You can still dress to thrill this Valentine's Day

You can still dress to thrill… even if it’s just a flirty Zoom date or a takeaway for two this Valentine’s Day

  • Hanna Woodside says you can still dress to impress this Valentine’s Day
  • Here the British stylist shares her pick of the best outfits for the romantic day 
  • They include a selection of dresses, smart blazers, jewellery and makeup

Whether you’re rustling up a ‘dine in for two’ deal or have a hot Zoom date, why not get dressed up this Valentine’s Day?

With so few opportunities to be properly glam at the moment, it’s the perfect excuse to switch up the comfy grey jersey for something a little racier in red.

If you’re in the mood to show off some skin, opt for a halter neck or off-the-shoulder style, such as the Valle & Vik halter top (second from left), which fastens with two silk ties that trail elegantly down your back.

For a more classic, covered-up look, a long-sleeved, V-neck midi dress is universally flattering and will serve your wardrobe well beyond Sunday. Ghost has a brilliant selection, including this flare style embellished with buttons (far left), or if your budget can stretch, Samantha Cameron’s label Cefinn has a beautifully cut silk design (far right).

Dress, £95, ghost.co.uk; hair accessory, £315, emily-london. com; earrings, £165, Alex Monroe at fenwick.co.uk; pearl necklace set, £265, monicavinader.com; rings, from £125, astleyclarke.com

Top, £185, valleandvik.com; earrings, £280, monica vinader.com; ring, £65, shop-daphine.com; bracelet; £89, Missoma at fenwick.co.uk. Napkins, £72 for four, candle holder, £24 for pair, and candle, £18 for eight, mrsalice.com; plates, from £22, maisonmargauxltd. com; napkin ring, £13, and cutlery, from £15, amara. com; wine glass, £14, anthropologie.com

Not a dress person? A slim-cut blazer — like this one from Reiss (second from right) — worn done up, with just a bra or a slinky cami underneath, is sexy but sophisticated.

Of course, choosing an outfit is just part of the fun. Digging out a lipstick (remember lipstick?), spritzing on some expensive perfume (we love Jo Malone’s Scarlet Poppy Cologne Intense, middle) and picking jewellery feels positively thrilling right now. Try Missoma or Monica Vinader (far left and second from left) if you fancy gifting yourself a special accessory this Valentine’s. Bored of sitting in your dressing-table drawer, that statement hair bow and flashy cocktail ring, and those big earrings, can finally get an outing, even if it’s just to your kitchen table.

Talking of which, creating a pretty ‘tablescape’ gives even a takeaway a sense of occasion. Go all out with napkin rings, flickering candles and little vases of flowers. Layer your best crockery and crack open the wine. Squint and you could be in a fancy restaurant after all.


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Dress, £95, frenchconnection.com; earrings, £155, sorujewellery.com; bangles set, £75, shopdaphine. com. Tray, £19.50, oliverbonas.com; flowers, part of Apothecary Bud Vase Set, from £55, hayfordandrhodes.co.uk; Scarlet Poppy Cologne Intense, £134 for 100ml, jomalone.co.uk; Crushed Shine Jelly Stick lipstick, £25, bobbibrown.co.uk

Blazer, £250, reiss.com; headband, £325, lockhatters.com; earrings, £155, and necklace, £148, byalona. com; rings (right hand) £75 each, and crystal ring (left hand) £120, sorujewellery.com. Chocolate truffles, £10, fortnumandmason.com

Dress with neck tie, £390, cefinn. com; earrings, £70, and green ring, £120, sorujewellery.com; ring, £95, byalona.com. Limited Edition Roses Candle, £56, diptyque paris.com; champagne flute, £14, anthropologie.com

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