By Guest Writer
Autumn always seems to be the briefest of seasons. It’s probably because we tend to start seeing holiday decorations so early (and because the days start getting shorter) that it often seems like winter when we’ve only just started adjusting to the end of summer! Whatever the case, winter will soon arrive, and with it will come the opportunity to fully embrace your fall/winter wardrobe. If you haven’t shopped yet for the cooler months, here are a few trends you can embrace with ease.
1 – Sparkling Shoes
It seems almost like an odd suggestion, but if you’ve kept your eye on catalogues and online slideshows of fall and winter looks at all, you’ve probably become familiar with it. Looking through holiday shoes for women, you’ll see a lot of color and shine. Even within this, however, it’s hard not to notice glitter and sparkles! Whether in boots, high-heels, flats, or high-heeled boots for that matter, winter shoes are being encased in glittering exteriors that make them sparkle against some of the duller tones that so often dominate the season. It’s a wonderfully fun trend that seems to be popping up everywhere.
2 – Oversized Turtlenecks
Could there possibly be a cozier trend than an oversized turtleneck? It’s just a big baggy sweater, perfectly toasty for the season, complete with a neck large enough to serve as a sort of raised pillow around your neck and the bottom of your face. Or at least, that’s how I think of it! Oversized turtlenecks popped up on runways for fall and winter fashion throughout the year, coming in all kinds of different colors. You might consider looking for one in a bright shade of red, given that this is about as popular a color as a specific season has seen in years this winter.
3 – Sweater Dresses
Dresses are always some of the most versatile items, and there are certainly occasions to go with full-length options. If you’re looking for a dress for a New Year’s party, you might opt for something more formal. A write-up on recommended attire for an evening out suggested a floor-length dress with heels if you have a fancy dinner. But for your more informal occasions – drinks with friends or family over the holidays, a day out shopping at the mall, etc. – a sweater dress will do just fine this season. There are all kinds of cute options being showcased across the internet and in fashion catalogues, so you have your pick of styles.
4 – Talismanic Jewelry
I’ll be quite honest – I wasn’t aware of this term until I saw it on a list of fashion accessories for the fall and winter, but now I can’t get enough of it! Calling them transmitters of good luck and averters of misfortune, the article pointed to everything from charmed bracelets to feathered necklaces, painting a picture of a fun, personal, and affordable brand of accessory. Broadly speaking, just keep in mind that some offbeat (but far from tacky) jewelry options are certainly making the rounds this season.
There are certain trends that I would never have tried if I do not read fashion blogs. The men’s shirt is an example but articles such as 10 Stylish Ways a Woman Can Wear A Men’s Shirt do encourage me to think out of the box.
One of the great things about having a sister is that you can borrow clothes from her once in a while. We do not always share the same taste in clothing but in this case, the super fun prints of this dress of hers attracted my attention immediately! Similar to bright colors such as yellow or coral pink, cute prints have a mood enhancing effect on me. I just felt like twirling round and round in this hot-air balloon printed dress which comes with equally adorable round buttons.
The pink and grey combo was all the rage last year but the rave seems to have died down. Nevertheless, I think that it is one of the most lovely color combinations ever! With pink blooms spotted all over the neighborhood I stay at, I couldn’t resist using these beautiful florals as a backdrop for my pink and grey weekend #ootd.
I have been seeing more designs with ruffles recently which is bad news for my wallet as I absolutely adore such feminine details. This lovely blue dress is a find at a small booth located in the city, from a Singapore label that I have never heard of. Rental of a retail space, even if it is just a booth, is very expensive in Singapore and I really feel for small local businesses which have to face extreme challenges to survive. So when I realized that the dress is from a local brand, I decided to purchase it even when there are no available changing rooms to try on the dress to see if it fits. While it may just be a dress that costs less than a concert ticket, a sale like this can mean a lot to a small business owner.
There are very few clothing that I have kept for a decade and the peacock feather print V-neck top featured in this post is one of those really rare pieces. The top was a purchase in Australia where I studied during my University years from the Australian label, Supre.
Happy Monday and hope everyone had a great start to the week! I have had an awesome break during the Chinese New Year holidays and managed to spend some quality time with family and friends, despite making less visits this year. What I did do more is to spend time in the kitchen cooking traditional Chinese New Year dishes, such as the sumptuous but time-consuming poon choi (a type of Chinese casserole filled with seafood, meat and vegetables). While I can’t claim that I love cooking more than fashion, I think it is an activity that I have grown to be rather fond of over the last few months. I guess outstanding food blogs and a big kitchen do help to cultivate this passion in me!
Chinese New Year is fast approaching at where I live and Valentine’s Day follows right after. Do you celebrate the latter and if you do, have you thought of what to do and wear on the day itself?
When it comes to fashion, there are many Do’s and Dont’s of wearing particular items for petites and other types of body shapes. While these tips can be very helpful and make complete sense, I see fashion as a creative form that is meant to be enjoyed and experienced. It is really fun to break the rules and just play with different looks. This is the best way to discover what suits you best, which inevitably helps in the manifestation of your personal style and taste. This process takes time and practice, but those who are adventurous and persistent in experimenting with a variety of styles will eventually cultivate a sharp eye for what works and what don’t.
A little black dress is a wardrobe essential but for ladies who adore a more edgy style, a black jumpsuit will make a more interesting choice. The design featured today is a piece I have owned for many years and it has never failed me. I had worn it to formal occasions such as black tie weddings, as well as to the office with a light blazer. It is highly versatile designs like this that stand the test of time and remain in my wardrobe year after year despite many rounds of spring cleaning.