Date night

Though Valentine's Day dinner may be canceled, that doesn't mean you can't dress up for the occasion. Bridgerton-like velvet and lace make for a full-on romantic look - even for men. Velvet will always equal plush, no matter what era. And Max & Co and Sportmax have...

Elaine Chung and Cara Chen

Friday, January 29, 2021

Though Valentine's Day dinner may be canceled, that doesn't mean you can't dress up for the occasion. Bridgerton-like velvet and lace make for a full-on romantic look - even for men.

Velvet will always equal plush, no matter what era. And Max & Co and Sportmax have embellished their velvet offerings with rhinestones.

The Max & Co glitter velvet jumpsuit has a draped silhouette, featuring a criss-cross top with straight-cut trousers that give off a retro charm while adding sparkle to the partywear.

The free-flowing shape of Sportmax's embellished velvet tunic dress has fine pleats to define the waist and draw the eye to the deep neckline. Pair it with ankle boots for a sensual flair.

Lace isn't just for summer, as it's featured in new winter releases from Chloe, Shiatzy Chen and Max Mara.

The Chloe Victorian high-neck top combines the obligatory high neck of the era with a lattice lace insert in the front for a romantic vibe, while the Max Mara black lace blouse is worn over an orange slip, creating a contrasting visual effect that is elegant but sexy.

If you want to polish up your outfit a little, an accessory with velvet or lace elements is also an option. The Giorgio Armani velvet belt bag is perfect for perking up a dull winter ensemble, while Dior's new Book Tote bag, Lady D-Lite handbag and sneakers have been transformed into velvet iterations to up the romance factor.