For Valentine’s Day, we say kiss goodbye to the red dress and opt for something with the same sentiment, only less overtly so: A dress with a sweetheart neckline. On the runway, Francisco Costa showed sculptural sweetheart necklines at Calvin Klein collection, and our hearts started beating faster when we noticed this divine décolletage booster popping up at many of our other favorite brands.
For a blend of daring and demure, the Free People Seamless Medallion Sweetheart Slip Dress ($68) takes the sweetheart neckline (paired with straps, in this case) and marries it with a sexy illusion stretch lace. This curve-hugging dress will leave little to the imagination in terms of your figure, but trust us when we say it’s completely lined and could even work for the offices if you throw on a tailored jacket. Shed the extra layer after you’ve clocked out and you’re Valentine’s Day ready.
Available at Piperlime.
If your plans call for something a little more formal than a cocktail dress, the Alice + Olivia Jocelyn Sweetheart Gown ($440) is a dress you’ll wear again and again. Not only is the casual silhouette perfect for a night out, it’s easy, breezy shape is prefect for sunny L.A.-style days if you wear it with a wide-brimmed hat a la Hedi Slimane’s SLP collection and strappy sandals. Dress it up for Valentine’s Day by keeping it a little more sleek and sophisticated, letting your shoulders and décolletage take center stage.
Available at Shobop.
Girls in the know have a little secret: The J. Crew bridesmaids section. It’s so cute and easy on the wallet that many budget-conscious fashion fans stock up on the frocks whether they’re going to be part of a bridal party or not. We love the J. Crew Raquel Dress ($235), with its sweetheart neckline and modern origami-inspired bodice (with hidden boning to make sure everything stays in place).
Available at J. Crew.
Are you a little bit glam and a little bit girly? The Rebecca Taylor Lil Bit Leather Strapless Sweetheart Dress ($495) is everything you want in one piece. Combining the sex appeal of supple, soft lamb leather with a flowing, romantic skirt, the dress is playful and provocative all at once. And since it’s in a subtle shimmering nude, it’ll take a second look for anyone to see that you’re wearing leather at all.
Available at Rebecca Taylor.
Images courtesy J. Crew, Piperlime, ShopBop and Rebecca Taylor