Here’s What To Wear When Your First Date Is On Valentine’s Day

First dates: They’re nerve-racking, thrilling or (more likely) a heart-pumping combination of the two.

 But first dates that happen on Valentine’s Day? They’re in a league of their own.
 First and foremost, there’s that weird expectation that permeates the entire evening — a Valentine’s Day date must mean something, right?
 But what, exactly?
 Is it a jinx on a relationship that doesn’t even exist yet? Or does the very fact that both parties knowingly committed to a first date on Valentine’s Day — DESPITE the potentially awkward implications — mean that this could be the start of something seriously amazing?
 Though how the evening will turn out is anyone’s guess, another dilemma persists: What do you wear when you have a date on Valentine’s Day?
 Cue the wardrobe/personal/existential crisis.
 Before you freak out, make up some outlandish excuse and flake, take a breather: It’s just a date, and February 14 is just a day, no matter how much people love to hype it up.
 Choosing an outfit doesn’t have to be a big deal either. Just get a read on the vibe of your night and then pick something that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
 And if you’re feeling uninspired? Never fear: Here’s a handy guide of exactly what to wear depending on where your potential boo is taking you for Valentine’s Day.

An Indie movie theater

An artsy movie date calls for the perfect mix of casual and unique. Tuck a vintage band tee into ripped boyfriend jeans and finish off the look with colorful block heels and a leather bomber.

 A speakeasy cocktail bar

Yes, Valentine’s Day house parties are a real thing. And if your date invites you to one, don’t fret: This means he wants you to meet his friends — and that it’s time to have some fun with your outfit. Wear a hot pink or fiery red mini dress (bonus points if it has a heart pattern<3) and pair with black tights and combat boots.

 A concert

If your date suggests spending Valentine’s Day at a rock show, it’s up to you to bring the cool factor. Go for track pants and a sheer white tee layered over a lacy bralette, and top off the look with a fleece-lined denim jacket.

 Pro-tip: High-top sneakers complete the look — and protect your toes from the mosh pit.
 An art museum

Let’s say your date wants to explore the art world with you by his side this Valentine’s Day. First of all, awww. Second of all, it’s our belief that a museum is the place for fashion minimalism, so let the art be the loudest thing in the room. Opt for a crisp, oversized white oxford shirt tucked into cropped flared denim with simple black strappy heels.

 Statement lipstick (not) optional.
 His apartment
 A swanky restaurant

For the traditional prix fixe Valentine’s dinner date, put a sexy update on an old standby: the LBD. Top a little black dress (silk and velvet are our go-to fabrics lately) with a statement patterned coat and sky-high heeled ankle boots.

Trivia night at a dive bar

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