The best part of celebrating Valentine’s Day is having an official excuse to put together a festive outfit. Whether you’re planning a night out with friends or going on a romantic date, Valentine’s Day presents yet another opportunity to treat yourself to new clothes. So even if you’re not into themed chocolates or public displays of affection, you can come out of the holiday with a gift that speaks to your personal style.
In order to make your Valentine’s Day preparations more fun and easy breezy, we’ve gathered 20 dresses you can flaunt on your night out on the town.
This adorable collared dress is peak Valentine’s Day with the tiny blue hearts, but also works as a spring dress to usher in the sun.
A flirty, lightweight dress can be gussied up with accessories for a date night out on the town, or serve as a casual look for a friend night.
This is the kind of dress that Aqua was singing about in the song “Barbie Girl,” and you will feel fantastic in it.
The ultimate lounge dress to rock while you pop open a bottle of wine and reflect on all the love in your life.
It looks soft and velvety enough that we want to rub our face in it, and glam enough that we want to show it off on the town ASAP.
This silky flowing dress with an open back will make you feel like the mysterious woman in the opening scene of a romantic comedy.
This pink and red floral number makes for a playful Valentine’s Day dress and a great purchase to kick off your spring shopping.
You’ll need to cue Stevie Wonder’s Woman in Red when you put this on, because it’s pure ’80s dreamboat goodness.
9Boden Erin Ponte Midi Dress, $136
You’ll look like pure romance in this flared feminine ode to passion colors.
Look like a tall glass of Malbec wine in this crushed velvet bodice.
Nothing turns heads quite like a dress with a neckline that plunges this deep and some high-slit action. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Pairing an off-the-shoulder cut with lace is a surefire way to turn heads, whether you’re out with a significant other or painting the town red with your closest friends.
Va va voom, this dress is serving up straight-up Jessica Rabbit vixen vibes. You may have to watch out for hollering rabbits.
This look is clearly paging Molly Ringwald with its Pretty in Pink aesthetic, a look that can easily be paired with both Doc Martens and heels.
This gorgeous peachy flowing number will make you look like a spring fairy, ready to cast a spell of beauty upon all who look at you.
16Forever 21 Satin High-low Gown, $39.90
This is a dress that requires a saxophone player to serenade you with sexy solos at least once during your night out.
17ASOS Jacquard Dress in Burgundy, $33.50
This dress screams elegance, and is an ideal choice if you’re looking to show off some of your favorite jewelry.
This ruffled off-the-shoulder evening gown is peak high femininity, and the shade of red is ideal for matching with a bold lip.
19Modcloth Savor The Occasion A-line Dress, $39.99
This dress looks like it was born in outer space and came to earth to remind us mere mortals of the potentials of fashion.
This versatile mini dress gives you a chance to show off your legs while wowing people with the intricate bold print. It can easily be dressed up for a fancy night out or paired down for a casual friend hang out.