It's tough to master holiday dressing without falling into clichés, especially when it comes to Valentine's Day. So that you don't have to worry about dressing yourself in head-to-toe heart prints, we've come up with alternative outfits that don't scream cheesy. These looks still stay true to the romantic spirit of V-Day, with pops of pink and red here and there, but feel like ensembles you can wear to the office or on a regular Wednesday. We've even suggested ways to incorporate heart designs into your outfit, should you want, without it feeling overdone. Since your outfit is taken care of, the only thing left now is to solidify those date-night plans with your partner.
You love to pay tribute to holidays with subtle touches. A denim dress with red and pink accessories is a solid way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without being too literal, like showing up to work in a bright fuchsia-colored heart printed dress. This is an outfit you'll feel comfortable wearing at the office, then immediately to dinner with your beau because it doesn’t take away from your more subdued tastes. The best part is you can rewear all these pieces separately, maximizing the potential of each item.
The thought of outfit planning makes you want to cancel your V-Day plans altogether. Before you completely give up, consider slipping on a jumpsuit and calling it a day. This vegan leather blush option is feminine yet edgy and pairs perfectly well with platform sneakers for a boost in height. It's a casual look for those who plan to celebrate the night at a local wine bar in the neighborhood.
This Loveshackfancy heart sweater might not have been created specifically for Feb. 14, but it works doesn't it? The design isn't overly cheesy and feels like a piece you can wear again post holidays. (The brand itself is known for its romantic and whimsical attire.) If comfort is your goal on this night, opt for a pair of leather-like leggings. You plan to eat too much to wear constricting high-waist black jeans, anyways! Sleek ankle booties, a tiny pink bag, and a shearling white coat dress up your ensemble for the night out.
A red skirt adds the right amount of festiveness to your outfit on Feb. 14, if you're looking to rock some color on this day. I love this silky number paired with a cream-colored sweater, which works whether you live in 30-degree weather or 60-degree weather. The only difference is you'll have to add on a long puffer coat to keep yourself warm during the walk to the restaurant. Skip the stilettos in favor of pointed-toe heeled combat boots to save yourself from any potential frostbites. A red bag, like this luxe one from Miu Miu, completes your sweet outfit.
The ideal situation in my mind for Feb. 14: Me celebrating V-Day at home with my boyfriend, making our go-to white wine mussels recipe, and ending the night with a binge-worthy show. (Currently it’s Modern Love on Amazon, very appropriate.) If you're not keen on making reservations at a restaurant or trekking out in the cold for dinner like me, cozy up in this heart motif pajama set and slippers combo. This ensemble lets you feel the holiday spirit without you ever leaving the apartment. Plus, you'll be ten times more comfortable than the ladies walking around in heels in 25-degree weather.
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