We’ve got tips from an expert (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown means that, among many other things, people can slowly but surely begin to date more normally again.
At the time of writing, we’re now allowed to meet up with someone who’s not in our bubble for socialising rather than just exercise, and soon we’ll be able to go to the pub again.
But, for those of us who’ve spent the majority of the last year in joggers, dressing to impress and getting back out there could seem a bit intimidating.
That’s why award-winning designer Laurent Guinci, founder of Lolo Creative, put together some style tips for anyone looking to get back on the horse.
Bring sexy back
After a year spent mostly indoors, Laurent says it’s time to embrace our sexiness once more.
He says: ‘We’ve been living in the comfort of our oversized hoodies for far too long and these have got to go.
‘Let’s ditch all the baggy clothes altogether and opt for something more flattering to show off your physique or best attributes instead, tease your assets why not.
‘However, don’t go for too tight clothes, go for something that fits you nicely.’
Play with what ‘sexy’ means to you (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
You can take the theme of sexy and make it as subtle as you want, with Laurent adding: ‘It could be something as small as a beautiful cashmere oversized wrap that highlights the colour of your eyes or a bold lipstick.
‘I love a girl with a décolleté, or a guy in sexy jeans and a simple, slick but not tight, shirt with the sleeves rolled up.’
Don’t forget to think about your underwear
Wearing the right underwear can be a big confidence boost, regardless of whether you’re planning on showing them to anyone.
‘Good underwear is just an absolute must,’ says Laurent, ‘Although social distanced dating can’t legally involve getting your kit off yet, it will make you feel hot and that’s all that matters.
‘I go by a simple rule of matching the colour of my top to my underwear. It really looks like you’ve put yourself together, without trying.’
Don’t bow to trends if it doesn’t feel like you
Following the latest trends can be inspiring and a lot of fun, but if you’re not into the latest Big Thing, don’t force it.
Laurent tells us: ‘ If it doesn’t suit you, just do not wear it,’ adding: ‘Tust me you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing you look good.
‘“If in doubt, leave it out” is your new motto – you don’t want to feel self-conscious the whole time, it’s about enjoying yourself.
If a new trend isn’t for you, don’t force it (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The perfect fit makes all the difference
You could be wearing the most beautiful clothes in the world, but if they don’t fit right, they won’t look right.
‘Fit is everything!’ says Laurent. ‘Go for the right shapes for you and don’t try to squeeze into anything too tight, it can make you feel stiff and rigid, opt for stretchy, flexible materials instead to help you feel more at ease.
‘Don’t forget about colours too, opt for ones which flatter your complexion and your eyes. Avoid loud prints and favour plain tops – it’s softer, safer and sexier.’
Don’t stress about designer
Designer clothes are great and everything, but don’t feel like you need to break the bank to make an impression.
‘Avoid showing off too much,’ says Laurent, ‘Dripping in designer doesn’t need to be a thing – let’s not be a victim to this trend.
‘You can dress well without breaking the bank. I still believe that pairing fitted jeans and a T-shirt is one of the sexiest combos for everyone. You honestly don’t have to try hard, and it’s a timeless classic.’
‘Fit is everything,’ says Laurent (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Pick a bold statement piece
If you’ve got something bold in mind that you’d love to wear, build your look around that piece.
Laurent explains: ‘You want to spark a bit of interest, and inject some personality so choose one key statement item and build your date outfit around that.
‘It’s been a gloomy year, step away from black and bring the positive vibes.’
Give your shoes some love
Most of us have been married to our slippers and trainers for the last 12 months, but other shoes exist and are worthy of love.
‘I recommend being bold with your shoes or trainers too,’ Laurent says, ‘It’s the first thing people look at so don’t neglect them.
‘We have pretty much spent the last year at home in slippers and with video calls cutting us off waist down. So, it’s time to give shoes some love and have some fun with it!’
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