As Singapore’s climate is generally hot, rainy and humid – you need to choose your fashion well. Even if you’re wilting, you need cool summer clothes that won’t show that you are!
The good news is that there’s a plethora of cool styles and picks available from locally based French fashion brand PALEM. The brand is known for sustainability, sweet escapes and endless summer – the ideal combination for some practical, conscious and stylish retail therapy. Here are their tips and a few fashion options to help you perfectly choose women’s clothes for this – or any – tropical paradise.
#1 Fabrics are crucial
Selecting the right clothing material plays a monumental role in elevating our comfort in hot, humid weather. To stay cool and airy, breathable fabrics should be your go to – think light and natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk, or fabrics made from natural fibres, such as Tencel, modal and viscose.
#2 Cut matters
Go for styles and shapes that fall away from your body with ample volume. Examples include loose-fit dresses, wide linen pants and lightweight denim; or embrace fashion-forward cut-out styles with ventilation so you can look cool and stay cool, too.
#3 Pay attention to the details
One great way to hide sweat marks is to go for bright prints or fit-and-flare dresses and then pair your look with a nice belt, or with bright sandals to add attention to detail. Eye-catching buttons on different styles of outfits can also be remarkably effective.
#4 Twist your outfit to suit any occasion
Days are longer in Singapore and we all look forward to our after-office happy hours and hangouts. Dressing up in something that works day to night is a good way to ensure your outfit is ready for any occasion. Wearing a culotte jumpsuit, a maxi or a romantic ruffled layered dress with wedges or leather sandals is just one chic summery look that works well. Get playful with summer-inspired prints in a top or a co-ordinated pant-shirt look.
#5 Don’t be fooled: never forget a little jacket!
Yes, it’s hot and humid, but we suggest it’s a good idea to always keep something extra on hand; there are plenty of indoor spots in Singapore where it can reach a “brrrrr!” level of cold thanks to the full-blast air-conditioning. So, having a denim or bomber jacket, kimono-style cardigan layering or a printed stole handy is wise – and it can also add a dimension to your style statement.
PALEM LOCATIONS IN SINGAPORE:
#02-40 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
78 Duxton Road
This article first appeared in the March 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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