For the past two years, couples and friends alike have celebrated Valentine's Day in a low-key kind of way, complete with takeout and streaming services as their big plan for the night. But for 2022, the holiday of love (and we mean all love — romantic, platonic, familial, etc.), will, hopefully, feel semi-normal. Think dinner and drinks at a fancy restaurant, bottomless brunch, and group activities. It might be a good idea to make reservations in advance, not to mention start brainstorming Valentine's Day outfits you want to wear for the occasion.
It's no secret that date nights have been pretty casual since the pandemic hit, and if getting dressed up now feels somewhat foreign to you, you're not alone. To spark some much-needed fashion inspiration, we reached out to celebrity stylist Tiffany Briseno. Below, she weighs in on what she'd wear to some of the most popular Valentine's Day dates, then shop our picks to make her visions come to life.
A Romantic Dinner Out
For a romantic dinner with your significant other, Briseno encourages you to lean into the sweetheart role with wide-leg, high waisted trousers (preferably in a red satin) and a sweetheart neckline bustier.
"To finish the look off, [add] some large statement earrings to fill up the negative space between your plunging neckline."
Shop now: Abercrombine & Fitch Long-Sleeve Sweetheart Corset Top; $52 (originally $69)
Whether you're brunching with your besties or sipping mimosas with your special person, Briseno tells InStyle her go-to look for the meal would be a flouncy, lightweight dress and all white sneakers.
"To keep the look casual," she adds, "I would have an oversized boyfriend denim jacket you can drape over the shoulders for a street chic vibe."
Shop now: Free People Printed Arzel Mini Dress; $148
When Valentine's Day falls on a workday, the best game plan for date night or Galentine's gathering is a happy hour with your favorite drinks. For the occasion, Briseno envisions "an A-line faux leather midi skirt with a vintage tee tucked in and a herringbone blazer." And if heels aren't your style (or you're dying to get out of a pair by 5 o'clock), Briseno suggests swapping them out for some sneakers.
Shop now: Everlane The Oversized Blazer; $185
A Cozy Night In
Here at InStyle, we firmly believe you can keep things casual and look cute, too. Briseno whole-heartedly agrees. The key is to be intentional with your loungewear, the stylist says via email, and nothing says intentional loungewear quite like a cashmere set. "You'll be stylish and comfortable enough for a possible sequel marathon."
Shop now: Naked Cashmere Poppey Quarter Zip; $285 and Naked Cashmere Prudence Tapered Fit Joggers; $295
A Galentine’s Celebration
For Galentine's 2022, Briseno is feeling a '90s fashion moment. "I say bring out that bodycon knit dress and 90s inspired square toe strapped sandals," she tells us. "Finish the look off with an equally 90's-inspired rhinestone shoulder purse for full 'ZAZAZOO.'"
Shop now: Lulus Paulina Black Bodycon Midi Dress; $58 and Cult Gaia Hera Mini Crystal-Embellished Satin Shoulder Bag; $490
Paint & Wine
If you're planning an artsy outting for Valentine's Day, Briseno recommends keeping the fit casual with a pair of lycra bicycle shorts and an oversized button-up. For accessories, "add a bit of bling with your everyday gold necklaces," Briseno says, adding "try layering 3 to 5 in the same type of length so a cool cluster effect."
Shop now: Madewell MWL Form High-Rise 7″ Biker Shorts; $55 and ASOS DESIGN Original denim shirt in mid wash; $40
"Before you throw that robe on, arrive in a boxy cable knit turtleneck paired with knit flared pants and sneakers," Briseno says. This way, you'll get your relaxation on, all day long.
Shop now: rag & bone Nora Cable Wool Turtleneck Relaxed Fit Sweater; $495 and alo yoga High-waist Zip It Flare Legging; $128
Hitting the rink this Valentine's Day? Ice skating is the perfect activity to wear a full-on winter outfit. "Corduroy trousers for that luxe texture paired with a cropped puffer coat in a metallic for an extra punch," would be Briseno's go-to. "For winter accessories, a wool beret and matching wool gloves. Try an oversized scarf to add more shape to your look."
Shop now: Reformation Alyssa High Rise Wide Leg Corduroy Pants; $148 and Michael Kors Quilted Patent Nylon Cropped Puffer Jacket; $207 (originally $275)
A Cooking Class
For the makeshift chef on Valentine's Day, Briseno says your outfit shouldn't get in the way of your creation. To avoid a catastrophe, "try a silhouette like a jumpsuit or overalls with a great pair of combat boots and a tee," she says. "Jazz it up with a classic gold hoop."
Shop now: Good American Fit For Success Jumpsuit; $155
A Hike or Bike Ride
If you and your loved one are hitting a trail of some sort, your ensemble should be both comfortable and flexible. "Loose faded cargo pants, Timberland boots (because those need to come back), and a plaid fleece shirt undone with a cute microfiber racerback tank," would be Briseno's pick. "Fleece 'camp socks' are also cool here!"
Shop now: Timberland Women's Courmayeur Valley 6-inch Waterproof Faux-Fur Boots; $170 and Z Supply Plaid Fleece Shirt Jacket; $98
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