The day of the year that cupid pulls back his arrow and lets fire, Valentine’s Day is one of the trickiest days of the year to master. So how to you impress that special someone, or show your partner just how much you love them without doing too much or too little?
0-6 months relationships
Your big chance to impress your date, dinner is the quintessential Valentines Day option. Be sure to book a restaurant in advance- you don’t want to leave your date waiting on the curb for hours to get a table. It’s a good idea to consult lists like The Urban List or Urban Playground to get a feel of the best places to go.
Styling: It’s time to pull out all the stops so think accessories. A quirky pocket square will bring your blue sports jacket to life, complete with a white shirt unbuttoned at the top and tapered charcoal pants.
If you’re feeling a little more bold, get brave with colour combinations and pair a salmon blazer with a light blue shirt and beige chinos for a neutral breaker.
Drinks 6-18 months relationships
This is the kind of date that allows you to get a little creative and have some fun! Consult Urban Playground for a list of cool bars and organise a ‘bar crawl’ through your city. Trying new cocktails and eating cheese boards all with good conversation is a light-hearted approach that won’t leave you sweating to impress.
Styling: Think fun, quirky and casual. Look for shirts with loud digi-prints and pair with slim fit jeans or tapered chinos, complete with tan coloured derby shoes.
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18 months + relationships
Skip the ham and cheese sandwiches and opt for an alfresco lunch spot with a nice bottle of wine to show your date the finer side of life.
We suggest a late lunch so you can drink at a socially acceptable hour and potentially kick on to a small bar for more drinks and jokes that wouldn’t be funny without a bottle of wine under your belt.
Styling: This is the perfect occasion to show off your smart-casual prowess. Begin with tapered blue chino shorts, boat shoes, a white tee shirt and a single breasted blazer.
For something a little more casual we suggest pairing chinos with taupe derby shoes and a geo-patterned button down shirt.
Something a little bit different
2 years + relationships
You’ve been in a relationship for a while, your partner has seen your best and worst so you’ve earned the comfortability of Netflix and Chill…. Or…. Doing something crazy and slightly left of centre.
Skydiving, white water rafting, beer workshops, Harbour Bridge Climb- think activities!
Styling: When it comes to styling, we can hardly advise donning you best suit as you jump out of a plane. However, for more tame activities like wine tasting and distillery tours, think patterned t-shirts, slim fit light denim jeans and low-line taupe derby shoes. Short-sleeve patterned shirts look great with the top button fastened, and a fedora will pull it all together.