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Pants are great, but there is just something about getting all dolled up in a brand new dress for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas for every style and every budget to get you started. So try something different this year, even if you live somewhere that still has three feet of snow on the ground (fleece lined tights work wonders).

black dress

The LBD (Little Black Dress)

The classic dress for any special date night. There’s no shame is staying with the classic, thats why its called “the classic.”
The best thing about black is that it’s slimming and everything goes with it. Pair a LBD with your favorite piece of statement jewelry or that one pair of shoes you never get to wear.

Under $100Cap-Sleeve Lace Dress at Guess

Under $50 – nicole by Nicole Miller Sleeveless Peplum Dress at JCPenney

Under $25 – Eva Mendez Collection Maria Velvet Dress at New York & Company


sparkleSparkle and Flash

All eyes are on will be on you, the glammed up belle of the ball. Since your are already blinged out on the dress front, keep jewelry simple and shoes neutral — you don’t want to end up looking like a disco ball.

Under $100 – Prelude Sleeveless Beaded Dress at JCPenney

Under $50Textured Metallic Dress at Dress Barn

Under $25 – Metallic Matelassé Halter Dress at New York & Company


red hotRed Hot

What is more fun than a new red dress for Valentine’s Day? Be bold and daring and pair your red hot dress with a red lipstick or red nails. Surely a look he won’t forget.

Under $100 – Betsey Johnson Sleeveless Cutout Dress at Macy’s

Under $50 – Bisou Bisou Elbow-Sleeve Exposed Zipper Colorblock Dress at JCPenney

Under $25 – Petite Textured Fit-and-Flare Dress at Dress Barn


floralA Bouquet of Flowers

Everyone one loves getting flowers, and you are probably itching for it to be spring already.

Bring the season into your ensemble and rock a big floral print dress. Bonus points if you snap a photo of yourself carrying a bouquet while wearing a bouquet.

Under $100 – Eva Mendes Collection Beatriz Floral Halter Dress at New York & Company

Under $50 – Tiana B. Short-Sleeve Floral Print Fit-and-Flare Dress at JCPenney

Under $25 – Floral Flutter Sleeve Chiffon Wrap Dress at Charlotte Russe


color popColor Pop

If you aren’t into the traditional red and hearts kind of Valentine’s Day, but still have a fancy date you have to dress up for. Try a dress in a different color. Jewel tones are especially trendy this season and look good on everyone skin tone.

Under $100 – Alyx Sleeveless Belted Bi-Stretch Dress at JCPenney

Under $50 – Bisou Bisou Sleeveless Textured Necklace Dress at JCPenney

Under $25 – Petite Sweater Stress Black/Vibrant Cobalt LP at Target


black and whiteBlack and White

Add some contrast to your outfit with black and white. Try a slimming color blocked dress to make it appear the holiday feasts never happened, or a bold black and white print to add some more drama to your outfit.

Under $100 – American Living Cap-Sleeve Polka-Dot Dress at JCPenney

Under $50 – S.H.E. Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Ponte and Lace Dress at JCPenney

Under $25 – Colorblock Cutout Dress at Dress Barn


cream laceSweet Cream and Lace

If you like something delicate and something light then a cream lace dress is the dress for you. Gold goes great with cream and so does soft beach waves in your hair.

Under $100 – Danny & Nicole Sleeveless Lace Dress at JCPenney

Under $50Sweetheart Lace Skater Dress at The Wet Seal

Under $25 – American Living Floral Jacquard Dress at JCPenney