DATE-NIGHT VS MATE-NIGHT 'FITS
By Steven Potter, 12 February 2019
Ah, Valentine's Day... Maybe you’ve gone full romance and booked that restaurant your partner's been dropping not-so-subtle hints about. Or maybe you’re just planning on hanging out with mates, sheltering together from the endless OTT Insta posts and PDAs with films and pizza. Well, whatever your plan is, we’ve created a look fit for both scenarios that you might just fall head over heels for.
If you are braving overbooked restaurants for the evening, what to wear can be a major hassle. Luckily, smart-casual is very much a thing and it's ideal for just this scenario. The effort is clearly there, but you’re comfy AF, too. What's not to like? Kick things off with a short-sleeved shirt (buttoned up for extra brownie points), but move away from the plain styles and cop this bold 90s-inspired piece instead ready to channel your inner Fresh Prince. Those tan trousers and matching belt elevate the whole ‘fit further so there's room to tone it down a bit with chunky white trainers. Just make sure those kicks are clean as a whistle.
Valentine's isn't all about couples. Like, what if you're planning on showing your pals some love? Obviously, when you're with the crew, comfort is key, but there's no need to skimp on the steez. Opt for this bleach-washed sweatshirt to tap into the 90s trend and team with a pair of trews from workwear favourites, Carhartt WIP. For all your essentials/Valentine's cards? That cross-body bag from outdoor enthusiasts Columbia should do the trick. Keeping the matchy vibe going strong, rep a white bucket hat – a Britpop favourite that was spotted on both Valentino's and Fendi's SS19 runways. To finish, chunky trainers with matching accents. It might just be love at first sight.