Modern Modesty: How You Can Cover Up Without Sacrificing Your Style

What exactly *is* modesty? As a word, it initially feels so perplexing as you feel like you have to either A) keep your jewelry in the storage and/or B) not show too much skin. Since it’s mainly regulated to faith, I feel that the whole idea of modesty goes beyond religion.

Growing up, I rotated between a school uniform by day, a short dress on weekends, a pair of hotpants for the island trips and last but not least, something “proper” to please the parents whenever I went to church. Despite my semi-restrictive dress code, I was blessed to have the freedom to put on whatever I wanted. But, learning the true meaning of modesty wasn’t something that I understood until I went outside of Singapore.

On April, I went on two week holiday in the Middle East. Between Jerusalem to Istanbul, almost every other place I visited had heavy religious undertones, which initially made it hard for me to think about what to wear. Since I grew up with the notion that modesty meant bland clothing, I restricted myself to a pair of jeans, t-shirt and Doc Martens. By covering myself up in these clothes, I felt like I looked like a stereotypical tourist. As much as I hated to sound superficial, it was very clear that I felt out of place whether it was visiting a church, synagogue or mosque.

If it was the modesty dress code that restricted me, it was nothing like what you’d think. In fact, it was my false perception that did me in by conforming to the stereotype of the world’s idea of modesty. Since religion was and still is seen as a polarizing topic, I was taught to believe that modesty wasn’t fashionable. But since it was an unwritten rule to cover up, it came from the fact that it was and still is the custom to show respect to the city’s culture.

While being surrounded in a place with a totally different culture from you might seem difficult to adjust to, don’t let the dress code scare you away from expressing your style.

If you need to find outfit inspirations, discover the 12 modest wear fashion influencers (on Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore) who are changing the game. Before you copy their outfits, I’ve cracked the code on how to dress like a modest fashion blogger with these easy top 5 tips:

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The Coolest Beauty Trend You Need to Try for 2018

Sorry, Mia Wallace, Your signature vampy lip is done, done, done! Although I, myself, love a vampy lip color, the hue of dried blood isn’t as groundbreaking as it once was. The new shade that has everyone talking since March is your least favorite neutral: gray.

To me, gray is the type of color that screams “dull.” It often feels so basic to the core that I barely wear ANY gray on my body apart from silver jewelry or a sweatshirt that I lounge in. In fact, I don’t even know what to make of this muddled shade when I first saw Huda Kattan wear it on her Instagram.

Given that the year is coming to an end, you can close the chapter on 2017 by rocking this trend and wear it throughout the new year. Here are some ways how you can wear this color:

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Urban Cowgirl: A Guide to Country Dressing

 

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Vintage Roncelli jacket and pants | Vintage top | Vintage Chanel bag | Seville Michelle choker (worn as bunholder) | CC Skye bracelet | Gianvito Rossi boots

Watch out, Daisy Duke! There’s a new girl in town and she’s ready to bring her game on. Instead of pounding the streets in short shorts, plaid tees and cowboy boots, she’s ready to make a splash in suede, ruffles and lace. To all my lovelies out there, take notes: this country look is going in STRONG!

Speaking of country, there are ways to rock this trend: either you keep it simple like Miley Cyrus or go hard for that urban rodeo vibe like Gigi Hadid. As much as I want to rock my cowboy hat and boots, I’m swapping them out for my vintage Roncelli studded suede pants and Gianvito Rossi lace boots. But to keep it looking country cutie chic, I swear by my vintage Guess jacket and ruffled lace-trim top. Tie-in the look with a quilted bag for that ultra extra touch! To quote Hannah Montana, it’s the best of both worlds!!

If going edgy ain’t for you, grab a prairie-style dress. (Preferably in a bright or pastel color like mine!) Prairie dresses may look hard to wear outside the runways and lookbooks, but please give it a chance. Generally, they tend to be long-sleeved, but feel free to roll the sleeves up. Kick it up with some boots or some white sneakers! Believe me, you will never run out of ideas with it.

