Whether you’ve just recently met or have been together for decades, Valentine’s Day is a nice way to let your partner know that you love them and that you are happy to have them in your life.  We believe in letting your partner know this every day (not just on Valentine’s Day), but that doesn’t mean you can’t also give them a little reminder and show them how much appreciate their love this February 14th.  If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do as well as what to wear this Valentine’s Day, here are six date and wardrobe ideas for you to share with your loved one this year.

1. Dinner at Home

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If you’re stellar in the kitchen, then invite your partner over for dinner and whip up an incredible meal.  The effort you put in is sure to impress, and you’ll be able to enjoy each other’s company from the comfort of home, without the stress of other couples’ eyes on you at a restaurant.  Make your partner feel at home by dressing in a look that’s both stylish and comfortable.  A fitted long-sleeve tee or knit top with a pair of looser-fitting trousers are sure to set the tone for an excellent night in.

 

2. A Night Out After Work

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We all work and have busy lives, but that’s no excuse to not celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one.  If you’re coming straight from work (after all, Valentines Day 2017 does fall on a Tuesday), try not to arrive at your date in your full work look. Swap out your tie for something a bit more festive, such as a bow-tie, to show you’ve made some effort, even though you may not have had the time to head home and change after work. Book a nice sophisticated dinner somewhere, order a good bottle of wine, and enjoy.

 

3. Dinner & A Movie

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If you’ve just started dating, perhaps you don’t want to take your Valentine anywhere too fancy where you’ll feel pressured.  However, no matter how long you’ve been dating, it’s always nice to not be alone on Valentine’s Day, so do take the step to ask your Valentine out on a date.  Go for something a touch more casual, such as dinner at a cosy bistro and a movie.  Make sure your wardrobe matches the occasion; stick to chinos, a collared shirt, cotton blazer and a nice sweater.  Finish it off with accessories that highlight your personality and style.

 

4. Lunch With Your Valentine

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Lunch can be a much nicer option for a Valentine’s Day meal than dinner, if you can fit it in.  While dinner tends to sometimes be full of expectation and the idle chatter of other couples, lunch is a much more relaxed affair and can therefore end up feeling much more intimate.  Book in for lunch at your favorite restaurant or pack a picnic if the weather allows it.  If you’re coming from the office, opt for a cotton suit and classic white shirt that day.  Suede accessories are a nice day-time option as opposed to calfskin or patent leather.  Leave your tie at the office so that your afternoon is enjoyed in relaxation.

 

5. A Formal Affair

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Maybe you’ve been dating for a while now and you really want to impress your date this Valentine’s Day.  Organize a formal event to really sweep your Valentine off their feet.  A night at the opera or the ballet or an invitation to a charity gala dinner are all excellent opportunities for you both to dress up in your black tie finest.  Make sure you come dressed to impress in a classic black tuxedo, crisp white shirt and black bow-tie.

 

6. A Bit of Fun

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If there’s one day you can dress with a bit of whimsy to make your date smile, it’s Valentine’s Day.  Heart-printed sweaters, shirts, bow-ties, ties or pocket squares are all excellent choices to ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’, as they say.  Organize a Valentine’s Day activity that’s fun, to match your look; a trip to an amusement park, a picnic, cooking lessons or tickets to a comedy show are all excellent (and fun) Valentine’s Day date choices.