‘Tis the season to fête all relationships—whether they’re just blooming or nicely settled into a strong romantic partnership. To help, we’ve selected the top Valentine’s Day date night ideas and outfits for nearly every Facebook relationship status.
Relationship stage: First date
So you locked eyes at Starbucks last week and you haven’t stopped texting ever since your barista scribbled his number on your grande-non-fat vanilla chai latte (what service!) Now he finally wants to meet up on the most universally romantic day of the year. Destination? Your choice. No pressure.
Date idea: A little more intimate than a coffee shop and slightly less conspicuous than the revolving 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower, opt for a place in which you frequent often to at least provide a familiar backdrop to a date with your perfect stranger. If that happens to be bustling bistro that serves your favourite cocktail and plays live jazz, you’re in luck.
What to wear: Keep your look sleek yet minimal with a loose blouse worn over a slim jacquard pant and leather jacket—and a pair of killer heels for kicks.
Runway inspiration: Balenciaga Spring 2013—Nicolas Ghesquière’s final collection for the famed French house showcased this spring’s sexy new minimalism.
Relationship stage: First Valentine’s Day
While you may still be figuring out where exactly the two of you stand, at least the obviousness of your mutual affections has been stated. What to do now on this obligatory occasion of love?
Date idea: Sign up for an activity that involves some friendly competition and will help with getting to know each other a little better. Le Dolci (1006 Dundas St. W., Toronto) offers a Valentine’s Day intro to cupcake decorating class, complete with champagne ($90, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
What to wear: Work your way around the kitchen seamlessly in your favourite pair of leopard winter flats. Just make sure to bring an apron to keep your outfit icing-free for your romantic dinner after class.
Runway inspiration: Cool, casual and ultra chic = 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013.
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Relationship stage: Two-year mark
You’ve already established shared interests and last year’s romantic cooking night resulted in a late-night pad Thai delivery. This Valentine’s Day around, check out the local events listings and plan to get dressed up for a night around town.
Valentine’s Day date idea: Educational and romantic? It just so happens that the Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver) launches its Sex Talk in the City exhibit on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
What to wear: In the name of all things love, and so naturally, red, go for glam with an artsy and delicate Notte by Marchesa Lace and Silk-sateen Peplum Dress ($695), at net-a-porter.com.
Runway inspiration: Roland Mouret Spring 2013, for the ultimate in ladylike chic.
Relationship stage: High school sweethearts
OK sure, in the spectrum of romantic relationships, you’ve invariably reached veteran status (congrats!), but that doesn’t hinder the chance to grow closer with or learn something new about your significant other.
Valentine’s Day date idea: Make a long weekend of it by booking a winter getaway. Cozy up in a chalet and spend the next few days alternating between hot winter spa treatments and hitting up the slopes together.
What to wear: Whether you’re a black diamond fiend or you prefer to soak of the view of the hills from your room, pack your favourite après-ski wear essentials—cashmere turtlenecks and warm socks are crucial to chic chalet lounging.
Runway inspiration: Versace’s sexy goddess Spring 2013 collection is guaranteed to melt the slopes.
Relationship stage: Just friends
Because sometimes you just want to hang out unromantically with your best guy friend, watch movies and not have to talk about feelings or lack thereof.
Valentine’s Day date idea: Download Netflix, load up on bags of microwave popcorn and perhaps tasty takeout for two, and settle in for a comfortable non-date-like date night-in with some pretty sweet company.
What to wear: Pretty much anything that could be associated with workday-related attire is out of the question: tonight is about lounging comfortably and celebrating the liberating bond of platonic love.
Runway inspiration: Easy, breezy Isabel Marant’s Spring 2013 ‘70s-inspired boho collection takes loungewear to the next level.
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