10 Outfits to Wear for a Valentine’s Day Date That Aren’t Too Cutesy

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you may feel a lot of pressure to make the occasion perfect. Did you choose the right gift? Are you at a strong place in your relationship? With so much up in the air, it’s a relief to have full control over your outfit. So as you get dressed, just relax and take our advice. With these 10 tips, you can be absolutely certain you don’t look too cutesy — at least that part of night will be absolutely perfect.

1. Sport a red coat

Beautiful woman in red

Woman wearing a red coat | iStock.com/SanneBerg

If you want to really turn heads on Valentine’s Day, wearing a red coat is an ideal way to get into the spirit without looking like you’ve tried too hard. You’ll command the attention when you walk into any restaurant or theater , but the best part is you won’t have to worry about having eyes on you all night. You can ask the waiter to take your coat, check it for the evening, or hang it on the back of your chair.

2. Opt for a classic red dress

woman wearing a classic red dress

Woman wearing a classic red dress | iStock.com/ariwasabi

Valentine’s Day has no official uniform the way Christmas calls for festive sweaters and matching pajamas. However, if there’s one item of clothing you can’t go wrong with, it’s a pretty red dress. A red skater dress will make you feel ultra feminine and slimmed, as it draws attention to your waist and neckline. Which, let’s be honest, are the areas everyone woman wants to show off on a romantic evening.

3. Go edgy with a red leather jacket

Actress Denise Richards

Denise Richards shows off this look | Chris Weeks/Getty Images

If you own a red jacket, there’s no better time to bust it out than February 14. While red leather jackets look a bit too loud most days of the year, Valentine’s Day is your free pass to wear it and feel totally appropriate. Just make sure the rest of your outfit features minimal color, as you don’t want to look too out there.

4. Show off your figure in a pencil skirt

woman wearing red skirt with striped handbag clutch and sunglasses

Woman wearing red pencil skirt | iStock.com/visoook

If you want something a bit sexier than a red coat or jacket, look no further than a fitted pencil skirt. This selection will hug your curves in all the right places, noticeably shrinking your waist and lifting your booty. Pair the pencil skirt with a white blouse to feel like a real bombshell.

5. Play it safe with a red purse

A woman poses in the street before the Etro show during the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week

Use a red bag as a statement piece | GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Let’s face it — red clothing isn’t flattering on everyone. Next to certain hair and skin colors, it can make you look washed out, extra pale, or too flushed. So if red isn’t your color, don’t sweat it. An equally great way to style your Valentine’s Day outfit is to grab a red purse. Whether it’s a clutch or a cross-body, having that burst of color further away from your face means you can dress for the occasion without worrying about how your complexion appears. 

6. Look endearing in a pink dress

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Woman wearing a fun pink dress | iStock.com/loco75

While red can make you feel like a vixen on Valentine’s Day, you might be on the hunt for something less provocative. Fortunately, pink works wonders to make you look sweet and angelic. Opt for a fit-and-flare dress in the hue to melt your sweetie’s heart — but please steer clear of patterns and polka dots, which are far too cutesy.

7. Put in minimal effort with a red wallet  

Woman hold red purse clutch in hand with black trendy sunglasses

Woman holding a red wallet | iStock.com/visoook

Perhaps February 14 isn’t a huge deal in your opinion. After all, shouldn’t we celebrate our love every day? If you don’t feel the need to really dress up for the occasion, using a red wallet is the perfect way to acknowledge the holiday without putting in any real effort.

8. Be bold in red heels

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Lady with red high heel shoes | iStock.com/grinvalds

Whether you’re single, dating, or in a long-term relationship, you should definitely consider wearing red heels this Valentine’s Day.They scream confidence and power, so you can feel bold and beautiful regardless of your dating life.

9. Wear subtle, romantic details

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Have fun with patterns | iStock.com/visoook

For some, Valentine’s Day is the absolute best. If you have a naturally sentimental heart, you might look forward to celebrating your relationship and getting dolled up for a hot date starting on New Year’s Eve. Make your enthusiasm known with subtle, romantic details like this smooch sweater. Just be sure they’re peeking out of your jacket rather than overwhelming your entire ensemble.

10. Throw on a red belt

Smiling beautiful young woman in black and white striped dress

A red belt adds a nice pop of color | iStock.com/loco75

This Valentine’s Day, you can use a red belt to remain true to your usual sense of style while quickly turning it into something festive. Simply find a thin or chunky belt (all depending on your preferences) to add to your trousers or waist. You’ll be astonished at how quickly this ordinary accessory can transform your look into something date-worthy.