Valentine's Day outfits needn't be complicated. When deciding on what to wear for a special date night or a romantic day activity, we're big fans of keeping it simple and letting your inner and outer beauty shine. Ideally, you want a get-up that you're comfortable in but that also makes you feel like you're making the most of a given day to celebrate your awesomeness (every day should really be like this, but the calendar says otherwise).
We're not talking about wearing a pair of Perspex heels, skintight leather pants, or a "naked" dress; this is more about subtle skin flashes and bold colours that will add a touch of sassiness to your usual style. So, whether you're into modest fashion styles or want to show a bit of leg, we've got five outfits that will work across the taste and style spectrum. The best bit is you probably already have plenty of these pieces in your wardrobe already, but if you don't, we've selected some items to shop too. And hey, who cares if you don't have V-Day plans? These are mood-boosting outfits you'll always feel great in. Keep scrolling to check out our favourite outfits for Valentine's Day.
#1: A red dress
Style Notes: The red dress might be the most obvious choice in the Valentine's Day dressing book, but did you know it's also the hue that suits everyone? The great thing about it is that it'll also bring out the colour in your face, which, according to science, makes you more attractive. Want more advice? Check out what to wear with a red dress too.
Months after seeing this on the catwalk, you can get your hands on this gorgeous Rejina Pyo creation. It's been the subject of much discussion and swooning in the Who What Wear office.
#2: The pink suit
Style Notes: True, pink can feel twee, but when you balance it out with structured tailoring, you avoid that pitfall. It's the more modest way to do a Valentine's ensemble—and you can get heaps of wear out of this idea for spring 2018 too.
You don't have to go for heels with these trousers and the coordinating Crepe Blazer (£50)—sneakers are just as acceptable. And a cami isn't necessary under the suit jacket. A white T-shirt would work too.
#3: A nice top + jeans
Style Notes: Throw back to the early '00s with this outfit idea. Keep your jeans high-waisted to flatter your figure (we know the best high-waisted jeans, if you're looking for shopping inspiration) and wear a slightly cropped jumper to show off a sliver of flesh. Sneakers will work with this, but barely there sandals will make it a look for the evening.
Cashmere will always make you feel great.
#4: Minidress with long arms
Style Notes: You know your mother was onto something style-wise when she told you that you should only show off your legs or your décolletage in any given outfit. Alexa Chung clearly knows this to be true too, as evidenced by this demure minidress. Remember: Arms long, neck high, hem short, and black ankle boots on your feet.
The hearts just give it an extra-romantic edge.
#5: The LBD
Style Notes: Finally, this list (any list?) wouldn't be complete without a black dress. However, it doesn't have to be "little" to make an impact. Find one that covers you up but flashes a bit of leg à la Angelina Jolie. Subtlety for the win, people.
Such a gorgeous dress that you can also layer over jeans when you want a more dressed-down style.
Looking beyond February? We've got the biggest spring/summer 2018 fashion trends you need to know about too.