- words by Hannah Slapper, styling by Rebecca Corbin-Murray
Valentine's Day doesn't just have to be about fully-fledged couples or sexscapades. It's a great excuse to ask somebody out on a date too. There's nothing like the butterflies you get before the beginnings of a new romance, and, whether we like it or not, those first impressions will make a difference. Depending on the type of partner you've got your eye set on, they could feel threatened or put off by something too over-exuberant or overtly sexy. If you want to get to grips with the texture, colour and quality of girlfriend material, then take the above look as inspiration.
A pair of expertly crafted, and beautifully soft Zero + Maria Cornejo trousers worn with an artfully oversized Alexander Wang white tee and a soft blue angora Acne sweater all work together to communicate certain things: that you're easy going, casual, you don't try too hard (or need to, for that matter). The shapes of the garments will show off your body in a subtle way, especially if you give yourself height, poise and elegant posture with a pair of Gucci sandals.
To ensure that you give a hint at your fun and adventurous side, take along something zingy, like this Lanvin snakeskin clutch, with an eye-popping strip of fucsia to clash but compliment the dusty tones of the rest of the outfit.
More than anything, you will be comfortable in this outfit. Comfort leads to confidence, and there's nothing more sexy than that. Show your date you're happy in your own skin, and that you know how to work simplicity with a twist of adventure.
1. T by Alexander Wang, Classic Jersey T-shirt; £65, motilo.com
2. Acne, Micah Angora Sweater; £170, motilo.com
3. Zero + Maria Cornejo, Gabi Trousers; £374, motilo.com
4. Gucci, Colour-block Suede Sandals; £430, motilo.com
5. Lanvin, Snakeskin Large Zippered Clutch; £635, motilo.com