All dressed up in love

Roses are red, violets are blue but what colour are you? While Valentine’s Day is in theory a celebration of love, in reality it can be downright stressful. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have a loved one or date for the evening , the big question becomes what to wear?

As I hope you know by now, looking good does not have to cost a fortune, or even involve buying a new outfit. Here are my top three outfit ideas for various Valentine’s Day date scenarios.

The dinner
Dinner is probably the most common evening activity on Valentine’s Day, so you can’t go wrong with a dress. Pull out your favourite and most flattering little black dress and accessorise with a statement necklace or earrings. Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to wear those precious pieces you usually keep tucked away. Liven up your outfit by opting for a coloured bag or shoe.

The more daring might choose a red dress to really get into the Valentine’s spirit. Pair with black or neutral accessorises and keep jewellery simple with this option, as your dress will say it all.

The movie
Whether you’re going to the moonlight cinema, drive-in, gold class or just the local cinema, the overall aim is to look casual while still conveying an air of class.

Consider wearing a pair of pants that suit your shape like jeans or dressy slacks. Match with a slightly dressier floaty top in a silk or polyester. For footwear choose a pretty pair of sandals or flats or, if you want some added height, go for a wedge. Try to avoid high heels, though, as you don’t want to look too overdressed. Accessorise with some subtle items of jewellery such as bracelets or a simple necklace.

Finally, don’t forget a cardigan or lightweight jacket as movie theatres are renowned for being freezing!

The picnic
Regardless of where your picnic is happening – at a beach, the park or even on the front lawn – you can afford to get a little dressed up for it. By nature, a picnic involves a little bit of thought and effort and so should your outfit.

Go for a pretty floaty maxi dress or a maxi skirt with a cami or T-shirt tucked in. Footwear is all about practicality as a picnic may involve trekking across sand or grass to find the perfect spot. Choose a pair of sandals you like but that are sturdy enough so they won’t get ruined, or opt for a cute pair of closed toe sneakers such as Converse.

Steer clear of statement earrings and go for a statement necklace or bracelet instead. Remember to take a scarf, cropped jacket or cardigan to wrap around yourself – and your date – if it gets chilly. Whatever you do, don’t forget a pair of sunglasses!

Regardless of what you do on Valentines Day, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself and that translates into your outfit too. There’s no better time to wear those favourite pieces that make you feel drop dead gorgeous. Finally, the most important accessory you can put on is your smile. I recently read a quote “smile while you still have teeth”, while it’s obviously amusing, it’s not as silly as it sounds.