Style inspiration: 5 Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) outfits for this weekend

Whether you’re toasting rosé with your girls or spending a romantic evening on the town, here’s what to add to your closet for the holiday.

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is still a holiday to celebrate what you love, especially if you love fashion.

From going on a local hike for a relaxing date, to grabbing those coveted reservations, here are five ways to add a little more love to your closet for this weekend’s activities. 

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Friday-Night Feels

You landed those reservations. You’re finally making it to a restaurant you’ve been dreaming about for months. Or, you’re headed to a cocktail bar to make the most of an evening. No matter what is getting you out of the house for Valentine’s Day weekend, here’s an outfit that will have you loving yourself and the way you look.

The velvet, off-the-shoulder dress allows you to let your hair down and wear those statement jewelry pieces you have tucked away in your jewelry box. Local jewelry maker Cindy Liebel’s Rhea Necklace will dazzle paired with Kate Spade’s Sparkle Round Stud earrings. Let your red pops of color be from a statement Burberry red clutch, and the bottoms of the So Kate Pointy Toe Pumps from none other than Christian Louboutin. You’re bound to be the best-dressed wherever you end up. // Xscape Off-the-Shoulder Velvet Bodycon Dress, $159; Lord & Taylor; So Kate Pointy Toe Pump, $695, Nordstrom; Rhea Necklace, $188; Cindy Liebel; That Sparkle Round Stud Earrings, $38, Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom; Burberry Grace Leather Clutch, $1090, Nordstrom

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All the Single Ladies

If your crew is looking to celebrate as a group this year (minus the men), you might be trying to find an appropriate outfit for brunch, lunch or a late-night round at the bar. Here are a few versatile pieces that will take you from day to night. 

This dress from Free People is cute and classy, yet not overly dressy for a day full of activities, from wine tours to a simple house party gathering. Plus, the red gets you in the spirit of love! Pair it with nude peep-toe heels (a closet staple) from DSW, 1-inch brass hoop earrings (perfect for dressing up another casual-to-cute outfit) from local hot spot Lou Lou and a nude leather clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo. Mimosas and French toast? Here we come! // Zahara Mini Dress, $58, Free People; Polly Sandal, $50, DSW; 1″ Hoop Earrings, $15, Lou Lou; Icona Leather Clutch, $930, Nordstrom


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Let’s Get Physical

Not all dates have to include dinner and a cocktail. If you and your partner are more of an athletic pair, getting out for a local hike or going for a run may be more your speed. Luckily you can still be in the spirit of the holiday while being comfortable and cute throughout the weekend. 

The subtle cousins of the classic Valentine’s Day colors—bright red and pink—have made their way to recent shelves everywhere, from cable-knit sweaters and skinny jeans to athleisure clothing and even cozy home furniture. Here, sport those colors in honor of the holiday while you run, jump, climb or sweat your way to a fun weekend. The twisted maroon tank from Athleta adds a bit of texture and style to the outfit, paired with pink sculpting pants from lululemon (perfect for hot yoga and barre), a lightweight yet durable jacket to stay warm by Varley, and a pair of burgundy Adidas running shoes. Looking for a specific active event this weekend? Here are two local 5Ks to sign up for with your favorite workout partner. // Dahlia Jacket, $121, Varley; Essence Twist Tank, $40, Athleta; Align Pant in Misty Mocha, $98, lululemon; NMD_R1 Shoes, $78, Adidas

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Snuggle up Saturday

Spending the weekend single does not give you an excuse to stay away from love. It’s time to love and appreciate yourself! Maybe that looks like spending the day doing things you love, or just treating yourself to some new self-care products. We’ve rounded up 10 of them for you and you can feel soft and radiant in no time, but we also have four items to make your self-love weekend even sweeter.

These silky, smooth pajamas from Target paired with a soft and fluffy pair of slip-on Uggs will have you feeling like luxury after a hot bath and glass of wine. Pair them with a warm knit throw from West Elm, light the refreshing Rose Blanche candle and you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a single moment of Valentine’s Day weekend. // Women’s Satin Cami and Shorts Pajama Set by Stars Above, $20, Target; Fluffy Yeah Slide, $100, Uggs; Votive Candle in Rose Blanche, $39, Venus et Fleur; Cotton Knit Throw in Pink, $79, West Elm

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Will There be Cookies at the Office Party?

Does your office celebrate Valentine’s Day with some sprinkle-covered doughnuts or chocolate-covered strawberries? If you’re wanting to get into the spirit but keep it simple and work-appropriate, we’re here to help. 

Find an upgrade to casual Friday, featuring on-trend white sneakers from Koio, as well as a long, light pink skirt, a cozy-yet-thin merino wool sweater and some heart-shaped studs. // Pleated Skirt in Light Pink, $29, H&M; Margot Crewneck Sweater in Re-Imagined Merino Wool, $79.50, J. Crew; Capri Triple White, $248, Koio; Heart Studs, $15, Lou Lou

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