What to wear this Valentine’s Day

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Don’t throw things at me, I didn’t invent the whole shenanigan.  I just work here.

Love it or hate it, it’s time to get spiffy for a night of romance.  Valentine’s is all about making that perfect love connection, or renewing the one you’ve got, or lounging around in holey sweats and your ex-boyfriend’s t-shirt while you watch romantic comedies with a pint of ice cream in your lap.

It’s your day, whatever.

Let's get it on

I’m not one to pass judgement anyway;  Viktor is firmly in the camp of Valentine haters.  He thinks Valentine’s Day is made up of corporate greed and nonsense, and as such refuses to participate no matter how many tears I cry.  So I make cute little treats for the kids and make a special dessert for dinner and call it a day.

But in the world of Make Believe, the Valentine’s Day in my head is amazing. 

Viktor swoops into the house with flowers and a mix CD of love songs just for me.  He has planned an overnight sleepover for the kids and takes me to my favorite restaurant for a night of flirty nonsense.  I’m looking smoking hot in my favorite go-to sexy outfit and feel 22 again, giggly and romantic and don’t think once about mortgage payments, work deadlines, or the fact that my feet have been numb since we left the house.

Magic, right?

Since that isn’t going to happen for me, make it happen for you.  Please.  I’m living vicariously through you here.

I put together a couple of outfit options for you because even if I don’t get lucky on Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.  In fact Valentine’s is all about getting it on, so you know, no pressure but I’m counting on you.

Both of the tops can technically be considered dresses, just please please wear opaque tights if you choose to go pantless.  I paired both tops with skinny jeans, which would be adorable but not so much if you’re going to a fancy place.   The rest of the fabulous is up to you.  Sequins and funky liquid eyeliner?  Do it.  Smoky eye?  Now’s your chance.  Red lipstick and leather pants?  Girlfriend, let’s rock this thing.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jenni Bailey :

    Such a cute roundup. So far I’ve only gotten to painting my toenails tomato red. I need to get on it!

    • Allison :

      Hey, that’s more than I’ve got so you’re well on your way!

  2. Katie :

    I lovelovelove the second outfit. I honestly can’t wait for Valentines this year. My kindof-boyfriend suggested that we go to Olive Garden (my favorite restaurant, aww) and out to see a movie. I’m pretty excited. :)

    • Allison :

      So fun! Throw together some cute stuff and have fun on your date!

  3. Courtney snowden :

    Red skinny jeans, check (thank you Target)
    Gray tunic, check (much obliged TJMaxx)
    Fierce heels, check (lots of gratitude Nordstrom Rack)
    Fiery lip stain, check (merci Petit Elephant, it’s my newest craze)
    My man, check (props to his Momma)
    I got you girl, you can vicariously rock Valentine’s Days world through me :)

    • Allison :

      Courtney, you’re my kinda gal! I’m counting on you Courtney, make it a good one because you’ve got all the stars lined up.

      Especially with the fierce heels.

  4. Sarah :

    I could have a valentines day love affair with these outfits alone, but I guess I will invite Ryan along, you know, for you ;)

    • Allison :

      I appreciate you taking one for the team Sarah, you’re a true friend. But the shoes and bags….. I don’t know. It could go either way.

    • Allison :

      Me too! I love a good red skinny jean.

  5. Kristen :

    Loving those outfits… now if I could only find a sitter that easily!

    • Allison :

      Tell me about it! We haven’t gone on an actual date in at least 6 months. Babysitters are hard to come by.

  6. MaryAA :

    Everything is super cute. I am starting to like thinking about wearing nice clothes again and this is great inspiration.

    I would love to go out on a fab Valentine’s date, but I don’t want to pay for a sitter. I can get dressed up and we can do after bed time Netflix movie right?

    I super duper like the idea of a fancy dessert on V-Day for the family. Now do I try making it myself or outsource it to Fred Mayer? Choices…

    • Allison :

      You can still totally get dressed up for a night in! I’m planning on it and we don’t have plans for a babysitter.

  7. eStyleChat :

    The red skinnes are excellent! Colored jeans are SUCH a thing already this year and what a great idea to do red for Valentine’s day…with the toned down top of course ;-)

    Check out my blog’s post on Valentine’s Day dresses, shoes and accessories! Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you Allison! Day wear! http://estylechat.com/2012/02/08/what-to-wear-on-valentines-day/