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Best Version of Me

So the last time I did this poll thing, I received more than 2 times the number of voters from the first poll so thank you to my readers for your response! Here are the results from my previous poll:

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I probably would still do those other posts in the future, so don’t worry if you really wanted to see any of those above. For the reader that asked to see my “usual make-up routine”, the reason I won’t be doing that is because I think it’s kinda difficult to blog about a make-up routine hahaha, I think that stuff is more meant for YouTube (sobs).

And no, I have not yet gathered the resources (or confidence) to start a YouTube channel. But hey, maybe if enough of you want it, it could happen.

A note before we begin:
The reason this post took so long was that I personally found this a very challenging post to write, mostly because I felt like females can’t very simply be split up into different “body shapes” or “body types”. I mean sure, upon research we could all find the typical “pear”, “hourglass” etc. but it’s all so generalized that sometimes we don’t even know which one we belong to (or if we even fit into one category at all).


So this is how we’ll do it.
 Instead of separating different female bodies into “types”, I’ll show you how to dress for your body by listing out features that most closely resemble your own. Again, you don’t necessarily (and probably won’t) only fall under one description so look out for what you feel you relate to the most. I’ll also be giving tips along the way on how to feel your best when choosing what to wear. Remember that this post is not about hiding parts of your body that you dislike, but about how to use fashion to do yourself  justice by making you look your best.

I apologize if this post is extremely wordy, but I will try my best to make this post as relatable and realistic as possible.

Let’s begin. :)

Best Version of Me

I think so often that the female body is beautiful. But it can appear hideous under the wrong clothing. It’s like placing a thoughtfully and beautifully wrapped present into a garbage bag. And maybe that’s what’s making us hate ourselves; trying to force our bodies into the dress we saw in the window display, even if it wasn’t made for the kind of bodies we have or refusing to wear anything over a UK 8 because “that’s the size I’ve always been”. This frustrates me so much, I could write a book about it. If only we would pick clothes that made us look beautiful instead.

And this brings me to my first point.

1. You are not a number.
It wasn’t easy, but I’ve learnt to ignore the label and just go by how it looks and feels instead. I have clothes in my closet that are sized from XS all the way to a XXL, and they all fit me fine. I think that we have to learn to be okay with picking up clothes regardless of their sizing. Why be ashamed if you’re wearing pants that say extra large? The label only speaks for the clothes, not for you. I don’t think anyone’s entire closet is going to be purely a UK 6 or purely size S, and just because you were a certain size yesterday, doesn’t mean you are going to be the same size today, which brings me to my next 2 points…

2. How the female body works.
One thing that’s different from guys is that girls’ weight and size fluctuate more, specifically during pre-menstrual bloating etc. The female body naturally stores fat especially at the butt, chest, back and stomach areas (all part of puberty and preparing for motherhood) and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. The female body’s weight also fluctuates more between morning and night. Some days, we feel heavier and bigger while there are other days that we feel leaner and smaller. There are always days that my jeans fit tighter than others. But it’s important that I don’t be too harsh on myself and punish my body for doing nothing more than its job.

3. Like us, clothes come in all shapes and sizes too.
This applies to different brands across the globe and that means you could be a size S in one store, but an L in another. Asian brands cater more to petite bodies and Western brands the opposite, so not every piece of clothing is going to fit the same. Also, not everything is meant to fit perfectly. Some clothes are designed to fit snug on the body while others were meant to be a little more oversized. Having a mix of both types of pieces can really help in accepting your body for what it is. And my next point…

4. Just because it zips, doesn’t mean it fits.
This is pretty much the worst thing we all suffer from; the “I’ll just keep moving down the size range until I can’t breathe” syndrome. Just because it physically fits you, doesn’t mean it’s the right size. Granted, yes, sometimes we may be in between sizes but we have to learn to have an editing eye and know when it’s necessary to let go of the smaller tag for a more comfortable fit. You don’t want to be sucking in the whole day or have to keep tugging at your hem. You want to make the clothes fit you and not the other way around. And lastly…

5. If you love it, show it.
With modesty, of course. I can’t think of anything that would bring down my confidence more than wearing clothes that highlight my least favourite parts of my body. If you love your collarbones, wear something off-the-shoulder or strapless. If you hate your tummy, then don’t wear something cropped or tight. It’s all about appreciating the parts that you love instead of hating the parts that you’re insecure about.

