Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore‘s Associate Style Editor zeroes in on all-season favourites with a stylish update for a perennial wardrobe.
Unlike the cropped T-shirts of the 1990s – also known as baby tees because of their shrunken fit – this season’s midriff-baring tops exude refinement and sophistication. Today’s short cuts are all grown up and can be styled in ways that go beyond a naked belly. Keep it classy with a tweed pantsuit anchored with a navel-grazing chain-link belt or go romantic and rugged with a leather cropped top layered over a sweet frock, grounded with combat boots.
Is it purple, is it blue? No, it’s “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone,” says Pantone of Very Peri, its colour of the year. You don’t need to be as specific if you’re looking to indulge in the trend. Just reach for something within the spectrum (think lavender) and juxtapose its calming, introspective vibes with volume, shimmer and texture for a more standout take.
Tip: Go head to toe with the hue and contrast it with crisp white.
Whimsical and fancy or prim and proper, the bow is an ever-versatile trick to have up your style sleeve. Wear it as a hair accessory to snazz up an otherwise simple look, or use it to further punctuate a statement ensemble. For a can’t-go-wrong twist to a classic, reach for a velvet or sequinned version in black to elevate an outfit with glamour, class and elegance.
You could stick to convention and reach for a style that suits your face shape. Or you could say rules be damned and just have fun with your frames—especially when they go far in making a statement that speaks of your personality and style. Balance those wardrobe staples of classic aviators and cat-eye sunnies with a healthy variety of playful styles in mood-boosting hues.
Tip: Match your sunnies to your top for double the impact.
What’s a sure conversation starter? A novelty bag. And the good news is, there’s one for every occasion and personality—from the elegant giant pearls at Simone Rocha to the luxurious gold ears at Schiaparelli and the ancient Greek sculptures at Louis Vuitton. Amp up the drama with an equally bold ensemble, or keep it simple and let the bag take centre stage. Brings a whole new dimension to bagging right.
Everyone needs a trusty t-shirt they can wear with everyday denims on days off, or style with a pantsuit for a smart-casual workday look. What’s even better: Iconic rock band or concert t-shirts with striking graphics. So while we patiently wait for the return of physical concerts and music festivals, throw on a band tee as a sign of allegiance to the voices that matter.
Add edge to your everyday ensemble with the punk-rock vibes that acid-wash denims lend. Make a statement with a top-to-toe look (bag included) like that at the Angel Chen fall/winter 2021 show, or pair your daring number with a wardrobe staple (a white button-down shirt will do nicely) for a subtler take. Balance the ’80s trend with sleek steppers for a contemporary touch.
Tip: Ground a free-spirited look with a structured satchel
Look to Ziggy Stardust and rock up to your next appointment in a metallic ensemble that’ll make a lasting impression. Reach for easy-to-style separates, embrace lamé or go all out with a gleaming boiler suit—worn with feminine extras to soften the look. Let the outfit shine with fuss-free hair and makeup, and an air of easy confidence.
Tip: Break up the otherwise icy vibe with a ladylike purse and sleek sandals
Dark and mysterious, seductive and alluring, the black peekaboo dresses dominating the runways and streets are sure to earn Morticia Addams’s stamp of approval. A classic leather and lace number will never fail to impress, while details such as polka-dotted chiffon and body harnesses will really set you apart. Spice things up by layering varying textures and proportions.
Tip: Own the look with lots of jewellery.
Found in vivid hues at JW Anderson and Sportmax, and in surprising textures and materials at Louis Vuitton, poofy silhouettes in the form of puff sleeves, bubble hems or swathes of fabric are a great way to have fun and enjoy fashion. Style yours with even more volume for pointed exaggeration, or tone it down with streamlined separates. Either way, it’s sure to spark unadulterated joy.
We all appreciate a versatile accessory that can be worn in multiple ways. The silk scarf, made a fashion fixture by stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, has once again come back into the spotlight—thanks to the fun-loving how-to videos of the TikTok crowd. Styled easily into tops, neckerchiefs, belts and headscarves, to list just a few, it seems you’re only limited by your imagination.
You can never go wrong with an all-white ensemble. It exudes luxe and finesse, and helps you look put together with minimal effort. Whether you gravitate towards utilitarian basics or feminine flourishes, layer your pieces for added dimension.
Tip: Build your look with different textures and finish the look with gold accessories.
Bright and punchy or dark and gothic, floral prints are a perennial favourite.
So put your personal spin on the look and team it with modern extras that balance the feminine vibes—be it a pair of sleek leather boots, a structured city bag or statement jewellery that grounds the look.
Tips: Pile on prints in the same colourway. Alternatively, strike a balance with sleek accessories.
Inject a fresh pop of bright into your rotation with this vibrant shade. A full co-ord suit or statement dress makes for a big impact. Or if you’re less adventurous, take a subtler route with strappy heels or a structured bag in the highlighter hue.
Want an effortless shortcut to drama? Fringe it. Tasselled accessories are a great way to ease into the trend; or go down a “the more, the merrier” route by teaming them with a fringed skirt for added impact. Adding playful movement, a feminine twist and a peekaboo show of skin, this look defo has fringe benefits.
Never underestimate the visual impact of a great pair of drop earrings framing your face. Wear a single one like for a touch of debonair flair or reach for a pair of shoulder-grazers like what style influencer Yoyo Cao has for a guaranteed entrance. These baubles will surely add that extra something to your OOTD instantly.