Not everyone wants to wear red or pink or hearts on Valentine’s Day, and not every Valentine’s Day date involves a candlelit dinner. Below, we’ve rounded up ten non-clichéd Valentine’s Day outfits for whatever your plans might be, whether you’re doing karaoke with friends, meeting a date for the first time, or literally not leaving the apartment. The best part: Since none of them are too strongly holiday-themed, you can wear them for plenty of other occasions.
Dinner and a Movie
For a casual date night, you can still be comfortable without going for the usual slouchy-sweater-and-jeans routine. Try a long-sleeve bodysuit tucked into skinny jeans with ankle boots and a trendy bomber jacket instead.
Topshop bomber, $95 at Topshop; ASOS boots, $189 at ASOS; Boutique de la Femme bodysuit, $39 at Yoox; Aritzia jeans, $87 at Aritzia.
Maybe you and your partner are going ice skating, or taking a romantic stroll in the park. You can still look cute even if you bundle up. We recommend comfortable over-the-knee boots with a chunky sweater, a wool coat, and a cute hat to finish off the look.
7 for All Mankind jeans, $158 at Neiman Marcus; Alexander Wang coat, $510 at Avenue 32; ASOS beanie, $17 at ASOS; Journee boots, $60 at Target; Tory Burch sweater, $198 at Tory Burch.
Girls Night Out
Honestly, you might have more fun out with your friends than you would on a date. Plan for it with a sexy dress that shows a little skin, strappy heels, and a clutch that won’t weigh you down.
Aritizia dress, $95 at Aritzia; Aldo shoes, $90 at Aldo Shoes; Zara coat, $199 at Zara; Mango bag, $54 at Mango.
Anything But Red
This Veda silk dress has a gorgeous print and a flattering silhouette. Pair it with a black coat and heels, and you’ve got a high-drama look that doesn’t say “Hallmark card.”
Veda dress, $396 at Veda; Jacques Vert coat, $85 at John Lewis; Missguided heels, $68 at Missguided.
Romantic Dinner at Home
Introverts and good cooks agree: Sometimes dinner at home is the best Valentine’s Day plan. You’ll be comfortable in this sweater-dress from Mango, paired with special but minimal accessories to make it still feel like a date.
Halsbrook necklace, $ 80 at Halsbrook; Mango dress, $70 at Mango; Trademark flats, $268 at Trademark.
Meeting Someone From Online IRL
Going on a first date on Valentine’s Day is a daring choice — so you might as well wear a daring outfit. This lace top from Free People is sexy, but the strings can be adjusted for how much cleavage you want to show. Wear it with denim flared jeans or culottes and a high heel to impress without overdoing it.
Free People top, $58 at Revolve Clothing; Tibi culottes, $395 at Tibi; Topshop heels, $95 at Topshop.
Drinks and Karaoke
Whether you’re going with your partner or a group of friends, we love the idea of wearing this cute little denim dress. Play up the vintage feel with suede over-the-knee boots and a teddy-bear faux-fur coat.
Nordstrom coat, $119 at Nordstrom; Free People dress, $84 at Revolve Clothing; Steve Madden boots, $150 at Revolve Clothing.
Netflix and Chill
If you don’t plan on doing much more than watching a movie and eating popcorn with your current flame, try these slightly see-through cotton-and-lace pajamas from American Eagle.They’ll guarantee that you’ll get more than a movie that night.
American Eagle cami, $24 at American Eagle; American Eagle pants, $29 at American Eagle.
Super-Fancy Night Out
Part of the fun of planning for dinner at a fancy restaurant or the ballet is deciding what to wear. For an outfit that will easily stun your date, wear a flowy, seductive dress like this one from the Reformation, paired with a bright clutch, drop earrings, and metallic sandals.
Ann Taylor bag, $79 at Ann Taylor; the Reformation dress, $268 at the Reformation; Gorjana earrings, $80 at Revolve Clothing; Steven by Steve Madden sandals, $66 at Last Call.
Double Date With Friends
Even if it’s just drinks at your favorite neighborhood bar and a casual dinner after, you can still get creative. Dress it up a bit with wide-leg high-waisted pants, a simple black sweater, leather jacket, and platforms to give you some height.
Christopher Kane pants, $795 at Net-a-Porter; J.Crew sweater, $80 at J.Crew; Veda leather jacket, $946 at Veda; Jessica Simpson platforms, $98 at Nordstrom.