Dress for Valentine’s Day with clothes from your own closet

Alyssa Priebe

Valentine’s Day can get expensive. With dinner, gifts and chocolates, it may be overwhelming. Don’t fear if you don’t have enough money left over to head to the mall. Chances are that the perfect look waits in your closet, ready to be mixed with something new.

Whether you’re off to a romantic date or a single ladies’ night, picking the perfect outfit is essential.


Celebrating with the perfect man calls for the perfect outfit. For a romantic look, choose a simple dress in a flattering color that ties around the waist. For added warmth, toss on a pair of patterned tights and the closed-toed pumps you rocked for New Year’s Eve. Accessorize with pearl studs and get ready to be whisked away.

If the evening calls for more conservative attire, grab a long-sleeved top or turtle-neck and tuck the shirt into a slimming pencil skirt. Cinch your waist with the metallic skinny belt in your closet from fall. Add a statement necklace and pair of metallic flats to keep this look from turning too corporate.

You could also try a sultry look with a trendy sweater crop top and a high-waist skater skirt. Pull the look together with tights and ankle boots to stay warm.


If you are planning a girls’ night, celebrate the love you have for your friends. Slip into your favorite outfit, grab your girls and enjoy a special night out on the town.

Stay fashion-forward by donning your favorite pair of dark denim jeans matched with a long T-shirt. Top it off with a leather jacket in a neutral color. Add some short ankle boots and statement earrings to complete the look.

If fancy isn’t your forte, slip on your favorite leggings with a comfy, long-sleeved sweater. Accessorize with an infinity scarf or a long necklace. Stay comfortable with tall flat boots.

Try one of the latest trends of black shorts and patterned tights. A high pair of pumps and a bright colored T-shirt under an open cardigan creates the perfect combination of ’90s punk and diva.

Keep the accessories to a minimum for girls’ night. The clothing alone will turn heads.

If you still feel the need to invest in new clothes, head to local Ames boutiques for unique finds.