I’m pretty anti-Valentine’s Day, not really into the overpriced restaurant menus and the frenzy to book the most romantic places, only to be sat with a few dozen other couples at varying stages of their relationship. Not to mention the harrowing anxiety that comes from any type of expectation you might have, whether you’re single or not. It’s one of those things that you either commit to and go all out or you brush off, pull on your pyjama bottoms and give a miss. If like me, your boyfriend is the sweet kind of guy that likes going out, I’ve put together two monochrome minimalist looks for date night that says just the right amount of “I don’t care” without offending the neighbouring lovebirds.
The leather dress
Go for an edgier take on the LBD that will set you apart from the typical Valentine’s Day looks (they kind of resemble nightclub outfits, is that just me?). I went for silver Mary Jane shoes and cat eye glasses to give this ensemble a feminine and vintage twist. Layering with a white cape or blazer adds an eye-catching contrast and some pockets to keep your extras in, just in case your bag is too small. To keep it simple and nonchalant, I would suggest putting your hair back in a low ponytail for a sleek yet low maintenance hairstyle.
Zara leather dress | Lavish Alice cape| Charles and Keith shoes | Valentino bag | Miu Miu glasses
The jumpsuit is not a friend to everyone but if you dare to go down the route of inconvenient bathroom scenarios, the payoff better be worth it. I opted for a full-length white one from The Fifth, an Australian label. Pairing it with some sleek, minimalist heels and a black boxy blazer, I kept the look contemporary and not overly feminine.
photos by Chrystal, @chrystlm
Carine Roitfeld x Uniqlo blazer | The Fifth jumpsuit | Saint Laurent wallet | Charles and Keith shoes