they made plans on “the holiday.” I personally think it’s crucial not to go over the top here. Let’s hold on the red-heart tights and “I Love You” sweater and save that for the second Valentine’s Day (if you make it that far). I’d take a subtle yet festive approach and wear excellent-fitting jeans, a top with a pop of red or pink, and some fun accessories and dainty lingerie (for your own confidence boost, natch). This formula works for dinner in a chic restaurant, an at-home meal, or something off-piste like…bowling. (Note to self, if you are going bowling, choose your socks wisely, preferably ones without hearts on them…)

Slvrlake

Grace high-rise wide-leg jeans

Valentino Garavani

Scoobie gold-tone earrings

Usisi Sister

Lena textured lace-up top

Zara

TRF high rise wide leg jeans

Reformation

mini rosetta shoulder bag

Toteme

Mid Heel suede Chelsea boots

Agent Provocateur

Mariann tulle and lace underwired balconette bra

The Getaway

If you’re getting away from your daily life/habits/routine for Valentine’s Day then it’s also the time to dress away from your daily life. If you’re normally a jeans and top kinda gal but headed to the beach, try a charming dress or playsuit. If you’re planning a weekend trip to a nearby town or staycation in your own city where you tend to wear dresses to work, then go for a casual but polished combo with a knit and cool, corduroy trousers. The memo here is that whatever is normally “off limits” in your day to day—now is the time to embrace the opposite. Besides, traveling allows us to try on various versions of ourselves  and what better way to do that than with your outfit?  

Missoni

Mare striped halterneck playsuit

Hunza G

Maya cutout seersucker swimsuit

&Daughter

Bansha Fair Isle cardigan

Citizens of Humanity

Paloma cotton-blend corduroy wide-leg pants

Jil Sander

Tangle small leather cross-body bag

The Partner of Many Years

You know the saying—“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks but you can get an old dog new lingerie”? Ok, maybe that’s not the exact wording but it’s something along those lines, which I do think applies here. If your beloved partner has zero expectation for you to open the bedroom door in something beribboned and crotchless, a delicate cami set with a sweet lace trim is just the ticket. If it’s just you dining à deux on the couch and watching Netflix in your pajamas, upgrade that set to a silky pair to spice things up ever so slightly.

La Perla

Maison embroidered camisole

La Perla

Maison embroidered shorts

Fleur du Mal

Rose and Vine embroidered lace balconette bra

Fleur du Mal

Rose and Vine embroidered tulle briefs

The Single and Ready to Mingle

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or single-and-happy-alone-thank-you-very-much, Valentine’s Day can be a day to celebrate yourself. If you’re on the hunt for a partner, the best way to attract someone is with confidence so wear whatever makes you the most comfortable and your confidence will radiate—be it your favorite LBD, a perfectly worn-in leather jacket, thigh-high boots…whatever it is, you do you. 

Jacquemus

off-the-shoulder mini dress

Anthropologie

two-tone hoop heart drop earrings

Zara

fringed metallic bucket bag

Paris Texas

leather over-the-knee boots

Benedetta Bruzziches

Your Best Friend La Grande shoulder bag

Studio Amelia

Emily leather wrap sandals

The Galentine’s Day

If Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love then let’s not forget some of the most important loving relationships in our lives: our friends. “Galentine’s” is really just another word for what is, in fact, a girl’s night out—as if we needed any excuse to get dressed to the nines with our friends (be it in pajamas to wear to bed or pajamas to wear out). For these Valentine’s Day outfit ideas, think something with feathers, something with satin, or big bows that you might normally stay away from—this is your night to shine!

Olivia Von Halle

Audrey floral-print eye mask

Chanel

Le Vernis longwear nail color

Tata Harper

hydrating hyaluronic acid floral mask

Loeffler Randall

Violet bow-embellished shoulder bag

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