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Get dressed for romance! What to wear this Valentine's Day


By Wendy Douglas

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Valentine’s Day is only two days away and if you’ve got a date with your beloved (or a potential beloved) planned then no doubt you’re also busy planning what to wear.

Or maybe you’re stressing out about what to wear…

Either way we’re here to help and can provide guidance on what to wear on almost any kind of date. 

So read on and get dressed for romance… 

Dinner for two 

If you’re going for dinner at a nice restaurant, whether it’s a cool new joint or smart and traditional, it’s best to err on the side of caution. 

And that means sticking to classic styles you just can’t go wrong with. A little black dress springs to mind, as does a pair of killer heels.  

Dress up a plain style with statement jewellery and hair accessories, not forgetting a sophisticated evening bag.  

It’s still cold kids, so don’t leave home without a warm coat or jacket. 

L-R: Monochrome Check Wrap Coat (£40) and Black Short Sleeve Pussybow Shift Dress (£14) both at Matalan

L-R: Cross Body Beaded Clutch Bag (£12), Black Block Heel Strappy Sandals (£12.50) and Crushed Foil Heart Hoops (£4) all at Matalan 

An alternative date

Anyone heading for an evening of activity, will need to approach things slightly differently.

This doesn’t mean you can’t look gorgeous and alluring but it might be better to avoid skyscraper heels and skin tight bodycon if you’ll be playing ping pong, table football or crazy golf.

So think about wearing a flattering pair of jeans, ankle boots and a pretty blouse, slinky camisole or cropped top. And you can have a bit more fun and be more trend-led than ‘timeless’ with your accessories too.

If your beau has booked a night of indoor rock climbing or something similar, then that’s a whole different ballgame and you might just need to wear your best leggings and trainers. 

L-R: Black Long Sleeve Polka Dot Puff Sleeve Blouse (£12.50) and April Super Skinny Jeans (£16) both at Matalan

L-R: Straw Dome Cross Body Bag (£12.50), Soleflex Black Real Leather Ankle Boots (£32) and Velvet Knot Pearl Headband (£8.50) all at Matalan

Staying in 

Staying in is the new going out; especially when it’s still freezing outside.

Plus, if you want to avoid the potentially ‘cheesy’ romance of a Valentine’s set menu, then staying in is definitely a great option. Perhaps you’ll get a takeaway and cosy up to watch a movie. Or maybe you’ll cook together and do the whole candlelit thing in your own kitchen, but either way your dress code can be more relaxed.

Opt for sultry comfort. Think the softest sweaters or silk pyjamas and elegant loungewear.

Or style stretch ribbed knits and cute accessories.

L-R: Julien Macdonald Dressing Gown (£16) and Satin Short Pyjama Set (£15) both at Matalan

L-R: Crinkle Knot Headband (£6), Pink Heart Mule Slippers (£5) and Layered Heart Chain Necklace (£7.50) all at Matalan

Surprise date 

Ah, bless your significant other. They’ve organised a surprise date for Valentine’s Day.

And while that is very sweet of them, the reality is it creates a major wardrobe dilemma. 

What on earth are you supposed to wear…? We suggest trying to get as much information out of them as possible. At least some basics, like whether heels are necessary or a major no no.

If you can’t get them to open up, you’ll need to create a look you can adapt with ease.

Jeans are a good idea, as is a midi dress or skirt styled with ankle boots. It’s worth wearing a top that could be dressed up or down in a flash and we suggest taking a tote bag with a pair of trainers in, just in case… You never know!

L-R: Black Long Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress (£20) and Ribbed Button Side Jersey Midi Skirt (£12.50) both at Matalan

L-R: Faux Ostrich Leather Cross-Body Bag (£8), Black Western Ankle Boots (£20) and Facet Hoop Drop Earrings (£7.50) all at Matalan

Lingerie to fall in love with… 

After all, it’s what’s underneath that counts.

L-R: High Apex Floral Lace Bra (£10) and Floral Lace Brazilian Knickers (£5) both at Matalan

L-R: Geo Mesh Babydoll (£12) and Plunge Halterneck Lace Body (£8) both at Matalan

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