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What To Wear on Valentine's Day

What To Wear on Valentine's Day

Congratulations on another year, another February, another – oh crap, it's Valentine's Day?!

It just snuck up on you, didn't it?

Same here!

But luckily it's not too late to get cracking on the perfect V-Day outfit that'll knock both yours and your special someone's socks clear off! Now how does that sound? Good? That's what we thought!

From casual daytime outfits to fancy evening dresses, beachy ensembles and all-day date outfits, we wanted to make sure we covered all the bases for whatever your plans are this Valentine's Day.

Here at Kariella, we've got the latest goodies to make this year's V-Day your most stylish one yet.

So if you're still not sure what to wear (because let's face it, you forgot), fret not! Just keep on reading for the inside scoop on this year's best Valentine's Day looks!

You ready?

Let's go!

Casual Daytime Looks

For many of us, Valentine's Day starts the moment we wake up. Whether it be a morning brunch, a day at the fair, a farmer's market frenzy – you name it! – you're going to want a fun daytime date outfit that's also a semi-casual date outfit, one that'll keep you looking cute and flirty on your special day while also staying practical for all the moving around you're bound to do.

Our first order of business is the Normani Bias Skirt from Free People, because nothing says 'romantic outing' like a sleek leopard print skirt, preferably one that features a silky material. Perfect to dress up or down, we know you'll adore this one as much as we do.

Next up is a Kariella fave! Exclusively designed in Ojai, California by Kariella owner Amara Bessa, the Ojai Rainbow Boyfriend Tee is a 70's-style graphic T-shirt that features a groovy rainbow design with embroidery detailing. It's the not-your-every-day-t-shirt that's soon to become your everyday t-shirt. This particular graphic tee is a boyfriend fit design, but it's also available in a slim fit, because we like options!  

Stunner Top

Or if you're more of a classic noir fan, try the Stunner Top and show a smidge of skin. This little gem is a soft ribbed cropped tank that features a twist front neckline and thick straps, ideal for a day-date moving into a romantic evening out. But more on great all-day outfits in a bit!

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Ojai Rainbow Boyfriend Tee, $58
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Stunner Top, $42
Normani Bias Skirt, $98

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Float on Flare Free People Jeans Moulin Rushed Cami

A simple off-the-shoulder look is one of our favorite romantic outfit ideas, particularly when we're keeping with the specific Valentine's Day color scheme.

The Moulin Ruched Cami from Free People is a great example of this. Featured in a deep rosy red, it has a stretchy formfitting silhouette with those off-the-shoulder-sleeve we so adore. 

Next comes another one of Free People's signature styles: the ever-popular ultra high-rise bell bottom jeans with a button fly closure and a raw hemline bottom,  allowing you to cut the hem for the perfect length. These babies add every bit of flare (wink wink) to your outfit, creating a look that's casual, yet chic, practical, yet ever-so comfy and cute, and modest but oh-so-sexy too! Striped Knot Clutch Float on Flare Jeans Adding a bold accessory can be a fun way to finish off the look. We recommend you try the Striped Knot Clutch as your statement piece.

This woven fringe clutch features a beautiful knotted design on the front with long fringe detailing. It's zipper closure and interior pocket help to keep your goodies safe and organized!

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Moulin Rushed Cami, $38
Irreplaceable Flare, $78
Striped Knot Clutch, $58

Valentine's Day Swim Look

For many of us, the perfect Valentine's Day is one spent at the beach or at the pool. And as such, we wanted to prepare you accordingly.

We picked out a hot magenta bikini that's got some 90's throwback with a bit of 2020 magic thrown in.

The Sienna Tank from Vitamin A features a pullover crop style with a scoop neck and low back. Made from Vitamin A's Eco Rib fabric, the superfine ribbed jersey has superior stretch – because everyone likes things comfy, no?

Likewise, the California High Leg bottom features a classic style with a high leg cut. Still just as comfy, be prepared to show a lot of skin with this one!

We also know that at some point, you're bound to leave the water in favor of some refreshments, which is why we wanted to give you something to throw on over that delightful two-piece swimsuit on your trek to the Margarita stand. 

The Shelby Overalls from Free People are just the thing we had in mind! These whitewash bad boys feature a button front with a high waistline, a structured fit, and a straight leg. Add on a pair of sandals or even a little wedge heel for a super casual romantic day in the sun.