So now you know the basic rules of dressing for yourself, let’s get started.


#1 Cutie with a Booty
If your lower body is generally bigger than your upper body, and more of your femininity is resting on your hips, butt and thighs, here are some ways to accentuate your figure.

a) Wear skirts that skim.
A-line skirts (more commonly known as skater skirts) are a great way to balance out your proportions. Skirts that hug too closely to your lower stomach and hips can make your butt and thighs look bigger than they actually are and may keep riding up your body when you’re walking.

b) Keep bottoms clean.
Wearing too loud a pattern or too large-scaled a pattern on your lower body can make it appear overly busy. Stick to demure colours and elegant patterns like dots/stripes/subtle floral. Also avoid big pockets/bows/ruffles or anything that could add extra dimension to this area.

c) Avoid skinny jeans/jeggings.
Tight pants are alright as long as they do not hug your legs all the way to the ankles. Those would make your hips and thighs look out of proportion as compared to your calves and ankles. You’ll want to try straight cut jeans or even jeans with a little flare at the ankle. Alternatively, if you really do love your skinny jeans, try to balance them out on the bottom by tucking your jeans into boots, or wearing chunkier shoes as compared to thin flats. Heels can also help take the weight off your bottom.

Fashionspiration:

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Notice how her bottoms often don’t cling to her lower body, and she uses muted or demure colours and patterns.

Scarlett Johansson

#2 Light Hearted
If you’ve a smaller chest and upper body, or if your arms and shoulders are thinner than you’d want them to be, here are some tips on how to choose the right tops.

a) Choose lively prints.
Brighter colours and patterns on top help enhance shape and curves on your upper body. Dull or dark plain colours could make you appear smaller than you are and could mask your femininity.

b) Layers.
Additional accessories like jackets/cardigans can really help add weight to your silhouette. Tops with detailed necklines such as embellishments, ruffles or pleats can also create interesting lines on your torso. Sleeves (whether long or short) can make your top appear fuller. Because of your dainty and delicate frame, you can also pull off heavier fabrics on top such as velvet or polyester without appearing top-heavy.

c) Avoid tight tops.
Tops that have little fabric or are too body-hugging on top leave little room for imagination. Instead of wearing flimsy tight singlets, opt for more structured tops that best flatter your figure.

Fashionspiration:

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She often wears brighter patterns or colours on top, sometimes adding sleeves as well with more neutral colours on her bottom.

Katie Holmes


#3 Big Hearted
(you saw this coming)
If your upper body is relatively larger than your lower body, or you often find that dresses fit tight on your bust but loose on the rest of your body, here are some tips on how to dress to flatter your curves.

a) Choose simple necklines.
Tops with delicate, neat necklines are most flattering. Avoid high collars or turtlenecks and choose v-necks or any other deep necklines instead. The simpler the top, the more top-elegant you will look. The less busy your fabric is on top, the more graceful (and less bulky) you’ll look.

b) Drop the fabric.
Too much fabric on top can clutter up your frame and make you look chunky instead of curvy. Opt for lighter, softer materials like satin or cotton and stay away from pockets or pleated tops. Ruffles and frills are an absolute no.

c) Avoid shapeless pieces.
I feel like shift dresses and tank dresses just weren’t made for girls with boobs above a B. Because there’s no structure to it and nothing to synch it in at the waist, the fabric ends up dangling off your body, making you look kinda pregnant (trust me, I’ve been there). Instead, find tops that fit moderately; not too body hugging and not too baggy. This is to help maintain your shape without looking like an over-stuffed dumpling (I’ve been here too).

Fashionspiration:

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She’s always seen in more fitted and simple tops. If not fitted, jackets or other forms of outerwear can help preserve her shape.

