This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Don’t get us wrong — we love a sexy, red dress. But, so does everyone else on February 14. This year, though, we’re breaking the rules. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you need to adhere to a certain color scheme. In fact, you’ll probably stand out more if you ditch red and pink (and those cliché, heart motifs) altogether. Same goes for skintight body-cons and scintillating cutouts. So, we’re serving up 22 frocks that’ll bust you out of that holiday-style rut and have you knocking ’em dead.
Flirty, ombré drop-waists; dip-dyed, midi-length hems; billowy, neon maxi-dresses — it’s unexpected pieces like these that’ll leave a lasting impression on your oh-so-lucky date. The main takeaway? Don’t let V-Day’s unwritten dress code dictate your outfit. Wear something you love. And, if it does happen to be a sweaterdress with a gigantic heart stamped on it, so be it. If not, we’re sharing some major outfit inspiration that will totally make you swoon — no candy Cupids or chocolates required.
O’2nd Merci Patched Dress, $325, available at Shopbop.
H&M Chiffon Dress, $49.95, available at H&M.
New Look Monochrome Check Swing Dress, $32.96, available at New Look.
A.L.C. Davis Midi Dress, $595, available at Shop Les Nouvelles.
3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered Front Dress With Laser Cut Polka Dots, $650, available at 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Topshop Poppy Placement Shift Dress, $180, available at Topshop.
Tibi Lace Ombre Plaid Dress, $435, available at Tibi.
Front Row Shop Straight Lace Dress With High Neck, $62, available at Front Row Shop.
Line & Dot Day Glow Maxi Dress, $125, available at Nasty Gal.
Zara Tone-Tone Peplum Dress, $79.90, available at Zara.
Motel Petal Shift Dress, $68, available at Motel Rocks.
Levi’s Flocked Mini Dress, $89.90, available at Levi’s.
Free People First Kiss Dress, $148, available at Free People.
MSGM Cutout-Back Bouclé Mini Dress, $555, available at Net-A-Porter.
Mother Of Pearl Moriri Silk Maxi Dress, $790.63, available at My Wardrobe.
Pixie Market Belle de Jour Gem Dress, $106, available at Pixie Market.
Sea Lace Combo Dress, $425, available at Steven Alan.
Warehouse Stripe Floral Shift Dress, $92.60, available at ASOS.
Won Hundred Sleeveless Button Down Dress, $255, available at Bird.
kate spade new york Carson Dress, $398, available at kate spade new york.
Juicy Couture Lace Tulip Dress, $178, available at Juicy Couture.
Antipodium Surveillance Dress, $330, available at American Two Shot.
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