It seems to be a popular belief that you need to dress up for Valentine’s Day but that definitely isn’t true! After all, Valentine’s Day is in February and that is not always the warmest month of the year, so comfort and layers are essential!
Sometimes less isn’t more!
Prepare a statement piece, such as the French Connection Sundae Suiting Blazer. The tailored fit will ooze sophistication, while the welt pockets are a subtle nod to men’s suiting.
Rob’s Top Tip: Try draping your structured blazer over your shoulders for an unconventional model-off-duty look
You always need a strong foundation that shines through when layering. Our relax-fit French Connection Obi Knit Jumper is the perfect option. Effortlessly tuck in the front leaving the rest of the fabric to naturally fall around your hips.
It’s also important to make sure you have contrasting colours and textures. The oversized fit might appear very laid-back on the surface but when paired with the structured fit of the blazer, elegance radiates.
Also, take advantage of a v-neckline and add accessories. Minimal chained pendants are incredibly on-trend at the moment, get your hands on a couple and layer them up as well!
To complete the look, add a pair of tailored trousers, such as the French Connection Sundae Suiting Trousers, these trousers perfectly match the blazer. The vibrancy of the magenta tone will captivate the crowd and draw attention to the loose-fitting grey jumper.
The cropped design of these trousers gives you the ability to showcase a pair of statement shoes. Whether it be flats or heels, you can really add a final touch of style. For instance, throw on a pair of grey heeled boots that will graze the hem of the trousers, adding another subtle layer.
Arguably, one of the biggest trends of the past year, wrapping. A favourite for most, a simple belt or crossover layers will do wonders when cinching your waistline! This is sure to be a winning style for your Valentine’s outfit.
One of our favourite wrap tops this season comes from French Connection, the Dalma Light Crepe Strappy V-neck Top. Minimal and classy, this top really exudes elegance and refined style.
The relaxed loose fit is pulled together with a simple wrap belt that ties to the font, drawing you in at the waist and showcasing your silhouette beautifully. The versatility of tops such as these are endless, Valentine’s is one thing. You can also apply them to outfits for the office, running weekend errands, nights out and more!
Rob’s Top Tip: Create an on-trend look by pairing the Dalma Top with a pair of leather-look skinnies, strappy heels and a fedora, for a sophisticated style perfect for drinks with your date.
Another choice, a more casual approach to the wrap trend is the Tidore Chambray Flared Dress from French Connection. This flared denim-look dress screams femininity and is ideal if you are running straight from the office right to your date!
Perfect for contouring your body shape, the complementing belt will cinch your waistline while the flared hem will extend your legs! The tonal stitched pattern and barrel cuffs give the illusion of the dress being structured and sophisticated while it is loose fitting and relaxed.
Rob’s Top Tip: Pair this stylish dress with jacquard print ankle boots and a bucket bag for a look perfect to take you from desk to date!
For those who are planning a romantic stroll or heading out to a show for Valentine’s, the Joseph Ribkoff Cut Away Jacket is your perfect companion. A slightly different approach to the wrap trend, the asymmetric hemline will be flattering and fun!
The intricate cut out detailing at the bottom of the jacket is perfect to layer bright trousers, as the colour will peek through adding a fun twist to an outfit. The design features a black statement button for a sophisticated close.
Rob’s Top Tip: Wear this jacket with a simple white camisole top and statement jewellery for an evening with a loved one.
Mesh is massively on trend this season and is ideal for a Valentine’s date by revealing selective pieces of skin under a textured fabric. Opulent and feminine, the Ted Baker ARIONAH Palace Gardens Scallop Bodycon Dress is the perfect solution for brightening up your somber wardrobe. With a vibrant floral and zig-zag pattern, the streamlined fit of the dress will effortlessly hang below the knee with a feminine scalloped hemline.
Rob’s Top Tip: Pair with court shoes and an envelope clutch for a sophisticated style that would be well-suited to dinner dates
For a vibrant statement, ooze lavish luxury and captivate the crowd with the phenomenal Rose Crepe Fit and Flare Dress from French Connection. The lightly flared skirt paired with the fitted body will flatter your figure while the mesh stripe piece will instantly contour your chest.
With the ability to dress up or down this statement dress will be at the forefront of your choices for date night.
Rob’s Top Tip: Femininity to the max! Slip on a pair of strappy heels and keep a magenta clutch bag in hand. Accent with minimal jewellery and a slicked back pony-tail!
Not all couples choose to dress up for their Valentine’s dates, some prefer to go down the unconventional date route. So even if you plan to dress down you can still steal the show with the mesh trend! One of the best parts about mesh, is that it can be a discreet or bold as you like!
An ideal pick is the ELLIAH Scallop Trim Fitted Top from Ted Baker. This simple tee features an intricate scalloped mesh design on the sleeves adding a subtle feminine touch while still providing you with comfort and the freedom of movement.
Rob’s Top Tip: Slip on a pair of white jeans to tuck the ELLIAH top into and pair with a black western belt, biker jacket and block-heeled boots!