Weekend Wear: How to Clean Up Nice for Valentine’s Day

Sure, yeah, Valentine’s Day is nothing but a made-up holiday perpetuated by Big Greeting Card. But you know you’re going to be forced out to an overpriced restaurant anyway, so you might as well make the most of it by dressing your absolute snappiest. Here’s the perfect look to impress your date and make yourself feel better about the soul-crushing amount you’re about to spend on dinner.


1. Hugo Boss Velvet Satin Dinner Jacket, $645

Satin and velvet have never looked so good together. If this is your first brush with velvet, you’re in good hands with Hugo Boss. The dark red colour is as rich to look at as it is to touch, and it’s a fun nod to the dominant hue of Valentine’s Day, without being too on-the-nose.

2. Charvet White Double-Cuff Cotton Shirt, $640 at Mr. Porter

Charvet’s white dress shirts were good enough for Jack Kennedy, so they’re good enough for you. Simple and clean, there aren’t any distracting design details: just a straightforward cut, crisp white colour and a neutral collar that looks just as good with a tie as it does without.

3. Dior Homme Straight Cut Wool Trousers, Price Upon Request

With a refined silhouette in black wool, these sleek trousers are elegant and formal without being stuffy. The tailoring is slim but not constricting, so you’ll have plenty of room to move while still looking put together.

4. Thomas Sabo Classic Pavé Cufflinks, $320

These sterling silver cufflinks are subtle and classic, but have a bit of an edge thanks to the frame of pavé stones that surround the polished centre.

5. VKNagrani Striped Socks, $40 at Harry Rosen

While we’d normally say go sockless with your loafers, winter won’t be too kind to bare ankles. Pick some socks with personality — the striped pattern is fun without being distracting thanks to similar colouring to the jacket.

6. Tom Ford Adney Braided Band Moccasin, $1,590

You can never go wrong with Tom Ford, and these loafers are no exception. Made from the softest calf leather, they’re sleek and shiny without being in your face, while the braided band is the perfect finishing touch.