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What’s in her wardrobe: Lindsay Narain shares her style secrets

Ever walked past a woman who looks enviously chic at an event or on the street and wondered how she puts herself together so effortlessly? Yep – we hear you, which is why we track down women in Singapore with on-point style every month to tell us just how they do it, despite juggling multiple commitments. This month, we spoke to the founder of fashion label Vaughan, Lindsay Narain, who talks about her daily uniform, working from home and her go-to designs.

Lindsay Narain is the stylish founder of Vaughan
Lindsay Narain is the stylish founder of Vaughan


I have a newborn and a two-year-old at home, so my routine is pretty tight. In the morning, I shower and clear some email before my toddler is up. By 9am, I’m at my desk. It’s a perfect time for reviewing samples for an upcoming collection or meeting with photographers or stylists. At noon, I pick up my son from school and have lunch – something simple and healthy at home. In the afternoon, I deal with any admin or customer service issues that come my way. I usually try to finish by 4pm to give my full attention to my kids. For dinner, I love to have something simple on the grill with a decadent glass of red wine. After dinner, it’s time for a square of dark chocolate, HBO and bed.

Although I work from home, I make a point of getting dressed each day. After all, I work in fashion, so spending the day in yoga gear is bad for morale! For the day, I usually wear a Vaughan shirt with sleeves rolled up, a pair of J Crew joggers or distressed denim and embellished flats. In the evening, I’ll keep the shirt but wear it with wide-leg trousers or a patterned skirt and sky-high heels.

In general, I like classic clothing, so it’s rare that I’ll buy any truly trendy pieces. I gravitate to well-made garments in luxe fabrics and flattering colours. I’m drawn to classic cuts in great patterns or shades, as well as luxe materials. I don’t wear many dresses, probably because I prefer the versatility of separates. Even for formal occasions, I would prefer to pair an extravagant skirt with a silk blouse.

I’m a big believer in uniforms! Once you know what works for your body and lifestyle, they make getting dressed so easy. For me, shirts are the best because they’re so easy to dress up or down while still looking effortless. I try to keep an edited closet so I hold out to buy pieces I really love. Since I’m buying quality, I usually plan to wear everything for a few seasons, anything less feels wasteful.

Vaughan’s versatile silk shirts (of course!) are a must. Helmut Lang, Vince and Acne’s upgraded basics provide the basis of my wardrobe. Marlies Dekkers and Stella McCartney’s intimates and sleepwear because they’re practical but still pretty, and Valentino, Fendi and Prada for bags that walk the line between practical and cool. When it comes to shoes, I have zero loyalty!

Citizens of Humanity has great high-waisted skinnies that are flattering and look cool. J Crew’s casual mommy-clothes are great for spending time with my kids. Dolce & Gabbana, Roland Mouret, Roksanda and Peter Pilotto all have beautiful party separates.


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