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One x One Teaspoon
Bec and Bridge
Light coats, balloon sleeve tops and long skirts, these are clothing that could take you from work to a rendezvous with friends on a cool evening.
Not sure how to dress an hourglass figure? I got you covered with 3 outfit ideas and more!
Happy 2018 everyone! For some of you, the New Year brings about a new set of opportunities. Whether it’s a new job, meeting new people or attending housewarming and birthday parties, I got you covered in the outfit department.
In the next few posts, I’ll share some tips on how to style for your body type and look good in different occasions. Got an hourglass body shape and in need of some style inspiration? Read on!
Need help determining your body shape? Find out more here.
All of the products listed in the next few look books are taken from an Australian brand named Trenery. I’ve been keeping an eye on their new releases and I feel that their modern yet classic designs could be easily incorporated into everyone’s wardrobe. Plus, Trenery’s commitment to make every product sustainable is an effort worth supporting. Remember that fashion is not just about expressing your style, it’s also learning how to make your pieces work for a variety of occasions (refrain from purchasing a piece of clothing for one occasion).
The center piece of this look-book will be Trenery’s linen paisley print skirt (1.). I picked it because it lightly wraps around the lower body and shows off the curves, perfect for those who are self-conscious but still want to flaunt their figure. Since the black jersey t-shirt is loose, tuck it into the skirt to enhance your hourglass shape. The elasticated skirt and a loose top is a great combination if you need to attend an event where plenty of food will be served. Give this dressy number a casual vibe with a pair of fresh white leather sneakers and a russet suede bag. Top it off with a pair of dark forest acetate sunglasses. You could also wear the same exact outfit in the colder months. Just add on a black or red PVC outerwear and layer a pair of tights for a futuristic touch.
Here are two more looks that could be dressed up or down with the same skirt. One way to make your clothes work harder is to experiment and pair it with tops of different cuts and designs. If you have a formal event to go to or a date night, the outfit on the right is a good option. The tie detail on the stomach area helps create definition around the waist and when combined with a pencil skirt, this outfit will bring out the curves at the right places. Put on a pair of unique earrings (3.) and trio-colored heels (5.) to add interest to the outfit. Need to up the elegance level? Carry a sleek shoulder leather bag as shown in this look book (4.).
One of my goals is to visit places I’ve never been to and top on my list is the National Gallery of Kuala Lumpur! If you love strolling around the city during the weekends, you could take inspiration from the outfit on the left. Women who live in tropical countries tend to face the problem of going between air-conditioned (sometimes heavily) shopping malls or exhibition centers and hot and humid outdoors. What should one wear in this situation? A cotton long sleeve top (2.) will temporarily keep you warm while you’re indoors but the light yet breathable material will cool you down once you’re outdoors. Plus a skirt is always more cooling than wearing a pair of jeans. Since prints and pastels are in trend, I created a fun print-on-print outfit with pastel pink sandals and accessory to pull the look together. This outfit combination is also great for brunch and weekend classes.
Know that you don’t have to purchase everything that’s on trend to be stylish. Marketing has shaped our thinking in that way to keep us buying. To channel style is to wear what you like, whenever you like. True style, in my opinion, is never about wearing what’s hot for the season, it’s about wearing something that you’re comfortable and confident in.
Here’s to experimentation and true style,
From life-size Eiffel Tower (Chanel) to a collection based on a woman’s scent (Alexis Mabille), front row guests and the layman were left dazzled by a stimulating couture experience.
‘Boring’ is not a word that would cross an audience’s minds at a Chanel runway show as long as Karl Lagerfeld is around to oversee the whole process.
As you scroll through, you’ll encounter recurring trends but each designer will bring different elements to the show – cocoon coats, geometric prints, stripes and pleats – to help them articulate imaginative ideas in physical form.
What do you think of Mabille’s representation of a woman’s scent?
Metallics, jeweled embellishments and futuristic designs were a highlight on the second day of Paris Haute Couture week.
What. A. Day.
Work was challenging today and it has left me feeling drained. Despite that and running on an (almost) empty tank, I decided to stop by Topshop before I run my errands. Since Topshop is closing down soon, most things are 50 – 70% off. If you don’t earn much, you want to take advantage of sales like this!
I tried on a pair of culottes (It looks alright on me but I don’t love it), a white silk dress (The inner lining and the slit are ridiculously short), a red button up skirt (Too puffy on the hips. Since I have big hips, it’s not the right cut for me) and an IVY PARK workout pants (It’s see through) but nothing fits me. I did, however, get myself a wood ring from their Freedom range. This particularly piece was originally priced at $18 but I paid $2 for it. Score!
If you haven’t seen my favorite designs from Day 1, check it out here. Though you may notice some recurring trends on Day 2 (i.e. ruffles, sheer, pops of red, the monochrome palette etc.), there was noticeably more sparkle, intricate embellishments as well as innovative material use.
Key trends from Iris Van Herpen: futuristic, organza and fringes.
Key trends from Georges Hobeika: strapped heels, statement earrings, metallic, shades of blue, blue, white and red, jeweled embellishment, capes and high slits.
Key trends from Christian Dior: shades of grey, tailored pieces, skinny belt, tweed and full length skirt.
Key trends from Ralph & Russo: metallic, feathers, lace, shades of silver, blue, white and black, ruffles, tiered, deep v neckline and high slits.
Key trends from Giambattista Valli: romantics, bell sleeves, florals, sheer and empire neckline.
*All photos were sourced from Vogue*
Since most of these pieces are wearable in real-life, which ones would you choose? As for me, I’d rock Christian Dior’s first look during the day and save Georges Hobeika’s gorgeous blue number (the last look) for a fancy event. But let’s be honest, don’t we want to wear them all?
Signet rings, dim sum and Japan are just some of the things that have been on my mind lately.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty productive. In between work (i.e. online courses, photo editing etc.), I managed to slot in some reading, lectures, a 1.5 hour leisure run, grocery shopping, window shopping and a (long overdue) video chat with my family.
(I’m so out of touch with my brother it’s unbelievable. And we live in the same city!)
Also, I have no idea that the last time I made a moodboard was in December 2016! So here’s one for the month of May, where you’ll find my inspirations, experiences, wants, cravings, dreams and fascinations.
Everyone has their own puzzles to put together on a daily basis.
What kind of dresser are you? Do you pick an outfit 5 minutes before you head out or do you spend hours planning what to wear the day before? Does the weather app decide if you will show up in a maxi dress or in a combination of sweater and jeans?
Whenever I see a stranger or a friend wearing something unique, loud, mismatched or just plain simple, this question automatically comes to mind: What were they thinking?
What went through your mind when you dress yourself today?