She’s stood by you through bad V-Day dates with old lovers and great ones with friends, but that basic A-line crimson dress you’ve worn for years is done and ready to be hung up for good. It’s going to be okay, though — with all the unexpected styles on the market right now, you won’t even miss her. To prove it, we’re highlighting 15 of these alternative frocks featuring unique details like cutouts and lace hems in nontraditional colors. Click through to find the go-to that will stop traffic — even without the red.
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Think of this as your blank canvas, and pile on the accessories.
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For that V-Day when you're just meeting your friends at your favorite dive bar.
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We love the idea of tossing this over a printed pair of culottes.
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The sleeves give this traditionally femme silhouette a sporty twist.
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Sure, the collar and cut feel prim — but the sheer panels keep the overall vibe sexy as hell.
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Break up your silhouette with this electrifying number.
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The higher neck, velvety finish, and cheeky print make this dress unique.
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Not your average LBD.
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Don't like sports? Well, this dress may just change your mind.
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Add a quirky shoe to give this schoolgirl frock some serious oomph.
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Layer under a white tee for an even cooler vibe.
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Spin your partner 'round and 'round.