Lankan designers spill all…
Welcome to the dating game! The wonderful world of swiping left or right, one night stands and foggy definitions of what a relationship actually means. While we all hope we’ll make a safe turn to paradise right after the first kiss, we know things never go that smoothly. We never know if the slightest mistake can send your love life hurtling down a rocky path.
In terms of what to wear on a first date, there are so many ‘rules’ floating around that can make it hard to deconstruct the good from the not-so-good. What’s that one outfit that will knock him dead and make him go weak in the knees? It has to be something that’s revealing, but not too much; something imaginative but not crazy, an outfit that will show who we are, without showing too much…why do we have to have it THIS difficult?
In the end, the ideal ensemble should make you feel like the best version of yourself. That being said, there are a handful of tried-and-true tips that are applicable for most women in almost any first date scenario. Below are five of them, as told by our local style experts.
1. Outfits that are out of your comfort zone
Some people think that a date is the perfect time to experiment with a new look, but this often leaves them feeling awkward and uncomfortable. Shayani Alwis of Shay Int, told Cosmo:
“Wear something you’d feel the most comfortable in. It should definitely not be overly ambitious styles, because you should be yourself. Wear something that’s interesting and unique if it makes you feel confident and happy!”
2. Applying too much makeup
You don’t want what you’re wearing to detract from what you’re saying. An example of this is if your body glitter starts to decorate the dinner table. “Find the balance. Don’t overdo it, but don’t under-do it either,” explains Niluka from Nuki. “For a daytime date, I’d skip the heavy foundation and go with a little concealer, blush, mascara and my favourite neutral lippie, instead. At night, I’d add top eye liner and highlighter for a dewy finish.”
3. Wearing something ill-fitting
“A date is supposed to be fun and exciting, so you shouldn’t put yourself through the misery of wearing an outfit that doesn’t complement you,” said designer, Sammani Pathiranagama of O: Live Couture. “Opt for something that fits well as this will boost both your confidence and personality!”
4. Dressing for the wrong type of date
“Revealing too much skin leaves nothing to the imagination and dressing too conservatively might make him think you are less approachable. Find out ahead of time where you’re heading to and dress according to the place or activity. You don’t want to be in your best glam outfit at a movie or be the girl that turns up to a hiking date in a LBD and heels! Awkward!” exclaims Chrishara Benjamin, the mastermind behind 1.O.A.K. “Also, avoid flashy colors. You want to look effortlessly chic and not like you’re trying too hard. With the hot and humid weather, it’s best to go with loose-fitted, cotton-based outfits. I recommend choosing one of the two, either a loose top or a loose bottom.”
5. Wearing something straight out of your laundry basket
It’s really great that you like feeling comfy, but there is a time and place for everything. One of the ways to instantly make yourself more attractive and presentable to other people is your clothing. Sharon Palawandram from ROYAL & REGAL added, “I’d say never ever go for sneakers and denim. It makes you look like you made minimum effort and gives a bad first impression. Boys! This applies to you, too!”
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