Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate love and affection, and it’s also a great excuse to dress up and look your best. Right?
Whether you’re going out on a romantic date with your significant other or celebrating with friends, choosing the right outfit is crucial.
That said, here are my top tips and outfit ideas for what to wear for Valentine’s Day that don’t require much effort to throw together but still look super stylish.
What to Wear on Valentine’s Day: 3 Questions to Ask
Before you even can begin raiding your wardrobe for potential Valentine’s Day outfits, ask yourself the following questions.
1. Where Are We Going?
What type of event is it? Are you going rock climbing at your local leisure centre? Will you be stargazing in the park? Or are you having a traditional Valentine’s Day dinner?
Needless to say, all of these occasions call for very different outfits. A fancy frock wouldn’t work for go-karting just like jeans and a t-shirt might look a little out of place at a five-star hotel bar.
Whatever activity you’ll be doing, make sure your clothing is suitable and you won’t go far wrong.
2. What’s the Weather Going to Be Like?
Let’s face it, the British weather likes to surprise us. It’s all well and good heading to your date without a jacket only to get soaked from head to toe because you didn’t realise that you were going to be caught in the middle of a torrential downpour.
Similarly, you don’t want to wear too many layers and end up having a hot flush right in the middle of the dinner table. Right?
Even though it happens to the best of us, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Therefore, make sure that you check the weather forecast in the days running up to your date to avoid an outfit faux pas on the day.
3. What’s the Vibe That I’m Trying to Go For?
There are various types of Valentine’s Day outfits so it’s important to establish what kind of vibe you’re going for.
For example, do you want to look bold and flirty? Or cute and minimalistic? Would you rather be comfy in your favourite pair of leggings or do you want to brave your new, rather stiff pair of jeans? Answering these questions can help you build an outfit that aligns with your goals.
Alternatively, you can just dress according to your usual personal style and wear whatever’s going to make you feel the most confident and happy. Don’t be afraid of doing you!
5 Timeless Valentine’s Day Outfits That Will Wow
Still struggling to figure out what to wear? Not to worry – these Valentine’s Day outfits are easy to style yet timelessly chic.
1. Jeans, Cami and Blazer
Firstly, don’t dismiss the classics, i.e. those trusty little outfits that work every time and for every type of smart-casual occasion. The millennial fail-safe used to be “jeans and a nice top,” but now times have evolved and the jeans, cami and blazer combo is always a winner. It gives boss babe off-duty vibes and I’m here for it.
Team this ensemble with heeled sandals, a quilted double-chain handle bag and layered jewellery to channel modern elegance.
- River Island Cowl Neck Cami*
- H&M Wide High Jeans*
- M&S Ruched Sleeve Blazer*
- Shein Plaid Square Bag*
- Linzi Havana Strappy Sandals*
- Shein Layered Necklace*
- H&M Hoop Earrings*
2. Faux Leather Trousers and a Blouse
If you want to go in a slightly different direction with your bottoms, faux leather trousers are a fierce alternative and can toughen up a pretty blouse with a Valentine’s Day-themed colour palette or print.
Add a practical coat for the cold temperatures, such as a teddy jacket, and comfortable boots if you’re going to be walking around the city or you have to catch public transport. Adding big hoop earrings and a cute crossbody bag will create an elevated, edgy look that’s full of personality.
- M&S V Neck Blouse*
- H&M 90s Straight Trousers*
- Monki Oversized Teddy Jacket*
- Office Alana Pointed Shoes*
- & Other Stories Colour Block Neck Bag*
- Shein Silver Hoop Earrings*
3. A Jumper and Midi Skirt
It’s technically still winter until March 20th so you may want to opt for a jumper on your top half to stay snug.
I actually love the classic jumper and midi skirt pairing that has been popular for a fair few seasons now. You can dress it up with heels and an embellished bag for a fancy dinner or dress it down with trainers and a backpack for a day date. Either way, don’t forget your smart overcoat to battle the chill in the air.
Statement earrings will make the aesthetic extra swoon-worthy.
- H&M Short Jumper*
- Part Two Liyann Midi Skirt*
- H&M Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat*
- Shein Faux Pearl Ankle Strap Shoes*
- Shein Pearl Decor Tweed Satchel Bag*
- Shein Faux Pearl Beaded Earrings*
4. A Flirty Dress
Another classic Valentine’s Day outfit is a dress with a pretty print, fabric or detailing. Perfect for more upmarket venues, the mini lengths are reigning supreme for Autumn/Winter 2023/24.
You can’t beat a Little Black Dress in a wrap-around style with a v-neckline and collar. Maximise the sophistication of this outfit and add interest with strappy heels in a bright colour that pops, a sparkly bag and matching twinkly earrings.
- H&M Wrap Dress*
- A&F Blanket Coat*
- River Island Platform Heeled Sandals*
- M&S Heart Graduated Earrings*
- Amazon Zouiqss Crystal Purse*
5. Two-Piece Tailoring
Finally, the two-piece tailored co-ord is a contemporary take on traditional Valentine’s Day outfits that I’m absolutely obsessed with.
An oversized blazer with equally-as-loose-fitting trousers will turn heads when teamed with a fitted crop top for contrast. Add heeled court shoes, statement earrings and a small bag for an alluring, fashion-forward aesthetic.
- H&M Rib Knit Tube Top*
- H&M Double Breasted Blazer*
- H&M Tailored Trousers*
- Shein Heart Design Fluffy Bag*
- Shein Pointed Stiletto Shoes*
- Shein Textured Round Drop Earrings*
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Styling Up Your Valentine’s Day Outfits
The right Valentine’s Day outfits will ensure you look and feel your best for the occasion.
Just keep in mind that it’s not always about the clothes you wear. Accessories are a great way of adding little touches to your Valentine’s Day outfits to dress them up or showcase your personality.
What do you think of these Valentine’s Day outfits? Do you know what you’re going to wear this year?