Unexpected Valentine's Day Outfits That Aren't Cheesy

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Ah, February 14. For many, the holiday is full of roses, candy hearts, and colorful Hallmark cards. For others, however, it’s just another day of the year. And yes, we admit—we fully plan to use the day to get decked out in Millennial Pink. But while we love the idea of wearing red and pink from head-to-toe, we recognize that some also want to celebrate the day in a more low-key way. Whether you’re planning an evening out with your significant other or hosting a movie night with friends, here are seven outfits that will fit every style and occasion this Valentine’s Day.

pink slip dress
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Layer a Slip Dress Over a Tee for a Laid-Back '90s Look

This retro staple is making a comeback in a big way. The pink hue of this dress brings softness to the look while the T-shirt keeps it from being too dressed up. To make it even more casual, throw on your favorite pair of sneakers. Add a red leather jacket for extra emphasis on the Valentine’s Day color scheme and head out for a lunch with friends to celebrate your gals.

Get this look: Forever 21 Velvet Cami Dress ($16); Everlane White T-shirt ($15); Urban Outfitters Platform Sneakers ($70)

red sweater and jeans
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Throw a Pop of Color Into Your Go-To Basics

If you’re keeping things low-key, just stick to what you know. Whether you’re heading to a movie or grabbing coffee, put on your favorite jeans and a cozy red sweater for a straightforward take on the the holiday hues. Add a leopard belt if you’re feeling particularly sassy.

Get this look: Mango Red Sweater ($50); Urban Outfitters Jeans ($60); Who What Wear Mules ($29)

muted pink culottes
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Ditch the Expected in Muted Essentials

Who says your outfit has to be in-your-face red to say V-day? We love the comfort and chic look of culottes, so amp up your Valentine’s Day look with a flowy pair of pants and a polka-dot button-down for a touch of sweetness.

Get this look: Free People Wide Leg Pants ($70); H&M Knit Wool Sweater ($40); Vans Slip-on Sneakers ($65)

red ruffly dress
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Show Your Romantic Side in Red and Ruffles

Heart on your sleeve? Don’t hold back on your night out on the town. If you’re unsure about details like ruffles and red but want to show your love of February 14, offset them with unexpected accessories. Bright white boots, a chain link belt, and round sunglasses give retro vibes to an otherwise simple look.

Get this look: Forever 21 Ruffle Dress ($23); Jeffrey Campbell Booties ($180); Botkier Crossbody ($178)

pink dress and red tights
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Pair Pink and Red for an Eye-Catching Combination

Whoever said pink and red don’t go together obviously never tested it out themselves. These two colors most certainly do mix well, and what better day to try the eye-catching combo than Valentine’s Day? Mix a bright pink dress with red tights, and make it #fashion with the sneakers of the season.

Get this look: Forever 21 Belted Dress ($16); Saks Fifth Avenue Tights ($50); Adidas Sneakers ($100)

red sweater and denim jacket
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Contrast Winter Neutrals With a Bold Hue

Stay warm this Valentine’s Day with your favorite denim piece over a red top paired with corduroys and your favorite crossbody bag. Whether you’re taking a chilly stroll through the park or heading to a drive-in movie, it’ll keep you warm without totally ignoring the holiday hues.

Get this look: Free People Corduroy Pants ($78); Gap Denim Jacket ($60); Zara Crossbody ($26)

red beret and striped blouse
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Channel Your Inner French Girl in a Flowing Blouse and Red Beret

With a few chic pieces, you’ll practically be transported to Paris. A statement sleeve is a fashion-forward choice for an evening out, and jeans keep the ensemble from erring on the dressy side. Add a red beret and pointy mules for a sleek way to offset the volume of the blouse.

Get this look: Zara Oversized Striped Shirt ($13); Who What Wear Pointed Mules ($35); Topshop Beret ($22)

Do you have an outfit in mind for this Valentine’s Day? Show us on social media! Don’t forget to tag @cfashionista!

Featured photo by @thatchiclex.