How I Wear My Tees

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a quick OOTD showing you guys how I style my simple T-shirts! I followed the Adidas trend religiously last year, and I wanted to give the tees some love this summer as well. But really for this look, any T-shirts would do, even ones from the men’s section (like this one!). Most girls shy away from t-shirts because it’s difficult to achieve a flattering look with them. So here’s some tips for you guys to rock t-shirts on any given summer day. Or fall. Or winter. Or spring. Haha.

  1. Roll up the sleeves – I know, the sleeves are already short, but folding it up a couple times can turn up the cuteness and down the sloppiness (although I hope you can fold it better than me…I kind of failed here). In my case, since it’s a men’s t-shirt, the sleeves are extremely roomy, so doing so was necessary.
  2. Cut the hem – I always feared shirts with awkward lengths – too long to define my upper body, but too short to be a dress. So my solution would be to wear it like a crop top – you can DIY it short with scissors to achieve the effortless chic look, or you can do it like me with some high-waisted shorts/pants to define your shape.

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I also put together another look with my black Adidas tee, please stay tuned for that to tell me which look you prefer! Thanks for reading lovelies, leave in comments below and tell me how do YOU style your T-shirts?

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Off-The-Shoulder

One of my favorite trends of all time – off-the-shoulder. I was very pleased to see this trend coming back for summer fashion, it absolutely slays. Not only does it scream summer, it’s extremely flattering on girls with any body types. It’s not just for the few with model figures, but also for girls who are a little more plum – these tops do not hold back in revealing the neckline and the boniest parts of the upper body, and they also conveniently hides where it starts to curve out. Sigh, it’s just the best.🙂

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Styling Culottes

I’m definitely a late adopter of the culottes trend. My first impression of the trend was…who brought these back from the 90s? At a glance these wide legged pants strip femininity away from any outfit, and if people are going to wear it like a maxi skirt, then why not just wear a maxi skirt? So I went from the initial resistance, to repeatedly seeing these everywhere I go, to finally giving in to the FOMO (fear of missing out) mindset that “If others can rock it, then I can too”.

It didn’t take long before I realized the benefits of wearing culottes, it intelligently hides shape imperfections on the lower body, such as a overly wide or narrow hip, thicker thigh areas and lack of perfectly straight legs. The biggest sell point is obviously the comfort, it’s not an overstatement when I say these are more comfortable than sweatpants, and at the same time easily score higher on the chic meter.

To contrast the loose and wide bottom, I threw on a simple crop tube top in the opposing shade. Nothing sets black & white chic like a pair of brown suede strap sandal heels, and my brown suede choker is a matching detail that enable these shoes. The hat is not a necessity, but I felt it was appropriate to add some weight on top to balance out the heavy bottom.

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If you’re like me and haven’t gotten to try a trend you’ve been eye-ing, do it before summer’s over!🙂

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Styling Blue Lace

Lace – a French thing, a graceful embellishment to any outfits. I always felt like it isn’t for everyone, because sometimes it just feels like too much for casual wear due to its noble lineage – it requires advanced handcraft to put together, and it’s seen very often in haute couture and wedding dresses. I also feel like although elegant, the garment itself looks very busy, and it always ends up stealing the focus of the look instead of complimenting the complexion.

I purchased this collared blue lace top from Zara, thinking I should add some mature and sexy vibes to my wardrobe. How did I do? Although with the addition of the Peter Pan collar, I might’ve ended up looking more cute and preppy than mature. A key suggestion is to always wear skin colored garment or underwear beneath any colored sheer lace top to avoid having too much going on, or else it really takes away from the design, and further pans the simplicity.

The fashion police says you should not have more than three colors in one outfit, so I took the liberty of wearing a red lipstick for a pop of color without feeling too sorry about it.🙂

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Hope you liked the outfit! If you’re wondering about the beautiful setting, this is the Cathedral nearby my house, will definitely come back for more shoots in the future.🙂

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Youthful Vibe

Piercings, make-up, revealing and sophisticated looking clothes at a younger age defined my desire to look more mature, and be able to blend in with the older crowd. So it seems I’m kicking like Benjamin Button, and have it all backwards. T-shirts, sneakers, and cute backpacks that I would’ve once thought looked too childish, are things I’ve developed an ineffable appreciation for.

Youth is precious, anyone would agree to that, but like many of us, we don’t catch on until it starts slipping. And the realization hits hard, likely when the unpaid credit card bills (which only seem to get bigger every month) start getting delivered to your doors.

I’m digging youthful vibes lately, maybe part of that is me compensating and proving to myself that I still can be. Don’t worry, I’m not in denial. I just became appreciative of what I once missed. And hey, it’s a good thing to feel youthful – it feels like anything’s possible.🙂

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Thanks for reading lovelies, let me know your thoughts on my outfit as well as the post’s theme!🙂❤

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New Height

I’m a believer that our attires should reflect who we are and bring the best out of us. Given that I have a multi-faceted personality, I do have a lot of freedom in expressing myself through fashion. And this one is the little rebel in me. It’s a rather masculine look – all black, Adidas footwear, and a dress that doesn’t hug my body. The choker is the cherry on top, but what puts things into perspectives is the frontal low cut that adds femininity to the look.

