Stumped on what to wear for that hot Zoom (or IRL) date? Allow Keri Hilson to help you out.
The actress and Grammy-nominated singer, 38, stars in the upcoming film “Don’t Waste Your Pretty” — based on the 2014 Demetria Lewis book of the same title, and airing on TVOne on Feb. 28 — and is full of foolproof fashion tricks for making a great first impression.
“A good panel of friends to give input on what you are wearing, whether you’re on FaceTime with somebody or on a physical date — you need that second opinion. The culture of dating moves so fast, and so often I think you need a panel of judges on your outfit,” she told Page Six Style.
“The red lip might’ve been cool 15 years ago, but it could be something different today,” Hilson continued. “You may have a tendency and a nervousness to overthink [it], and you might go into the date [looking] too comfortable in something you might wear to work.”
The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer also has some recommendations for finishing touches: “Absolutely [wear] a heel, definitely get your hair done, definitely get your nails done — express yourself, but level it up.”
She also recommends either a Tom Ford perfume or Dolce & Gabbana’s The One, calling it “really sexy” and “a classic.”
Hilson loves to smell a man wearing Baccarat or Creed Green Irish Tweed ($415), and urges guys to “absolutely” get their car washed before the big night.
“We’re gonna be looking at everything on the first date. Get a manicure; we don’t wanna see your work hands. Put some lotion on; we may want to hold hands later,” she said. “No crusty, no ashy, no dirt on or under the nails. We don’t wanna see none of that work stuff. No calluses from your workout; let’s soften those things, because you never know how those things will go, so just be prepared.”
Added Hilton, “Get a fresh haircut, get a line up and I don’t wanna see no hats. What if we kiss and he’s got a baseball cap on? Something like that just gets in the way. We call that an obstacle, so don’t set yourself up.”
Finally, she says, bring blooms — but make them meaningful.
“I prefer flowers on the first date, but I love a person that will go to an actual florist. It doesn’t have to be huge or grand, but something unique. I wanna know why he chose the colors and the flower,” she said.
“Cater to that woman; don’t get some generic-ass grocery flowers.”