Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday! If you didn’t know that you’re either single or WAY behind. I know a lot of people consider V-Day a “Hallmark” Holiday that was made up in order to sell greeting cards, which may be somewhat correct. I would argue that that’s a glass-half-empty mentality, though. Embracing a holiday that’s all about love and making it your own is what’s most important. It doesn’t mean that you have to drop a bunch of money on a fancy dinner reservation at a place you nor your significant other will actually enjoy. It’s about making someone feel special and reminding them how much you love them and appreciate having them in your life. So even if it’s just a small gesture, go out of your way to do something nice for someone…and if you’re single, do it for your Mom or Dad or best friend. As long as you take the opportunity to make someone feel special, you’re doing Valentine’s Day right!
If you’re like me and plan on doing something fun and unique on Valentine’s, then you better be dressing the part. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of wearing a shirt and tie. It’s kind of stuffy to me, but I’m also aware that there’s an exception for everything and a time and place for it as well. V-Day is one of those exceptions. Dress up, for god’s sake! Go just a little bit out of your way to make yourself look nice to show your person that you thought ahead and wanted to be sure to look your best for them.
For me, it’s this awesome blazer and tie from Finespun Clothing. They’re a brand based in the midwest that creates made to measure blazers in fun, differentiating designs and patterns. This off-blue color was so cool for me because it’s nothing too crazy, because I don’t want to try and steal the show on Valentine’s, it’s about letting your person shine. The burgundy tie was a nice take on the typical red of this holiday, too. It’s fun to include a bit of red on Valentine’s, but don’t overdo it.
I wanted to let the jacket and tie do the talking for me so I paired it with some comfortable black chinos, some holiday appropriate socks and these black ‘Conway’ loafers from Gordon Rush. A classically simplistic shoe is another way to set yourself up for looking your best. Don’t try too hard. Just trust the classics and you’ll be fine.
Lastly, do NOT forget the flowers! Find a local place or go online and get your date some some fresh flowers. They don’t have to be red roses (a lot of people prefer something more unique), but get something.
Be a romantic, even if it feels weird. Your date will appreciate it and it will make you a more well-rounded individual.
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