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Clothes to Wear to a Valentine's Dance at School

author image Virginia Pond
Virginia Pond is a Chicago-based writer. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University.
Clothes to Wear to a Valentine's Dance at School
Taylor Swift looks ready to meet her Valentine in her romantic red dress. Photo Credit Steven Lawton/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

A Valentine's Day dance is a great excuse to dress up, but since it is not as formal as the prom, you’ll want to leave the ball gown at home. Even though the event is a more casual one, there are lots of ways to showcase your personal style, look your best, and reflect the holiday’s romantic theme.

Red and Pink

Clothes to Wear to a Valentine's Dance at School
Holly Madison's swingy dress is perfect for the dance floor. Photo Credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Sporting the signature colors red and pink on Valentine’s Day is a great way to look festive at the dance. All shades of reds and pinks will look feminine and romantic on Valentine’s Day, from a soft blush hue to bold fire engine red. To keep the look on the sweet side and appease your school’s dress code, look for a flirty frock in a retro-inspired shape. A knee-length dress with an A-line skirt will twirl fabulously on the dance floor and can be worn again during summer soirees.


Clothes to Wear to a Valentine's Dance at School
Sarah Chalke's lace dress exudes romance in a chic and sophisticated way. Photo Credit Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

When it comes to dressing for romance, you can’t do much better than to don a lace dress. This feminine fabric is soft and pretty, and looks stunning in just about any color. You can stick with red or pink to play up the Valentine’s Day theme, but a black lace dress is just as chic and romantic. Because lace can skew on the sexier side, choose a dress that provides a bit more coverage with either a longer hemline or sleeves.


Clothes to Wear to a Valentine's Dance at School
Taylor Swift's sparkly pink dress is playful and fun. Photo Credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

If you really want to shine and are feeling especially fancy, make an entrance in a dress covered in sparkles or sequins. To keep the look youthful and party appropriate, opt for a mini or knee length shift dress in a bright, bold color.


Jewelry that ties into the Valentine’s Day theme is the perfect way to top off your dance outfit. Heart and flower charms on a delicate necklace look pretty with lower necklines, while sparkly rhinestone stud earrings complement casual updos. As for shoes, pick a pair with a lower heel that you can dance in. Hair and makeup should be kept simpler than prom but a little more glam than you’re normal look. Appear lovely yet unfussy with your hair piled high in a loose bun or soft, casual curls. As for your face, experiment with pretty pastel eye shadows and keep lips nice and neutral so as not to cover your Valentine in lipstick!

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