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Similar (in order of appearance): Seville Michelle The Feast choker | Boohoo Pointed Lace Boots| Gunne Sax by Jessica McClintock dress

All photos by Hallie Geller

Slip it Away: A Case Study for the Perfect Dress

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 315.jpgVintage ’50s dress | Seville Michelle choker

I don’t like to wake up and I hate getting out of bed. I also hate wearing Spanx for all of eternity. If there is one thing I must do to hide my period bloat, what else can I wear besides leggings or jeans? Thankfully, it’s something that I can slip away at the end of the day. Mis amigas, this is is a slip dress.

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Cool In The Summer: How to Layer During Warm Temps

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 145.jpgPrada bag | Vintage moto jacket | Nasty Gal x Courtney Love catsuit | The Vintage Twin reworked Nike shirt | Vintage Levi’s 501s | Creepyyeha belt 

Layers in the summer seem like the most unreasonable thing ever. Like, who really does that? The only layer you’ll need in the warmer climes is a jacket and that is only restricted to AC’d rooms. When you’re outdoor, it’s where the real action takes place – I mean that on the street.

If you really wanna wear layers in the summer, just buy a lace catsuit. Underneath any outfit, it can literally pop underneath your t-shirts and jeans. While peeing in it is hell for me and you, it’s worth getting that ‘gram. Let me guide you on the three #herssentials you need to pair with a lace catsuit:

A) The Graphic Tee

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I hate to stick to the safest things in the closet, but a graphic tee is a must MUST. It’s literally the most timeless thing you can have in your closet whether it be a band tee or a regular ol’ Nike shirt. Graphics can also be accompanied by fun details like bleach splatters such as the one I’m wearing. Fitted graphic tees are cute, but if you have a slightly oversized boyish cut, it gives a lace catsuit a bit of an edge. Think early ’00s “Complicated” meets ’07 “Girlfriend” Avril Lavigne.

If you wanna take that look out on a post-work dinner, rock with your go-to jeans, belt, small bag and heels!

B) The Studded Moto Jacket

image origial _ HBGPhotography - 111.jpgCharlotte Olympia loafers | Wendy Brandes “Shaka” stud

Moto jackets may not seem so summer-worthy, but in some strange case, they actually are a hot summer staple for the coolest nights. It’s very Elle Fanning if you rock it out in the heat. If you live somewhere that’s a bit colder, this look can work.

For the girls that refuse to let go of velvet, pull out your go-to velvet shoes and make it pop with the catsuit! It’s dramatic, yet trendy enough to make the entire look more fashion forward than what it really is.

C) The Kimono

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Swish, swish bish! The silk kimono is BACK!! Nothing else is more perfect than the kimono, which you can practically wear it all day long. It can go with a graphic tee, jeans, shorts, skirts, etc! As for the catsuit, it surprisingly complements it well. If your kimono comes with a sash, leave it at home or repurpose it into a skinny scarf! Seriously, you can fake the look like you got a whole new closet when you reuse things differently. 😉

Similar (in order of appearance): Nasty Gal studded moto jacket  Elegant Moments lace bodystocking | Nike Serving Up Heat tee | Vintage Levi’s 501 acid wash | Vintage Peacock Kimono | Vintage Chanel quilted backpack

All photos by Hallie Geller

The Last Dance: How to do Prom Right

I may be long out of high school, but the memories of going to prom have never been forgotten. I have to admit that I came a long way from looking like a basic bitch: smoky eyes, pink lipstick, natural makeup, whatever! Not to mention, a big ass ball gown, sky high heels and an undo was the thing back in 2011. I honestly loved going to prom, but I wish I was more adventurous with my dresses (other than me wearing a tuxedo the year after).

Instead of going out on big dresses and big hair, keeping it simple is the way to go.

