Valentine’s Day is just a week away, and with all of the dinner planning, gift buying, and flower shopping that goes into preparing for this day, the last thing you need to worry about is what you’re going to wear. Each year, Valentine’s Day comes around and I have trouble deciding exactly what to wear. After all, its not a typical date, but its not the Oscars either. Furthermore, as we get more and more creative with what our dates will entail each year, the selection of a proper outfit increases tenfold. Dressing properly for the environment you will be dining in is key to successfully dressing for your date. If you over dress, you’ll make your date feel uncomfortable, and if you under-dress you come off looking like you don’t care. In order to help remove a little of the stress involved in preparing for this day of love, I wanted to provide you all with some guidelines on what to wear for your Valentine’s Day date, no matter where you decide to go.
Fine Dining: For those of you planning on taking your date to a nice restaurant, you are going to want to get your formal wear ready. Although this may seem like a “no brain-er”, there are some tips you should follow to ensure you look properly suited for your formal date. First, don’t just throw on a black business suit. Every other guy at the restaurant will be wearing a black suit and no one wants to look like one of the herd. Instead, go with a light grey suit that has a slimmer fit. Whether or not you like the slim fit look in the office, when you are out on the town and dressing to impress, you can’t do better. Also, with a light grey tone you will be standing out from the crowd and your date wont be the only one turning heads. Second, pair your suit with black, shiny dress shoes. The black will counter the grey to give your shoes a pop, while the shine gives you a more stylish look that shows you know how to dress on a fine night out. Finally, don’t go crazy with a bright colored tie; instead, match your shoes with a black tie. A great date is all about putting the focus on your date, and this goes double for what your date is wearing. She spent a lot of time putting that dress together and the last thing you want to do is steal the attention from her. You can finish your ensemble with a watch and tie clip if you desire, and if you want to go that extra mile, include a white pocket square to match your shirt.
A Casual Night Out:Going to a fancy restaurant isn’t the only option you have when planning your Valentine’s Day date. A nice, casual dinner can be a great date as well, especially if you want to have a more comfortable dining atmosphere for your date. When dressing for a casual night out, start with a nice plain colored V-neck sweater. This is a great foundation for your outfit because it keeps you looking classy without coming of as too fancy. If you would rather go with a button up shirt instead, thats fine as well, just make sure to wear a solid color or white. In this situation, a tie wouldn’t hurt, but it also isn’t necessary. If you do wear a tie, keep it simple. You don’t want to look overdressed with an eye catching tie, so stick with black. Next, layer a sports coat over your sweater. This will give you a nice layered look and allow you to feel a bit more dressed up than a standard casual date (after all, it still is Valentine’s Day). For your pants, I recommend wearing a nice pair dark jeans. This will keep you looking casual and comfortable and looks great with the layered sports coat and sweater.
Picnic in the park:Some of the most memorable dates are also the simplest. Taking your date to the park for a midday picnic can be a great alternative to the traditional dinner date we have all come accustomed to planning. It may not be summer, but if you’re lucky you can plan a great date in the park, and it can be much cheaper than that five star restaurant you decided against.
When dressing for a date outside, I recommend wearing a nice sweater or cardigan. This is a great base layer and always looks good on a date. Also be sure to wear a jacket or coat over your sweater to keep you warm and dry in case of sudden rain. A good coat to choose would be a peacoat since its stylish and pairs with just about anything. Remember that its going to be cold and layers will be your friend both in your style and warmth. For pants, outdoor dates won’t require you to wear anything too fancy and might have you battling mother nature, so a classy pair of blue jeans will be fine. You can also try pairing your outfit with a pair of dark corduroy jeans which have recently made a stylish comeback. For shoes you will need something comfortable yet stylish. Avoid your worn tennis shoes and stick with a pair of dress shoes that are designed to be worn outdoors. Keep in mind that they might get a little dirty, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking on grass. To avoid grass stains and dirt showing up on your shoes, wear dark brown or black shoes. To top it off, wear a scarf to give an extra stylish edge and keep you warm.
Remember that these are mere guidelines and recommendations. Don’t be afraid to throw bits and pieces of your own personal style into your outfit. When all is said and done, you are going to want to be comfortable. Know what your date might entail and plan accordingly.
Good luck and have a great Valentine’s Day date.