With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may have already started trying to craft the perfect date-night ensemble. While we're sure what you’ve come up with so far is a killer outfit in the making, we’re here to offer a few ideas and online resources to make sure your February 14th look is the most perfect it can be.
If you and your main squeeze are gettin’ fancy, head to Rent The Runway.
You can rent a top-tier designer dress for a fraction of the retail price. Since formal dresses rarely get much wear anyway, this is a great way to feel like a princess on a less-than-royal budget. The only thing they don’t have is shoes so, for this swanky look, we recommend a classic pair of black pumps from stefanibags.com. Get ready to make your date weak in the knees.
Sophie Theallet Heart to Heart Dress – Rental: $175 (Retail: $1,250)
Kenneth Jay Lane Clear Drop Earrings – Rental: $25 (Retail: $150)
Kate Spade Emerald Anastasia Clutch – Rental: $55 (Retail: $375)
House of Harlow 1960 Callan Pumps – $250
Tip: On holidays especially, dresses are snapped up early. Get your shop on soon to have your pick of dresses and accessories!
All of these sites offer quirky, unique pieces that let your personality shine while allowing you to still channel the effortless “What, this old thing?” attitude that you want to exude for a casual (but still sexy) date with your paramour. We've picked out a few great pieces to build that perfectly effortless glamour.
If you’re staying in for a low-key movie this V-Day evening, you should probably plan to keep it an extra day or two. With an outfit this pretty, your DVD probably won’t get much attention. ;)
Tip: Etsy is also a great place to find one-of-a-kind, homemade gifts! Check out a few of our favorites here.
And if you’re single and going out with the girls, hit up asos.
Asos has an incredible selection of trendy, affordable, as well as higher-end pieces that are uniquely detailed and incredibly fun. This is a great occasion to save money, shop your closet, and maybe pick up one standout accessory… OR… to pick a sexy new frock to make you feel like a million bucks while you’re kickin’ it with the ladies.
With an outfit this hot, a date would be more of a liability than anything else. Don’t wash your hair or wear makeup with this ensemble, or you risk making your girlfriends painfully jealous. But seriously, wear this Valentine’s look with confidence and have a good time. Do that, and you may just come home with more date invitations than there are days in the week.
Tip: asos offers free shipping both ways, so you don’t have to worry about buyer’s remorse on any impulse purchase. They also have runway footage of most of their pieces, so you get a 360-degree view of the item in question.
No matter what your plans for Valentine’s Day 2012 might be, I wish you a stylishly perfect evening.
Allison Daniels is currently working full-time as gatekeeper / ambassador / receptionist at game-changing music company, Spotify. In her spare time, she writes freelance for Vogue, as well as several lifestyle/fashion/beauty sites, including GoodLifeReport.com and Celebs.com. If you like having the inside scoop on the worlds of music and fashion, follow Allison on Twitter and challenge her to answer your style questions in 140 characters or less!