Three Singapore women show you how the new cool and work-friendly pieces – tulle skirts, long vests and kimono tops – can work for every style.
1. TULLE SKIRT
Must have: Polyester skirt, $39.90, from MDS.
Priscilla Ang (on the left), 27, filmmaker: Her look is off-duty cool – think stripes and denim.
For a casual twist, pair this dramatic piece, as seen on Priscilla, with a striped tee and mini bag.
Yacht 21 cotton-blend top, $29.90, from Rockstar. Gold-plated earrings with crystals and pearls, $150, from Swarovski. Suede bag (price unavailable) from Sandro. Metal and PU leather cuff, $33.90, and neoprene wedges, $133, from Topshop.
Sheena Phua (centre), 24, model: She’s all about looking sweet and girlie in pink or pastels.
Sweet with a modern edge: Team a tulle skirt with a chunky choker, snakeskinprint bag and white pumps.
Wool-blend jumper, $39, from The Editor’s Market. Metal necklace with acrylic beads, $39, from Forever 21. PU leather bag, $46.90, from Dorothy Perkins. Leather pumps, $220, from Pedder Red.
Audrey Lange (on the right), 24, head of campaign operations: She loves her sleek pieces – smart blazers and fitted tops.
If you don’t want your outfit to look too girlie, smarten up the poufy skirt, as seen on Audrey with a tuxedo blazer and minimalist strappy sandals.
Polyester blazer, $459, from BCBG Max Azria. Polyester top, $240, from Bimba Y Lola. Rhodium-plated bracelet with crystals, $320, from Swarovski. Leather and satin sandals, $79, from Pedro.
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From L-R: Burberry Prorsum silk skirt, $5,995, from Burberry. Polyester skirt, $48.90, from MDS. Christopher Kane polyamide skirt, $1,095, from www.matchesfashion.com.
2. LONG VEST
Must have: Viscose-blend, $139, from H&M.
Priscilla (on the left): You’ll be surprised at how it makes all your travel outfits look cool – yes, even your trusty tank top and jeans.
Michael Michael Kors cotton-blend top, $129, from Michael Kors. Denim jeans, $309, from Karen Millen. Gold-plated earrings with crystals and pearls, $150, and rhodium-plated bangle with crystals, $255, from Swarovski. Leather bag, $2,590, from Mulberry. Leather mules, $290, from Kate Spade Saturday.
Sheena (centre): Layer it over a dress for a freshlooking office ensemble. Even better with patterned sandals and a mini shoulder bag.
Cotton dress, $49.90, from Miss Selfridge. Studded leather bag, $1,595, from Jimmy Choo. Metal ring, $23.90, and metal ring with stones, $36.90 (for a set of four), from Topshop. Leather sandals, $450, from Raoul.
Audrey (on the right): Make the conservative piece sexier with a cropped top, a midi skirt with a slit, and strappy pumps.
Acrylic-blend top, $320, and acrylic-blend skirt, $360, from Alice and Olivia. Metal necklace with stone, $19.90, from H&M. Leather pumps, $1,595, from Jimmy Choo.
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From L-R: Polyester-blend vest, $99 from Headline Seoul. Rayon vest, $135 from COS. Cotton vest, $145 from COS.
3. KIMONO TOP
Must have: Cotton kimono top, $360, from Raoul.
Priscilla (on the left): Yes a kimono top can look fun and party-appropriate. Try one with patterned pieces (like the cropped pants and clutch here) and metallic pumps.
Silk top (price unavailable) from Paul Smith. Polyester-blend pants, $96, from Topshop. Gold-plated earrings with crystals and pearls, $150, from Swarovski. Leather clutch, $330, and vinyl pumps, $305, from Bimba Y Lola. One in white looks less ethnic, but more modern.
Sheena (centre): Take things further with a metallic skirt and a colour-block bag.
Polyester top, $29, and PU leather skirt, $35, from The Editor’s Market. Suede clutch with metal studs, $510, from Furla. Metal cuff, $129, from BCBG Max Azria. Leather booties, $430, from Bimba Y Lola.
Audrey (on the right): Minus its belt, this kimono top doubles as a structured, short-sleeved jacket. This way, it works with youthful pieces like a leather skirt, booties and studded clutch.
Polyester skirt, $470, from Raoul. Metal necklace with resin, $36.90, from Topshop. PU leather bag, $59.90, from H&M. PU leather sandals, $290, from Bimba Y Lola.
Shop the trend:
From L-R: Polyester kimono top, $59.90, from H&M. Polyester-blend kimono top, $89, from Mango. Mih Jeans denim, $645, from www.matchesfashion.com.
PHOTOGRAPHY WONG WEI LIANG STYLING EVON CHNG & GRACIA PHANG, ASSISTED BY SMITA WEE HAIR ANN LIN (9003-0865) MAKEUP BENEDICT CHOO (9682-9590), USING LANEIGE
This story was first published in Her World magazine March 2015.
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