Pleats please; Miranda Kerr does perfect date dressing in romantic pleats Photo: REX
In case you hadn’t noticed the countless adverts and heart-themed shop displays, this Friday is Valentine’s Day.
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Whether you are in for an evening of fine dining or are more likely to be splitting a bag of ready salted crisps in your local pub, the biggest date night of the year calls for some sartorial effort.
Dinner date – the LBT
Swap your LBD for this season’s LBT; the little black tux. A popular look on the spring catwalks, a black jacket and trouser combo has an elegant appeal and refreshes a classic evening look.
Jaeger and Zara have budget-friendly options but if you are prepared to invest, try Stella McCartney for impeccable tailoring with a contemporary feel.
Wide-legged culottes are a new season alternative to tailored trousers and give the silhouette volume, which is perfect for pear-shaped figures.
The LBT can be dressed up or down depending on the type of dinner date. A sheer panelled shirt and sparkling jewels give the look a sultry edge whilst a fine cashmere knit and evening flats have a casual appeal.
Left: Jaeger; centre: Stella McCartney at matchesfashion.com ; right: John Lewis
Drinks date – go long
Thigh flashing is so last season – sorry Angelina. A new atmosphere of romance means ankle-grazing hemlines are the modern way to do flirty dressing.
If a wine bar is your dating venue, slink into a slip dress with spaghetti straps that can nonchalantly fall off the shoulder. Adam Lippes’ blush crepe style is wonderfully simple and elegant and will take you well beyond Valentine’s Day, justifying the price tag. For a high street hit, River Island’s Limited Edition pale pink version has punchy neon straps.
If your evening is more pint than Prosecco, then a long length pleated skirt worn with ankle boots is laid-back but still feminine. Antipodium, Zara and Whistles have pretty styles.
Left: River Island; centre: Whistles; right: Adam Lippes from net-a-porter.com
Film night – the all-in-one
For a night at the flicks, striking the balance between comfort and style is key. An all-in-one ticks both boxes and is the ultimate in easy dressing.
For a casual ensemble MiH’s boiler suit in chambray looks great with rolled up sleeves and a low heel. Throw a leather jacket over the shoulders et voilà!
Try something body skimming in crepe for a dressier look. Topshop and Next have slinky styles in evening appropriate black, or try Issa’s sleeved style in midnight blue. A luxe bomber jacket and a dash of sparkle will up the glam factor.
Left: Topshop; centre: MiH; right: Issa from net-a-porter.com
Staying in – luxe lingerie
Sometimes it’s what is underneath that counts; a killer set of lingerie does wonders in the confidence department and is sure to delight your lucky Valentine.
For the romantics among us, Rosie for Autograph at Marks and Spencer and Somerset by Alice Temperley for John Lewis have pretty teddies and camisoles in floral print and lace. If you are going for the wow factor then Agent Provocateur and Coco de Mer have minxy sets that are far from trashy.
Left: Rosie for Autograph and Marks and Spencer; centre: Somerset by Alice Temperley from John Lewis; right: Agent Provocateur