7 Red Dresses That Are Totally Not Cheesy

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Some things are classics for good reason: a well-fitting black suit will always make you look like a boss, a worn-in pair of jeans always imparts that effortlessly cool vibe, and the perfect red dress always seems to make its wearer feel confident, sexy, and the center of attention no matter the room. That said, finding these coveted wardrobe staples is never as easy as it would seem and when it comes to the latter, it means sifting through a sea of options that toe the line of tastefulness (so many bandage dresses). With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it can be fun to embrace the tried-and-true date night look of a good LRD. If, like us, you’re not interested in looking like an early aughts pop star or the dancing lady emoji, you’re in luck; we’ve compiled seven options that include styles for practically any kind of date you’re planning for the holiday—from grabbing brunch with your fellow single pals to a romantic night on the town—without a cheesy look in sight.

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You can never go wrong with a slinky, silky, slip dress.

This wrap-style is flattering on all shapes and sizes.

A cinched waist and sexy shoulders are highlighted in this LRD by LPA.

Peek-a-boo lace gives this mid-length dress a lingerie feel.

The exaggerated ruffle makes this mini look heart-shaped on the body.

Teeny-tiny cutouts create tasteful sex appeal.

This shirtdress is perfect for a daytime date to brunch or a museum.

Think of this as a modern, mini take on a Grecian goddess vibe.