Valentine’s Day, whether you’re a fan or not, can be one of the most stressful holidays.
There’s the obvious stress of being single and alone, but there are other stressors that get a little less attention. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a boo this V-Day, there is still reason to freak out.
You might be thinking, “will my significant other take me on a fun date?” “Where will we go?” “What will we do?” And possibly the most daunting question of all, “what will I wear?”
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This Valentine’s Day, you can chill out a little because The Badger Herald has your back! We know how stressful planning outfits for dates can be so let us take that off your plate. We have put together outfits for every type of date, even “Netflix and chill.”
Feel free to use this as inspiration or a shopping list, and buy the exact pieces from this article. We have everything linked so you’re guaranteed to have the trendiest V-Day of all time while putting in the least amount of effort. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that?
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For a coffee date, it’s important to look like you didn’t put in too much effort. You want to look good, but you also don’t want to roll up to Colectivo or Starbucks in a full-length dress. A perfect formula for a coffee date outfit in the winter is a sweater and jeans. These jeans from LA brand, Revice denim are perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s almost like you’re screaming “I’m cute and in love” every time you wear them. The fit is on theme with the holiday, always a plus. I paired the denim jeans with this chunky grey turtle neck sweater to keep the look comfy and casual. Since the jeans on their own are a little loud, make sure your other accessories are lower-key. Remember, it’s just coffee. You want to wear something that you would usually wear on a normal day.
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Coffee dates, often times, can be anxiety-producing because a) it’s typically the first date, b) you have to talk about yourself endlessly and c) you chug your coffee because you’re nervous so you get more nervous from the caffeine (just me?). Your outfit should be the last thing giving you anxiety. Keep it simple, casual, and comfortable with dark jeans, a basic tee and your favorite flannel.
Wear your favorite pair of dark wash or black jeans like these from Urban Outfitters. Top it off with a simple flannel and t-shirt combo. Check out these flannels that are on sale at Urban and hit up the basics shop at H&M to get a simple, matching undershirt. I’d suggest a darker undershirt to avoid inevitable coffee spill stains, but again, maybe that’s just me. Pair a set of Vans or Chucks and add a beanie or baseball cap if you’re feeling festive, or if your hair is not being agreeable.
When Netflix and chill is what you and bae are feeling for Valentine’s Day, the look should be “I woke up like this.” The key here is to throw on something you would classify as chic pajamas. The outfit I’ve compiled for this date is exactly that. I started with the black and beige teddy coat.
This trendy coat is quite cozy, which makes it perfect for this type of date. As far as attire under the teddy coat, think trendy sweatpants. A pair of black joggers with a gray tank, both from Urban Outfitters, are sure to give you that sexy flawless look to make your Netflix date go from great to awesome.
Netflix dates are ideal. You get to wear sweats and you don’t have to say anything. Basically, Netflix dates are extended awkward silences where both of are trying to drop hints that you want to fuck while half-watching Black Mirror. That being said, you don’t want to be constrained by tight jeans or an uncomfortable top. The key here is striking the perfect balance between slob and street wear.
Joggers are the essential item for Netflix dates. Find a pair and price that are right for you. There are plenty of jogger options from Urban, H&M and Forever 21 to give you inspiration. Combine with a graphic tee, like this Honda racing shirt or this graphic assortment from Forever 21, will add a little flare to your night in.
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A Valentine’s dinner date is a little higher key so you want your outfit to be as well. A good place to start when planning this date is to grab you favorite dress. Once you’ve found that, you can work your accessories around it. Obviously, you can start by buying this beautiful black dress from Urban Outfitters To spice up this outfit, I added some booties. I picked these not-quite-pink Jeffrey Campbell boots not only because they pair nicely with the dress, but also to stay V-Day festive! You can add a fun purse for a pop of color or the teddy coat from the Netflix and Chill date to stay warm.
Dinner dates are when you can really flex your style. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to look great while stuffing your face. Check out this beige, waffle-knit sweater from H&M and combine it with black dress pants. Top the outfit off with some boots and a statement jacket, like this corduroy trucker jacket from Urban, which is especially perfect for a red, Valentine’s Day touch.