Valentine's Day was cute in fourth grade when everyone got cards and candy from their classmates. In college, it's just another Hallmark holiday that makes the single community feel less than adequate. But luckily, whether your Facebook status reads "single," "in a relationship" or "it's complicated," Valentine's Day is a great excuse to buy a new outfit.
If you're single:
Just because you don't have a significant other doesn't warrant sulking around. What's the fun in being committed to one person anyway?
So ladies, get your head out of the chocolate box and buy yourself some flowers and a floral print skirt to match. Paired with a neutral-colored top, the look is both eye-catching and flirty. Your secret admirer will recognize your effort and may even get the courage to ask you out.
Guys, although you're probably having the best time being single in college, it's still necessary to make conscious outfit choices - especially if you want to get that hot girl in your Spanish class to hook up with you. Ditch the gym clothes for the day and opt for real clothes. A simple pair of shorts or jeans will suffice, as long as they're not of the athletic variety. Most girls find that guys who dress well are a major turn-on.
If it's complicated:
You're at that weird midpoint in the relationship where you're not sure if you should take it to the next level or abandon ship and move on. Either way, you're with someone -kind of - so dress accordingly.
Unlike the complicated status of the relationship, outfits should be simple. Therefore, an understated look is appropriate for the occasion.
For females, a lace top paired with jeans or a skirt is the perfect middle ground between flirty and sexy. Don't be cheesy by going overboard on the Valentine's Day accessories. A silver heart pendant necklace and red nail polish is enough to give the hint - without trying too hard.
Males should keep the look casual, just like the relationship. Try dark-wash denim and a golf shirt. This look will let your girl know you like her enough to give your outfit some effort.
If you're in a relationship:
You've both been hit by cupid's arrow and have no problem screaming it to the world from the top of Century Tower. And Feb. 14 is the day to go all out and show each other how much you really care.
On that hot date, girls: Pick a dress that accentuates your best feature. Being discreet is sexy. Bearing it all isn't. Basic black always works well, as it allows for experimentation with accessories. Playing up your makeup with red lips is also a classic way to add a punch of color to classy attire.
Guys, take your look to the next level. Now's the time to shine and remind your girl why she made you her man in the first place. Look like a total stud on this special night by bringing out those fancy clothes lying in the back of your closet. And remember: You can accessorize, too. Top off that dressy shirt and pants with a hand full of roses, and you're sure to make this Valentine's Day one of the best - and well-dressed - of all time.