Photos from L to R: Instagram/chaelincl, Zara, Matchesfashion
She’s the baddest gal on the block, and we love her for it. Lee Chae-rin, who goes by the alias CL, rose to fame when she was the leader, main vocalist and rapper for the now-defunct girl group 2NE1.
The group put out top songs like Lonely (2011), Falling in Love (2013) and Come Back Home (2014), before disbanding in 2016.
Despite so, Lee didn’t flinch. She went on to debut as a solo artiste in America in 2014, releasing her first song, Hello B*tches, just a year later. In 2018, she ventured into film, starring as Queen (how apt!) in Mile 22, alongside Mark Wahlberg and John Malkovich.
She’s also known for her bad-girl streetwear-inspired style. However, there are moments where she switches it up, stepping out in something understated and elegant that surprisingly, could sit well in an office setting. To commemorate her 28th birthday (which falls on the 26th of February), we have shortlisted five of her most fashionable looks that you, too, can rock from 9 to 5.
1. Beauty in black
Instead of a slinky bodycon dress, opt for a midi wrap dress for your 9 to 5 job. You see CL in a black wool coat as a dress, but you get the idea. Go for the style in cotton, silk, viscose or polyester for to reference the look. Complete the outfit with a crossbody bag.
2. Printed pants
3. Suited perfectly
Despite the Asian squat pose, we couldn’t help but admire the outfit. The power suit needs not much introduction. We’ll just say that it’s perfect for those Monday boardroom meetings. CL’s was in a pinstripe, but also look for one in black, navy, burgundy and camel. You can’t go wrong.
4. A touch of glam
Bedazzlement in the form of a jewelled collar or sleeves dresses up a plain outfit. CL kept her accessories muted, and the main colour of her dress black, making this an appropriate style for the office.
5. Jumpsuit and sneakers for Fri-yays
Friday’s the only day in the week where you can dress casually to the office. However, don’t show up in a tank tops and shorts. Learn this trick from CL: Look sharp and smart in a jumpsuit, but give it a casual twist by donning a pair of cool kicks. For additional fierceness, paint your lips ruby red.