Look great, feel confident and suitably impress your date, no matter how much you intend to spend

Valentine’s Day: that special time of year when love is in the air, restaurants are packed and panicked men in petrol stations are seen sniffing round for flowers up and down the country.

It’s also a time when we look in our wardrobe for something extra special to wear. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a romance-ready outfit, with some helpful tips on where to take your oh-so-lucky date.

The Day Date

Where to go Rivalling Romeo in the romance stakes doesn’t have to mean splashing out on overly grand gestures like hiring your own Mariachi band for a midnight serenade.

Instead, opt for a day date and put some legwork in early to find a (handily free-to-enter) gallery or stately home. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off your in-depth knowledge of the classics (or whatever you can muster from your equally ancient GCSE history).

What to wear
Feeling confident in your clothes is just as important as the clothes themselves. It’s all about balance: opt for something different, and more special, from your everyday gear but don’t push it to the extent that you become self-conscious.

Try layering patterns, like here, where we’ve used a tight striped tee under a looser wide-striped shirt. The effect is simple but eye-catching and what’s more, it’s easy to pull off.

Bonus tip: Going to an exhibition? Why not read up on the artist before you go? That way, you can fill any awkward silences with fascinating anecdotes or musings on the artist’s clever brush strokes. You’ll be like a charming, sexually alluring Wikipedia page.