Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Parisian Dress Down Days

Could you actually justify whether these three looks would be worn by an actual Parisian?

First: Uniqlo soldier t-shirt, Zara cigarette jeans, Charles and Keith sandals, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag (in all other looks too)

Second: COS t-shirt, H&M shirt, Zara cigarette jeans, Adidas sneakers

Third: Uniqlo shirt, Zara cigarette jeans, H&M patent brogues

Images captured by iPhone 6

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Summer Vibes

Just a quick update to my disappearance: A typical summer look when I felt like the heat was on a constant berate with my non competent wardrobe.

Get this look for $12+ on Lookastic: Navy Vertical Striped Dress Shirt, White Shorts, and White Lace Low Top Sneakers

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Spring Ideas

As we progress on with our daily lives, we usually subconsciously perform something that we'd never fail to: Contemplate. We do so often in times when we're waiting in line, daydreaming in between our mundane work life, en routing to our next destination, probably whilst styling our hair or even during important yet dry meetings. The art of thinking has subtly become a daily crucial aspect in our lives that sometimes if we were to stop thinking for perhaps five minutes, we'll have this innate and queasy feeling that we are slowly getting dumber. We have to use our sudden response (aka a form of thinking of what to do) to react to an immediate situation. Our minds are so vast with ideas and thoughts that I doubt one could actually stops thinking as a whole. Yet, there is no deny that there are times when we just want our minds to be filled with nothing but a white, blank space. However, if we were to take away cogitating as a whole from our lives, what kind of a denouement would we wind up in?

It is a blessing that we can think; thinking allows us to develop new ideas that we never imagined or expected. But sometimes, we tend to think a little too much. So much so that we are brimmed with a series of unanswered questions that render us to further evaluate or even with the needs to cogitate.

Despite us still being confined within the Winter season, I have already thought about what to wear for the upcoming Spring. Singapore might be in a constant summer weather and New York have just experienced their snow storm last Monday, but because of this 'blessed' (thinking) ability coupled with my prerequisite planning personality, I ideated some outfits for the next season in advance.

So here are two trends that were actually past season but I have decided to rock them this Spring. Firstly, we have the roll out of your bed pajamas look (mainly focusing on the pants) that might actually also be suitable for Summer and secondly we have a Virgin Mary meets Isabel Marant look (hint: white like a virgin). I took a Céline-esque trousers from Zara and matched it with the most simple garment in mankind's existence - the white t-shirt - and some sandals. As for the pseudo virginity look, I've decided to infuse a little bohemian in French's style with a tassel t-shirt from H&M, Isabel Marant Étoile jeans with red and blue stitching detail, Zara patent loafers and sealing off the look with a smart book clutch from a furniture store (it actually is a display piece).

As for new outfit ideas, are we (or am I) always early when it's some to pre-thinking?

Image credits Imran

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Naive Navies

Whenever I see the word 'navy', there are a few things I immediately associate it with.

1) Hot navy sailors docking their ships.

2) J Crew.

3) The cute, little, multiple mini stripes across horizontally in t-shirts known as breton stripes tucked into almost anything.

4) Dark hues of denim jeans that reminds me I've yet to purchase one cigarette pair from none other than the fabulous Zara.

5) A proper navy cotton t-shirt I never managed to possess because I don't know why either.

6) Pretty much half of my closet.

I classify the hue of navies under the term naive not only because they are anagrams, but simply because we have overused it till the fact that we have understated the true value to 'navy'. Just like the white t-shirt and denim jeans story, we use and abuse them a little too frequent that we fail to comprehend the true value.

But to what extent have we been exploiting navies without giving acknowledging its significance?

Just a week ago I tapped on the topic of meshing blue (mainly navies) with black. It also made me realize that Parisians are one of the best individuals with styles that could inculcate navies effortlessly, yet proving that navies do hold a great inherent magnitude towards their styles. However for us, navies exists in most of our closets without us even noticing it. Often you can relate and spot the hues in those jeans we purchase. We usually opt for darker shades of denim because they make us look slimmer (the theory of black evokes the illusion of a thinner body whilst white does the exact opposite) and most of us are usually, plebeian and sticking to the safe.

Yet, we don't call them jeans in navy hues. We mention them as dark denim jeans. We seldom mention our Superga of the same shade as 'navy colored sneakers'; we often name it as 'dark blue sneakers'. Are we simply jaded by mentioning the word navy? Or is saying 'dark blue' easier for us?

I put it to the test with my friend. I wore a breton striped muscle tank top out tucked into a navy denim jeans and paired them up with the same shade of slip ons. I literally looked like the epitome of a sailor meets overly obsessed with the sea waters and thus forth wore hues similar to the dark seas out.

'What color am I wearing today?'

'Dark blue', was his response.

Zara breton striped navy tank, H&M denim jeans, Charles & Keith velvet slip ons in navy

Image credits Imran

Friday, 16 January 2015

"Thou Shalt Not Pair Black With Blue", Says Not Me

While I was on my way back in a cab from an early Christmas dinner a few weeks back, the driver questioned us: "What is the utmost essential factor that keeps one propelling?"

"Money", my mum instantaneously replied.

I simply shrugged my shoulders.

"Uhm...", was my brother's response.

"The most important factor that keeps one progressing in life is relationship".

I have to give it to him; without relationship, we are doomed to meet an endless cycle of singlehood that has completely zero chance of matrimony. We also won't be able to have that friend we call 'best friend' whom we could entrust with our secrets and pledge solidarity. We will be stuck with mixing around with people of our similar gender without hopes of forming a platonic relationship. And the most important part is that we won't be able to comprehend what it is like to be deemed as 'not suitable to be in a relationship together'.

That got me thinking. I was still reading 'How to Be Parisian Whenever You Are', and perhaps re-reading the areas that doesn't consist of love and relationships (no pun intended I swear). I stumble across a part where there was a mention about an inconspicuous existence (I have never hear of it before, only when my mum and this book commented on it) of a phrase: "Thou shalt not pair black with blue". It further portrayed Parisians hanging out in a bath tub donned in a simple navy blue v-neck pullover (probably cashmere) and black skinny jeans.

Are Parisians just constant rebels who refuse to abide to the rules? Or do they realize that the combination of black and blue actually meshes well together? Why is the aforementioned color combination even a taboo? Who even invented such an orthodox?

There are things in life that seem rather impossible to coexist with each other because of either their extreme disparity or lack of similar commonplace, but when countlessly and perhaps relentlessly gravitated, they produce the wonders that might just render us going: "Are we stupid to think that they couldn't look good as a couple?" This is why I took this relationship to a test. I meshed blue and black together and I couldn't help but comment: "Are the perpetrators ridiculous?"

Here are two looks of same relationship but of different nationalities. If you could tell, the former is slanted towards the New York meets athleisure style, starting off with a navy Man Repeller x Être Cécile t-shirt and a running shorts from Alexander Wang x H&M. Sneakers are from Nike and worn with a blazer from Zara to dampen the overly sportish look. The latter is nonetheless Parisian (chic) with a Monki navy cotton t-shirt, Zara cigarette jeans and Zara patent loafers.

So how was the rebellion? Are they worthy to be a couple or do you still think that they shouldn't coexist?

Image credits Imran