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 Dining Experience

Where to go A fancy restaurant might be an obvious choice, but like a zip, plate or widescreen TV, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? The important thing is to find the right place for your date’s taste in both food and style.

If they hate fuss, choose a nice laid-back, intimate setting, maybe somewhere with an acclaimed chef but without a separate waiter for bread rolls. If they love a touch of glam, an upmarket Champagne-serving joint is essential. If there’s a button to press for instant bubbly, even better.

What to wear Dressing for a dinner date is more of an art than a science. It’s about considering everything from your first impression to your end destination but above all, it’s about looking tastier than a chocolate soufflé.

It’s important to look smart, but not office-smart — this is about showing you’ve made a special effort. An easy win is to keep your colour palette simple: choose two hues that work well together and build your outfit around them. It’s a guaranteed way to appear tastily suave.

Bonus tip Up the charm and demonstrate your immaculate taste by taking your date for a swanky drink or two to set the mood before dinner. Do your research, find somewhere that’s both hot and new and of course, book ahead. If you feel tempted, book a Mariachi band. Our advice: resist it!