Friday 16 March 2012

Weekend Want: affordable but stylish looks

When updating my closet or shopping in general, I’m almost always guilty of ignoring my casual everyday wardrobe and buying items which catch my attention even if I end up wearing them very little.

But after moving to Singapore, and no more having an office job where a dress code is needed, I realized that I’m missing some key pieces to make my everyday runs as fashionable as my work wardrobe and special occasions’ one.

Change is good sometimes and although not my usual colour, I love this black
dress which would get me through from day to night...

However this doesn’t mean I am convinced yet that the Alexander Wang plain tee is worth the few hundred dollars investment! To me it’s simple. As long as the quality and design is good, casual wear doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Most trends change is a season or two so why invest in a non-classic fast fashion piece as much as you’d do in a timeless handbag for example?

On the other hand, although a good alternative to the overpriced international highstreet chains, blogshops fail to offer a good quality pieces for picky people like me. So is there an in between?

Recently I did find an alternative in form of local e-tailer which stocks casual and fun pieces from young Korean designers, and for great value.

As usual, I had to test the quality and the fit, and was pleasantly surprised with how great the quality of the fabrics was. From silk to cotton the clothes all fit well and were stylish and easy to wear, the accessories looked way more expensive than their price tag and the shoes were very well-made and on trend.

All in all, I think fills a gap in the market when we’re always looking for not so mass produced, stylish and easy pieces to wear everyday and mix n match.

Outfit 1: dress, S$60

I love the colour-block of different shades of purple and the fit of this dress is perfect. It comes in one size and was surprised how great it looks on! You’ll see me around wearing it soon ;-)

Outfit 2: dress, S$60, necklace S$35, rings S$25 each

My edged up look ;-)

Love those rings...

And the shoes...

Although black, I liked the fabric of this dress and the open back which makes it great for summer. The hemline is interesting with slight asymmetry. I teamed it with the crystal encrusted collar necklace and adorable skull rings for added edge.

Outfit 3: top S$45, shorts S$60, shoes S$85

I loved mixing the casual heels and shorts with this
top which is understated yet chic!

This top is great as it’s casual but very feminine due to the sequined sleeves. Again the fit was great and I love that you can dress it up with a fitted skirt or down with this pair of ripped demin shorts like I did. I was reluctant on the shoes but the quality looked great and was quite comfortable due to the high platform. This would be the most dressed down look you can expect to see me in (unless I’m grocery shopping at Tekka market that is!)

Outfit 4: top S$50, shorts S$60, cuff S$50

Rock on!

By adding a slightly sheer and sparkly black top to these shorts, it transforms the outfit to a very rock chic party look. The cuff also adds to the cool party/concert-ready look , teamed with converse for most people and a pair of high heels booties  for me :-)

Outfit 5: cropped top S$35, skirt S$70

Love the peek-a-boo back! sexy but not too much

More demure from the front

Sadly these gorgeous and super stylish wedges didn't fit! :-(

This skirt is so on trend with its pleats and midi length and micro-leopard print which looks more like polka dot pattern from afar. I tried teaming it with a loose tucked-in top but then settled on this sexy but not too revealing cropped top which looked perfect with it! The shoes I wanted to complete this look are to die for but sadly none was left in my size :-( they remind me of the Celine wedges of last season which are so versatile, comfy and stylish – except these are for a fraction of the price!

TenTwentyShop is offering S$10 voucher when spending over S$50 during the month of March!