Kim Karadshian

#4 Hugger’s arms

Yup I don’t know of any other way to say it. If you have more meat on your arms than you’d like, or if you feel insecure baring your shoulders or upper arms, here are some ways to help you boost your confidence.

a) Not all sleeves are flattering. 
The worst mistake to make when trying to conceal your arms is thinking that any kind of sleeve is better than no sleeve, so I’ll say this once and please, for the life of me, remember this: do not wear cap sleeves. Cap sleeves are the cropped/short sleeves that cut off at around your armpit. Choose sleeves with less harsh lines that do not draw attention to your upper arm such as long sleeves or sleeves that taper nearer the elbow instead. Contrary to what you may believe, sometimes no sleeve at all can give off the illusion of slimmer arms than a sleeve can. No puffy/frilly sleeves either.

b) Layer.
If you want to wear a cute dress but you’re insecure of the way your arms look in it, try adding a soft cardigan or jacket over. It’s a great and basic way to add the comfort and confidence that you’re looking for.

c) Avoid racer backs.
Because of its cut, it makes your back appear smaller and your arms appear bigger. While you’re at it, avoid halter necks as well. They squeeze your chest and arm area and make the underarm fat more prominent. Choose clean, simple lines.

Fashionspiration:

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Notice how she doesn’t wear restrictive fabrics on her shoulders or arms that may make them appear chubbier.

Kat Dennings

#5 Stomach Fat
Face it guys, we all have it. Whether it’s after a big meal, or just…there. Here are some ways to help make sure that you still look your best with a little bit of tummy.

a) Avoid bottoms that sit on your hips.
Low waist bands can make the stomach look like it’s bulging more than it actually is, and may make you feel insecure to sit down or bend forward. Try high-waisted bottoms instead that help create a smoother transition from stomach to hips.

b) The flowy top + fitted bottom combo.
Loose-fitted tanks or blouses with skinny jeans or fitted skirts set up the perfect silouhette that remain unaffected if your tummy bloats a little after dinner. It also draws attention to your lower half instead of your mid-portion.

c) If you have to synch, do it above the tummy. 
Wear dresses, skirts or tops that synch in above your stomach instead of on it. Finding clothes that mirror your shape helps by synching you in at the parts where you’re smallest.

Fashionspiration:

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Take note of how she doesn’t wear clothes that cling to the entire torso but instead skim over the lower stomach region.

Demi Lovato

#6 The Small Waist-to-Hip Ratio
So if you find that you don’t really have a very defined waist, and your torso is relatively evenly wide throughout, here’s what to do to help elevate your body with the way you dress.

a) Belt it.
Wear blouses or dresses that don’t cling to your body and flow loosely, but tie it in with a belt. A belt is always a great way to break up the body in a kind way, sorta like saying (hey, my waist is over here). Alternatively, you can get the same look by wearing 2 contrasting colours on your top and bottom to create the same break at the waistline.

b) Exaggerate your top and bottom.
A great way to do this is by wearing a blazer on top (or something with defined shoulders) with a skater skirt or dress. This silouhette flatters your frame best and enhances your curves on your top and bottom and minimizes the waist portion.

c) Crop tops.
Worn with high waisted or low waisted bottoms, then apply the fitted vs. flowy rule. If you choose a looser crop top, pair it with skinnier bottoms. If you choose a more body hugging drop top, pair it with a flowy skirt or boyfriend jeans.

Fashionspiration:

Notice how she plays around with fitted and looser pieces. Remember: wearing an overall tight outfit could make you appear to be more rectangular.

Notice how she plays around with fitted and looser pieces. Remember: wearing an overall tight outfit could make you appear to be more rectangular.

Natalie Portman

#7 Petite
I apologize for almost forgetting about my girls that are smaller in the height department… Okay so I’m clearly getting less and less creative on the category names, but this is pretty straightforward, yes? If you’re around 160cm tall, or always have to alter/fold your jeans, here are some tips on how to make short look hot.

 a) Maximize leg room.
This means that you’ll want your legs to look as long as possible, so avoid clothes that create a “break” in your line. For example, 3-quarter pants or jeans that have folded cuffs at the bottom are a NO. Because, they end at awkward places on your leg, they cut off your legs and make them look shorter and stubbier, which is what you want to avoid. Choose jeans that go all the way down to your ankles. Also, avoid shoes that have horizontal straps above the ankle. These too will harshly cut off your legs. Try shoes (preferably heels) without straps or with deeper scoops down the front to make your legs look longer. And an extra tip: match the colour of your shoes to the colour of your pants to create an undisrupted line.

b) Keep it close.
Because you don’t have much vertically, you don’t want to add anything more horizontally. So choose clothes that hug close to your body and not flow or poof out too much. So opt for skinny jeans/leggings and avoid skirts that have a lot of volume. Wearing thinner materials works better as well because thicker materials like quilt/velvet may make you look thicker and wider than you are, and eventually, shorter than you are.

c) When all else fails, just follow: The Thirds Rule
So instead of separating your figure into half, split it into thirds (your legs taking 2/3 while your torso taking 1/3). This really helps elongate your figure and make you appear taller. You can do this by wearing high-waisted skirts or pants instead of low-waisted ones. Wearing crop tops or simply tucking in your blouse can also clean up messy lines.

