There’s nothing better than sweater weather. Strolling along the streets snuggled up in your soft over-sized jumper as a chilly breeze grazes your face — it’s the perfect way to herald the holiday season. We know we’re indulging in a daydream: Cool wintry weather in sweltering Singapore is as rare as a unicorn.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t pull off winter wear here. You can — with a little creativity. We’ve gathered a few neat tricks you can use to embrace Fall fashion in a Summer climate. You’re welcome!
Expose some skin
A pullover is a classic Fall season staple, so you can’t go wrong with this piece. Pair cotton-blend sweaters with denim shorts for a more casual approach, or mini skirts (albeit not too mini) to show off your fabulous legs. To inject some fun in your outfit, get cute pullovers that have interesting details so you don’t look too basic.
But make sure the pullovers you’ve selected are not made out of wool or cashmere — you might pass out from a heatstroke if you do.
From left to right: Cotton logo sweater by Isabel Marant Étoile, S$495, via Mytheresa; Lightweight cotton jacquard pullover by COS, US$89 (S$122); Button embellished tweed mini skirt by Alessandra Rich, £740 (S$1,317), via Net-a-Porter; Corduroy printed skirt by Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo, S$59.90
Try a shirt-pants combination
This is the season to cover up. But when it comes to our tropical climate, bundling up from top to toe will not serve you well. Here’s a compromise: Go for a matching shirt-pants coordinate made from material that is soft and flowy.
It’s stylish and you get to embrace your long-sleeved pieces without breaking a sweat — the bouffant texture of the outfit will allow your skin to breathe. The best of both worlds!
From left to right: Python printed flare pants by Zara, S$99.90; Python printed blouse with tie detail by Zara, S$99.90; Oversized striped cotton shirt by Mara Hoffman, S$551, via Farfetch; Striped cotton pants with tie-waist detail by Mara Hoffman, S$469, via Farfetch
Leave your wool at home
Earlier this year, all our dreams came true when Singapore was hit by a five-day cold spell, with temperatures dipping as low as 21.2 deg C. While we’re hoping for the same to happen at the end of this year so we can break out our fabulous wool coats (one can hope, right?), it’s more than likely this wonderful occurrence will not happen again in a long, long while.
So instead of wool, go for outerwear that is a little more weather-appropriate, such as a cotton-blend trench coat, or a light-weight blazer. And it goes without saying that you should lay off the fur trim.
From left to right: Nylon trench coat by Ines de la Fressange x Uniqlo, S$199.90; Cotton denim blazer by Brunello Cucinelli, S$4,390, via Mytheresa; Viscose double-breasted relaxed blazer by Zara, S$229; Cotton-blend trench coat by Y/Project, S$1,969, via Mytheresa
Go low for boots
While sock booties and thigh-high boots are oh so lust-worthy, they’re not the most practical pairs of shoes to be teetering around in sunny Singapore. Go for a cooler alternative – the ankle boots. Way more comfortable and no less edgy, they’re a perfect compromise for the Singapore fashionista. Pair these with a cute mini dress or a floaty maxi, and throw on a leather jacket for extra sass.
From left to right: Snakeskin printed leather ankle boots by Topshop, S$206; Metallic ankle leather boots by Isabel Marant, US$840 (S$1,147), via Moda Operandi; Ankle leather boots with round heel detail by Zara, S$179
Berets over beanies
Beanies are perfect for embracing the Fall/Winter season, but they are weaved in a knit pattern that traps heat — which means they aren’t practical for Singapore’s humidity.
Instead of suffocating your forehead with sock caps (and triggering unwanted breakouts), opt for wool-blend hats such as berets or fedoras that sit comfortably on top of your head.
A plaid beret can be a cute statement piece when you dress it down with monochrome colours. Or pair a navy floppy felt hat with a cropped top and camel blazer for a more stylish flair.
From left to right: Embroidered felt fedora by Hopper Goods, US$725 (S$991), via Moda Operandi; Checkered beret with cat ears by Maison Michel, US$580 (S$792), via Moda Operandi; Multi-coloured checkered beret by Topshop, S$26.90; Navy plaid wool cabbie hat by Isabel Marant, US$195 (S$266), via Moda Operandi