5 Plus Size Date Night Outfits For Valentine's Day & Beyond

Courtesy of The Curvy Fashionista's Marie Denee.

Ahead of The Cultivate Award debut, The Curvy Fashionista founder Marie Denee shared the plus-size d...
Courtesy of Eloquii

Marie Denee knows a thing or two about finding the right plus-size date night outfits for events like Valentine’s Day. The founder of the online publication The Curvy Fashionista, Denee spent the last decade providing service and inspiration for plus shoppers who are undervalued and ignored in the fashion landscape. Now, she’s taking her passion a step further with the new Cultivate Award, which aims to support a fresh wave of designers in the plus-size space.

“I want folks to understand and recognize the important role that Black and POC indie designers have in the fashion community,” Denee tells Bustle. “They have innovated, challenged, and pushed the boundaries of plus-size fashion for the past 15-plus years, and opportunities like the Cultivate Award may help them continue to do so.”

In partnership with Eloquii, the Cultivate Award allows eligible BIPOC designers to apply to win a $10,000 grant, a one-year professional mentorship program, and the designer’s very own capsule collection for consideration to be produced and sold on in 2022.

To apply, up-and-coming BIPOC designers that fit the criteria of serving a plus-size (size 14+) audience for at least two years can submit an application online. A panel of judges — The Cut editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner; celebrity stylist Timothy Snell; Liris Crosse, the first plus-size model winner of Project Runway; and Eloquii’s director of design Yesenia Torres — will choose the winner.

Two runners-up will also be selected and awarded a $2,500 scholarship grant and additional prizes. The public will also choose a “Voter’s Choice” winner. Finalists will be notified ahead of a live-streamed finale event in May, when they’ll be announced.

“For me, it was not only about the cash — although it definitely helps — it was also about providing these designers who I often interact with the essential resources, tools, and education to help them further their careers,” Denee says. “I want to see boutiques, venture capital investments, and more from them in the next 10 years.”

Ahead of the Cultivate Award announcement, Denee walked Bustle through a few plus-size date night looks that she’s most excited about for Valentine’s Day this year. Scroll down for more.

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Netflix & Chill: Heart Print Sweatshirt

“It is all about comfort and feeling a little bit festive, right? You can never go wrong in a pair of cozy sweats,” says Denee. “This way, you’re cute and comfy, and you’re not so on the nose with wearing red for your laidback date with your beau.”


Galentine’s Party: Sheer Blouse

“Zooming with the girls? Why not play in this flirty and festive number? A little drama, a fun hue, and perfect for waist-up Zoom meetings! This is the perfect blouse for those who of you dying to get dressed up. Pair this with your statement earrings or bracelet for a faux full look.”


Game Night: Lounge Jumpsuit

“Who says game night is just for the kids? Slide into this sexy jumpsuit, your all-in-one outfit solution. You can keep the accessories to a minimum and let your jumpsuit do the talking, while playing a virtual game of Culture Tags or Trivia Pursuit.”


Online Wine Tasting: Printed Dress

“No matter which way that you like your wine, this sweetheart midi dress pairs well with a strappy heel or your fluffiest house slippers.”


Snuggled Up In Bed: Sweater Tank

“Yes, sometimes we just want to snuggle and cuddle with ourselves. Lounging around the house in something that feels just as amazing as you are is what you deserve. This set is perfect year-round when comfort is on the mind.”