Zara – let me count the ways I love you…..

What should you look for in a date night outfit this Valentines? Well, if it’s the male of the species you’re looking to impress, it’s well documented that anything ‘high fashion’ will have them running for the hills – definitely not what you want on the most romantic night of the year. Instead think soft, sensual fabrics and glimpses of skin accessorised, with candlelight – the perfect recipe for love. Zara’s new collection has plenty of eligible pieces.

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This gathered wrap-front dress in plush black velvet (£29.99) is perfect for romantic suppers. This style works well for a curvy figure. It will flatter a fuller bust and even disguise a tummy. It’s the kind of piece you can wear in an elegant minimalist way, as shown here with these pointed-toe elasticated black boots, which fit snug to the ankle (£29.99). Alternatively, ramp it up with heels and blow dry for full-on glamour. Tone down the lip in this instance to avoid an eighties revival, especially if you were there the first time round.

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For the girl who likes to keep things understated, an elegant blouse with jeans and a statement red lip says it all. I love this peek-a-boo off-white top (£29.99) with its choker neckline and long-line dipped back detail. This look is at its most chic with a small bust.

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This soft shell pink cropped top with open back and ribbon detail (£17.99) focuses on a feminine waistline. If you’re pear-shaped, team with a high-waisted skirt that’s gathered on a waist band, or if you are column shaped add curve with a pencil skirt in brocade, leather, or lace. If you have slender ankles, add heels with a sexy ankle strap (£39.99). Arrive in style with this faux-suede collarless coat (£49.99) in a beautiful blush colourway, which will also be a very useful piece for spring.

Romantic and frothy, this Victoriana lace blouse (£25.99) would be the perfect partner to some leather, or coated, jeans. Soften your step with rose pink velvet block-heeled ankle boots (£29.99).

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The addition of this corset (£15.99) will add a little edginess to an existing dress, or even better, a simple longline jacket in black, or navy.

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Finally, I just had to add this fun and flirty ‘love heart’ cross ‘my heart’ bag (£29.99) in pillar box red.

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True love, true style…

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