Valentine’s Day looms large on the horizon. Of all the year’s celebrations, this is perhaps the most unfair and polarizing. For singles, it is a source of terror and unnecessary shame in equal measure, whereas, for those lucky enough to be in relationships, it is an unrivaled source of flowers, chocolates, and – most frustratingly for their single friends – smugness. Happily, however, for independent ladies like Harper and Blake, Valentine’s day is also the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new outfit. After all, Valentine’s is a celebration of love – and self-love is doubtlessly the most satisfying and enduring (you can’t exactly break up with yourself) kind.
Now is the time to start swiping right in order to have an appealing assortment of delectable date options lined up in time for the 14th February. Or, alternatively, pin down your best friend for an evening of fun, frivolity, and gin fizz in celebration of platonic love. Never ones to decline the opportunity of dressing up, we’ve pieced together the perfect date night outfit for both the Harper girl and the Blake girl.
Harper Pulls in Pink
Gerard Darel blouse – John Lewis
Altuzarra pants – Net-a-porter
AND/OR trainers – John Lewis
Red may be the colour of love, but pink is, more importantly, the colour of the moment. Millennial pink has featured heavily in magazine editorials and street style blogs since SS17, we suggest giving it one last outing this Valentine’s before transitioning to the Next Big Colours for Spring: frozen yellow and bold orange. We suggest introducing a subtle hint of pink by adding pastel pink highlights to slimming stripes, for example by wearing this Gerard Darel blouse from John Lewis. Match with high-waisted, leg-hugging trousers in black or navy to accentuate your figure, and put on a pair of pink trainers, like these AND/OR John Lewis exclusives to match the shirt and give the look a casual, 21st-century-dating feel.
To embolden your ensemble, channel the Hawaiian shirt trend and flare your trouser leg. We love Double Rainbouu’s classy take on this retro classic and think these Gucci trousers would stun any potential suitor. Accessorize with large silver hoop earrings: simple but effective.
Double Rainbouu shirt – Net-a-porter
Gucci pants – Net-a-porter
Melissa Obadash earrings – House of Fraser
Flirtatious Florals for Blake
Florals are a well-established Spring classic, but lately, they’ve also extended their reign backward into the Winter months. The long-line ‘shapeshifter’ dress is Anna Murphy (Fashion Editor at The Times)’s number one garment to invest in for the new season, and we can think of no better way to wear it than in florals. We especially love the old-school, button-up boho style of this dress by Belgian brand-of-the-moment, Essentiel Antwerp. A safe way to style this would be with your favourite pair of jeans (the bluer the better), but especially adventurous fashionistas might like to consider contrasting florals with… You guessed it, MORE florals! These colourful tights from Pamela Mann, or, alternatively, these understated lace tights by Calzedonia fit the bill nicely.
We love the clash between the loud, vibrant floral colours and the quiet, neutral polka-dot print on this patchwork dress by London-based designers, Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. The perfect visual metaphor for ‘opposites attract,’ perhaps? Either way, you’ll definitely be attracting plenty of opposites when you step out in this eye-catching number. We suggest keeping the boho theme going by eschewing the obvious choice of heels for footwear, and instead wearing a pair of Winter boots, ideally plain leather ones like these Kurt Geigers. Cowboy boots are a daring, but thoroughly on-trend alternative.
Rixo – Net-a-porter
Saint Laurent – MyTheresa
Article Written By: Desmond Huthwaite
Featured Image: Valentine’s Day in a Little Red Dress – Sydne Style