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1. SHOULDER DUSTER EARRINGS
Ms Grace Lua, 22, H&M showroom executive: “Besides creating a dramatic effect and dressing up a simple outfit, shoulder duster earrings are flattering as they instantly elongate your face and neck when they extend beyond the shoulder line.
“When wearing them, pull your hair back into a simple, low ponytail to draw attention to the earrings and your collarbone.”
2. GRAPHIC PRINT BAGS
Ms Daisy Tan, 38, general manager for American fashion group VF Brands in Singapore and Malaysia, which owns Kipling: “Geometric prints never fail to add a refreshing twist or instant pop to any outfit.
“If you are carrying a bag with a geometric print, dress in solid colours or neutral hues.”
3. CLUNKY SANDALS
Ms Grace Lim, 24, freelance stylist: “Clunky sandals are great for those who want to wear comfortable shoes, but do not want to look too dressed-down. Opt for feminine double straps and wear the sandals with a mini dress or denim jeans. You can also try styling the footwear with see-through patterned ankle socks.”
4. WHITE BAGS
Mr C.K. Koo, 39, freelance stylist: “When carrying a white bag, the best colour combination for your outfit would be anything pastel – this will make the white bag stand out. Avoid pairing a white bag with a monochrome outfit as it will look dull and boring.”
5. UNUSUAL CHOKERS
Mr Sven Tan, 35, founder and co-designer of fashion label In Good Company: “Chokers draw attention to the decolletage.
“When wearing a choker, make sure the exposed skin is not distracting to the overall ensemble by balancing proportions of exposed skin with the neckline.
“Straight or scooped necklines will work better with chokers than V-necks or scalloped necklines.”
6. BLOCK HEELS
Ms Elizabeth Yuen, 25, freelance fashion stylist: “Block-heel shoes are now the favoured footwear over stilettos as they offer more support and come in a wide range of styles, from casual to formal. You can wear them with any outfit.”
7. CHUNKY CUFFS
Ms Carolyn Kan, 43, founder and designer of jewellery label Carrie K.: “Statement cuffs give classic outfits a fresh look with a playful twist.
“One can accessorise a simple block-colour dress with a colourful cuff, which can act as a conversation starter.”
Ms Violet Foo, 26, freelance wardrobe stylist: “Mules are comfortable, offer good support for the feet and look stylish.
“When choosing mules, go for those with heels that are at least three inches high as it is a versatile height – it goes well with long dresses and flared pants as well as shorts and skirts.”
9. HALF-MOON BAGS
Ms Chris Lo, 28, womenswear buyer at multi-brand lifestyle store Kapok: “The shape of the half-moon bag is classic, so it goes with everything. You can dress it up with heels or sling it across your body for a more casual look.”
10. BAGS WITH CHAIN STRAPS
Ms Nur Cahaya, 31, senior accessories designer for Zalora bags: “Chain-strap bags are perfect for a relaxed minimalist look. It adds a classy touch to an otherwise plain outfit, such as a loose box-cut T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans.”
WHERE TO SHOP
Agnes B: Level 3 Isetan Scotts Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road
Bimba Y Lola: B1-04 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Carrie K: 136 Bukit Timah Road
Charles & Keith: 02-27 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road
Curator’s Den: 02-20E Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Et-i-kit: 03-14 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road
Gnossem: 05-01, 66 Kampong Bugis
Goldheart: 01-23 Parco Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street
H&M: Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road
In Good Company: B1-06 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Kapok: 01-05 National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road
Kate Spade New York: 01-24 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road
Kipling: 01-96 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Mango: B1-39 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road
Massimo Dutti: 02-129 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard
Melissa: B2-03 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road
Mporium: 01-477 North Wing Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard
New Look: B2-34 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road
Pazzion: B1-09 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
Pedro: B3-10 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road
Pomelo Fashion: www.pomelofashion.com/sg/
Pull & Bear: B2-08 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Rabeanco: B1-24 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Spur: 04-32 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road
Topshop: B2-01 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Tory Burch: 02-28-32/54 Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road
Ugg: B1-51 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road
White Chocoolate: B1-13/01-18 Orchard Gateway, 218 Orchard Road
Zara: Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road
A version of this story was originally published in The Straits Times on February 25, 2016. For more stories like this, head to www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle.