It’s the weekend of house parties and visits. As many flock to celebrate the Eid Mubarak, let’s get experimental and leave an impression~!
Many creative designers have modernised the traditional baju kurung or baju kebaya. Baju, means clothes in the Malay language. The current peplum trend is a great source of inspiration for most designers. It is about time this elegant and feminine Malay dress takes on a modern spin.
Why this season’s baju kurung or baju kebaya is especially worth investing:
1. Not only they are cleverly designed with clean silhouettes and beautiful tailoring, they can also be worn separately and you can instantly create different looks.
2. Wear a pair of tailored pants with the peplum top, perfect for work.
3. Detach the skirt and pair a white shirt with it. It’s all about personalising and matching to your personal taste.
4. The modern Malay dresses are no longer about having to pair with the same fabric. You can have the freedom to glam up or dress down the ‘baju kurung’ ensemble according to their whims and fancies.
5. They accentuate a women’s curves, portraying softness and class. Interwoven with sleek cuts, clean lines and fitted shapes, they are bound to impress your audience.
We are pleasantly surprised that these traditional garbs are finding functionality and adapting well in these modern times.
Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on a modern peplum baju kurung. Get yours!
Last night, a young lady was spotted wearing a frilled party mini skirt paired with a corporate blouse. She was at a formal meeting event. Perhaps she had a dinner or a party to attend later that night. Regardless, the mini skirt definitely did not jive with her corporate look.
This led us to wonder, how short should you go? More often, we would ask ourselves, is it even professional to wear short skirt to work? Can you pair them with tights? How short is short? Has it got anything to do with the age factor – do SYTs (sweet young things) get away with a mini skirt but not someone in her mid-30s perhaps?
Now, I am not advocating a three-inch mini for the office, so don’t get too excited. Because mini skirt trend is hard to ignore this season, we will share a few pointers on how you can wear a short(er) skirt to work:
1. Remember the old high school rule, the one where the hem of your skirt must meet your fingertips with your arms at your side? If you work in a conservative office, err on the side of a skirt that is 3-4 inches longer than your fingertips. Much depends on the industry which you work in, easier to let it slide if you were working in the advertising industry, for example.
2. If you are planning to go short(ish), balance the leggy look with a more conservative top, perhaps a blouse and a fitted jacket. Direct the attention to other pieces on you.
3. Think dark. The brights you are seeing everywhere are fun, but a neon yellow mini skirt is not for work.
4. Tights? Pair your dark skirt with dark tights, which has the double bonus of a slimming appearance. Sheer tights are a no-go.
5. Avoid strappy heel or stilettos, instead try low wedges, pumps or flats. Gives a more subtle conservative look.
Style Loft’s take:
If you don’t want to be taken too seriously, go ahead with mini skirts. It may make your colleagues uncomfortable and cause a drop in overall office productivity (!). No matter what your age is, unless you work at a club, then it probably would not go very well with your employer to wear a mini skirt to work. It’s great that you are comfortable with your body, wear your mini skirts whenever you please outside of the work environment. Finally, if have broad thighs, you should seriously reconsider your options!
When I was first tasked to writing this, my first reaction was: “REALLY? Cuffed shirts, yes. But cuffed pants…”
So, naturally my next question is: “Boys, are you ready for this?”
Okay let’s face it, it’s one of the street trends that is growing more and more rapidly and, frankly, I should not be surprised. There is something easy and relaxed about cuffing your pants, but are you really on board with this trend? Let’s explore how to wear them right:
1. The trick is that it is all about the fit. This is a trend that should only be tried on with straight leg or relaxed slim leg. So the key to doing this right is to try it with slim denim, khakis and chinos, corduroys, cargos and, if you are daring, you can even try it with your slim suit pants (yes, it works there too!).
2. If you choose to wear them, it’ll be about showing off some personality in your sock choice. Go for a bold stripe or even a dot pattern. For a moment there, the image of Chuck Bass (from Gossip Girl) flashed by in my mind. He is an epitome of fashion, truly. Anyway, we think the best is still to go no socks with loafers. This look overall has a feeling of relaxed cool.
3. A cross body bag would be a great accessory to add into this look. Ditch the laptop backpack, we say!
4. And lastly, keep it simple up top. If you wear too much trend you can look like you are trying too hard. We like rolled up sleeves, a standard watch and of course a cool belt. And even with all that, it still feels classic and clean.
