Of course, it’s an excellent excuse for brands to capitalize on special sales and themed gift ideas. But, what I never got was: why is anyone complaining about this? I, for one, love a good sale, and I’m definitely not mad about treating myself to a cute pink dress and heart-shaped chocolate while simultaneously showing my husband how much I appreciate him.
Valentine’s Day only comes once a year, and although we should be showing our love to the special people in our lives every day, realistically sometimes life gets in the way. This holiday serves as a much-needed reminder to hit the “pause” button, write a thoughtful note, and spend quality time with someone you love.
Even if you’re solo this Valentine’s Day, I think it can be so special to take a moment to treat yourself to something you’ve been eyeing (a stunning new outfit or a fancy spa treatment, perhaps), meet up with your girlfriends, or take a risk and head out on a first date (at worst, you have a good story to share later; at best, you meet the love of your life).
Since you did click on this article though, I think it’s fair to assume that you’re just as jazzed about Valentine’s Day as I am, so let’s get started on what you should wear. As someone who would choose to wear a pretty dress all day every day if she could (hi, it me), I have to say that I feel as if you’ve come to the right source.
No matter what your plans are this Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day, I’ve got you covered with the prettiest dress options for any occasion.
For a Romantic Dinner Date
Forego the outfit your partner has seen numerous times and slip into a dress that has a sultry edge to add an element of surprise this Valentine’s Day. For a romantic setting like a fancy restaurant, I love choosing a dress that has sexy details like a cut-out, a high slit in the leg, or lace frills. Not only will you get to indulge in a delicious meal, but you can use this occasion to show off your more glamorous side without feeling out of place.
For a Casual Day Date
Some of my most memorable dates with my husband happened in the daytime. Whether it’s a well thought out scavenger hunt around the city or a spontaneous park picnic and matinee showing, a casual day date is no reason to feel frumpy. Throw on a flowy dress with boots or flats and add a daytime accessory like a waist belt or wide-brimmed hat to look perfectly chic.
For a Date Night In
Who says you can’t get dolled up for a date night at home? New parents (and, really, parents in general) know the drill. As a mama to a 10-month-old baby boy, I’ll be embracing Valentine’s Day at home this year and making it as intimate as possible. Each of these dress options has an element of comfort to them: from a silky wrap dress to a cozy knit combo to a flowy maxi to dance around the kitchen barefoot in.
For a First Date
First impressions can truly make or break a new relationship. That’s why it’s imperative to put a little extra thought and effort into choosing an outfit when meeting a crush. In my opinion, the ideal dress for a first date is a simple, but form-fitting midi dress. You’ll look incredible without baring it all or showing that you tried too hard.
For a Galentine’s Happy Hour
Whether you’re heading to a restaurant for a couple of cocktails or meeting up at your girlfriend's house for a romcom movie marathon on the couch, use Galentine’s Day as an excuse to wear something a bit over the top. Bonus points if you text the ladies and make a theme of it: wine and chocolate pairing party, single in the city (based on SATC), sip and paint, or fondue night are some of my favorites.
Revolve Parliament Dress, $295
With so few occasions to get dolled up these days, use this Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to embrace feminine silhouettes, delicate patterns, and shades of pink and red. No matter what your plans are or who you’ll be celebrating with, make it a holiday to remember with a pretty new dress.
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