Bonus tip: monochrome outfits are best at making the body appear leaner and longer.

Fashionspiration:

Notice how her outfits are often two-toned, and her shoes match her bottoms.

Notice how her outfits are often two-toned, and her shoes match her bottoms.

Mila Kunis

3 Pieces that Flatter All Bodies

1. The Skater Dress

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Because it already has a built-in silouhette, you can never go wrong with this style. It’s timeless, feminine and a piece worth investing in (or owning a few of). Play around with the little details to your liking such as patterns, sleeves and necklines until you find the type that make you feel best in.


2. The Peplum Top

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The peplum top is a versatile and fashionable piece that creates an effortlessly feminine shape. You can choose between high and low waists depending on what flatters your body best, and between dramatic peplums or more subtle peplums.

3. The Kimono

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You’ll be able to find these pieces nearly everywhere now. The best part is that they come in all different styles; from knitted and structured to floral or crochet. I love how it flows over any body without looking like you’re trying too hard. Try these as an alternative to the usual cardigan.

That’s all I have this time guys, I hope that this post could help at least one of you! Remember that accepting and appreciating your body is the key to comfort and confidence. Do yourself a favour and dress for your body. Love all you beautiful people. :)

P.S. I’ve categorized the posts that you requested for as “Polled Posts”, read more under “Posts” navigation bar!

The Perfect Denim Jacket for You

Okay, so in my previous post I asked you guys what you’d most like to see next, and the results were pretty much neck to neck…

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Yeah okay so more than half of you wanted to know how to find the perfect denim jacket for your style. Truth be told, this is a topic I’m super excited about because I’ve always felt like I could give great tips when people are looking for outerwear in general, but denim has always been my personal favorite. Mostly because I consider denim fairly neutral, and can go with almost any and every colour or fabric.

Do note: This is just my opinion on what kind of jacket you would like best, and you don’t have to follow my tips word for word. The purpose of this post is only to give a rough guide towards what you’ll want to look for. So, let’s get right into it!

How to find the Perfect Denim Jacket if your style is:

#1: Grunge/Edgy

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If most of your closet consists of dark or plain, worn out fabrics (or a whole bunch of plaid) OR if you are always wearing the following:

beaten up old sneakers
combat boots
graphic shirts
plaid button-downs
acid wash denim
cut-off shorts
dark eye/lip make-up

OR if you always look like you just rolled out of bed (but still look stylish as ever)

You’ll want to look for 3 things when getting a denim jacket.

1. You’ll want it oversized.
Get a boxier, less tapered cut. Like everything else in your wardrobe, it doesn’t hug your body like cling wrap and gives off the “I bother less than you do but I still look better” vibe. Also, chances are, you are wearing something underneath that isn’t exactly fitted or delicate (so to speak) so an oversized jacket will be great at allowing you room to layer underneath.

2. You’ll want it worn-out.
No, I’m not asking you to buy a second hand jacket or rummage through your mom’s old stuff. Plenty of stores sell jackets pre-worn-out for you! Look out for acid and stone washed jackets that immediately grunge down an outfit, or look for jackets with frays/tears going on. Alternatively, you can get a regular jacket and destroy it yourself with some scissors and sandpaper.

3. You’ll want it with the sleeves up.
Often, a jacket this oversized and thick can make you look top heavy (which is something to be avoided unless you’re skinny, in which case, everything will look good on you anyway). So what you’ll want to do is to make sure that the jacket’s sleeves can be rolled or folded up. And not to just any length; the perfect length is up to your forearm, the fold ending right before your elbow (so you’ll still be able to move).

Other embellishments like patches or studs will also suit your style perfectly.