We hope you get inspired by this cuffed look, it really is growing on us…
With or without the cuffed pants, this is a very achievable and sexy look (at least to us). Go forth, and be a trendsetter!
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” – Coco Chanel
Ladies, meet Ben Sherman. Ben, meet the lads.
Image credit: www.venusbuzz.com
It’s raining heavily as I write this post. Pitter patter. On my playlist, I have “Have I Told You Lately?” by Olivia Ong serenading me.
This reminds me of those golden university days when every weekend, all I had was my laptop, a mug of coffee and an amazing playlist to accompany me through every hour of the day. I truly reminisce those days, so very much. All things associated with England are truly hard for me to forget.
Which brings me to the topic of the day. Meet Ben Sherman, a British based clothing company. Don’t you love it when a new store or label arrives in your home country? Well, we are!
The drawing point for Ben is the sharp tailoring and the multitude of fun colours available in their collection, coupled with its exquisite workmanship. Our Chief Stylist claims she received her first women’s Ben Sherman shirt in university and she “wore the shirt to death” with the intention of maximising mileage (we are all guilty of sometimes over-wearing our favorite pieces), to casual outings and even to her first job interview! Well, even assuming she had not aced her interview, I am pretty sure she would have left a darn good fashionable impression.
We are excited that Ben Sherman has finally decided to set up store in Bangsar Shopping Complex (now opened) and its second outlet at the Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, they have discontinued the womenswear division since 2009 but lucky lads will still be able to have access to this trendsetter brand.
Ben Sherman has been described as “For every revival, appropriation of reinvention of Mod(ern) fashion, the smart street style and attitude of Ben Sherman has always been hugely influential. Sherman was committed to quality and to fine tailoring. His shirts had certain unique features – a button down collar, a black pleat and loop – which are now instantly recognizable Ben Sherman details. With renewed focus and continued investment in design and marketing, Ben Sherman, the lifestyle brand, continues to go from strength to strength.“
Be sure to check out the Ben Sherman store!
Nothing better to rock up your day, but to be truly outstanding in your outfit for the day!
We are currently craving for peplums, a spring trend that stands out amongst the rest. Peplum is a short, flared strip of fabric attached at the waist of a jacket, dress, blouse or even a skirt.
Runway designers have been parading this simple elegant design, however peplums are actually far from new. The cut was popularized in the 1800s and resurfaced in the 1940s and 1980s. There’s just something so chic about their architectural yet sleek shape. It’s refreshing to finally see the return of the waist after so many seasons of loose-fitting, baggy silhouettes! Peplum tops nip the natural waist and are also great for masking not-so-flat stomachs.
How to rock it up in peplums?
1. Personally, I love how the trend translates on tops. It’s a fun and has feminine twist on your standard blouse.
2. For skirts and dresses, a smaller peplum is always better. Especially if you have naturally wide hits, the extra fabric could make you look broader than you actually are. Vice versa, if you have a boyish figure, bottom peplums will create the illusion of a more feminine silhouette.
3. If you choose a bright coloured peplum skirt, pair with a simple tee (and accessorise with chunky statement neck gear).
4. Choose an envelope clutch or sling on a small-ish tote.
5. Pumps goes well with peplum designs.
Flare or flaunt, either way it sounds awesome to us!
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” – Randy Pausch
Style credit: www.atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com
Thank God It’s Friday!
Things have been so busy of late for us, the week seemed to have swung by in a haze. We have been meeting with our vendors, suppliers and service providers, whilst cracking our heads over the next interesting post to keep your attention and interests guarded. Tough job it is, but we are not yet ready to complain.
Of late, red seems to have caught my attention. Wearing red is kind of like a double-edge sword. Pairing reds generally could reflect two things: you are in a happy mood (hence a bright colour) or you could be in a fiery mood!
Like polka dots, stripes are very much in fashion these days. The good old mens’ work wear fashion was predominantly an interplay between stripes and checks, the variance being the width of the stripes or the size of the checks. Whilst stripes may appear to be less “feminine”, here’s how we can create a chic and fun look by pairing stripes with cheerful or deep colours (such as red or navy blue):
1. Vertical stripes are pleasing to the eyes and has elongating effect. Whereas horizontal stripes are trickier, especially if one has a slightly wider physique.
2. Whites are your best friends. We are not referring to the white pumps. The slimmer the white lines, the slimmer you will look.
3. Wearing the stripes with plain block colours works best for a really modern look, and with neutrals for something more classic. While you can combine stripes with red, be careful not to pair stripes, black, blue, white and red, you may end up looking like a sailor.
