To fashion mavens, caged for years in their school uniforms, poly life is the perfect runway. The rest of us lazy commoners? Let someone else pick our clothes! Worry not, here are some tips on handling your own fashion choices by Kimberlyn Kiew from the Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM).
Story by Kimberlyn Kiew, Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media (DTVM). Class of 2017.
❖ LEAVE THE BEST TO LAST
Don’t wear your best outfits all at once! Pace your fashion pieces. There’s usually nothing much happening in the beginning of semester. You’ll feel more pressurised to keep up with the effort for the rest of the school term. Chill! Reserve your best combinations for presentations or class outings.
Ladies, if you’re a dressy kinda gal, basic ones go on sale often. One nicely-cut piece of cloth can make it look like you’ve put in some thought into your outfit. Shhh, don’t tell anyone. Most are pretty comfortable, and easy to pair with jackets and cardigans for that extra touch. Boys can try this out too! #genderequality
Hoodies: everyone should have one. They’re essential for school. The lecturers will already be freezing your souls with their glares. Don’t let your bodies freeze in the lecture theatres as well. Great for rainy days and to hide that you’re wearing the crumpled shirt you rolled out of bed in! It’ll also score you points for when you want to look mysterious and brooding. And makes for a darn good pillow during in-between lecture naps.
❖ PREPARE EVERYTHING THE NIGHT BEFORE
A prepped outfit is a good outfit. It’ll save you time in the morning for when the cerebral capacity is still in start-up mode. Even better if you happen to be late! Who wants to rush to school only to realise your shirt is inside out? Or different socks?
❖ COLOUR CODING
A prep for any situation: try to make sure your clothes match each other, so even if your eyes are closed, you can still pick out a working outfit. For example, if you like blue, some colours that go well with it would be grey, khaki and brown. So you can decide that your shirts will be either grey or blue, and all your bottoms to be khaki and brown. If anyone points it out, just tell them you’re practicing your organisational skills. Remember, don’t ever match a check top with a check bottom. You’ll look so criss-crossed!
❖ WEAR SOMETHING RELEVANT TO YOUR INTERESTS
A great way to start any conversation,
but especially great as an icebreaker to the start of the school year! Go approach someone who’s wearing the same High School Musical graphic shirt as you. It could be the start of something new. Or the same Fullmetal Alchemist tee. You guys could become best buds!
❖ SCHOOL SHIRTS ARE ALWAYS AN OPTION
Shameless plug, but they’re basic, timeless, affordable and come in cotton and dry-fit. They pair well with most outfits and occasions. No more dressing drama!
❖ BUT MOST OF ALL, WEAR WHAT YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WITH
Because honestly, how you dress is up to you. Fashion is an outlet of self-expression, and we all express it in different ways. So pull on your (clean) school shirts and worn out jeans.