Fashion: Make a date with lots of heart for St Valentine

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Literally wear your heart on your sleeve this February 14. Lisa Haynes falls head over high heels in love with Valentine fashion.

The most romantic night of the year calls for a killer outfit. Just like Christmas, you can mark Valentine’s Day by embracing the novelty factor. Go overboard with lashings of red and pink, impressive floral prints, or heart motifs aplenty.

Whether you’re more seductress or tomboy, there’s a look to get hearts fluttering this season.


Unashamedly kitsch? You can go to town on quirky and retro bold prints for Valentine’s Day.

Last season’s obsession with heart motifs continues with a smattering of prints and accessories that have romance written all over them.

The look is obvious but cute with flirty frills and fluted hemlines. If heart prints feel too youthful, achieve a playful feel with polka dots in black and white.

Accessories are the ultimate way to flirt with oversized motifs. Try teaming a red patent bag or heart-embellished shoes with a classic LBD for the ultimate date combo.


Embrace your femininity on February 14 with a distinctly girly silhouette.

Dresses are the obvious choice for date night but matching top and full skirt separates can look just as decadent. Opt for pastels for daytime or dark metallics for an evening soiree.

If you’re besotted by prints, echo your Valentine’s bouquet in your outfit with bold rose florals in clashing reds and pinks.

Glam goddesses will look as chic as Audrey Hepburn in baby pink. If top-to-toe Pepto-Bismol is too sickly for you, team with black to give your girly glamour an edge.


One word: leather. It’s the once-naughty material that’s now perfectly acceptable for day or night but still looks effortlessly sexy.

If you’re dressing up, try a black pencil skirt or leather leggings with a buttoned-down blouse. If you want to tone down the sex appeal, try a leather T-shirt shape in hot pink or berry red.

A skirt will put the focus on your legs, so opt for sheer tights or stockings with towering heels.

Femme fatales can carry off a strong red and black colour palette. Ramp up the style seduction, with tops and dresses featuring sheer panels that give a subtle peekaboo hint of what lies beneath.


Don’t panic if your number one love affair is with your jeans. Be yourself wearing casualwear with a hint of heart.

If you prefer an androgynous silhouette, wear a lip or heart print shirt buttoned up to the collar.

For something slouchier, cosy up on the couch with dinner for two wearing a heart motif jumper with jeans or leggings. Keep the sweater slightly oversized to maintain your tomboy style.

When heart and flower prints feel too obvious, stick to a classic T-shirt brightened up with flashes of delicate trinket jewellery in silver or gold – the subtlest of nods to St Valentine.

Imran Khan who designs and sells fabulous Asian style and inspired jackets and suits worn by celebs including Amir Khan and David Dickinson. His day job is at sports car dealershipe GC Motors in Harrogate. Picture Tony Johnson.

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