17 Things To Do When You’re Single on Valentine’s Day
Thought we forgot about you lot, didn’t you? Well, count your lucky stars because Next Luxury has the ultimate list of things to do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Whether you need something to drain the clock down on this romantic Hallmark holiday, or you want to avoid sulking in the corner.
No matter what you need, we’ve got singles covered. From heading out with other lonely peeps to investing in your own wellbeing, these are the 17 things to do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day in 2021.
1. Treat Yo Self!
Need we say more? This entire list is about treating your single self to a damn good Valentine’s Day. No lover required.
While everyone else is worrying about the right gift, the right flowers, or the right restaurant to visit, you’ll be treating yourself to whatever the hell you want to without consequence. Why? Because if anyone knows what you want for Valentine’s Day, it’s gotta be you.
So go on then, buddy. Do what you want. Buy what you want. Eat and drink what you want. Because Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, it’s for everyone. Especially you.
2. Throw a Party with Your Single Mates
Valentine’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to get on the sauce with a bunch of the boys. Grab a couple of slabs of beer. Call your local pizza joint. And pop on your favorite band and have a rager of a night.
Plus, if you’re really smart, you’ll invite a few single ladies along too for some Valentine’s Day mingling. Who knows, you might not have to reread this list next year.
3. Movie Marathon of Your Favorite Films
Whether you’re planning to watch the entire Lord of the Rings extended editions or just a couple of Pixar classics, movie marathons are an entertaining solution to passing the time on Valentine’s Day. Maybe you have a celebrity crush you fawn over from the couch. Or a favorite director you can admire from your bed.
It doesn’t really matter who or what it is when you’re watching a movie marathon of your favorite films on Valentine’s Day.
4. Visit a Museum
This one might be a little bit dependent on where you live and what venues are actually open at the moment, but if you’re fortunate enough to have a museum to visit, there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day.
Even though we did throw this into our regular Valentine’s Day date ideas, a museum isn’t always the most romantic location for every couple out there. So why not capitalize on this and avoid all those lovey-dovey couples on Valentine’s Day by visiting a museum for Valentine’s Day.
5. Plan a Trip Away
We don’t recall there being any holidays during February outside of this Hallmark celebration of love. So instead of fussing over your single status, why not focus your attention on a trip away just for you. Organize your own vacation.
Pick your destination and indulge in yourself. You could definitely use a holiday.
6. Get the Deluxe Barber Treatment
We cannot recommend visiting a proper barber enough. A truly exquisite event that will have you coming back for more, a deluxe barber treatment is something all men must experience. Be pampered. Get looked after. And enjoy the finer things in life for Valentine’s Day.
Think of it as a gift from you to you. Because if anyone deserves to look their best, it’s the singles on Valentine’s Day. Find your local barber, hop in the chair, and experience a deluxe treatment. You might even get a glass of whisky on the side too.
7. Eat and Drink Whatever You Want
Don’t let anyone tell you can’t eat all the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms box. Today is the day to eat and drink whatever you want. Think of it as a dinner party for one; you’re own personal date night.
Order everything you’ve ever wanted for takeaway. Pick up a few bottles of your favorite beverage. Pop them all down on the table and CONSUME ALL THE THINGS! Because you deserve it.
8. Go to a Singles Night
What’s better than one single person on Valentine’s Day? A whole party’s worth of singles on Valentine’s Day. With all the couples clearly marked, hunting down a potential partner is easier than ever at a singles night, especially on Valentine’s Day.
Whether you intend on getting to know someone more intimately or you just want to have a good time, a singles night is a great way to meet new people and let off some steam on Valentine’s Day.
9. Take a Class
In this digital world of ours, taking a class is not the same as it was twenty years ago. Involving everything from online courses to expert masterclasses. There’s never been a better time to learn something new.
Hit up Skillshare or the message board of your local community college. Take part in a cooking class, or be inspired by a motivational speaker. When it comes to education and learning, the world is your oyster.
10. Stay in and Play Video Games
Cyberpunk 2077, Hitman 3, Demon’s Souls, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. The list goes on and on. There are so many great video games outright for you to dive headfirst into on Valentine’s Day.
Whether it’s all those next-generation titles for the Xbox Series X, PS5, and Nintendo Switch I just listed, or retro gaming on your old Dreamcast. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, we don’t even need to recommend staying in to play video games.
You’ve probably marked it down in your calendar already. Hit up your local GameStop before the 14th and send it to the moon.
11. Social Media Detox
Turn off your phone. Switch off the internet. Unplug the TV. And disconnect from all social media nonsense for just one day. Avoid all those mushy Valentine’s Day posts, skip over the date ideas, and detox from this hyper-connected world we all experience.
And yes, we understand the irony of suggesting such a thing from an online publication. Still, we recommend a social media detox for singles on Valentine’s Day in the interest of self-development and revitalization.
12. Binge an Entire TV Show
Binging an entire TV show series is not too dissimilar to engaging in an entertaining movie marathon. So take your pick. Are you tackling all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, or will you dive into the mystery that is Stranger Things? If you need a few laughs, why not choose between Friends and Seinfeld.
It can’t be that hard, right? Either that or you could learn a thing or two with Neil deGrasse Tyson and binge watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Remember, you’ve got all day. It’s just you and the remote.
13. Spend Time with Your Family
The only thing that can compete with romantic love is the love you receive from family. Skip all that sensual nonsense and visit your family.
Hug mum, talk to the old man, reminisce over the years gone past, and ground yourself with the people who raised you. Can’t visit them due to COVID? Why not set up a video call instead. Just be prepared for the eventual tech support portion of the evening.
Out of the goodness of your heart, consider volunteering on Valentine’s Day to help out those less fortunate than you are. Help out at the food kitchen, deliver meals on wheels, hand out blankets to the homeless, or look after the disabled.
There are so many options when it comes to volunteering, so take your pick and lend a helping hand this Valentine’s Day.
15. Read a Book
Reading a book on Valentine’s Day is a good one to combine with our #11 choice. Switch off everything and sit down with a good book and just read. It doesn’t even have to be on Valentine’s Day, and we’ll even make an exception if you only have an ebook reader to use.
Revive your vocabulary. Escape to radically different worlds and epochs. Embrace new characters, and embark on literary endeavors like never before.
Read a book this Valentine’s Day; you won’t regret it. Just don’t make it a romance. That could be counterproductive.
16. Visit a Strip Club
Strippy? Make it rain at the slaphouse with a couple of thong-dollaz on Valentine’s Day and shake that joint up. Visit the nudie bar for a couple of perky drinks.
Visit a dollar theater and tip some tips. Or watch the girls go clap-clap while you go tap-tap. Chuck on WAP by Cardi B and swipe your nose like a credit card.
17. Hit the Pub
Beers? Beers! If a strip club is a little too much for you, take yourself to the pub with the boys. Buy a couple of rounds for the lads.
Share stories over a few PBRs. And make a toast to the ones you call Bros. Because as the old saying goes, “mates before dates.” So go on, have a drink at the pub for Valentine’s Day. Cheers.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.