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Sienna Tank, $116
California High Leg, $106

All-Day Date Outfits

Check It Out Tank Modern Femme Leather Skirt

Some folks steal the whole day for fun and games, and if this be you and yours, you're going to want the perfect all-day date outfit that can transition seamlessly from morning to afternoon and well into the night.

This perfect outfit is one that is ambiguous to dress codes, meaning it can be casual or fancy. It meets the criteria for showing off the right amount of skin, be it while sipping mimosas at 10, enjoying a scenic tour of the city by boat at 2, noshing on hors d'oeuvres at the rooftop bar at 6, sharing dinner in a dim-lit restaurant at 8, or dancing in the club at midnight. For one and all of these spectacular activities (and more!) you'll need the proper outfit that works for all.

In comes the classic mini skirt and a V-Day-themed tank. Et voila! outfit acquired!

The Check It Out Tank from Free People features a high cut neckline with lace-up detailing in the back – in other words, the fashionable equivalent to 'business in front, party in back.' It's ribbed knit material is also soft and stretchy, making it a great piece to feel comfortable in all day long.

Likewise, the Modern Femme Vegan Leather Mini Skirt from Free People features exposed seems and a back zip closure, keeping you all snugly inside while still giving you room to breathe.

And since you're bound to be in the sun, you'll need a bit of glam for warding off those harmful rays. The Isla sunglasses from Diff Eyewear feature round lenses with gold frames and acetate detailing. They also serve to keep all those flirtatious looks in check when you're trying not to seem too obvious ;)

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Check It Out Tank, $58
Modern Femme Leather Skirt, $60
Isla Sunglasses, $98

All-Day Date Outfits

Eros Top Happiness Blooms Skirt

Because we know you love the occasional gown-like ensemble to make you feel feminine, we chose a lighthearted look that adequately shows off your girlish charms while also keeping your date unequivocally enthralled from dawn til dusk.

The silky Eros tank is both sweet and sexy. It features a bias cut and adjustable spaghetti straps, and its blush pink color adds a nice spark of romance your date is sure to act on.

Just so, the Happiness Blooms Skirt is a deliciously flowy maxi skirt featuring a delicate floral overlay and an elastic waistband. Fully lined in an a-line silhouette, this is a must-have for V-Day, leading ever-after into Spring and Summer. Just think of all those wedding's you'll have to go to. And now you've got the perfect outfit for them all!

Then the topper: our Billie Hat is a Panama-style felt hat with a stiff flat brim and a vegan leather hat band – easily one of Kariella's most popular and practical accessories, and it now comes in even more colors than before! Be sure to check them out!

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Eros Top, $48
Happiness Blooms Skirt, $96
Billie Hat, $78

Fancy Evening Outfits

Charmed Slip Dress

Now we move to the evening attire, the romantic dinner outfits, the classy cocktail dresses and the night-at-the-theatre ensembles. These are the outfits where we get to be at our most seductive, but in no way does that mean we can't also be comfortable too!

Charmed Slip Dress

We wanted to keep things neutral while also upholding the romantic nature of Valentine's Day with a soft pink v-neck dress that you can slip on in a pinch, one that's smooth as buttah and that's perfectly adorable at that.

We have here the Charmed Slip Dress, and the dress is all that the name implies.

This silky midi dress features a sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps. Perfect to dress up or dress down! Because who knows? Your date may surprise you mid-fancy-dinner and take you bowling! If you're that sort of adventurous just never know! Maybe keep a pair of Converse handy to switch into for purposes such as those. Luckily this dress would look ravishing with either sneakers or heels!

And once again for both glamour and practicality, we added in the Becky sunglasses from Diff Eyewear. For a fun retro look, these lovelies feature a cat eye shape with a gold metal frame and brown gradient lenses. And so the look is complete!

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Charmed Slip Dress, $86
Becky Sunglasses, $98

Praiano Maxi Dress

Last, though certainly not least, we chose a romantic gown that can easily grace the carpeted halls of the symphony, the lot of food trucks next to Chinatown, romantic movies in the park, or a candlelit dinner serenaded by that one old dude playing violin in the corner. Whatever your evening entails, this one's for you!

Praiano Maxi Dress Green Dress

This stunning sage maxi dress is called the Praiano Maxi Dress, and features a flowy fit in an ultra soft silky fabric. With a unique surplice neckline, flowy sleeves and an elastic waistband and tie, you'll easily produce a graceful aura that also screams seduction as your legs peek out from two gaping slits on either side  – a nice surprise, don't you think?

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Praiano Maxi Dress, $94

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