Valentine’s Day outfits your date will love (even if your date is you)

Feb 9, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. ET

That time of year has arrived. Some of us love it, some hate it and some love to hate it. Valentine's Day can be whatever you want it to be. This year, use it as a day to embrace that fashion lover inside of all of you. Whether you are in an established relationship, going on a first date or heading out for a night with the girls, we have you covered.

Dinner and a movie with your man

When getting dressed for your date, you need to think about two things: atmosphere and balance.

Dress for the setting of your date, but also try to elevate your look in some way. You have to keep your guy on his toes.

Dinner and a movie with your man, option one

Chicwish black leather jacket, $55 / Athleta oversized sweater, $89 / MICHAEL Michael Kors stretch pants, $88 / Nine West leather boots, $70 / Ted Baker pink purse, $92

When heading out for dinner and a movie, you could wear leggings, tall boots, an oversized sweater, leather jacket and cross-body purse or relaxed jeans, a blazer and a low-cut top. With the first suggested outfit, the balance is this: focusing on your legs, while wearing tall boots to add an edge of sexiness. With the second suggested outfit, the balance is this: Everything else is covered, while the focus is on the upper body.

Dinner and a movie with you man, option two

Topshop blazer, $90 / Vero Moda slim fit jeans, $79 / American Vintage low v neck t shirt, $69 / Red pumps, $63 / Black studded purse, $100 / Long chunky necklace, $18

You can get away with cleavage because the rest of your outfit is muted and understated.

First date on V-Day

Let's begin by stating the obvious: Men are visual creatures and most men would choose high heels, on a lady, over flats. Lets face it; most women walk and feel differently when they put on their favorite pair of high heels.

I do not care what size you are; we all have a physical asset that we appreciate about ourselves. Therefore, accentuate that feature, and build your look for the date around it.

First date on V-day

H M long length top, $61 / Topshop crochet t shirt, $43 / Pied a Terre blue wrap skirt, $54 / Office strappy stiletto sandals, $99

Show off your legs with a skirt or skinny jeans. With this particular piece and because it is bold and colorful, I would suggest you keep everything else simple. Pair it with tall boots, leggings, a long cardigan and some cleavage, if you would like. However, if you opt out of leggings and show off your legs instead, then your cleavage cannot make an appearance.

Girls night out

Attempt to entice with your look. You can achieve this with a sheer black top under a winter-white blazer. For the bottom portion of your look, a pencil or A-line skirt works nicely, as well as fitted dress pants. A jumpsuit is different and flatters many body types. However, you can also wear the classic little black dress but add some sexy with a plunging neckline, which happens to be on trend this year.

Girls night out

Diane Von Furstenberg black dress, $75 / BCBGMAXAZRIA button down shirt, $71 / Closet white blazer, $76 / Calvin Klein dress pants, $90 / Topshop jumpsuit, $52 / Topshop high heel pumps, $75

You do not have to spend a lot of money to pull off these looks. For instance, Forever 21 is known for its affordability, while also remaining on trend. Here is a statistic for you: 30 percent of items, including jewelry found in stores like Forever 21, Zara and H&M, mimic high-end brands. Therefore, this Valentine’s Day, whether you are single or attached, make yourself feel special because your relationship with yourself is the one you will have forever.

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