A) Pretty in Polkadots

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Are You Am I top | Rodarte choker (worn throughout) | vintage ’90s dress | Alice and Olivia x Pretty Polly thigh highs | Chanel sandals (worn throughout)

Inspired by the ’80s vibe of Pretty in Pink, I pull out an off-the-shoulder top and style it with a sleeveless polka dot dress. It gives that cutout shoulder effect that the era was known for. Have you forgotten to shave your legs for the past week? Pull on some thigh-high stockings! Believe me, it’s unbelievably avant grade when you rock with lucite sandals. Throw on your choker and you’re good to go!

B) Emoji Flamenco

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American Apparel tee | vintage ’90s (or ’00s) dress | Clare Vivier x Garrett Leight sunglasses | Fogal tights |Sandro coat |Fenty x Puma sneakers 

Still stuck on the flame trend? Give that a go with an asymmetrical hemline! This red dress has an asymmetrical hemline that can elevate the look immediately. When paired with lace tights and a white tee, you got this look on lock. Believe me, it’s very 2017 with the white tee underneath everything look for formalwear! When your feet are exhausted and you’re too cold, grab a coat and put on your favorite white sneakers. If you choose to stay up until the morning comes, don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!

Will you try those looks? What other suggestions do you have for unconventional prom outfits?

 

All photos by Hallie Geller

The Last Days of the Big Chill

The temps are getting warmer than ever and it’s a sign that a dream of spring has finally came! No longer are we stuck in the winds of winter, it’s time to take advantage of the last few days of the big chill. Even as the temperatures are creeping up, there are some winter-friendly options that can still work at this time.

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Vintage jacket | Vintage hat | Uniqlo fleece turtleneck | Vintage ’80s Motley Crue tee | Uniqlo thermal leggings | Bebe Aguirre pants | Missguided shoes

OK, it’s still cold, but you need to bundle up. My classic bundle-up outfit – even when I need a t-shirt – always consists of a go-to turtleneck and thermal leggings. Thermal leggings and turtlenecks are mano a mano; however, it can get too basic! Top it off with your favorite band tee and patched up jacket that is guaranteed to have this “I may be cute, but don’t try me” type of vibe. It’s not a easy look to pull off, but I’m telling you, if you try this combo, you can make everyone believe that you are a Hadid sister.

B) The Velvet Dress

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Uniqlo bomber jacket | Vintage Donna Karan dress | Miista boots

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DIY jacket | Vintage ’90s dress from The Vintage Twin | Rihanna x Stance socks | Raye sandals

Technically, velvet is a fall to winter fabric; however, people still wear velvet in the summer. Even at this transitional phase, velvet is still cool enough to wear it out. These two velvet dresses are dramatic, but entirely different. My vintage Donna Karan velvet dress is more for that ’90s Sharon Stone girl who wants to get a little more basic. When worn with a bomber jacket, it’s fierce as fuck.

For velvet dress #2, it’s got that Sabrina Spellman vibe to it when paired with lace socks and sandals. If you think that going out in 10 degrees Celsius guarantees instant warmth, rock it with a denim jacket by all means. But if you are still feeling the cold, channel your inner Jordan Catalano by throwing on a shearling-lined denim jacket. Talk about cuteness AND warmth at the same time!

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Rad + Refined sunglasses | Neo-vintage ’00s turtleneck | Reformation faux fur jacket | Vintage ’90s Versace skirt and belt | Fenty x Puma creepers

Ignore my Andy Warhol hair. Here, a double dose of faux fur never hurts. Try throwing on this look with a metallic turtleneck, faux fur chubby and a faux fur skirt! Faux fur is not a spring-friendly fabric, but if Rihanna does it (NOTE: her coat was real fur), please do it! Not only can it keep you warm, it’s perfect for those balmy nights. If you are feeling hungover from going too hard on Sunday, a pair of statement shades never hurt.

If you believe that these looks are hard to stunt in, fear not! Be free, live your life and most importantly, keep it #LivinLaVariNaDah!

All photos by Hallie B. Geller