What to wear this Valentine's Day

Jenessa Williams

Dinner date

For those whisked off for a romantic candlelit dinner, it’s important to be glamorous, yet comfortable.

An empire-line mini dress makes an impact while allowing enough movement to eat in—this sweet, 60s style frock is just £18 from ASDA.

Accessories with leather for a touch of edge (shoes from Gucci at £535, bag from H&M at £19.99), and a patterned pair of tights for a nod to the day of love.

Skip the lipstick (you’re eating after all) and pick a vampy nail polish—this Christian Louboutin shade is pricey at £38 but a worthy treat. Delicate earrings finish the look—just £4.99 at New Look.

Activity day

If you’re spending your Valentine’s celebrations in a more casual manner or out with family, there are still ways to nod to the romantic hues of the holiday.

Dungarees have a sweet whimsy, especially in this playful pink corduroy (Topshop, £49), teamed with a lips and eyes print blouse from Oliver Bonas (£55), and a comfy pair of trainers (ADIDAS, £69).

Dungarees have a sweet whimsy, especially in this playful pink corduroy (Topshop, £49), teamed with a lips and eyes print blouse from Oliver Bonas (£55), and a comfy pair of trainers (ADIDAS, £69).

Add your pops of red with your accessories—earrings from New Look (£6.99), Estee Lauder Lipstick (£26) and of course, a surprisingly roomy heart-shaped bag from Dr Martens (£90) for all your daytime essentials.

Galentines

Using Valentine’s Day to celebrate your best girl-pals? There is a way to feel dressed up without going overboard.

Invest in a high-end jumper. Chinti & Parker have a fantastic range including this number (£350), which works for Valentines and beyond.

Pick out the colours from your jumper logo to complete the look—soft pink in the trousers (Mango, £35.99) and fluffy keyring (Monki, £5), and pops of yellow from Zara earrings (£12) and H&M bag (Zara, £95.99).

The final finishes comes from preppy Zara lace ups (£29.99) and a slick of electric blue velvet eyeliner (Nars, £14).

Evening out

Prepare for an evening gala or hot-ticket event by choosing the perfect evening dress.

We love this Vivetta calf-skimming style because of how easy it is to dress up or down with its quirky brushed-heart print. It retails at £525, but various cheaper options are available on the high street.

Deep pink accessories continue the theme of romance— sumptuous velvet Mui Mui heels (£266) pair perfectly with a Zara cross body bag (£29.99) and Charlotte Tilbury lipstick (£23).

A dainty, oversized earring keeps things on trend. These gentle hoops from And Other Stories (£23) perfectly catch the light.

Cosy night in

Our course, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be spent with a significant other— use it to celebrate you!

A cosy night in doesn’t have to compromise on style. A self-love slogan tee (Bershka, £4.99) and smart-casual jogging bottoms £35) are perfectly chic should a visitor (or a takeaway delivery man) come calling.

A cosy night in doesn’t have to compromise on style. A self-love slogan tee (Bershka, £4.99) and smart-casual jogging bottoms £35) are perfectly chic should a visitor (or a takeaway delivery man) come calling.

Don’t forget to sweep hair off your face with a cute hairclip—this heart-shaped version is £4 at ASOS.