What To Wear for Valentine’s Day—However You’re Planning To Celebrate

Here are seven outfit ideas for whatever night you’re planning to have this February 14.

What To Wear for Valentine’s Day—However You’re Planning To Celebrate
Olivia Baker

Valentine’s Day: It’s a holiday that can elicit a wide range of emotions—both for couples and those who are single. But, put the Hallmark, cupid associations of the day aside, and look at it as a chance to celebrate someone you love—whether that be a partner, your closest friends, or most importantly, yourself. Depending on what your plans are this year, you can put together a look befitting of the way you’re choosing to celebrate. 

Hitting a trendy restaurant, going out for drinks with your friends for galentine’s day, or enjoying a night in on your couch in a hoodie and t-shirt, onesie or pajama set—if you’re one to enjoy the idea of occasion dressing, then make Valentine’s Day the day to lean into it. Hot pinks, reds, heart-prints and tulle may be the scheme du jour, but try adding neutrals (like a black dress) and metallics to the mix to ensure that your Valentine outfit isn’t too on the nose. And while red heart-shaped jewelry isn’t for everyone, layering on the sparkle and sequins feels like a way to treat yourself just a little bit more luxuriously. Ahead, find seven outfit ideas for whatever night you’re planning to have this February 14. Our one tip: since it’s still likely to be cold, make sure to add tights, a turtleneck or cardigan, and finish off whatever you wear with a statement coat.

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For a Dressy Date Night

If you’re taking the opportunity to treat yourself to a fancy date night out, dress for the occasion. A sleek black bodycon midi dress is elegant and understated, meaning you can focus in on eyes-on-me accessories. Playful hoops and strappy, sparkly sandals will support the theory that sometimes getting ready is just as much fun as the event itself. 

For Casual Drinks

If you’re early on in the dating game and navigating that awkward do-we-or-don’t-we Valentine’s Day vibe, we suggest going out for a low-pressure drink. Your outfit can be relaxed and comfortable, while still feeling true to your sense of style (no tutu or lingerie inspired items required). Pieces like a feminine sweater or long sleeve top and simple flats still make it obvious that you’ve dressed to impress.

For a Girls Night Out

Planning to celebrate the holiday sans date? Make it a special occasion to head out on the town with your closest friends for a girls valentine evening. A playful party ensemble with ruffles is just the thing you need for a turn on the dance floor. If you’re feeling particularly excited, add an extra touch of drama with a red lip or dramatic, sparkly eye.

For Dinner and a Show

So you’ve planned a whole night of activities as something special for you and your partner? Take the opportunity to pull together a dressy look perfect for a steak dinner and a trip to the theater. These days, occasions to dress up and say “I love you” can feel few and far between, so take advantage.

For a Cozy Night In

If you’re the type to prefer a night in with takeout and a romantic movie for V-day, try for a look that’s cozy and casual, but with a little fashion-forward punch. This colorful mohair sweater is versatile, and could easily be dressed up with a slip skirt, blazer or dark denim for fancier occasions.

For a Trendy Night Out

The reservation was made months ago, and you’ve already checked the menu. You know the wine you’ll order, too. If you’re heading to an “It” restaurant that you’ve been dying to try, it’s time to pull out all the stops. Go for a trendy look that has dressy elements, but still remains cool, calm, and collected overall. 

For a Treat-Yourself Evening

Buck tradition this Valentine’s Day and take yourself out for a favorite meal, current book in hand. A polished yet punchy look, featuring a statement piece like this bold Marni sweater, is the way to make this a happy valentine’s day. It’s an occasion to break out all of your favorite pieces, so don’t be afraid of layering up and piling on the jewelry—it’s all about doing you. 

What To Wear for Valentine’s Day—However You’re Planning To Celebrate