It’s officially mid-January, which means it’s definitely time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. (Don’t @ me—Valentine’s Day reservations fill up fast.) In the next month, you need to lock down a few things: where your Valentine’s Day date is going to be, what you’re going to get your boo (or boos, if you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day) and of course, what date night dress you’re going to wear. The latter is an oft-overlooked (but crucial!!) part of the Valentine’s Day experience; you want to look and feel your best on the sexiest night of the year, and nothing breeds confidence like a seriously cute Valentine’s Day date night dress.
What makes this process exciting is that there’s no single right answer for what to wear on Valentine’s Day. Some may find their sartorial soul mate in a classically sexy form-fitting dress, while others might turn to a flowy floral maxi dress for all the answers—or a flouncy party dress, or an edgy shift dress, or a wrap midi. The options are endless, because the ways we express ourselves are endless. And as laughably cliche as the adage may sound, we’re all at our hottest when we’re being ourselves. (Eye-roll away, but you know the last thing you want is to show up to date night wearing something that makes you feel awkward, uncomfortable or generally untrue to your aesthetic.)
Thankfully, the online shopping-verse is so full of Valentine’s Day date night dresses that you’re sure to find at least one you love. Honestly, you’ll probably find a bunch—which is a good problem to have. Just stock up on ’em all and dole ’em out for date nights to come.
Whistles Limited Ari Hibiscus Midi Dress, $315 at ASOS
A Valentine’s Day dress so chic you could wear it to work on February 15 without anyone realizing you were walk-of-shaming.
Vila Pleated Metallic Knot Midi Dress, $64 at ASOS
Honestly tempted to buy this and wear it on my Valentine’s date.
Metallic Satin Midi Dress, $148 at & Other Stories
Because pink and red aren’t your only color options for the calendar’s most romantic holiday.
Kimono-Sleeve Midi Dress, $60 at ASOS
A Valentine’s Day dress you can definitely take from work to cocktail hour.
Scatter Sequin Knot-Front Kimono Midi Dress, $119 at ASOS
It’s your Valentine’s Day—you can sparkle if you want to.
WAYF Arden Lace-Up Dress, $89.60 at Shopbop
Particularly fit for those celebrating February 14 in warmer climates.
L’Academie the Judy Midi Dress, $188 at Revolve
Distinctly sexy without feeling overstated—and fit for re-wear at parties, over the holidays and on date nights for years to come.
Cluster Drop Bead Cami Slip Midi Dress, $86 at ASOS
Because form-fitting simply isn’t the only way to look hot.
Marieta Applique Dress, $338 at Free People
Definitely the funnest thing you could wear on your Valentine’s Day date.
Blue Bird Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress, $539 at Free People
A black sequin dress might sound like an over-the-top thing to wear on a date, but when the dress looks this sleek, it’s begging to be taken for a date night spin.
Majorelle Lulu Dress, $158 at Revolve
An absolute classic (and a silhouette that’s worth having in your closet, Valentine’s Day or not).
Fashion union Wrap-Front Maxi Dress, $36 at ASOS
A super romantic (and understatedly hot) take on the Valentine’s Day dress—and one you can definitely get away with wearing to weddings, backyard barbecues and summer parties.
Shoshanna Feona Lace Dress, $299.95 at Anthropologie
Because nothing says Valentine’s Day like a figure-hugging dress rendered in dark red lace.
Chevron Plisse Maxi Dress, $72 at ASOS
Luxe, sophisticated and so soft your date won’t be able to resist touching it.
Shona Joy Cocktail Draped Dress, $279 at Revolve
Probably the most glam look on this list. But again, it’s Valentine’s Day—this is your excuse to look hot AF, even if that means being extra AF, too.
Lace Shift Mini Dress, $56 at ASOS
Practically begging to be paired with that red lipstick you rarely break out.
Curve Metallic Plisse Midi Dress, $72 at ASOS
Equal parts comfortable and glamorous—what’s not to love?
Myle Maxi Dress, $219.95 at Anthropologie
Winter maxi dresses are definitely a thing—and they’re sexy as hell.
ML Monique Lhuillier Paris Sequin Dress, $495 at Anthropologie
If you’re going to a fancy-ass dinner, or a fancy-ass bar, or a fancy-ass anything, you can get away with wearing this. Trust me.
Leather Wrap Mini Dress, $420 at Topshop
Is anything more classically sexy than a black leather dress?
