What to wear on Valentine’s Day: 7 outfit ideas

Valentine's Day Looks: Gallery Opening

Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner with your partner, having a low-key pub night, grabbing drinks with your girlfriends or staying in to binge-watch Netflix on the sofa, Valentine’s Day calls for a special outfit.

My husband and I don’t generally do gifts, and we typically don’t do anything too fancy – but I still love getting dressed up for the night. I actually like the hearts and girly stuff surrounding the day, and I think any good Valentine’s Day outfit should have at least some element of festivity. But there’s a way to do pink, red, hearts and love without looking over-the-top cheesy.

Here are seven brilliant outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day – no matter how you’re spending the day.

1 Romantic Dinner Date

Yes, we know. I am obsessed with turtlenecks. So of course I had to slip one into this list. A sweet ’90s slip dress looks modern and chic over a thin grey roll-neck top – and the outfit will keep you from shivering in a chilly restaurant. The low block-heel pumps are cute without looking like you’re trying too hard – and they’re comfy enough to walk around if dinner leads to cocktails a few blocks away.


Zara flower pattern dress
£35 – zara.com

Topshop grey coat

Chloé strappy pumps
£445 – neimanmarcus.com


2 Brunch with the Girls

For single ladies – or attached ladies who still feel like celebrating their love for their friends – Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to catch up with the squad for a boozy brunch. Pair a leather pencil skirt with a cosy knit jumper and cool trainers with a hint of blush pink. (*Note, I just discovered these Adidas by Stella McCartney shoes and I think I’m in love.)


The Row turtleneck shirt
£675 – mytheresa.com

Topshop leather skirt
£125 – nordstrom.com

Adidas sneaker
£115 – luisaviaroma.com

J Crew gold necklace
£275 – jcrew.com

Smashbox lipstick
£15 – beauty.com

3 Gallery Opening

When you’re planning an outing that’s a bit cooler than appetisers at your local pub, you need to put a bit more thought into the look. These high-waisted velvet trousers are pretty much everything I need in my life. Unfortunately they’re way too expensive for real life (as are the bag and boots) – but let’s just use this as inspiration, shall we? At least the shirt and jacket are affordable…


Collared shirt
£10 – shein.com

Black leather jacket
£40 – yoins.com

Gianvito Rossi suede ankle boots
£365 – matchesfashion.com

Chloé chloe handbag
£1,340 – neimanmarcus.com

Versace black jewelry
£185 – tradesy.com


4 Movie Night

If the allure of an over-the-top Valentine’s Day has sort of worn off but you still want to get out of the house with your boyfriend, the perfect solution is to head to the cinema. I love this colour-blocked coat – and it’s only £37. (Also swooning over this Chiara Ferragni glitter shoes, but they’re a bit pricier.) Grab a chic leather backpack (for snacks and a mini wine bottles) and head to the theatre. Just be sure to pick a romantic film and not one that makes you want to die, like The Revenant.


Saint James striped shirt
£82 – jcrew.com

Long coat
£37 – shein.com

Chiara Ferragni glitter shoes
£205 – luisaviaroma.com

Monica Vinader ring
£95 – boutique1.com

Prada eyeglass


5 Wine Tasting

I love this Valentine’s Day look because it’s sweet and sexy, but still has a relaxed, effortless vibe. The cosy knit Uniqlo jumper helps to dress it down a bit, making it much more versatile. It would be perfect for meeting your beau at a dimly lit wine bar – but you could also get away with wearing it for margaritas at your favourite Mexican place. Also, if you’ve seen these heart socks before it’s because I just really enjoy them.


Uniqlo cashmere sweater
£21 – uniqlo.com

Duster coat
£47 – yoins.com

Marie Turnor hand bag
£150 – shopbop.com


6 Netflix n Chill

And now we’ve arrived at my best-case scenario. I know I said I love dressing up for Valentine’s Day… but I also love drinking red wine, eating pizza and sugar cookies and watching crime dramas. Side note: has anyone else noticed that the absolute best place for a pun is on a pair of socks?


Print sweatshirt
£13 – shein.com

Topshop gray socks


7 Posh Cocktails

If you’ve got a really hot date – as in, someone you’ve recently started seeing who is still trying hard to impress you – you’ve got to go all out. This black velvet dress is super sexy – but the relaxed silhouette keeps it from feeling like too much of a Valentine’s Day cliche. Worn with simple black mules and gold jewelry, it’s the perfect look for sipping martinis at a swanky rooftop bar or an exclusive downtown lounge.


Eileen Fisher velvet dress

Natalie B yellow gold necklace
£18 – dailylook.com

Alex and ani ring
£19 – bloomingdales.com

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