By Joyce Chua from THREAD SG
We’ve all experienced that moment before — standing before our closet, staring blankly at our racks and piles of clothes, and declaring melodramatically, “I have nothing to wear!”. And particularly in a tropical climate like ours, it can be difficult to figure out what to wear other than a t-shirt and shorts.
But really, all you need are some key pieces for the days when you feel like you have lost all sartorial direction. These items are stylish, versatile, easy to throw on, stylish, and they help you beat the heat, so you can wear them in multiple ways and still look fresh.
A cotton shirt-dress is a classic summer must-have. You can’t go wrong by pairing it with a brown belt, clogs, cat-eye sunnies, and a woven purse or tote bag. Otherwise, incorporating prints and colours is an easy way to spice up a neutral outfit. Think a brightly printed scarf or shoes.
The regular old button-down has a lot more fashion potential than you think. A crisp white shirt, effortless yet polished, straddles comfort and style like no other clothing item. Pair it with shorts for a laid back summer-ready vibe, or with skinny jeans or cigarette pants for a sleek semi-casual look.
The hot-weather go-to, a maxi dress is comfortable and a statement-maker on its own so you don’t have to add much else in terms of accessories. Pair with espadrille sandals for a timeless summer ensemble.
Alternatively, if dresses are not your thing, pair a plain white tee with a pair of palazzo pants. You might believe that palazzo pants are not your style, but they’re the perfect combination of culottes and a maxi skirt and lend a boho-chic feel that fits right in at the beach or a concert in the park.
Like a maxi dress, a jumpsuit saves you the effort of mixing and matching your separates. Slip one on and look instantly put together while staying cool in hot weather. For temperature dips in the evening, simply throw on a slouchy cardigan.
Espadrille wedge sandals are pretty much the unofficial footwear of summer. Pair yours with a flirty cotton dress or skirt to take you anywhere from the beach to the streets.