As February 14 rolls around again, tables at the best local restaurants and the cinema’s premium seats will be quickly booked up. On Valentine’s day, loved-up couples and potential future pairs go out of their way to impress one another – including that all-important Valentine’s day outfit.

But whether you’ve got a big date lined up with your better half or you’re planning a night out with all your single friends, you’ll want to look and feel great. After all, what better excuse is there to dress up than Valentine’s day?

So don’t be tempted to dismiss it as another overrated celebration and hide away. Instead, let us help you pick out something that will give you every reason to get out there, oozing style and confidence.

For the ladies, we’ve picked out five of our favourite Valentine’s day dresses perfect for the occasion (plus a little surprise). We’ve not forgotten you boys either. With suggestions for fancy dates, as well as those which are a bit more relaxed, we’ll help you make the right impression.


Dresses to wear on Valentine’s day


Just because the cards can be a bit cheesy, it doesn’t mean your outfit has to be. You can hint at the occasion, looking romantic, without going over-the-top or looking like you’ve tried too hard.

If you’ve not already noticed, we’re huge fans of Lavish Alice. Renowned for their contemporary clean lines, directional silhouettes and soft tailoring, the brand’s clothes regularly grace the pages of the fashion glossies. Lavish Alice has also gained a cult status among the fashion elite – so dressing in their clothes, you’ll feel in good company.

We’ve selected five of their dresses because they’re the go-to brand when you want something that looks like it’s been made especially for you. With an understanding of composition, form and fit, Lavish Alice, in their own words, strike “a perfect balance between sexy and directional dressing” – ideal for Valentine’s day outfits.


1. The Little Black Dress

More than anything, Valentine’s day dresses should show off your best assets. It’s an excuse for you to assert your fashion credentials and feel amazing.

And few dresses will make you feel as confident as Lavish Alice’s twist on a little black dress. It’s made from delicate semi-lined cornelli fabric which features a three-dimensional corded pattern on a mesh canvas. Sounds complicated, but it’s just a modern take on lace. The result is a subtle pattern that makes this LBD stand out in a crowd.

This gorgeous dress will wrap around your curves, and adjustable cami-style shoulder straps and a v neckline make it a great choice for all shapes and sizes. Take a duster coat and clutch bag and you’ll be ready for your date.


2. The Shirt Dress


Second up, we’ve opted for a more casual choice of Valentine's day outfit. Going on a day date? This shirt dress with twisted front is perfect. It's the ultimated relaxed, effortless look. What's more, its oversized style means you could wear it with tights or jeans, depending on the ever-changing British weather. Being able to make a last minute change could save you a lot of stress.

Both choices would look equally stylish with a pair of heeled boots. From here it’s up to you how much you dress the look up with your choice of accessories and make up.

Going for brunch? Try a messy bun and a nude lip with a simple necklace. It’s an easy-going look sure to win over your date, whether it’s the first time you’ve met or this is you and your other half’s usual weekend routine. If you’re out with your friends this Valentine’s day, they’ll be asking you where you got the dress.


3. The Long-Sleeved Dress


If you’ve got a date but aren’t too sure where it will lead, deciding what to wear for Valentine’s day can be even trickier. For instance, you’re meeting for drinks – but will you head on to another bar or restaurant? Who knows. You’ve got to be dressed for whatever occasion, though.

That’s why we recommend this gorgeous emerald green dress. With long sleeves contrasting the open back, it will see you through all kinds of evenings. The vintage-style lace fabric is designed to follow the contours of your body, but underneath is a soft stretch cotton lining to make you feel comfortable and confident.

The attention to detail is impressive – a scalloped-edged hem and cuffs and gold metal zips give the dress a fresh modernity. It will quickly become a go-to favourite in your wardrobe.


4. The Printed Dress


Dates are all about showing off a bit of your personality. And what better way to create the right first impression than with your outfit? As soon as you’re seen in this printed dress, your date will know you’re a fun, outgoing person. It’s bold, on-trend and stylish – but most importantly, it will make you look and feel great.

With a tied waist, it creates a strong silhouette and is tailored to your body shape. Lavish Alice say it’s inspired by Japanese minimalism, and clear, sculptural lines certainly make it one of our top choices for a Valentine’s day dress – perfect for those evening dinner and drink dates.

What’s more, the collar trend looks here to stay. You can wear it again for drinks with the girls to discuss how well your date went, or to laugh off how bad they ended up being. Either way, in this dress, you’ll probably attract more of the right attention.


5. The Timeless Dress


Want to treat yourself to a new dress for Valentine’s day, but be able to wear it for other events? We’ve got just the dress for you. Perfect for the romantic occasion, it will also see you through all the major summer events. Weddings, christenings, birthday parties – you name it, this pale blue midi-style dress will help you look great.

It’s crafted from fully-lined stretch cotton ponte, so it holds your shape well without feeling restrictive or uncomfortable. Instead, the layered dress contours and gives you smooth lines. With a concealed zip and kick vent on the back, it’s the perfect dress for when you want to look smart and refined, without having to compromise on feminine style.

Playing with asymmetry in a modern and innovative way, with attention to detail such as the curved polished metal at the neck, it’s a dress you’ll love wearing. Lavish Alice suggest pairing it with lace-up heeled sandals and an arm full of bangles – and we couldn’t agree more.


6. The Playsuit


At Monks Clothing, we’re not into fashion rules. After all, dresses aren’t your only option for an exciting Valentine’s day outfit. Long gone are the days where girly and cute is the go-to style. You can impress just as much by putting on jeans and trainers, or a tailored suit.

For Valentine’s day, we suggest pushing the boundaries of traditionally-feminine style by choosing a jumpsuit or playsuit. Once again, Lavish Alice deliver. This blazer-influenced style is an absolute show-stopper. Finding the perfect outfit is no easy task, but this tailored playsuit is ready-to-go and will ensure you feel your best.

Alternatively, throw on your best pair of skinny jeans and a fabulous shirt. Try this ICHI green blouse with waist tie for an effortless look.


What men should wear on Valentine's day


There can be quite a lot of pressure on guys around Valentine’s day – to organise a good date, maybe get a present and generally make your partner feel special. But don’t leave choosing your Valentine’s day outfit until the last minute. Let us take some of the burden away and help you put together a sharp look.

On a romantic night out, you want to look like you’ve put the effort in. A good shirt and blazer combo will do just that. You can’t go wrong with a country-style herringbone blazer – this brown one will ensure you look date-ready. Add a crisp white shirt and you’ll be the envy of everyone out with someone who’s just chucked on a scruffy jumper. Who knows, you might even be lucky enough to receive a personalised, 100% cotton Satanic Mill shirt made-to-order for you for Valentine’s day.

What’s more, they’re effortless, timeless pieces, rather than throwaway fashion, so you’ll wear them time and time again. At Monks Clothing, we love nothing more than fashion that trumps trends, and lasts the test of time.

Landed another date? If you’ve dressed the part, it should be a given. So check out our guide of what to wear for your next date here.