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10 of the best date-night dresses

Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Versace and Giambattista Valli SS18

Whether your Valentine’s Day plans involve a romantic meal with your significant other or a night dancing ’til dawn with your crew, the dress code calls for a chic but cool dress. Monotone dressing is a huge trend right now, and burgundy, blush and crimson tones are all perfect February 14 choices. Our heart’s desire? Tibi’s ruby and rose slip dress is modern and pretty in equal parts.

Yes, the LBD is a time-honored investment piece, but navy is another shade you need to try for SS18. Self-Portrait, the New York-based label that guarantees sophistication with a twist – making it our immediate go-to for weddings, parties and any events where you might bump into someone you’d like to impress (or an ex you’d like to depress) – hasn’t failed us tonight: its tiered guipure lace dress is the perfect mix of inky blue and ebony hues.

In terms of texture, seek out romantic materials from pretty lace and rich velvet to slinky silk. As for silhouettes, maximalists will love Rixo London’s kimono-inspired shapes; the British label’s bohemian aesthetic appeals to anyone with a love for vintage fashion. A minimalist? You’ll appreciate the clean-lined simplicity of Dion Lee’s asymmetric slip dress.

As for accessories, tonight demands your favorite stilettos and a small handbag – you’ll have all those flowers to carry later.


  • Tibi
    Two-tone silk crepe de chine midi dress
  • RIXO London
    Camellia pleated printed silk crepe de chine midi dress
  • Self-Portrait
    One-shoulder guipure lace and crepe midi dress
  • Marni
    Grosgrain-trimmed crepe midi dress

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