With less than a month until Valentine’s Day, the pressure’s on for single ladies who want to step it up and score a date. While it’s not a prerequisite for fun come February 14 (hello, Galentine’s Day!), we are understanding of the struggle. Enter: dating apps. That’s right—don’t let Tinder Nightmares fool you—there are plenty of easygoing meet-ups to be had sans über-creeps. And while an over-the-top night of romance may not be in the cards for an Internet-driven rendezvous, grabbing a drink or dinner can be fun when you’re craving a companion. Ahead, the 5 best apps for setting up a V-Day first date, plus flawless looks to ensure there’ll be a second.
The app: Okay, okay we know, Tinder has a bad rap as of late. The only reason we're making the suggestion is that there truly are people simply looking for a fun and casual connection. If a lighthearted approach is your style, this app is definitely still worth a try.
The outfit: A playfully sexy look is just right for a Tinder date—this lace-up velvet jumpsuit and a faux fur coat will capture attention and spark the come-hither vibes.
The app: Raya is a private, members-only network targeting people in creative industries (read: famous people). If you have a killer Instagram profile (seriously, this is a qualifier) and desire to scroll through a curated selection of singles, this is for you—that is, if you're admitted.
The outfit: Assuming you've tapped into the network, your Raya date will surely appreciate some glam. A sequined bodycon dress, luxe coat and classic accessories are seductive yet chic.
Meteo Fur Jacket
Sequin Sleeved Bodycon Dress
Bullet Mesh-Paneled Stretch-Silk Satin Bodysuit
Fleur du Mal
Pointed Toe Ankle Boots
French Clip Estate Day Drop Earring
Rogue Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour in Envoutante
The app: We love an app where the women are in control, and the men on Bumble do too. With only women allowed to initiate conversation once matched, this is great for the modern gal who's unafraid to fight (err—swipe) for want she wants.
The outfit: Showcase your confidence in a wrap top, satin skirt and cool accessories for a bold yet feminine look.
Black Penelope Strapless Bra
L'Agent by Agent Provocateur
Strapless Wrap Top
Romeo Gigli Vintage
Eyelet-Detail Satin Midi-Skirt
Shattered Sphere Dangling Clip Earring
Lame BB Pumps
Cupid’s Bow Lipgloss in Desire
The app: The friend of a friend route is always ideal when seeking someone new, and in the dating app world Hinge makes that more of a reality. By utilizing your social network, this is ideal for those seeking less of a stranger. Pro tip: The more you use, the more curated offerings become as the app manages to narrow in on user preferences.
The outfit: Leather pants and a flirty top feel totally appropriate when meeting up with a friend of a friend (of a friend). For V-Day, opt for luxe extras to keep your Hinge date intrigued.
Super Skinny Stretch Leather Trousers
Velvet Darcy Double-Strap Sandals
So Tiny Lip & Cheek Face Color in Intense Burgundy
Diamond Constellation Ring
Scarlet Ruby Brief
Fleur Of England
The app: Similar to Raya, The League is a private network dedicated to a smart, busy and ambitious crowd. With a discreet vetting process (aka your profile is hidden from friends, business contacts and co-workers) you can call off the self-performed search and capitalize on the advanced screening algorithm that caters to your ultra-specific preferences.
The outfit: Showcase your savvy in classic pieces with sexy details like an asymmetrical top, lace skirt and sleek add-ons.
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