That day that’s coming up, the Saturday one, with the hearts and whatnot—it’s not about cards or candy or Fifty Shades of Grey teddy bears. It’s about chivalry. From pulling chairs out for someone to avenging... something for them.
Valentine’s Day isn’t till tomorrow, but you can already feel it in the air: the unmistakable tingling of a bone-chilling winter frost.
But also: romance.
And since you’re more than likely on the hook for dinner, or at least a starry-eyed stroll, we thought you could use some inspiration for tomorrow’s festivities—with some style cues from history’s most fashionable gents on dates. Just don’t forget the flowers (or in the case of Mick Jagger: cotton candy).
You know what the greatest Valentine’s gift of all time is? A fully loaded, pearl-white Ferrari made of roses.
But giving the same gift two years in a row would just be tacky. So this year you’re turning back the clock and winning Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way: by writing a thoughtful, heart-melting and perfectly legible love letter.
You’ve probably already noticed a few of them: the smarmy advertising, the kitsch, the awkward chivalry, the endless parade of overbooked prix fixes, the all-pervading sense of enforced sentiment, without sensitivity or regard for individual circumstance...
Sorry. We got carried away there.
But it’s important, because Valentine’s is letting down romance and it’s letting down the men and women of America. So we’ve come up with a single fix that will restore the day to what it should be, a single cure-all to restore it to the spontaneous, romantic expression February needs so much.
It’s been a strange month for magazines. We got to see more of Michelle Williams’ Marilyn impression, the wisdom of an ex-president and some quality drinking-and-shooting time with the bull-shaped creature known as Channing Tatum. But naturally, you’ll want more than that, so we’ve got an intricately detailed summary after the jump…
Valentine’s cards are hard to tackle in a genuine way, but this business-card-sized love note from Terrapin Stationers comes pretty close to the feeling of losing your head over someone. Pick one up here at $5 a pop.