Not everyone wants to wear red or pink or hearts on Valentine’s Day, and not every Valentine’s Day date involves a candlelit dinner. Below, we’ve rounded up ten non-clichéd Valentine’s Day outfits for whatever your plans might be, whether you’re going out for karaoke with friends, meeting a date, or literally not leaving the apartment. The best part: Since none of these clothes are too strongly holiday-themed, you can wear them for plenty of other occasions.
Quiet Night In
Introverts and good cooks agree: Dinner at home is a solid Valentine’s Day plan. You’ll be comfortable in this cute and trendy Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt and sweatpants set, and the Gucci slides are fancy but you’ll get plenty of wear out of them once it gets warmer outside.
Super Fancy Night Out
Part of the fun of planning for dinner at a fancy restaurant or the ballet is deciding what to wear. For an outfit that will easily stun your date, wear a flowy, seductive and comfortable dress like this one from the T by Alexander Wang, paired with simple strap sandals and a clutch with just enough shine to make it feel special enough for the night.
Dinner And A Movie
For a casual date night, you can reuse a favorite staple you have in your closet like skinny jeans, and just rethink your top or your shoes. We recommend pairing a sweet blouse like this one from Red Valentino with fun Fenty Puma sneakers that’ll give you some height without the pain of heels.
Double Date With Friends
The worst thing you can do on a double date is overdress or undress to the point that you feel so uncomfortable the whole night and aren’t able to have fun. Even if the plan is just drinks at your favorite bar or a casual dinner after, the easiest outfit combination that’s a knockout every single time is a jumpsuit. Reformation is known for making subtly sexy jumpsuits, and this one fits the bill for just about anything you plan on doing on Valentine’s day. Wear it with bordeaux platforms and a choker and you’re ready for the night ahead.
Girls Night Out
Let’s be honest–you might have more fun out with your friends than you would on the pressure of being on a date on Valentine’s Day. Plan for it with a sexy dress that shows a little skin like this one from Aritzia, strappy Saint Laurent heels, and an easy Frances Valentine clutch that won’t weigh you down.
Maybe you and your partner are going ice skating, or taking a romantic stroll in the park. You can still look cute even if you bundle up. We recommend layering one of J.Crew’s new packable jackets over your favorite jeans, a neutral sweater and platform sneakers to finish off the look.
Double Date With Friends
Even if it’s just drinks at your favorite neighborhood bar and a casual dinner after, you can still get creative. Dress it up a bit with wide-leg high-waisted pants, a simple black sweater, leather jacket, and platforms to give you some height.
Christopher Kane pants, $795 at Net-a-Porter; J.Crew sweater, $80 at J.Crew; Veda leather jacket, $946 at Veda; Jessica Simpson platforms, $98 at Nordstrom.