Denimspiration:

Demi Lovato
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#2: Preppy

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If most of your closet is clean cut and simple, consisting of classic colours like black/white/blue/red/brown OR if you’re always wearing one of the following:

ballet flats
pumps
nautical stripes
polka dots
blazers
collared shirts
skater/pencil skirts

OR if you wear mostly fabrics like chiffon, cotton and polyester (or just look classic chic all the time)

These are the things you’ll want to look out for when looking for your jacket:

1. You’ll want it in regular denim.
Any other out-of-the-ordinary wash or embellishments won’t fit in with the rest of your clothes. The simpler, the better. However, you can always try different shades of denim; from light blue to dark navy to black.

2. You’ll want it fitted.
Meaning the jacket should not be too cropped neither should it be oversized until the hem is below your butt. This ensures that if you’re wearing a flowy bottom like a skater skirt or dress, the jacket won’t end up swallowing your figure and messing up your silhouette. There should also be at least some tapering to the jacket to ensure it’s not just a rectangle. Your perfect denim jacket should curve in slightly and the sleeves should not be too baggy either.

3. You’ll want it open.
The jacket should be so that when your shoulders are in a relaxed position, both sides of your jacket will not touch. Not only does this ensure that your entire outfit can still be seen, but it’s also a great way to wear the denim jacket in a graceful, classier manner.

Denimspiration:

Miranda Kerr
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#3: Girly/Boho Chic

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If most of your wardrobe is whites/pinks/beiges, OR if you often wear any of the following:

brown leather sandals (with tassels or beads)
bright floral prints
flowy tank tops
beads
flower crowns
white lace or crochet
light-coloured knit sweaters

OR if you practically live in sundresses (or dresses with lively prints)

Here are the 2 types of denim outerwear you should go for:

1. The Cropped Jacket
Often, you’ll have so much print and colour going on that it’s best to keep outerwear minimal and simple. Jackets that are cropped all the way to your waist are best at showing off flowy dresses and skirts. Also, sleeves should be fitted and not too long. Regular denim complement bright florals best, and normal blue denim go really well with brown leather.

2. Cheat Denim
Instead of a full-on denim jacket, why not try a denim shirt? Often, the material used is chambray and is thinner and less structured, so you can tie it around your hips or leave it unbuttoned and knotted at your waist. Although it’s more flimsy and thin, you can hardly tell the difference just by looking at it.

Denimspiration:

Emma Roberts
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#4: Laid-back/Athletic

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If you own tons of beanies and caps OR if you are always in any of the following:

bomber jackets
varsity/baseball jackets
high top sneakers
any stretchy material pants
hoodies
graphic tees
sports shorts

OR if you actually wear track shoes OUT of the gym (and you still look fashionable)

These are the features to look out for in your perfect denim jacket:

1. Attached Hoodie
Plenty of denim jackets nowadays come with hoods sewn to the inner lining. Just the hood alone can already make your outfit look as casual and laid back as you would normally look. Alternatively, you can just layer your own hoodie underneath to create the same effect.

2. Contrast Sleeves
This trend is almost everywhere now, and plenty of non-denim jackets have them too. Particularly for your style, I would suggest finding a denim jacket that has sleeves made out of either sweatpants, nylon or leather material (fabrics of varsity and bomber jackets). Added embellishments like a sports logo or random iron on numbers can make the jacket more interesting and personalized.

3. Zip
We all know big brass buttons aren’t your thing. You want something quick, and modern and slick. Get a denim jacket but ditch the buttons for a zip for the sake of both your own comfort and style. You can even find bomber jackets made out of denim material.

Denimspiration:

Cara Delevigne
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So that’s all I have for you guys today!

Remember: not everyone falls flat under 1 category! A lot of people (including me) are a combination of 2 or more. So it’s always cool to mix and match and experiment with different designs until you find one that’s perfect for you!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed my post and that it’ll be of some kind of use to you when you get your own denim jacket haha. Happy shopping!

5 Must-Haves (for the fashion conscious living in Singapore)

Hello my lovely readers! I was just watching a few “must-haves” videos on YouTube and I realised that a lot of them don’t exactly apply to me because of where I stay. In a lot of these videos, items like the “perfect leather jacket” or “leather boots” were considered as “must-have” items but obviously because Singapore is like a sauna, these items wouldn’t be practical for us at all. (Although, I do find every reason to buy myself some winter/autumn sometimes.)

