For a holiday all about love, Valentine’s Day is wrought with conflict.
Everyone has opposing views on how to spend February 14th. Some couples cozy up on the couch with a bottle of wine. Others prefer to hit up that impossible-to-get-into restaurant and make a big to-do of the night. People also balk at the holiday, dubbing it a creation of the Hallmark and greeting card industry. And, some crews will band together to declare the night a girls-only party. Well, whatever your plans are or what your stance on the holiday is, we can all agree upon one thing: Valentine’s Day is a fun excuse to get dressed up for the night.
Here are three outfit ideas for how you choose to celebrate February 14th.
Home Cooking a Meal for Two. Planning on playing Iron Chef at home? Pull out the cookbook, fire up the oven, and slip into a laid-back outfit. But, before you reach for a pilling cashmere sweater and destroyed boyfriend jeans, remember tonight is a special occasion so dress up your low-key sweater and jeans outfit just a bit. A sweet upgrade from your go-to knitwear is a dimple stitch sweater vest. And, bonus, with your arms bare you’re freer to reach for ingredients without having to roll up your sleeves. Match the sleeveless sweater’s old-school prep vibe with a pair of white jeans—but avoid stains with an apron or by pulling them on after you’ve done your prep work.
Dining at the Five-Star Eatery. If your date scored an intimate booth at that posh new restaurant, honor the evening with a flirty ensemble. Create the illusion of mile-long legs with a nude heeled sandal that blends in with your skin. Then, highlight your feminine sway with a breezy accordion pleated chiffon skirt. As for jewelry, skip the statement necklace in favor of the newest jewelry trend: ear cuffs. These shimmering beauties add a just-right amount of sparkle and will catch the table’s romantic candlelight.
Bar Hopping with the Girls. Coined by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day—a day of ladies celebrating ladies—has gained momentum in recent years. When your evening plans call for quality girl-time, you want a no-fuss outfit that can go from sipping mojitos to busting a move on the dance floor. A geometric shift dress gets a bohemian twist when paired with a fringed hobo bag and suede over the knee boots. Kick the look up a notch with a motorcycle vest—it has a little attitude, softened by the pale pink hue.