From The Straits Times    |

Photos: Instagram/bellacampen, nicolewarne, jessica.syj

The colour brown is not usually an obvious first choice. While the shade can be earthy and comforting, it can sometimes seem drab and dull, taking a back seat to popular tones like millennial pink and living coral. Thankfully, the understated autumnal hue is fast becoming a favourite among fashionistas and celebrities for its versatility.

In fact, from terracotta to camel and brown granite to its lighter cousins of beige and taupe, these colours dominated the runways of S/S’19. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Roksanda and Jil Sander were some of the fashion houses that brought this colour back in vogue.

Here’s a look at how Asian celebs and influencers from around the world style the colour to perfection, as well as some must-have items to make sure you stay on-trend.


1. Take it to the tailors

Photo: Instagram/bellacampen

Scroll through Thai actress Bella Campen’s Instagram feed and you will find many examples of style #inspo. Here, she rocks a killer taupe pant suit combination that makes her look sharp and spiffy while strolling along the streets of Shinjuku.


2. Play with textures

Photo: Instagram/songofstyle

Whether it’s a woven jumper or shearling-trimmed jacket, you can easily find 50 shades of brown in these dependable outerwear categories across various fashion seasons. You can start with Aimee Song’s favourite shade, camel.




3. Embrace the colour as an overall 

Photo: Instagram/nicolewarne

Utilitarian outfits are another big trend in S/S’19. Take a leaf from the book of Nicole Warne, who is better known by her online moniker @garypeppergirl, and dive into the brown end with jumpsuits and factory overalls.


4. Make it printed

Photo: Instagram/jessica.syj

If solid blocks of brown is too off-putting for you, consider breaking up the colour by going for pieces with prints, like Jessica Jung. Checkered and plaid prints are easy starting points.



5. Get in on the logomania trend

Photo: Instagram/jeanetteaw

Logomania, a trend that was hot in the ’80s and ’90s, is back with a vengeance. Many luxury brands emblazon their logos all over their products as a symbol of their identity and status, such as the Coach piece that Jeanette Aw is wearing. It’s a loud, vibrant and fun way to introduce a particular shade into your ensemble.