Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love…and it can be celebrated in many romantic ways with that special someone. So naturally, you’ll want to look good for them. But you should also dress practically. We’ve scoured this season’s best dresses and categorized them just right for your February 14th activity.
1. Valentine Dinner Reservations
French Connection Sequin Dress – $466
If your plans are to check out the trendiest new restaurant or bar, this dress covers all of the bases: it’s stylish, fun, and sexy. Dress this number up with some sky high platforms or keep it low key with some ankle booties.
Halston Heritage Waterfall Silk Chiffon Dress – $365
This Halston Heritage dress is a perfect fit if you have dinner reservations at a fancy spot, with a Valentine’s pre-set menu. You’ll look spot on! Pair this flirty pink petal dress with some strappy heels and an updo for a very lady like look.
2. A Sweetheart’s Stroll
BCBG Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress – $398
If your honey is the outdoor type, he may want to express that in his choice for your date. A long maxi dress can be a smart choice if it’s slightly chilly. You can wear this style with flats or more comfortable shoes as well, since it reaches the floor. The bright colorblocking keeps it from looking too casual, so you’ll still feel beautiful on your date night!
J.Crew Pleated Jardin Skirt in Heart Throb – $128
Let’s say your sweetheart has a bit of a hike or a picnic in the park in mind, but you still want to look flirty for him. This skirt from J.Crew is literally called the ‘Heart Throb’ skirt and is just that. It’s shape creates a feminine appeal and the pattern is just the thing for this holiday.
3. Romantic picnic on the Beach
Free People Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress – $168
If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast or a beach of any sort, this might be an ideal destination for your Valentine’s night. The long length of this Free People maxi is just right for a breezy walk along the water. Wear this look like the model does, with combat boots…or just sandals you can slip off in the sand.
Velvet Jobeth Baby Jersey Dress – $140
If you’re planning a jaunt along the Santa Monica boardwalk and you’re the type to run down to the water, kick off your heels, and splash around a bit…then this one is for you! Velvet’s jersey henley dress has shape and color, but will be easy to move around in.
4. Dancing the Night Away
Parker Pleated Dress in Shell – $253
If you have one of those rare guys out there that actually love to dance with you, then you win! This pleated dress is just the right measure of shape, movement, color and sexiness. You’ll look gorgeous spinning around in it’s fabric and he’ll swoon when you do.
Free People Glam Life Dress – $168
If dancing for you means hitting up the hottest club or even heading to Vegas for the lover’s holiday, then you’re going to be smoking hot in Free People’s little red dress.
5. Candlelit Date at Home
Dinner at home, with no commotion, can be just the right mood for a lot of couples. If you’re an easy going gal, who wants to look subtly sexy…a blush colored wrap will do the trick. To ‘sex it up’ a bit…tousle your tresses, throw on some deep red lipstick and a fancy pair of high heels and you’re good to stay home!
Alice + Olivia Aerin Fitted Blouson Dress – $154
If staying home means something a little more sensual, you may want to wear something a little more seductive. Alice + Olivia made this burgundy teaser just for you. Although it’s jersey material says comfort to you, it says ‘booty hugging silhouette’ to him.
6. A Fancy Show for Two
Acne: Marnay washed maxi – $390
You love the ballet, the opera, any good excuse to get dressed up and watch a performance. Acne’s stunning georgette-maxi dress is sophisticated in the front and just revealing enough in the back.
Badgley Mischka Bow Front Lace Dress – $430
If your event is ultra fancy and you want to embody the Valentines Day charm, this Badgley Mischka is your answer. Beautiful antiqued rose lace and a peplum bodice are the definition of demure.
7. A Fun Show for Two
Joseph Van Colorblock Dress – $382
If you and your boo love to see movies or go to live shows, you may not want to dress up to the max. This colorblock, long sleeve dress from Joseph is on trend with it’s mod design, but you won’t feel out of place in the crowd.
Haute Hippie Studded Dress – $595
Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as your favorite band’s concert, so what? That means your guy gets extra points if he takes you to a nice dinner PLUS your show. Look sexy for dinner and rocker chic for the concert later. You could even get wild and try out some of this season’s cotton candy hair colors (get a good tutorial for temporary versions of this here).
8. A ‘Surprise’
Elizabeth and James Paloma paneled silk-georgette dress – $345
Has your babe been a bit vague about your plans for the 14th? If so, you’re not going to want to get stuck with a wardrobe faux-pas. If he won’t divulge any details, it could be anything from a couple’s aphrodisiac cooking class to a proposal. Look swanky and sophisticated in Elizabeth and James’ ode to art-deco number.
Nanette Lapore Have a Fling Dress – $244
If a proposal is potentially on the horizon, you can be sure there will be a picture or two taken. Just so you don’t forever look back and wish you hadn’t looked like a box of candy conversation hearts threw up all over you, stay classy in a deeper shade. Plum lace creates a sort of Victorian romantic feel in this delicate Nanette Lepore dress.