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Our Favorite Date Night Dresses, Whether You’re Anti or Pro Valentine’s Day

Some like to put the va-va-voom in Valentine’s Day dressing. Others skip the cleavage and cutouts to sit in their sweats on the sofa. Then there’s the practical middle ground: those neither so hopelessly or apathetically romantic. They want a dress that they’ll definitely wear again, regardless of if they ever see that date (or another) again.

For dresses that do triple duty (date night and girls’ night and work day), we’ve selected some sweet numbers that can be flirty, fun and get the job done. Whether you have plans on February 14 or not, you’ll find an occasion to wear these lovely looks.

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Eliza J cotton poplin dress

Yeah, this isn’t going to work out. Pay your own way and hit the road in this breezy checked poplin dress that will also work for brunch with friends when you can dish about the dud.

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What to Wear for a Valentine’s Day Date Night? Instagram’s 4 Hottest Couples Share Their Style

As of presstime, you have 25 shopping days until the date night of all date nights, Valentine’s Day. Do you know what you’re wearing? Because we talked to four of the most in-love and Instagrammed couples on the Internet, and their plans are looking pretty solid.

Mine these interviews for outfit ideas, date itineraries, soundtrack notes and general romantic maneuvers. Oh, and good Instagram feeds.

(DJ Kiss and DJ M.O.S. via Instagram)

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Valentine’s Day, Two Ways: Sugar Or Spice

Whatever your plans, our Editor’s Picks are sure to please you and your Valentine. Whether you’re more sugar or spice, these looks will make everything nice—the romance is up to you.

This flirty, color-blocked Jessica Simpson dress goes prim with a frilly pink clutch, all accessorized by a hint of dazzle. A sophisticated nude pump, not to mention that croc-embossing detail, keeps this look sophisticated while still satisfying your date’s sweet tooth.

Pictured (clockwise):
RED Valentino Leather Bow Clutch
Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Chiffon Dress
Alexis Bittar ‘Otto’ Encrusted Ring
Alexis Bittar Crystal & Lucite Drop Earrings
Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Peep Toe Pump
Alexis Bittar ‘Smoky Dust’ Small Hinged Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A neutral, sequined shift dress is the perfect palette for layering on your own personality. Try going on a gold rush to infuse the sequined sparkle with individuality—think unique accessories in similar tones and materials with just the right amount of edginess and texture. A black high-heeled sandal, street-wise enough to ground all that gold, pulls together a crush-worthy look that’s urban and sleek.

Pictured (clockwise):
Jewelry Fashions Statement Necklace
Alexia Admor Sequin Shift Dress
Jewelry Fashions Wide Cuff
B Brian Atwood ‘Clio’ Sandal
Rafe New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere
Daly Bird Diamond Cut Leather Earrings

Check out more pieces for a Valentine’s Day outfit, and shop our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Guide for something comfortable to slip into when Valentine’s Day turns to night.

Jeff Powell

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