These must-haves I’ve compiled are also what I think to be really versatile pieces that never really go out of style. The pieces, I think, are easy ways to look fashionable while still remaining Singapore-friendly. So without further ado, here is a blog post for you (the fashion conscious living in Singapore) on my opinion of what the must-haves are living in this country.

1. The Little Black Dress

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Okay, so let us get the most obvious one out of the way. You all know you saw this coming, haha. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a “must-haves” video that didn’t include this. But there’s a reason why the LBD is so high up there on the list of must-have items in the fashion world and that’s because it’s known for its versatility and timeless style.

There are countless styles of black dresses that are available in almost every store in Singapore, so finding one that suits your body shape and style should be relatively painless. However, there are a few things you should take note of when looking for the perfect LBD.

a) Material
Finding a material best suited to you is a great first step to finding the perfect dress. Depending on the material, dresses may be more suited for formal occasions while some others are comfortable enough for casual, daily wear.

For example, bodycon or cotton material are both very casual and laid back materials that are best suited for you if you spend most of the time walking along the streets or in shopping malls. Whereas fabrics like polyester/lycra (disco-pant material) and nylon are more suited for the party girl that spends most of the weekend dancing and moving about. Lace and chiffon are both fabrics that are more delicate and complementary to girls that spend their time doing more feminine, non-moving-around type stuff. So choosing the fabric of your dress plays a really important part in how much wear you’ll get out of it.

b) Cut
The cut and way the dress sits on your body is equally important. Keeping in mind the occasions you would wear the dress to and accessories you would pair it with, you can find a cut of LBD that really fits your style and body shape. Try to buy a dress that complements your best parts, be it backless, side cut-outs, halter or skater. It will help boost your confidence when wearing the dress and make it the one go-to piece in your wardrobe when you want to look fierce but have no clue what to wear.

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c) Sleeves
The presence or absence of sleeves or straps can really make the largest difference in your LBD. Strapless dresses tend to look more dressy while short sleeves give off a more casual vibe. There are tons of other sleeve styles that you should try out before finding one that you like best such as bustiers, off-the-shoulders, long/short-sleeved or camis.

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Where to find it:
 F21 and H&M: They sell cheaper, more casual dresses (often bodycon or cotton materials). Sometimes carry party/formal dresses for affordable prices too.
Zara: Slightly more dressy or work-like styles, and heavier materials.
And well, anywhere really…

2. The Denim Jacket

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I must admit, outerwear is kiiinda tricky in Singapore and so many times, even if you take the effort to add an outerwear, you end up taking it off as you’re walking along the streets. However, I feel that if there was ever a time to invest in something other than your trusty old cardigan, the denim jacket would be the way to go.

I also think that denim jackets are also highly personalisable (that isn’t even a word hahaha). Aside from finding different cuts (tapered, cropped etc), you can always deviate from the regular denim jacket to fit your own style.

For example, there are different washes of denim such as acid wash, ombre dyed, or even just dark or black denim.

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There are also plenty of denim jackets with all sorts of sewn/ironed on embellishments such as contrast sleeves, patches or contrast collars.

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And also, my personal favourite: studs (to act as protection against those idiots who try to jostle  you on the MRT hahaha)

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Where to find them:
Zara: I have a lot of luck finding more chic, elegant designs here. Great place to look if you want a cropped, fitted cut instead of the boxier, grunge kind.
Pull&Bear: They’re a little on the pricier side, but so long-lasting and easy to maintain. Not to mention, super trendy.
F21: They do occasionally sell denim jackets and for much more affordable prices, but they’re often less special in terms of design.
Scape/Fleas: Good place to go hunting for denim wear if you have the time and patience. Usually find really cheap denim jackets here but they don’t always have your size, and they’re not available all year round.

3. The Graphic Tee

TeeandCakePartyAnimalsTee_zpsd8811755Everyone has got to have one. I don’t care if you’re a guy or a girl or a housefly. These shirts are literally the laziest way to look cool and keep cool in Singapore. There’s no limit to the number of patterns and colours that you can get. Go ahead and play around with:

Cheesy slogans?

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Ultra-cool scenic-type prints? (I clearly have a great command of the English language, lol.)

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Your favourite band/supehero logo?

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Sports-inspired?

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Yup, you can pretty much get as lazy and as creative as you want. Most of the time, I roll out of bed in my graphic tee and slip on a pair of pants and I’m out of the house. I only have 2 tips for you while shopping for graphic tees.