4. If you are wearing a striped dress, pair with a dark coloured statement belt. This will draw attention to your silhouette, more attention to your chest area and gives the illusion of a smaller waist.
5. Finally, throw on a hot pair of sunnies, pair with striking coloured heels and decked yourself with accessories. Importantly, wear stripes with confidence!
“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity”. ― Dany Gokey
Over and again, as simple as it may seem, fashion pairing does not come easy for most people.
Most people are generally not naturally gifted, but some homework (through this easy thing called the internet) if done proper, one can easily pick up a few styling “Dos and Don’ts”. Here’s what warranted this post.
Last weekend, our Chief Stylist attended an event held for a supposedly well-heeled crowd. It was not surprising that she would have had high expectations for the much anticipated fashion galore, but she was surprised to catch sight of a distasteful pairing of white pumps with hosiery (what more, they were purple! No, they were not lilac.).
Rule #1. White pumps should essentially be only worn during weddings, and that should ideally be at YOUR own wedding. In fact, white pumps are almost passe these days. We’ll share with you in days to come, how coloured shoes are the new white.
Why you should not invest in white pumps:
1. They are a bitch to upkeep (pardon our language) and attracts dirt easily (there really is no diplomatic way of putting this).
2. They simply DO NOT match well with any working outfits. Please do not even begin to wonder if black tights with a pair of white pumps would achieve a Chanel-inspired look. If you intend to achieve (horrific) stares, this may well be it.
3. White does not equal nude, cream or pastels. They are overwhelming and can be shocking (despite the virginal colour) and definitely would distract attention from your outfit. Even if you work in the medical industry, you may wish to stay clear from this clinical colour!
4. If you would like to pair white shoes, ensure that it fits in well with the whole look and feel of your outfit. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, we have seen pairings done very nicely. White pairings be a topic for another day.
Rule #2: Never ever wear slip on sandals (any colour) with hosiery!
The picture says it all. Yes, we do often see women pairing sandals with stockings. This goes to show that not only are they not fashion savvy, it is downright distasteful.
Never pair delicate slip on sandals with hosiery, be it black on black, or beige on black. Nude or sheer hosiery is only acceptable with pumps, and goes best with boots.
Only if you really need to, why hide your beautiful pedicure?
“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass
Style credit: www.thesfstyle.com
I have to admit I am kind of excited about this post. Well, nervous at the same time.
This is our first attempt at Men With Style, and to be honest, as much as we may be a better judge on what good looking men are like, writing about what looks good on men is a separate thing altogether.
There’s something sexy about men in shorts. But only with the right pair of shorts worn in the right way. There are a dozen of questions that come to mind – how long should they be, how baggy, pockets, belt or no belt?
Here’s how we think shorts should be worn:
1.Shorts should be short enough that knees are visible or just slightly covered if standing. Anything past the knees are not very flattering (has the effect of making men look shorter). And vice versa, this doesn’t mean wearing very short pants would make a man look taller.
2. Shorts that come up to mid-thigh should be restricted to athletic settings only. Please do change your pants after gym sessions.
3. Definitely buckle-up - we think it’d look great with coloured belts (brown or grey can never go wrong).
4. Do not wear socks with shorts. Slip-on casual shoes like boaters or loafers are also good companions to shorts.
5. Shorts are casual, so the shirt should be too. Don’t wear a formal long-sleeved, button-fronted, collared shirt with shorts. If you would like to wear a long-sleeved shirt, please fold up the sleeves.
We hope you enjoyed reading this, and found it useful too!
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel
It’s only the second working day of the week. Here’s an eye candy which may catch your attention, as it did ours. What a show-stopper smile, don’t you think?
We decided it was time to present to you our latest craving: Men (With Style). Read on.
We are remarkably amazed (and we trust you too are) by how attractive men with style can be. By that, we really are referring to men who make a conscious effort to look good, physically fit and impeccably dressed. Just as men have their heads turning at the sight of a beautifully dressed women, stylish men have that effect on women too.
With that, as Style Loft constantly progresses in its’ journey, we present to you Men With Style. Perhaps you ladies may find exciting tips to share with your other halves, even better, our male readers may find themselves benefiting from a styling tip or another.
We felt inspired by the incredible Olympics 2012 finals Badminton match between Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan. To commemorate this amazing game, fought by our heroes all the way until the end, here’s a quote for your thought:
“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Michael Twain
So go forth with your dreams!