No matter what your relationship status, February 14 is a fun time to tune into the annual “fanciful opportunity for grand gestures” or “overrated commercialised holiday” debate. Depending on which side you’re on - the romantics or the self-proclaimed realists - you will embrace the holiday and wear loved-up pinks and reds (with maybe the odd heart-shaped accessory thrown in) or you will go low-key, because duh, it’s Valentine’s Day and you pretty much don’t care.
Sure, both camps have their own gripping arguments, but this isn’t a this-or-that situation. It’s 2016, and there are myriad ways to spend V-Day: Gal-entine’s Day, elaborate at-home dinners- and wearing whatever you like while you’re at it.
Point being, the day of love can definitely be celebrated without blowing your month’s grocery budget on a bottle of decent Champagne (unless that’s your thing, then by all means; and yes, we’d love to join). No matter the way you choose to ring in the day, we’ve got your outfit needs covered - from the single ladies, to the long-time loves, and everyone in between.
We’ve have rounded up the best date night dresses, heels and accessories to ensure you look utterly fabulous. Oh you’re welcome!
Now, go on, treat yourself girls.
Relationship or not, you always make time for the forever loves in your life: Your girl gang.
Try frayed denim, a silky off-the-shoulder blouse, and block heels, so you’ll be down for wherever the night takes you. And spritz on your favourite fragrance to kick your flirty look up a notch.
Casual movie date
Maybe your relationship is just heating up, or you’re reaching the dreaded “are we, aren’t we” phase. If a fancy date seems a little over-the-top for your current relationship status, don’t sweat.
Grabbing some movie tickets for the night will show you care about spending time and doing things with the new person in your life — without the pressure of a grand gesture. Grab your favourite booties and a flirty pair of high-waisted jeans and dance the night away, we say.
TV and chill
If you and your person of interest are more of a night-in kind of duo, spend the day just as you would any other: Cuddled up on the couch bingeing on your new TV obsession, until things heat up (it is still V-day, after all).
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While a sweater dress and slippers say “casual and comfy,” sliding a lacy set of lingerie underneath is a sexy surprise. That loose-fit dress provides easy access once you escalate to the “chill” portion of the night.
If your boo’s outlook on V-Day involves the words “commercialised” and “overrated,” that doesn’t mean all celebratory activities are off the table.
Try something thrifty you can both enjoy. Whether it’s bowling, seeing a game, or going for a hike, there are plenty of ways to keep the day casual. Pop on jeans and your favourite tee — you’re not in it for the fancy dinner.
You don’t need a partner to score a fancy night out. Celebrating Valentine’s Day solo is an underrated choice.
Dolling up for nobody but yourself means you can wear your favourite trendy pieces without any confused judgement after all (hello, longline blazer and nifty, confusing patterned clutch). Shower yourself with love this year and happily pick up a cheaper check for one.
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