Whether you’re spending the evening with your partner, your friends, or yourself, there’s plenty to look forward to on Valentine’s Day. Above all, the holiday is an opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms (and eat chocolate!). Another perk: The excuse to play dress-up. 

In the North Sound, “dressing up” is a relative term– partly because cocktail dresses aren’t exactly practical for our Pacific Northwestern winters. Some dates call for cozy cashmere instead; others are better suited for boho dresses and flowy cardigans. Even a favorite T-shirt can be dressed up with the right accessories.  

If you need an extra dose of style inspiration this Valentine’s Day, our numerous local shops and boutiques should be your first port of call. With their help, we’ve put together three date night looks that are versatile enough to suit any occasion.  

Photography: Cocoa Laney 

Models: Alex Pederson, Eve Chamberlain 

Outfits: Bay to Baker Trading Company, Betty Be Good, Fringe Boutique, Macy’s, Statement Apparel, Yeagers 

Location: Hotel Bellwether  

1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, 360.392.3100, hotelbellwether.com 

Outfit #1

Women’s Ginger G Button Off Midi Dress from Fringe, $38 

Women’s Final Touch Open Knit Cardigan from Fringe, $68 

Women’s Miz Mooz Bethanny Boots from Fringe, $175 

Necklace from Betty Be Good, $19.90 

Men’s KanCan Jeans from Yeagers, $69.95 

Men’s Kuhl Jacket from Yeagers, $129.95 

Men’s Belt from Yeagers, $39.95 

Men’s PNW Arrow T-Shirt from Bay to Baker Trading Company, $23.99 

Men’s Alfani Tolland Cap-Toe Oxfords from Macy’s, $69.99 

Outfit #2

Women’s Stirrup Ponte Pants from Betty Be Good Boutique, $34.90 

Women’s Hyfve Blazer from Betty Be Good Boutique, $49.90 

Women’s Bralette Babydoll Top from Betty Be Good, $39.90 

Women’s Qupid Shoes from Betty Be Good, $39.90 

Ellova Leather Earrings from Fringe, $30 

Bird In Hand Design Necklace from Fringe, $36 

Men’s Broner Hat from Yeager’s, $39.95 

Men’s Club Room V-Neck Merino Wool Blend Sweater from Macy’s, $75 

Men’s Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Peyton Chelsea Boots from Macy’s, $85 

Outfit #3

Women’s Liverpool Gia Glider Jeans from Statement Apparel, $83 

Women’s Parkhurst Hat from Statement Apparel, $49 

Women’s Charlie B Sweater from Statement Apparel, $87 

OC Necklace from Statement Apparel, $69 

OC Earrings from Statement Apparel, $29 

Sylca Ring from Statement Apparel, $31 

Men’s Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Peyton Chelsea Boots from Macy’s, $85 

Men’s Filson Sweater from Yeagers, $275 

Men’s Classic Midweight Stand Collar Jacket from Macy’s, $175