Style File : The 2013 edition

Filed Under (discussion, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 17-09-2013

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Since my great wardrobe clean-up, I’ve made some discoveries about my sense of style and favoured brands. It was rather interesting to me, so I thought I’d blog about it.

Marks & Spencer tweed jacket

Style
Relatively classic. (Some might even say boring or dated.) I mostly stay far away from seasonal trends and cuts. I like clean lines and prefer a relaxed look and fit where possible. Comfort is key to feeling good and also in hiding any undesirable or less-than-perfect body parts.

I like *cough* expensive fabrics. Silk, chiffon, lace. I think I’ve developed an affinity for animal prints this past year or so. Clothes and designs with intricate embellishment or detailing also catch my eye.

I tend to stick to colours that I feel ‘safe’ with. The basic palette as my base – black, grey, brown, navy blue. Add in pops of colour, usually a top or cardigan – blues and greens (anything sea-toned), pinks. Occasionally reds and orange make an appearance. I used to have a lot of white in my wardrobe until I moved to Singapore and found that my whites were turning grey in the wash here. So out of convenience, the whites have slowly been phased out.

I am also a ‘Cardigan Queen’ for practicality – I tend to feel cold easily even in the humid, tropical weather of Singapore and Malaysia no thanks to overly cold air-conditioned places. I often wish I lived in a climate that would allow me to wear coats (especially trenchcoats!) and boots.

You can get a feel of my style at my Pinterest board here.

Brands
These brands are staples in my wardrobe for work and play. I reckon I rarely shop at other places!

  • Zara (Spain – international)
  • MNG (Spain – international)
  • Uniqlo (Japan – international)
  • Espada (Thailand)
  • Et Cetera (Indonesia)
  • Cultivation (Malaysia)

Other notable brand mentions:

  • Espirit (international) for jeans
  • Nicole (Malaysia) for affordable slacks for work
  • Asos (international) for pretty dresses
  • Daniel Yam (Singapore) for dinner/formal outfits
  • Arthur Yen (Singapore) for separates

Fashion Icons
This is a toughie, because I don’t particularly fancy any one person or celebrity’s style. I draw inspiration these days from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton, with a tip of the hat to Gwen Stefani (sans the punk/rocker vibe).

What’s your style like?

Style File : Royal Wedding Dinner Look

Filed Under (couture, dresses, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 11-11-2011

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I discovered Daniel Yam Apparel earlier this year when I was searching high and low for a gown for a rather posh wedding dinner where Malaysian royalty would be present. Me being me with my decidedly classic sense of style (my mom calls it old-fashioned style :P ), I was determined that I wanted a gown that was simple, not fussy, yet chic and elegant. None of those beads and frills and ruffles for me, thankyewellymuch.

I had been in and out of numerous shops in both Malaysia and Singapore when I happened to walk into Daniel Yam’s boutique at Wisma Atria on Orchard Road with Beetrice. And lo and behold, there was my perfect dress in a shade of deep turquoise blue. So into the dressing room I went and it was a dream come true. A simple tube design in a satiny fabric with some folds draped down the front (good for concealing any belly bulges) that fit perfectly with no alterations needed. I was definitely set on the design but torn between my favorite color (the turquoise blue) and a chili red which decidedly made me look fairer but just screamed “look at me ma i’m wearing a red dress”.

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The dress in chili red

I knew I wanted the dress but dithered over my color choice for about two weeks before I eventually made my way back to Daniel Yam, but this time I dropped by the boutique in Marina Square. And there, was the same dress in a lovely fuchsia pink that made me look equally as fair as the chili red and also stood out but didn’t scream for attention.

Here’s how I looked that night for the wedding dinner :

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I loved my ensemble that night and got quite a number of compliments too, so I’ll definitely be heading back to Daniel Yam for more dresses when the occasion calls for it. :)

Evening gown : Daniel Yam Apparel
Shawl : Shop in Sungai Wang Plaza
Shoes : Fiore from Pay Less Shoes
Earrings : Sinma

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