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Dating during lockdown has been … an experience. From disastrous zoom dates to socially distant park meets, the new normal has turned single life on its head. With bars and restaurants off limits, singles have had to get creative to find true love from home. Intrigued? We thought you would be so spoke to friends of RI: Rox, Charlie, Sarah and Charl about their love in lockdown experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. Take a look …


What apps do you use? 

I don’t use dating apps but I downloaded RAYA for a month. RAYA is a more private dating app which isn’t just for dating it’s also for connecting with creatives. I hate to admit it but I’ve met girls on Instagram through DM … 

Has ‘your type’ changed since lockdown dating? 

Yes, my type has changed completely! My new plan for dating is to date for at least a year before labels or becoming official. I’m done being personality catfished. 

Tell us your weirdest/cutest lockdown dating experience … 

My weirdest experience in lockdown whilst dating is someone sending me a nude with a face mask on! Very appreciated but not very sexy! My cutest experience is someone I’ve had a crush on for a while telling me they have a crush on me too. 

Any lockdown date fails? 

I had a date over Zoom but the person didn’t realise the camera was facing a mirror. They had Tuesday underwear on, on a Thursday #fail! 

Have any of your lockdown dates been a success? 

Yes! I’m currently slowly dating my crush. We are enjoying our convos and getting to know each other with no expectations, demands or pressure. It feels like adulting!

What apps do you use?

Hinge. I find it easier just to stick to one! And I like Hinge because you have to add more details and answer questions, so it gives more insight into their personality.

Has ‘your type’ changed since lockdown dating?

No, not really. I’ve maybe been a bit more open and not so strict on my preferences. Although saying that I have set my distance relatively close, so I don’t get anyone in North London. I don’t want to be traveling far for a socially distanced date in lockdown.

Tell us your weirdest/cutest lockdown dating experience ...

I was chatting to a guy just before lockdown and we were going to meet in a pub but then they all closed. He wanted to go for a walk in a park near us after work one evening but this was back in March and it was definitely dark by 7pm. I was like ‘erm, I don’t think I want to go to the park in the dark with a stranger thanks.’ Alarm bells!

Tell us your fail safe lockdown date look

A throw-on dress works well for both Zoom dates and socially distanced walks because they’re super comfy. Plus, they look like you’ve made the effort without having to try. I’d wear one with trainers to keep it casual. Or, anything with puff sleeves or a square neckline is super cute and works well virtually when they can only see the top half.

Have any of your lockdown dates been a success?

No successes yet although I think I might start introducing pre-date phone calls, which I never did before lockdown. You definitely get more of a feel over the phone, rather than texting. It saves time if you decide you don’t want to meet them in person. Plus, I love an accent, so I’m always won over by a nice voice!


What apps do you use?

Currently using Bumble and Hinge. On Bumble the girl has to speak first which some find quite daunting, but I always like to go in with a "would you rather" to stand out a little and show some personality. Hinge is good because there are questions which give you some insight into a person’s humour.

Has ‘your type’ changed since lockdown dating?

I don't think because I don’t really have a type. I guess I like the underdog or someone who's a bit nerdy. It's nice to have something good to look at, but I'm looking for something a bit more serious. 

Tell us your fail safe lockdown date look

Call me basic but you can’t go wrong with a 'nice top and jeans'. It's practical, easy to sit down in without accidently flashing your pants and you can really make it look effortless. No one wants to look like they've tried too hard. I also love a square-neck dress right now. Having a larger bust, it's a really easy and chic way to show a little skin and cleavage without going overboard.

Have any of your lockdown dates been a success?

I've never really been successful in dating and most last for about two months. I like to keep the faith so we shall see. I'm still messaging and (hopefully) seeing someone again I met on an app about two months ago, so I guess we'll have to watch this space.


What apps do you use?

 What apps DON’T I use? I have Tinder, Bumble, Hinge and Happn downloaded. However, I tend to favour Bumble and Tinder. Location wise, Hinge doesn’t really work for me (excellent interface, lacklustre men selection) and I can’t quite get used to Happn. Success wise (haha) I’ve had more success on Bumble and like having the choice of whether I message my matches or not without the “ow u doin bby, nice curves u got der 😏🤗 xxxxx

 Has ‘your type’ changed since lockdown dating?

 My type hasn’t really changed during lockdown and I’m actually very freaking proud of myself for that. I told myself from the beginning that no matter how boring lockdown got, I would absolutely not lower my current standards or “settle” for the sake of it. I still wanted someone who capitalised his own name and wasn’t holding a fish in his photo. I think it’s so easy when dating isn’t ‘going well’ to consider dropping the things that you’re looking for in someone but when you do that you’ll usually get to the point where the things you settled for us a deal breaker. Whether it’s distance, sexual chemistry, whether he uses the correct version of ‘their/there’.

Tell us your fail safe lockdown date look

For any date, especially a first date I would always recommend wearing something that you already know that you’re comfortable in. There’s enough that we worry about or overthink when it comes to a first date and to me, my outfit doesn’t need to be one of them. I tend to stick to a midi dress, preferably with a bit of a leg split, a biker jacket or blazer and ankle boots.

Have any of your lockdown dates been a success?

I laughed out loud and then uhm’d and ahh’d at this question.  I think I’ll be leaving my lockdown love stories in lockdown. A new ‘new normal’ and new crushes, please.

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