Hello my friends, how have you been? I hope you are well. As you might have noticed, I took some time off blogging the past few months. I decided to dedicate my full time and attention to my final year project of university. Now that everything is over, I’m moving into the next stage of my life after school, and it is all a bit daunting… As much as I am excited, I’m also very nervous. Almost 16 years of formal education over! Some of you have reached out to me via Twitter and shared your experiences. Thank you for that, good advice is always welcomed 🙂
The past few weeks have been a good breather during this period of transition. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been too kind – we’re currently experiencing an intense heatwave in our little red dot. Thankfully I’ve got this piece tucked away in my closet that I never quite knew how to style until now. I found this asymmetrical maxi cardigan at a flea market that my friend organised. It’s a piece from the H&M x Maison Martin Margiela collection from a couple of years back! Amazing, huh? And at a fraction of the price it was probably sold for, too. (I’m waiting patiently for pieces from the H&M x Balmain collection to show up at the flea markets!) I love that it’s made of a soft, silky smooth material that’s light and breathable, making it perfect for everyday wear in Singapore.
I also love that there are several ways to style it. There’s a pair of ribbons on each edge of the piece that allow it to drape over the body like a wrap-around top and a pair of clasp buttons to seal the look. For this getup, I chose to tie this ribbon behind me rather than in front, and fasten the clasp at the front so it creates a more open, laid-back feel. This maxi piece could also be worn with its ribbons and clasps undone. I finished the look with a chunky metallic necklace, a pair of grey slacks and my new everyday sandals from Kenneth Cole Reaction.
Don’t you just love a good pair of palazzo pants? Palazzos are some of my favourite things to style because they instantly dress up any outfit and help to create a beautiful silhouette with their cut and flow of fabric. I got these from the Hana Tajima x Uniqlo collection about half a year back. To create a contrast against the charcoal grey colour, I threw on a gold-ish satin button-down and paired the look with a teal shawl in a similar texture. I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of this scarf because 1) its rectangular (I like square shawls) and 2) the fabric is SO DIFFICULT to work with (I like stiffer fabrics). But the colour and finish of the shawl is so unique that I just had to get it for my still-growing headscarf collection.
A natural option to complete the look was a black and gold bag, which would match my black and gold pointed flats wonderfully, but I wanted a to create a fun outfit that could bring you from day to night, instead of an evening-type look. Instead, I reached for a bright orange tote from Kate Spade that created a delightful contrast against the bright teal scarf. Risk-taking truly does pay off once in a while, so don’t be afraid to try and play around with colours and textures in your outfits!
P.S. If you didn’t get a chance to shop for items from the Hana Tajima x Uniqlo collection, they’re all on sale now at the collection website! Happy shopping, and you’re welcome 😉
It’s not everyday you get to see a hijabi in overalls, eh? For the longest time, I’ve been looking for ways to style this pair, which I got from Primark early last year when I was on exchange in Rotterdam. I was looking for a lightweight, affordable pair of overalls and the only ones I could find in Singapore at that time were from boutiques along Haji Lane that would have burned quite a large hole in my wallet. On top of that, they didn’t fit right and were made of pretty heavy fabric, which would not be comfortable to wear in Singapore’s climate. Imagine my happiness when I finally found the perfect pair in Rotterdam!
After styling these overalls, I found that the fit of the pair around your hips is important when deciding whether to purchase the pair or not. It didn’t fall very nicely around mine and hence, it did feel a little awkward when I wore it out (my size dropped quite a bit since last year). Thankfully, this pair has some belt holes to help solve that problem, though I won’t immediately and readily think of reaching for a belt when I want to style a pair of overalls.
The biggest question I had in my mind while putting together this outfit was, “How do I make this fun without looking too much like a kid?” Overalls are tricky because on one end, you could look trendy and fashionable but on the other, you could look like a kid or a farmer. I decided to style a fun, casual look but avoided the whole I-look-too-much-like-a-kid issue by finishing the look with a strong lip colour (Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Smitten), sort of an “adult” touch to take the outfit to another level. I layered the overalls with a pink printed vintage button-down that I got from the 2nd Chances Market together with some white Keds and a small black backpack. I was quite pleased with the overall look (haha, get it) and though it was quite intimidating to style at first, I feel a lot more comfortable with it now and definitely will be trying out more overall looks in the near future!