(Original story published on Monday February 2nd, 2015 on Slice.ca.)
This Valentine’s, think beyond the typical sexy red dress and opt for romantic silhouettes, chic blush hues, and lovey-dovey extras. We’ve hand-picked 20 sweet separates, perfect for anywhere you and your S.O. (or besties, obvi) decide to spend the holiday.
1. The LBLD (little black lace dress)
Dress the part this V-day without the pink and red, with a feminine lace number that shows off your hourglass figure. Our pick? Anthropologie’s Carissima Sheath (US $258).
2. The Ultimate Valentine’s Heels
We can always rely on Charlotte Olympia for fun, whimsy footwear we can’t help but add to our wish lists each season, and for this Valentine’s Day, she didn’t disappoint. These Love Me Heart-Appliqued Suede Pumps (US $1,450) are simply perfection.
3. The Pink Playsuit
Whether worn together or separate, this top and pleated skirt from Zara ($50) is a cool and girly option for anywhere you may go this holiday. Team it with oxfords for a casual movie date, or with chunky heels for a cocktail bar.
4. Classic Red Bag
Why not use the holiday as an excuse to invest in a standout wardrobe staple? Our item of choice has to be See by Chloe’s Vicki Bucket Bag ($653).
5. Blush Topper
Looking for a cool urban ensemble? Go for Topshop’s Blige Duster Coat by Another 8 (£75), teamed with a plain white tee, boyfriend jeans, and high-heeled booties.
6. The Tee
Planning a low-key night? Go for a sweet graphic tee, like this version from Joe Fresh ($16).
7. Silk Spotted Dress
A silk dress with a cinched waist is a ladylike option for Valentine’s Day. We’re loving this red-and-white spotted Pagent Silk Dress from Club Monaco ($249).
8. Red Pumps
Add a hint of red to any look with Nine West’s Martina heels in fire engine red (was $120, now $50). Go for a casual look and team them with a flowy blouse and boyfriend jeans.
9. Love Necklace
Keep your love close to your heart with Wanderlust’s LoveTwist Necklace ($37).
10. The Romantic Blouse
Don’t feel like wearing red or pink? Opt for a romantic ruffled blouse instead. Our pick? Zara’s Top with Frill Sleeve ($60).
11. Love Heels
Give your steppers the V-day treatment with these adorable Love heels from Kate Spade New York ($350). Team them with an LBD for a classic, ladylike look with a quirky edge.
12. The Lace Dress
Ladylike lace is always a great idea for Valentine’s, and this year, we have our eyes on French Connection’s Nebraska Lace Dress ($178). Wear it with black opaque tights and ankle boots to make it winter-ready.
13. The Pink Fit-and-Flare
Sweet and ladylike, Ted Baker’s EEBRR Skater Dress ($275) makes a girly-chic choice for date night. Team yours with a skinny black belt and sky-high pumps for a cool-girl look.
14. Je T’Aime Bracelet
Wear your heart on your sleeve–or close to it–with Jennifer Meyer’s Je T-Aime 18-Karat Gold Bracelet ($675).
15. Lippy Clutch
The easiest (and most fun!) way to add a Valentine’s element to any look? With a fabulous lippy clutch, like Lulu Guinness’s Lips Clutch in red ($522).
16. The Moto Jacket
Lace sheaths, pink pumps and bubblegum fit-and-flares not your thing? No problem! Go for a sweet-meets-edgy look with Joe Fresh’s Moto Jacket in blush ($60). Team it with everything from boyfriend jeans and Converse sneakers, to a little black skirt and sky-high pumps.
17. The Flirty Dress
Looking for a girly option? Sparkle and Fade’s Strappy Chiffon Skater Dress (was $69, now $49) is the way to go. Team it with black opaque tights, ankle boots and a cropped jacket to make it perfect for any weather Mother Nature may bring.
18. The Chunky Red Sweater
Having a low-key evening? Lucky you… stay warm and comfy while still looking totally chic with J.Crew’s Rib-Stitch Turtleneck Sweater ($182).
19. The Heart Necklace
Looking for a great piece that works for Valentine’s Day and beyond? Foe and Dear’s 14kGold Heart Necklace ($70) is the way to go.
20. The Cami
More boho than girly-girl? Opt for Aritzia’s Minou Camisole (was $60, now $30). Team it with a blazer for a cocktail date, or a chunky sweater for a movie night.