When it comes to dressing for the most romantic evening of the year, mannequins and lady mags often lean in one of two predictably dull directions. On the one hand, shiny, skin-tight spandex numbers leave little to the imagination – and little room for respiration. Alternately, twee frocks of the Zooey Deschanel school evoke a living Cabbage Patch doll. How adorable.
As an antidote to these clichés, we present the following stylish selections. Treat yourself and you’ll look amazing, no matter what (or if) your Valentine delivers.
Take our word for it when we say that Dallas designer Abi Ferrin’s Nikki 5-way will become an instant favorite. ($258 from Nordstrom, in purple or black)
The effortless, ‘70s styling of DVF’s Laramie dress pairs perfectly with its oversized retro print. ($565, from DVF.com)
Speaking of retro, we get a cool South Pacific vibe from this floral halter. ($54.99, from ModCloth)
Subtle sexuality is showcased in Marc Jacob’s lace and jersey LBD. ($300, from Net-a-Porter)
Finally, an asymmetrical neckline and slight shimmer combine in this perfect updated classic. ($85, from Shabby Apple)
(Photo credits, from top: 1. US.ASOS.com, 2. Shop.Nordstrom.com, 3. DVF.com, 4. ModCloth.com, 5. Net-a-Porter.com, 6. ShabbyApple.com)