Love it or loathe it, Valentines Day is imminent so there’s no getting away from it. I can count on one hand, well two fingers how many real Valentines Day Cards I have received (i.e. from a secret admirer) and one of those was from my Mum, well actually, my Mum’s friend Derek from down the road, because she knew I would decipher her handwriting, she somehow hoodwinked Derek into getting involved, she probably told him how devastated I would be if I didn’t receive one, I was a teenager at the time, so that’s my excuse!

If you are looking forward to Feb 14th and you have got a date with someone lovely, on or around Valentines Day, then what do you wear to mark the occasion that’s not too obviously lovey dovey? or too Ann Summers? What should you avoid? And what are the best picks of womenswear from the high street, that don’t scream ‘I’M ON A DATE’, but also work for any other evening out?

If you have ever watched ‘First Dates’ try to avoid very high heels, you want to be able to walk to meet your date rather than be carried in on a Sedan chair, so if you wear a heel make sure you can walk, as you may have to walk from A to B, or your date may suggest going to a club 😦 …so put your dancing shoes on, even if there’s no dancing on the agenda. You could even take a pair of these along with you; they come in various colours and prints and will fit in most small bags.

Whether you are opting for a dress or a top, look for comfort as well as style; look for figure flattering rather than vacuum packed. Avoid fabrics and prints that are too in your face, like sequins, geometric prints or animal print. Shirts are probably too stiff and buttoned up for a date, but blouses are a good option and the high street is awash with them at the moment, (but a word of warning) avoid a frilly cuff, you don’t want to be dipping your cuffs in your carrot soup. Jeans are great for a date, but stay away from the ripped or scruffy variety, the darker the denim, the smarter the look. Jeans can look great with a semi sheer blouse and a simple polo neck can look amazing with a faux leather pencil skirt or trousers. Maybe avoid red lace altogether and don’t wear anything with a heart on it, unless you are being ironic.

Check out these beauts.

Dress French Connection

wonder jersey tie back dress 70

Polo Neck Topshop


Blouse Urban Outfitters


Top Topshop

stripe bardot off the shoulder top

Top Marks and Spencer 

scoop neck asymmetric top 25


Top Warehouse

warehouse top

Dress Marks & Spencer

Limited Edition Spotted shift dress 39.50