Wednesday, 2 April 2014

spring fling

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Wearing: ASOS leather jacket (similar) / H&M t-shirt (in other colours here) / & Other Stories jeans / Sunday Somewhere sunglasses / Vans sneakers

NONONO - Pumpin Blood

These pictures were taken in Amsterdam where I recently spent 4 days taking in the sights and sounds of the Dutch capital. The weather was amazing in Amsterdam, so I was able to get away with wearing just light layers. However, the weather was horrible the day I returned to the UK: cold and foggy. Hopefully, Spring will come around because it's one of my favorite seasons (the other being Autumn). This outfit is easy, casual and comfortable, which is practical for a day filled with walking and visiting museums. It also consists of several of my wardrobe staples: leather jacket, white t-shirt, blue jeans, oversized sunglasses and sneakers. Sneakers and slip-ons have been very popular for a while now, which, unlike Birkenstocks and slides, is a trend that I can actually get behind, so expect lots of sneakers and slip-ons in future outfit posts!

I struggle to find jeans that fit me. Most high street stores sell jeans in various inseam lengths but the shortest is usually 30", which is still a bit too long for me as my ideal length is 29". I find getting jeans altered inconvenient, time-consuming and expensive in the long run, so I tend to buy jeans from the petite sections or ankle length and cropped jeans. That way, I don't have to go through the hassle of getting them altered. These & Other Stories jeans are meant to be cropped and they should be for most people, but on me they hit slightly past the ankles and are the perfect length. I'm in love with these jeans: they fit well, feel comfortable and the vintage blue wash is stunning. I religiously wear skinny jeans but these are more of a straight leg style, which is something new for me and is a great addition to my wardrobe. Now I'm tempted to get them in a darker wash and in black...

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

nautical

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Wearing: H&M coat (similar) / Topshop dress / Marks and Spencer tights / Céline sunglasses / Comme des Garçons clutch / Whistles boots (similar) / ILIA Beauty lipstick in 'Wild Child'

London Grammar - Nightcall

This outfit is basically the Winter/Spring version of a Summer outfit that I posted last year. For the most part, I've stuck to the same colour palette of red, white, black and navy blue, but this time there's the bonus addition of gold. It was a pretty sunny day at the time these pictures were taken so I could wear a dress, but with a wool coat and opaque tights to keep the outfit weather-appropriate. I can't wait to wear the dress with bare legs and sandals in the Summer! As I've said before, red lipstick and stripes is a combination that has always struck me as French, so I wanted the outfit to be classic and simple. The navy blue coat with gold buttons, red clutch and red lips are the focal points, so I kept everything else monochromatic and streamlined: black and white striped shift dress, black cat eye sunglasses, black tights and black Chelsea boots. The outfit turned out slightly more preppy than how I would normally dress, but it's still very much within my style aesthetic.

Monday, 23 September 2013

blackout

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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 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.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

may the force be with you

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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 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 ASOS because I was looking for a such a pair but didn't want to splurge on an ephemeral, trendy piece so these satisfied my sartorial craving without costing too much.

Monday, 9 September 2013

colour block

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Wearing: Zara t-shirt, trousers and pumps / 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?