#1 – go a little oversized.
The more comfortable, the better. Looser fits are great at creating the disheveled, effortless look. Roll up your sleeves to add a little more structure to the shirt.

#2 – try the men’s section.
Or just raid your boyfriend/brother’s closet.

Where to find them:
F21 and H&M: They have a lot of nice graphic tees for quite affordable prices, although I see everyone wearing them everywhere.
Zara and Topshop: Really unique prints and patterns here, but on the more expensive end.
Fleas: The best place to get cheap shirts that you can afford to style and to sleep in. :)

4. The Skater Skirt

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I can honestly say that the skater skirt is the most flattering, easy-to-wear style of skirts there is. It’s Singapore-weather-friendly and can go a hundred different ways in different outfits. The skater cut is flattering because it synchs in the waist, while skimming over the hips. And the best part is that you can have multiple skater skirts in your wardrobe to create multiple different looks.

Of course, I couldn’t leave out my favourite: the velvet skater skirt. I love the luxurious, dark romantic vibe they add to the outfit. Plus, they feel so cozy :)

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More lively, brighter printed skirts go really well with plain cropped shirts for a casual but girly look, especially if the skirts are made of lighter fabrics like cotton or chiffon.

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Heavier, more structured fabrics can completely turn an outfit from a casual one, to a more formal one. Skirts that have more defined pleats also appear more dressy instead of casual, but can still be dressed down with the right accessories or outerwear.

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I also love creating school-girl or 90’s grunge looks with skater skirts using tartan or denim instead.

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Where to find them:
F21: has lovely, casual floral printed ones. But sizes S and M sell out super quick!
Topshop: You can definitely find some skaters here, but they’re more for dressy occasions. Unless you tend to always overdress, like me haha.
H&M: Budget friendly and trendy skirts are really easy to find here!

5. The Sports Shorts

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And I saved the best for last. No, I’m not talking about your Nikes or FBTs (how Singaporean hahaha but no). These style of shorts often come with elastic or drawstring waistbands, not necessarily of sweatpants material. I think these kind of shorts have the potential to be waaaaay more fashionable and also more comfortable than regular denim shorts. Though I highly recommend that you don’t actually jog in these.

There is definitely more than one type of sports or “jogger” shorts that can be easily woven into your daily wardrobe and not just worn on the inside of gymnasium walls. Trying different fabrics and patterns will give you a different look each time.

For example, why not try faux leather/leather sports shorts?

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This is one of my favourites: I love sports shorts with chic tropical/floral prints on them. Pair them with a simple cotton tee or tank with some sandals and you can look casual chic with barely any effort.

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And sometimes, a little lace or vintage pattern goes a long way in making the sports shorts a more feminine, fashion-friendly piece.

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Where to find them:
Zara: has plenty; if you’re willing to spend the money.
Cotton On: They do sell them here, but strangely, the prices aren’t that cheap.
Bershka: They have more formal looking sports shorts here!
Factorie: Originally from Australia, but they just opened up a couple branches in Singapore I think :) I saw one at Suntec and one at Ion.

So there we go, my 5 Must-Have items (for the fashion conscious living in Singapore). Let me know if you enjoyed this post/want me to write more of these in the future! All the collages were created on Polyvore. Do request/suggest some post ideas if you have any :)

lunar new year 2014; day 1

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This is probably the only time of year that I actually put an effort into wearing some colour. I’m a sucker for long-sleeved dresses and dark floral prints, so this dress was right up my alley.

fashion totd: The tricky thing about any patterned fabric is that if there is too much of it, you’ll just look swallowed up. So since this dress already has long sleeves, it would only work if it’s short (which it is, I wore safety shorts, don’t worry). Also, keep the rest of your accessories simple and neutral.

Excuse my messily done red velvet nails, I had to rush them this morning. Also, my hair was one big blob of NO when I got up and it took me almost an hour to tame it.  Hope everyone had a great start to the new year!

dress – editor’s market, shoes – h&m
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for your love

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When your wardrobe is almost completely black and white like mine, outerwear with brighter colours will come in super handy. I love the whole tumblr feel of tying a shirt or jacket around the hips too.

pants – topshop, top – topshop, bag – jay jays
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fashtion totd: when wearing long pants/skirts, same coloured shoes give off the illusion of longer legs.