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The Must-Have Holiday Looks by Melissa Dharmadasa

It's the season of long weekends and no, we're not complaining! It's the perfect time to switch off from your on-duty looks and transition into breezy silhouettes as you take off for the long-awaited getaway to your favourite destination. And just before you head off, it's a great idea to indulge in some retail therapy to get those 'grammable pictures and holiday shots just the way you'd like them to be!

We had Melissa Dharmadasa, the owner of one of Colombo's much loved cafes and cakeries—Bakes By Bella, visit us at the Phygital Store at 33S to treat herself to some holiday shopping in Sri Lanka. "I never really wear so much colour but these beautiful summery shades have got me smitten"—that's one of the first things she said as she went though our holiday edit inspired by the summer shades in cool batiks and tie-dyes.

"My long weekends are never just about whisking off to a place I like. I do a little bit of everything—work, find inspirations to create something new, spend time with my family, meet friends, try new food and so much more. That's what makes me feel like I've really spent my long weekends well."

Talking about the love for travel, she adds, "I love travelling, taking pictures to make memories and share experiences. If I could, I'd travel everytime I got the chance. I love dressing up taking a little bit of my personality and adding the flavour of the place—you know, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, I experiment with my style while keeping some of my personal style statements constant. Online shopping in Sri Lanka is great but there's nothing like being able to fit-on."

"For some of the upcoming long weekends, I wanted to try on looks that were versatile, easy-to-wear and complimented my plans. So I picked these outfits, specially because each is similar in aesthetic that it is designed and made in Sri Lanka yet so distinct in style."

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Long weekends are a great time to have a family reunion. Sport this eased-out, paradise inspired look on your family holiday with stunning choices from After this, I'm totally digging Sri Lankan handloom. I wouldn't have imagined how a traditional outfit can have such a modern take. I love it because it's so me.

Long weekends are to relax, unwind and soak in the summer sun this season. As you head this weekend to your favourite getaway spots, take this bright, sunny, tie-dye look, perfect to compliment your shiny holiday spirit. "This one's got me hooked because I love how the colours compliment the silhouette and make it look so effortless. It's such a versatile piece that I would wear for casual brunches or anywhere really."

Holidays surely call in for celebrations, especially when you are a guest at a close one's wedding. Shine bright as the summer sun when you wear this cool colour palette for a morning wedding by the beach. The easy-to-drape cotton in batik is the perfect day-time statement to sport. "I love how the floral batik details come in together so well with the colours. This designer saree is a great approach to traditional craft, bringing a new face of Sri Lankan fashion."