Sundays are casual, reserved for running errands in your yoga pants and, let’s be honest, nursing hangovers with brunch and Bloody Marys.
So, it stands to reason that, with Valentine’s Day falling on a lazy Sunday—and work the next day—your romantic plans are likely a little lower-key too: a laid-back lunch in lieu of a fancy dinner; a matinee movie over a midnight screening; or happy hour at the bar instead of the newest local boîte.
But these scaled-back celebrations don’t give you carte blanche to wear your usual weekend uniform (yes, we mean those yoga pants) to meet your date. It’s still an occasion with a capital O and it’s a fun excuse to dress up—but there’s an art to it.
We turn to three bloggers and their coolly casual looks for some style inspiration to match your mellow Valentine’s Day.
A languorous lunch date:
Kristine Agabaian of Kris Chérie dresses up her comfy sweater with a simple, feminine skirt for a look that feels cozy but looks chic—perfect for a romantic lunch.
An afternoon at the movies:
One half of the sister duo behind blog The Fashionably Broke, take a leaf out of Natalie Pinto’s book and transform your favorite T-shirt and jeans with a cool coat. This simple, often overlooked addition elevates your off-duty look—and keeps you warm when they crank up the aircon in the theater.
Drinks at your neighborhood bar
Blogger Mari Bardaji dresses up clean-lined separates with a chunky statement necklace and sleek clutch. Her timeless slingback heels add a dash of formality to make happy hour feel a little more special-occasion.