You may be asking yourself, “Do fashion people even fall in love?” Of course we do! Somewhere between shopping, being fabulous, events, being fabulous… did we mention that already? Either way, check out these Valentine’s Day dates for the fashionable couple.
If you’ve spent more time daydreaming about what you’re going to wear on February 14 than what you’re going to do, this is the only Valentine’s Day list you need to read. Here at Vv Magazine, we’ve compiled some ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your boo without excluding the other love of your life: fashion. Who doesn’t love a good ménage a trios? And if they don’t share your passion for fashion, kick ’em to the curb! You can always replace a boyfriend, you can never replace good style. We kid… sort of.
Bata Shoe Museum
Ever since Prince Charming slipped the glass slipper on Cinderella’s dainty little foot, there’s been an undeniable association with shoes and romance, and we totally get why. Take your date on the outing of Carrie Bradshaw’s dreams at the Bata Shoe Museum. Open 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and located right next to Bloor Street West’s Mink Mile, what better a way to spend the afternoon than ogling over some of the most fabulous, famous footwear of all time? Seeing as foot fetishes are on the rise, this is the perfect time to explore what all the fuss is about.
DIY Vintage Crawl
The cost of a nice dinner for two or a funky faux-fur coat you can wear again and again are about the same — you do the math. The official Toronto Vintage Crawl is held in October and invites crawlers into some of the city’s renowned vintage boutiques to shop, drink wine, and be merry. But why wait until next autumn for that? Grab your honey boo, fill up a flask, and head over to the West End. The fall crawl features shops such as I Miss You (63 Ossington Avenue), Bridge + Bardot (1138 Dundas Street West), and Penny Arcade Vintage (1177 Dundas Street West), among many others. More ideas can be found online.
Window Shopping in Yorkville
For the fashionista on a budget, dinner would break the bank anyways. Wander down Bloor Street West and drool over the Fendi, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton’s extravagant window displays on the Mink Mile. Stroll hand-in-hand with your love muffin and admire the impeccable fashion — displayed so close yet so far away — inside the beautifully-designed storefronts. Once you’ve seen enough, grieve over the clothes you’ll probably never be able to afford by drowning your sorrows in cheap appetizers and mixed drinks at a nearby pub like Spotted Dick, Bishop and the Belcher, or Hemingway’s.
Clothing Swap Party
Single fashionistas deserve to celebrate Valentine’s Day too! Why pay for clothes when you can swap for them? Prep for your date by purging your closet. Fill a bag with all items fringed, sequined, polyester, and pleather that you haven’t worn in decades and prepare for a swap-fest with all your best single friends. And hey — any situation is made more romantic with the the addition of champagne and strawberries, no matter who you’re eating them with!
A Touch of the Erotic
Every fashionista knows that the mysterious pieces hidden under your clothes are just as important to completing an outfit as the garments that everyone can see. Embrace one of fashion’s most erotic expressions and head to a lingerie shop to buy something that’ll spice up your bedtime routine. Lingerie has been an essential component to fashion since women used corsets and petticoats to structure their ensembles in the 1800s. Nowadays, it’s more fun than functional, and that makes it all the more sexy! Buy something lacy in a shade of pink or red and keep it Victoria’s little secret until you shut the bedroom door behind you.
Homemade Couples’ Couture
Instead of admiring other designers’ couture creations, grab your better half and spend the day of love learning to design your own original pieces together. The Make Den, located on Bloor Street West, has two Toronto studios and offers a sewing class for beginners on February 14 from 12pm to 2pm. Helping each other to create something groovy from a few shards of fabric is a surefire way to fall in love all over again. The best part is there’s plenty of time for wine-ing and dining after the class ends.
What will you and your sartorially-inclined other half be doing for Valentine’s Day this year? Share with us in the comments below your “Valentine’s Day Date Ideas For The Fashion Forward Couple: or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.