Quote"I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do."
- Haruki Murakami
Wearing: Topshop Boutique silk shirt / Zara skort / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Proenza Schouler bag / Topshop Unique heels
I've already worn the white version of the infamous Zara skort in this outfit post, so I thought it was high time I took the black one out for a spin. Unlike my unfruitful attempt to style the white skort in an all-white look due to my lack of white accessories, I didn't encounter a similar problem with styling the black skort in an all-black look since I'm not short of black accessories. Although this outfit looks dressy and put-together, it actually requires minimum effort. This is perfect for lazy days when you're not in the mood to dress up but you still want to look good. In my opinion, a loose silk or chiffon shirt is as much of a staple as a basic t-shirt. It's my go-to lazy way of elevating an outfit without compromising my comfort or ease of movement. The skort is another failsafe lazy way of making an outfit look polished even though you're technically wearing shorts. Add a pair of sunglasses, a bag and killer heels, and you're ready to go.
Wearing: H&M t-shirt / Zara skirt and heeled sandals / ASOS sunglasses / Proenza Schouler bag
I did a short internship at a law firm in KL a few months ago and I had to go shopping for work clothes because I didn't have any that were appropriate or suitable for the office. I picked up this Zara pencil skirt on sale for RM99 (approximately £20) and frequently wore it during my internship. After my internship ended, I wanted to continue wearing the skirt and was thinking of ways to incorporate it into my everyday looks without looking like a career woman instead of the student that I am. The skirt looks very proper and I wanted to tone it down, so I wore it with a loose graphic t-shirt because I like the contrast between formal and informal. I usually don't wear knee-length skirts because I find that they make me look shorter than I already am. To avoid that, I wear shoes that: (a) give some height; (b) don't cover my ankles; and (c) show as much of my feet as possible. Boots and flats are instantly ruled out. The ideal shoes would be single sole heeled sandals, which are my trusty Zara ones. Since the outfit is pretty much monochromatic, I thought a pop of colour would be good and this was achieved through the bright blue mirrored sunglasses. I was stoked when I saw these sunglasses on the ASOS website because I was looking for a such a pair but didn't want to splurge on an ephemeral, trendy piece so these satisfied my craving without costing too much.
Wearing: Zara t-shirt, chinos and heels / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Givenchy bag
My memory is hazy but I'm pretty sure colour blocking was big a few seasons ago or maybe it was last Summer... Regardless of when it was the trendy thing to do, I'm still late to the party but I guess better late than never? Anyway, colour blocking is about wearing various bright colours and making them not clash but work in harmony with one another. My outfit doesn't really follow the rules because my top should be in another bright colour (that's not blue or green) instead of black, but I wanted to interpret the trend according to my style philosophy. When I wear bright colours, I always balance them out with neutrals. The same goes for prints, patterns and textures. It's all about proportions to me. I don't normally go for bright colours when buying trousers, but I was drawn to the cobalt blue shade of these chinos. Although they look wrinkled and rumpled in the pictures, they genuinely fit well (not too tight, not too loose) and are the perfect length (not too long, not too short). They're supposed to be a cropped length but since I'm so short, they end perfectly at my ankles. I think they look nice with the bright green suede pumps: there's subtle colour contrast but I don't look like a rainbow threw up all over me. So that's my take on colour blocking. What do you think?
Wearing: Topshop denim shirt / Zara skort / Sunday Somewhere sunglasses / Proenza Schouler bag / Topshop Unique heels
Ah, the ubiquitous Zara skort. I know everyone and their mum have it but unlike dungarees/overalls and Birkenstock sandals, skorts and heeled sandals are the only trends that I'm digging for Summer. I like the concept of skorts because they're practical in that you have the same comfort and ease of movement which you would have if you were to wear shorts, but they give your outfit a polished and dressy element as they look like skirts from the front. I practically live in shorts in the Summer and skorts add some much-needed variety to my Summer looks. They allow me to not look like I'm wearing shorts all the time even though I am technically wearing shorts (all the time). That's a win-win in my case. Anyway, I really like this Zara skort: the asymmetric design looks striking and the geometric structure is oddly flattering. I initially wanted to wear it with a basic grey t-shirt but it'd look too much like this outfit. Then, I wanted to wear it in an all-white look but I don't have any suitable white accessories. In the end, I decided to pair it with an old Topshop bleached denim shirt and badass black accessories, including my new Topshop Unique heels that I picked up in the sale for only £30 (marked down from £125!) which is an absolute bargain.
Wearing: Zara top and heeled sandals / H&M skirt / Céline sunglasses and bag / ILIA Beauty lipstick / Kure Bazaar nail polish
Red lipstick and stripes is a combination that has always struck me as French. Hence, the title of this post, which is a famous line in the film 'Casablanca'. There's something special about bright red lipstick: it brightens up your face and gives your overall look an instant boost. I don't wear it often but when I want some cheap and fast glamour, I'll go to town on my lips with it. When I went 'clean' (i.e. started using natural/organic beauty products only), I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a replacement for MAC's 'Ruby Woo' or 'Russian Red' (my previous go-to bright red lipsticks), but I was pleased to discover ILIA Beauty's lipstick in 'Wild Child' and so far, so good. I'll post a proper review soon!
Stripes are versatile and chic; they can be dressed up or down but still look put-together. I paired this old Zara striped top with a velvet skater skirt that I bought from H&M a while ago but never got around to wearing. I deliberately picked a top with navy blue and white stripes rather than black and white stripes because I didn't want my outfit to be too matchy-matchy as my sunglasses, skirt and shoes are already black. I like skater skirts because they're flattering on the figure and it's fun to flip them around. Speaking of skater skirts, I have a funny anecdote regarding the purchase of this particular one: two of my close friends and I were browsing around at H&M when I came across this skirt, which we instantly fell in love with and left the store with one each. I just find it amusing how all three of us have the exact same skirt. :D
In accordance with the French theme, I wanted to keep the outfit as simple as possible, so I opted for fuss-free accessories that aren't too flashy but are still beautiful in their simplicity. I chose a bag that's in the same vibrant shade of red as the lipstick, both of which provide the pops of colour that jazz up the outfit. Also, I'm really into single sole heeled sandals lately. They look minimal yet effortless and elegant. These Zara ones look like the Saint Laurent heeled sandals, but cost a fraction of the price. Although they're not the most comfortable to walk in (heels without platforms usually aren't), I'm hoping to break them in so that they'd be easier to walk in. The bright turquoise/mint nail polish on my toenails is a bit jarring compared to the overall red, white, black and navy colour scheme of my look, but sometimes it's the little unexpected surprises that end up making an outfit.