What to Wear: Valentine’s Day

Remember Grammar School on Valentine’s Day? Your mom would take you to the store and you’d pick out a box of cutesy themed cards with perforated edges and maybe some candied hearts or lipped-shaped lollipops (for your best friends of course). It was always a day to tell all the loves of your life that they were the loves of your life and to hope against hope that they returned the sentiment. For me, Valentine’s Day always warranted the perfect outfit. In grade school it was a shirt that was my crush’s favorite color, in college it was the perfect t-shirt and shoes to wear out with my girlfriends, now it’s determined by whatever occasion the year presents to me and my husband. That’s why I want to help you guys come up with some outfit ideas for your perfect Valentine’s Day… No matter what the occasion.

1. For a dressy night out take a cue from some red carpet celebrities…

If you’re already in a relationship go for a black, body hugging, “nude illusion” style dress. You’re dressing for someone used to seeing you in your flannel PJs, bathrobe, or uniform and it will remind them “whatcha’ got under there.”

Taylor Swift in Julien MacDonald - Golden Globes InStyle After Party
Taylor Swift in Julien MacDonald – Golden Globes InStyle After Party – hollywoodlife.com

If you’re going out with someone you “want” to be your significant other, opt for a “little red dress” that hugs your body in all the right places. It will set you apart from the pack and show them a different side of you… your sexy, dateable, womanly side – and who better to show you how to work a LRD than Miranda Kerr?!?! (Side Note: Pair with nude heels to make your legs look longer)

Miranda Kerr - Little Red Dress
Miranda Kerr – Body Hugging Little Red Dress
Miranda Kerr - Long Sleeve Little Red Dress
Miranda Kerr – Long Sleeve Little Red Dress
Miranda Kerr - Plunging Little Red Dress
Miranda Kerr – Plunging Little Red Dress

2. For a casual date (i.e. movies, park, hole-in-the-wall but incredibly delicious ethnic restaurant) keep it simple with a pair of casual pants, but dress it up with heels and a “cocktail top” that suits your body.

Olivia Palermo in White Dress Shirt, Perfect Jeans, and Red Heels
Olivia Palermo in a White Dress Shirt, Perfect Jeans, and Red Heels. Source.
Black Peplum Top, Pants, and Heels
All Black: Peplum Top, Pants, & Heels – The Preppy Hippie via Women Love Fashion

3. For a night in with pizza and Netflix, wear your best-fitting jeans (you know, the ones he/she always compliments you on ) and a loose t-shirt… Maybe even your significant other’s t-shirt,

Graphic Love Tee, Jeans, Heels
Graphic “Love” Tee & Jeans – Sequins and Things

BUT – wear something like this underneath:

Eberjey Colette Bra and Panty Set
Eberjey Colette Bra and Panty Set – http://www.eberjey.com

4. For an evening with your family wear something comfortable and girly to remind them of grade-school years gone by and to let them know, that you still are (and will always be) their “little girl”.

Floral Dress and Denim Shirt
Liberty Print Floral Dress & Denim Shirt – Fashion District
Polka Dot Skirt & Chiffon Blouse
Polka Dot Skirt & Chiffon Blouse – The Lovely Things

5. For a night out with your best girl friends, don’t dress for the person that isn’t there, dress for your true soul mates – your girlfriends who have been there with you through the new-guys-that-give-you-butterflies and the heartbreaks that follow. Wear something fun and casually chic., i.e. sparkling pants, a crossbody bag that will stay put while dancing, some kickass shoes, and maybe a t-shirt that reflects your Girl’s-Night-Valentine’s-Day-Philosophy:

Fries Before Guys Graphic Tee & Sequin Jeans
Fries Before Guys Graphic Tee & Sequin Jeans – Wild Souls on Polyvore
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