February 14th. It's just a date, right? Just another square on the calendar. And yet no matter if you're on a date with your long-term squeeze or out with some other single ladies, there's no shame in bringing your A-game outfit. Consider it a sacrifice to the gods of love. But what to wear, exactly? Whatever your V-Day situation, we've got you covered.

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On the prowl

Trust us, there are going to be plenty of girls in the bars rocking red and hot pink. Stand out by stunning in a non-red ensemble in another powerful color: Yellow, green, and purple in particular are distinct from red but give off the same wow-factor. Think of it as counter-programming in the same way that a film studio might release a period romance in the middle of summer blockbuster season; it's different and unexpected. But keep your statement pieces subtle, nothing too flashy—remember, you’re the brightest gem.  

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First date

Since you're still getting to know each other, wear pieces that accent your natural oomph in a bold color or print without revealing too much. This is a good time to remember the golden rule of how to be sexy: You can go big on cleavage, or show your gams in a short skirt, but not both. Project confidence by keeping a light hand with your hair and makeup instead of going the full Kardashian route—even if you actually spent hours winging your eyeliner. Nobody has to know. 

Casually dating

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This is a tricky one on Valentine's Day. You probably want to step up your game go for something a little fancier or sexier than on your early dates—if you've got a killer curve-hugging dress in your closet, this is the time to break it out. But skip the lace, florals and other sartorial symbols of romance, and make your outfit project fun instead with sequin accents, some edgy tights, or platform pumps—maybe a combination of all of the above if you’re aiming to knock this one out of the park.

Coupled up

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Congratulations! You can go all out: Sequins, plunging neckline, backless dress, little red dress, Janelle Monaé-style tuxedo, you name it, depending on your plans for the evening. At this point you don't need to buy a new outfit, though try not to wear the same one as your last date. Spice up your look with a statement necklace or chandelier earrings (something he gave you is never a bad idea). Maybe try out a bold makeup or hair look that you don't normally have time for, like a glorious red lip or cascading pin curls. No matter how long you've been together, show him it’s not just a routine date but a celebration of finding the one you love.

Single and proud

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Throw on head-to-toe Lululemon (or your athletic wear of choice) all day for a Harry Potter marathon because at least Snape will always be there for you.

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