What to Wear on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, which means you'll likely be going to dinner right from the office. Lucky for you. we know that we can create a party or romance-worthy outfit using basic pieces from our work wardrobe. Consider these ideas as a jumping-off point for nailing your holiday look.

The Ruffle Front Shirt
The ruffle front button-up shirt is office-appropriate, but feminine and classy enough to wear out, too. If you’ve made a date with a special someone, dress up the shirt with high-waisted, wide-leg pants, confidence-boosting high heels, and a satin or bejeweled clutch. 

The Sweater Dress
Your favorite black leggings won’t do for dressing up your nubby knit dress, so instead opt for wearing textured tights underneath your cozy sheath. Soft leather booties finish the understated but sexy look whether you plan to wear it to dinner for two or to happy hour at the local lounge.

The A-Line Skirt
If you’ve got a pleated, A-line skirt hiding in the dark recesses of your closet (and one that’s longer than a schoolgirl’s, please), play up its swishy appeal with flirty accessories such as a jeweled headband. Then, wear the skirt with a fitted top or tank, and elongate your legs with nude heels.

The Velvet Blazer
The fabric of this modern work-wardrobe staple begs to be touched, making it a perfect choice for a casual dinner out—or in— on Valentine’s Day. Tone down its structure by layering it over simple, strappy tanks and by wearing dark denim, boot-cut jeans. On your feet: classy and fun, two-tone, closed-toed heels.

The Tweed Trouser Pant
A snug top is the perfect balance for a wide-leg pant. Show off toned shoulders with a lacy tank in a creamy hue, or opt for a blouse with a close-fitting bodice and billowy sleeves to give the look a touch of playfulness. Add a dainty necklace or earrings for a barely-there bit of glamour.

Written by: Ashley Gartland

Ashley Gartland is a Portland based freelance writer. Visit her online at ashleygartland.com.