From movie night to date night: Last-minute outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Whether you’re single, in a relationship or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to wear a cute outfit no matter what you have planned. Luckily, 2018 is the time to wear the iconic Valentine’s colors pink and red, while also looking on-trend. 

According to the world-renowned authority on color, Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report, red and shades of pink are the hot colors this upcoming spring season. So go ahead and splurge on a Valentine’s outfit, because chances are, you can wear it after all the boxes of chocolate are eaten. 

Inspired by the romantic hues, these last-minute Valentine’s Day outfit ideas will help with whatever your night may hold. Hopefully, it will save you time spent standing in front of your closet deciding what to wear.

A romantic dinner

Red is known to be one of the sexiest colors. Researchers at the University of Rochester found men were more attracted to women who wore red. So whether it’s on a dress or on accessories, red is perfect for a date night. Step away from the famous black dress and trade it out for a red one to guarantee all eyes will be on you. Some crimson shades could be a bit jarring when paired with cowboy boots and a hat that says “Gig ’Em,” but the ruby pieces actually look very romantic when paired correctly.

It’s all about balance. If wearing a red dress pair it with gold or pink accessories for an unexpected and romantic look. If you don’t have a red dress, trying red heels or jewelry in the color will go a long way.

Friend date  

There is something powerful and glamorous about a jumpsuit. During the ongoing red carpet season, celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Saoirse Ronan opted with a jumpsuit rather than a traditional dress as a style statement. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pants-and-top combo, into more fashionable territories.

If you are planning a casual dinner with friends, choose a more loose and flowy jumpsuit. For a more dressed-up night, try a more structured jumpsuit with accessories, such as a necklace. Adding a blazer will break up the look, and with the winter weather, it’s sure to keep you warm.

Causal date 

Comfort should be your first priority! Thankfully, it’s easy to style jeans. A nice blouse is a timeless, versatile wardrobe staple. Lace and floral prints are perfect to find last minute and can be downplayed with jeans. For a more soft and subtle look, think light floral and lace on flowy tops — black lace and darker patterns with red accents will send an edgier look, but one that’s still perfect for Valentine’s nonetheless. Pair your blouse with your favorite booties to tie the outfit together. 

Movie night at home

It’s still possible to look festive while watching a movie with your bae. Coordinated pajamas are perfect for when you want to slip into something comfy but still look pulled together. These are an easy and inexpensive find at Target and even the mall. With so many options, it’s easy to find a PJ set that is full of personality. Some Valentine’s Day-themed pajama sets range from punny sayings, such as “I love you a latte,” to classic silk button downs with hearts, and of course, lingerie.