What to Wear: Valentine’s Day


Hold off on the red, and please spare me the heart appliques…


Elliatt Dress | Betts Heels
Photographer: Ryan Ammon


Valentine’s day is something I have never been entirely convinced by. Sure, the romance and the thought of celebrating the one you love is all very beautiful, but I never understood why there needed to be just the one particular day for it, nor why there was an inherent pressure to spend a lot of money on material things when the day is, at a fundamental basis, supposed to be about your relationship with your loved one. Perhaps it was my modest, country upbringing that shaped me to be somewhat of a minimalist in this respect – I don’t even believe in the idea of having a wedding, purely because the whole purpose of the day tends to get lost in the dress and the cake and the 5000 extra people you feel obliged to invite and the bomboniere ribbons… – or maybe it is just that I like to focus on things for what they are, rather than being disillusioned by a painted exterior.

My preference for a fuss free Valentine’s day runs deeper than just my outfit, but that seems like a good place to start the discussion. There is no red, no cleavage, no once-in-a-blue-moon 50 Shades of Grey-esque underwear. In fact, my Valentine’s day outfit choice barely gives even the faintest nod to the Valentine theme. A nice, relaxed evening out with my man deserves nothing less than an elegant, understated and comfortable dress that wouldn’t look out of place in any other circumstance. To be honest, an evening out at a restaurant even feels a little too overdone for me. Dining with dozens of other couples all on the same mission just feels a little, well, cliche. My ideal Valentine’s evening really involves just a few key things… me, my man, a private meal (at home or picnic style), some quality time together and a little bit of effort. After all, that is really what Valentine’s day is about, right?

Am I alone on my preference for a more low key Valentine’s day, or do I have some companions here? Would you, like me, pass on the Tiffany’s and red roses for something a little more unique and/or low key?

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