Dressing the part for Valentine鈥檚 Day (or any date night, really, but let鈥檚 get into the spirit of the season) is all about bright colors, flirty silhouettes and a playful sense of style. For those reasons, we鈥檝e anointed Mindy Kaling the sartorial saint of the romantic holiday. The Mindy Project star has quickly become a fashion icon for her affinity for vibrant hues and flattering, figure-hugging fits both on and off screen, a style signature that helps convey that fashion, often taken far too seriously, can be extremely fun. It鈥檚 also one that happens to be perfectly fitting for February 14. So, to prep for the year鈥檚 biggest date night (gal-pal or otherwise), we鈥檙e raiding Mindy鈥檚 virtual closet, as seen on her #OOTD-filled Instagram feed. Below, check out five Mindy-approved ways to nail the perfect Valentine鈥檚 Day outfit.


1. Suit Up: Ditch the dress altogether for your new favorite going-out layer: your blazer. Whether you have one that鈥檚 sparkling gold like Mindy鈥檚 or not, style it with tailored trousers and a flowy blouse to play up the menswear inspiration, but keep it flirty with pumps, big curls and a bright lip.


2. Make All-Pink Look Modern: All-red is so predictable, so pass it up for the holiday鈥檚 second most popular color: pink. Keep the girly hue feeling fashion-forward by looking for a dress with modern details like Mindy鈥檚 plunging neckline, and pair it with playful accessories like metallic pumps and larger-than-life drop earrings.


3. Add a Major Pop of V-Day Color: Even if you鈥檙e anti-all-pink-everything, a pop of Valentine鈥檚 Day color can take your outfit a very long way. Mindy鈥檚 black patterned midi dress was just asking for the jolt delivered by these hot pink booties.


4. Let Frilly Designs Pull Double Duty: Our favorite kind of sartorial frills are those that can add extra 鈥渙ohs鈥 to the reveal while also flattering your figure, like the hourglass-shaped paneling on Mindy鈥檚 bodycon dress, peplum hems and tulle-lined skirts.


5. Switch Out Your LBD for Your LWD: This isn鈥檛 just any other date night, so switch out the tried-and-true LBD for something that feels more special. like your little white dress. Pair with colorful heels and tons of stacking rings to keep the look from feeling too bridal.

Which celebs do you turn to for styling advice? Tell us which stars you think are the most fashionable on Instagram in the comments below.

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