Year end social calendar looking a tad full? Don’t get caught out in a no clothes to wear situation – here are four outfits for some #ootd inspirations with handy style tips from fashion stylist Lim Siu Fang.
Easy breezy is key when dressing for a weekend brunch party with your girlfriends. “This oversized top with a wide neckline is perfect for showing off some skin,” says Lim. “Remember to dust some highlighter on your collarbone for extra glow. I’d suggest scrunching up the sleeves to reveal the forearms, too.”
Accentuate your figure by tucking the top into a high waisted mini skirt – the floral prints add a casual flirty vibe to the outfit. Complete the look with a mini saddle sling bag to hold your necessities and flat shoes like this pair of covered slippers embellished with pom poms.
Uniqlo satin skipper collar long sleeve blouse, $29.90; Oasis embroidered mini skirt from Robinsons, $99; See by Chloe mini saddle bag from Robinsons, $860; E8 by Miista pom pom slippers from Robinsons, $179.
Dinner cocktail party
Gents: look sharp for dinner parties, whether it’s a friend’s wedding or your company’s annual dinner and dance.
You can’t go wrong with a classic navy suit paired with a slim cut white button down shirt, worn unbuttoned at the top. Remember to match your belt to your shoes – so if you’re wearing brown brogues, wear a brown belt of a similar shade, or black for both.
“The seam of the trouser cuff should end below the ankle when you’re standing and only when your knee is bent when sitting will socks be visible, so choose a pair of quirky printed socks for an unexpected twist,” says Lim.
Zara dark blue suit blazer, $179, and trousers, $89.90; Topman white button down slim fit shirt, $53.90; Uniqlo Italian leather vintage belt, $39.90; Topman navy spaceman socks, $13; Massimo Dutti brown nappa leather brogues, $195.
Speed dating soirée
A great thought-out outfit will calm those nerves and nail a brilliant first impression. A dress might be a girl’s go-to dating outfit, but a chic jumpsuit makes an impression. “The frills on the sleeves on this number give it a feminine and playful touch,” says Lim. “It’s not overly dressy – you don’t want to show your dates you put in too much effort.”
Accessorise with a simple necklace to bring more dimension to the outfit and carry nothing bigger than a small clutch – after all, a girl needs to touch up her lipstick. If you need a little help in the height department, go for a pair of low heels – the lace up on this pair maintains a casual vibe.
Ted Baker Theah full sleeve jumpsuit from Robinsons, $449; Massimo Dutti marble-effect circular pendant necklace, $75; Zara two-tone miniaudiere, $89.90; Miista lace up pumps, $350.
Outdoor picnic party
With our year-round summer, throwing an outdoor picnic party at one of our city’s many lush green parks is a no-brainer.
“If the weather allows it, you can throw on a loose-fitting short sleeve buttoned shirt with a nice print and layer it over a T-shirt as an outerwear – unbuttoned, of course,” says Lim.
Pair with a pair of darkcoloured shorts if you’re going for a printed top to avoid being overly flashy. For footwear, go for sneakers with prints if you’re adventurous or keep it simple with a classic white pair with a streamlined silhouette.
Saturdays NYC T-shirt from Robinsons, $73; Topman red floral revere short sleeve shirt, $69.90; Uniqlo Kando dry stretch shorts, $39.90; Premiata sneakers from Robinsons, $399.
Free beauty services to check out
Get a makeover at Sephora
Not feeling your lipstick colour? Dark circles peeking through before your next party? Head to Sephora for a mini makeover at their Beauty Studio – you can get specific areas of your face touched up from skincare and foundation to contour and blush. To redeem a full face custom makeover, spend a minimum of $100 in their stores and the beauty advisors can even do your makeover with your beauty buys.
11 locations, including ION Orchard. sephora.sg.
Skin-pampering facials at Origins
Banishing dull skin is as easy as stopping by Origins for a mini facial – there are five types to choose from. Depending on your skin type and how much time you have, choose from a 20-minute pampering experience to a quick five-minute multi-masking session.
Six locations, including The Centrepoint. origins.com.sg.