If you’re headed out for a fancier evening, you might want a cute new cocktail dress for the occasion. Easy to pair with a set of low-slung black heels, or even some strappy sandals, these are some of our favourite picks.
Pilgrim Sandrine Mini Dress, $139.95, from Myer
This flippy emerald number borders on casual and smart, and can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories.
Pilgrim Jane Mini Dress, $179.95, from Myer
Say it with us: a little black dress will never fail you. Especially this one, which has beautiful broderie detailing, a cinched waist, and a tired skirt just wide enough to give the dress a bit of movement.
BWLDR Naxos Dress, $139.95, from THE ICONIC
If you’re after a bit more of a statement, the Naxos dress is perfect. Coming in a hot-pink shade and featuring a figure-hugging silhouette, this is the option for anyone hoping to stand out this Valentine’s Day.
Perfect Picnic Dresses
If your day or evening constitutes something a bit more casual, like a picnic or some drinks, a summery maxi dress might be the way to go. While florals will never go out of style, linen also creates a lovely, breezy, seasonal look.
Adrianna Halter Maxi Dress, $139.99, from Forever New
You can always go with gold-toned florals for something muted and soft, and this dress is perfect for draping over a picnic mat! Pair it with some comfy sandals and you’re good to go.
AERE Tie Strap Linen Maxi Dress, $140, from THE ICONIC
We’re obsessed with this red, Valentine-y hue and cascading pleated skirt this dress has to offer! Plus, the strappy top is perfect for hot weather.
Dazie Pinot Grigio Midi Dress, $119.99, from THE ICONIC
With full sleeves, a cinched waist, and a big, tiered skirt, this dress is a statement in itself. Coming in green or yellow gingham, and two full-coloured options, this one will pair perfectly with a picnic basket.
Casual and Fun
If cocktail dresses and heels aren’t quite your jam, these dresses will still make picking an outfit easy.
Rose V Neck Midi Dress, $44.99, from Cotton On
This cute midi features a sweet pink print and a bias cut that drapes close to the body without being tight-fitting. The light colour can be paired with natural-looking makeup and a pair of slides. Voila!
Knit Bodycon Midi Dress, $59.99, from Cotton On
This knit bodycon number is the perfect starting point for a date outfit. While you can make the dress the statement by adding a bit of simple jewellery, you can also dress it down by chucking a casual button-down over the top, making it a fabulous look for some beach-side dinner and drinks.