Carson Tiered Dress, $396 at Anthropologie
Because “sexy” and “fun” are far from mutually exclusive.
Black Halo Micah Sheath Dress, $345 at Anthropologie
This dress screams Valentine’s Day—and it’d look great on you.
High-Shine Satin Midi Slip Dress, $64 at ASOS
Slip dresses are no-fail Valentine’s Day options, regardless of shade.
Riella Strapless Jumpsuit, $210 at Anthropologie
Oh yeah, jumpsuits are totally on the menu.
Michael Costello x Revolve Kianna Dress, $178 at Revolve
A dress that’s sure to leave your date wanting more all night long.
Ganni Tilden Sash Dress, $90 at Shopbop
Because Valentine’s Day is a cute holiday, and nothing says “cute” like flowers and tulle.
Off-Shoulder Wrap Midi Dress, $72 at ASOS
A seriously luxe dress rendered in a seriously luxe color—need I say more?
About Us Eliana Flare Dress, $68 at Revolve
Impossible to go wrong with navy velvet—especially navy velvet rendered in such a universally flattering silhouette.
ML Monique Lhuillier Eva Lace Dress, $495 at Anthropologie
Form-fitting without actually being figure-hugging, this lace pencil dress offers the perfect blend of sophistication and sex appeal.
Shoshanna Adali Dress, $398 at Anthropologie
Consider Valentine’s Day your excuse to wear the hottest pink you can find.
Tall Midi Pencil Dress, $111 at ASOS
Because gold is an out-of-the-box choice sure to keep all eyes on you all night long. (Not that all eyes wouldn’t have been on you anyway, of course.)
Stripe Belted Midi Dress, $50 at Topshop
Sweater dresses are super underrated in the sex appeal department—and they’re weather-friendly.
Ruffle Wrap Dress, $65 at & Other Stories
This silhouette is an absolute classic.
Bardot Lucy Lace Dress, $159 at Revolve
This sleek blush dress leaves just enough to the imagination.
Shoshanna Hollybrooke Sequin Dress, $385 at Anthropologie
A date night dress you can rewear anywhere.
Michael Costello x Revolve Atienne Dress, $378 at Revolve
Semi-transparent lace offers an ideal blend of romance and sex appeal—and sky blue’s a super underrated color to wear on Valentine’s Day.
Michael Costello x Revolve Marlene Dress, $178 at Revolve
I mean, who doesn’t love a millennial pink mini?
Pleated Wrap Floral Maxi Dress, $72 at ASOS
I didn’t know how much I needed a floral maxi until I saw this ASOS gown.
Needle & Thread Sequin Embellished Cami Midi Dress, $419 at ASOS
Simultaneously romantic and party-worthy, this dress is perfect for whatever the night has in store.
Michael Costello x Revolve Justin Gown, $238 at Revolve
I own this dress in black, and it’s exactly as sexy as it looks.
Dixie Metallic Jumpsuit, $249 at Anthropologie
Because wearing a floor-length silver jumpsuit on Valentine’s Day is a total power move.
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Ira Midi Dress, $119 at Revolve
Sleek, luxe and a little edgy, this midi offers the best of all kinds of worlds.
Satin Kimono Maxi Dress, $30.50 at ASOS
I mean, why not look like an absolute goddess?
Shoshanna Bativa Mini Dress, $455 at Anthropologie
This dress is absolutely someone’s Valentine’s Day style soul mate.
Cleobella Amarylis Embroidered Maxi Dress, $245 at ASOS
Black is totally on the table—especially if it’s adorned with dainty floral details.
Lovers + Friends Tinley Midi Dress, $278 at Revolve
I mean, need I even justify this sexy LRD?
Pleated Maxi Kimono Dress, $60 at ASOS
Because sometimes all you need is an understatedly sexy black maxi.
Cherie Bodycon Mini Dress, $209 at Free People
So cute you’ll be looking for excuses to wear it for months on end.
Kimono Pleated Midi Dress, $56 at ASOS
Not into red or pink? Maroon offers a way into the Valentine’s Day palette without forcing you into too-bright territory.
Michael Costello x Revolve Kellianne Gown, $278 at Revolve
I mean, when you have an opportunity to wear a floor-length, deep-V, high-slit, fire-engine red lace gown, you take it, right?
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Sabrina Dress, $298 at Revolve
Just think of all the statement accessories you could pair this classic dress with.
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