Whether you’re dressing to impress a special someone or simply doing it to please yourself, we could all use a little style inspiration this Valentine’s Day. From an all-white ensemble to louche business casual suits and ultra comfortable yet equally chic jeans and blazer combos, these Asian street style pros have got us covered.
1. Pretty in pink
All-pink outfits don’t necessarily have to scream Disney princess—as demonstrated by homegrown style superstar Mae Tan (pink snakeskin, anyone?). If a head-to-toe pink outfit is too much for you, dial it down with a white turtleneck instead and complete the look with your favorite pair of white sneakers.
2. Reinventing classics
Malaysian actress, TV host and hijabista Neelofa shows how modest fashion can be feminine, classic and unconventional all at the same time. She teams her green and pink Prada skirt with a white blouse and adds a not so subtle feminine touch with black lace.
3. Swanky in white
Ultimate confidence is wearing a head-to-toe white outfit—and what’s sexier than that? Wear a white, black or even grey turtleneck top under the blazer…or none at all. If you are leaning towards the latter, we suggest a double-breasted blazer cinched at the waist.
4. Cinching things up
The best way to play up an oversized monochrome suit is to cinch it at the waist, à la Vanessa Hong. Just like her, leave the hem longer than you normally would, but cuffed. To complete the look, slip into your most comfortable pair of stilettos.
5. The boyfriend shirt, but bigger
Sometimes all you need is an oversized boyfriend shirt and thigh high boots. If you really want to make a statement, wear yours like Jamie QQ Wu with an irreverently attached tie. Let a pair of statement shoes do the talking.
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You can’t go wrong with a co-ord skirt and jacket outfit, especially when it’s this cute. Go preppy with thigh-high white socks and Mary Janes or ultra sophisticated with pearl accessories, a bracelet watch and an updo. Anyone else getting Blair Waldorf vibes?
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7. Stick with basics
Sometimes simplicity really is the best policy. The model-off-duty look, comprising straight-cut denim jeans and an ultra comfortable jumper, is always a good idea. Have fun with the cut of the jeans—team a wide-legged pair with heeled Chelsea boots or a skinny cut with your trusty Jordans. You’ll look super chic either way.
8. Mix and match
Swap out your jumper for a double-breasted blazer, opt for a pair of ripped jeans, throw on a pair of heels and you’ve got yourself a whole new look. Neelam did it best with a camel-coloured number, but you can do it with any blazer lying in your wardrobe. P.S. Skip the inner tee to up the sexiness factor.
9. Sporty spice
For all you #fitspo couples, an athleisure bodysuit like the one Singapore singer-songwriter Tabitha Nauser is sporting would do just the trick. And if you’re up for it, take it all the way back to the ’70s with knee-high socks and a pair of Adidas sneakers. Bucket hats are optional.
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10. Black out
An all black outfit is oddly perfect for Valentine’s Day. After all, a little mystery keeps the romance alive. To up the ante, add visual texture by teaming different fabrics together like Australian model turned fashion influencer Kim Cam Jones—a girl after our own heart (or mine, at least).
11. Do it with a Canadian tuxedo
A denim-on-denim outfit is fail safe and will have you looking on point. For a more contemporary take, wear different washes of denim—not only does it add visual texture, it can help accentuate your silhouette, in a similar fashion to highlighting and contouring in makeup application.
12. Satin dreams
Planning on going out for a romantic dinner with your partner? A co-ord skirt and blouse outfit is a no brainer. A look in printed satin (or silk) with a side slit—even better. This outfit works just as well with heels from Manolo Blahnik as it will with sneakers from Nike.