TIPS FOR LOOKING GOOD AFTER 20s
Updated: Sep 19, 2018
When I was a little girl, I used to wonder how I would dress like as I grow old. What sort of dress sense would I have at 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and so on? Would I be dressed like my lovely Ah Mah with printed polyester pants set?! Oh! No!
Before I knew it, I was in my 20s. In order to score more dates, I foolheartedly believed that “more is more”. The more I showed, the lovelier and more alluring I would look. This explained why a short denim skirt and a drop-shoulder blouse were my favourites at that time. Most of my 20s tops were form-fitting, never mind I was a wee bit chubby.
Looking back now, I am all too glad that my previous taste and preferred style of clothes had left me. Ok, I still have a short denim skirt in my closet but in my defence, I don’t pair it with tight-fitting spaghetti strap tops anymore. I can’t tell you how glad I am now that we didn't have cameras on handphones back then. PHEW, less evidence!
As I mature, there is a change of perspective. I dress more for myself than for others. Now, “less is more” or rather “everything in moderation”. If I am showing my legs, I will try to have a looser top on. If it’s cleavage on parade that day (though “chest” sounds more technically correct when referring to mine), the top should feature sleeves or not form-fitting and the rest covered up. Now wiser, I can safely say that the recklessness of my youth is well behind me.
A famous ex-editor of Vogue, Diana Vreeland once said, “God was fair to the Japanese. He gave them no oil, no diamond. He gave them style.” There is as much chance spotting a Japanese woman with wet hair as spotting a unicorn on the street of Tokyo. Here in Singapore, you can tell a Japanese from a mile away. I don’t think they are especially different from us. To them, it’s not about being trendy but it's about taking pride in their looks. Not a single strand of hair out of place and clothes are always well-coordinated.
I know a lot of us are conscious about certain areas of our bodies and find security in hiding behind loose-fitting clothes. However, clothes should only be baggy at the right area and not all over.
Let me share the dressing tip that I always stress to my daughter (who is only 9yo but it’s never too early to start) – hide your weakness and show your strength! If you have the legs, flaunt it. If your waist is a bit on the thick side, don’t wear something that finished near that area or is overly hugging there because this will inevitably draw unnecessary attention.
Lines should be kept uncluttered, if possible. Clean lines exude elegance. There should not be too many details shouting for attention at the same time. Think about what you like to focus on that day. I find that when the clothes are simple, you can accessorise them accordingly depending on your style and mood and call the look your own. And remember, less is more. We don't want to look like an overly decorated Christmas tree!
While designing our 2nd collection, all the above factors constantly, consciously or not, affected many of my decisions. The collections made suitable for all women – from SAHMs to career ladies. Something we can easily put on and look good.
During our photography session, we chose to showcase our pieces in both formal and casual styles. I love the sneaker trend at the moment that is sweeping across all ages. Pairing it with any of our pieces will not only up your “trend points” but also enable you to look casual enough for a shopping trip downtown or brunch over the weekend. Or match our clothes with heels and the right accessories and you are ready for work or even a hot date.
The collection is not designed to be loud and attention grabbing but effortless and yet chic looking. Afterall, the whole idea about looking good is not have people think that you have spent hours in front of the mirror BUT rather you have just thrown something on and happen to rock it!
So looking forward now, I know that I’m definitely more comfortable (in every sense of the word!) in my dress sense. I need not be the most fashionable woman on the street but I know I look good. - E.