As an Asian girl growing up in Western society, I had my fair share of insecurities for my body, and there were certain styles that I thought I’d never experiment with despite my appreciation for them. It isn’t until recent years when I realized that if you adore a style, then you have it in you. You can pull off whatever the heck you want to reflect your personal style as long as you do it with confidence, and believe that this is you. With every new thing I try, I open a door of possibility; and with every door I open, I feel a little more inspired to take my style to new heights.

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Thanks for reading lovelies, hope you had an amazing weekend, and got to spend some time outdoors.

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More on Asymmetry

The sweater is a gift from my aunt while I was on vacation in China. Needless to say I love everything about it. If you read my earlier post featuring asymmetry, this is an addition to the collection – asymmetrical sleeves. Enjoy🙂

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Hope you liked the look! (:

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Asymmetry

I love asymmetry in fashion. It can take form in dresses, tunics, skirts, coats and accessories. They add to an outfit a vibe that is artsy, edgy, trendy and youthful. Asymmetric dresses and tops are great because of their flexibility, they can layer over skinny jeans and leggings, or worn with shorts in warmer temperatures. My favorite asymmetric clothing piece is the famously flowy high-low skirt, and for accessories, instead of the traditional matching duo, I am much more into ones with uneven designs on each ear.

Here I’m embracing my favorite high-low with an interesting vertical line that’s both slimming and elongating. It took me exactly 1 second to decide on this purchase from Zara, it was a no-brainer as I loved everything about it – it’s grey, it has a short turtleneck, and it’s got side slits to the inner high-low tunic, an unique and worthwhile ensemble.

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Oh! I got a new Ted Baker! Adorable right? :-) Hope you liked the look lovelies!

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6.5 Things I learned By 25

Hello beautifuls! I recently turned 25, and wanted to share some thoughts (hopefully constructive) I collected throughout the years. Now of course my experiences are unique to me, but I hope you’re able to relate to some of these as well. Enjoy.🙂

1. Never say never – Take a jog down memory lane, how many times have you said something like “I would never do that” or “I’ll never accept that” or even “I’ll never date someone who__”, and have gone back on your words? What I find is that the older we are, the more open minded we become. We see more, hear more, and find less and less things unacceptable as years go by. So be open-minded, and think twice before arriving at such conclusive statements and trap yourself in limitations you create yourself.


2. Polish yourself even when no one’s looking – Preach. I invest effort into the way I look and present myself, no matter the occasion. Although it might be unrealistic that you’ll meet your dream guy while grocery shopping, but you might run into a high school arch-enemy and wished that you showered before coming out. Let’s also not forget, looking good simply makes you feel good, presentable, and confident. Ask yourself – Have you missed any opportunities and amazing moments because you simply felt small, invisible, and not at your best? Go ahead to look your best and feel your best. Life’s full of surprises, be ready when opportunity knocks.


3. Work hard for what you want – Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s something we all need to be reminded of once in a while (unless you’re naturally aloof and content – which is totally cool, in some ways I even envy you). People always tell me how smooth sailing my life’s been – from upbringing, to schooling, relationships, career. While I agree that I was born with certain personality traits that favor me tremendously, but without the hours I invested in each and every thing that I do with these favorable traits, I would not have achieved anything at all.

3.5 Start when you’re young – Specifically referring to the college years + career life in 20s. I know, I know, you’re only young once, why should you spend your precious time doing boring stuff like working and studying? Because your older self will thank you for making good use of your youth – it’s a beautiful feeling when hard work pays off, and we all need to experience this early on so that we’re properly motivated to work for what we want. Twenties is when you have the time and energy (and no obligations), so be productive with it.


4. Surround yourself with the right people – people who you want to be like, who bring you joy, motivate you, and remind you of your ideals. In my teenage years, there was a saying that if you hang out with pretty people, you become prettier as well. Not totally ridiculous – in this case you might not grow prettier, but you’ll dress, talk and even inherit the lifestyle of someone attractive, and eventually this all become part of you and you are attractive. In general, if you hang out with people who are positive, hardworking, and adventurous, you’ll become more positive, hardworking and adventurous. Invest in your relationships and invest wisely, your network is your wealth. So, what are your people choices?


5. Go out and play – I’ve done poorly in this department, always been happy and comfortable in relationships and felt no need to branch out. Now, I would tell my younger self to pick up a hobby, take lessons, travel, socialize with friends, converse with strangers, anything. Live colorfully, life is yours to reflect back upon when you’re older. Keep point 3 above in mind, but being well-rounded and achieving a balance goes a long long way. Invest your hours wisely, live to the maximum, you learn and grow faster that way. If you want to try something and aren’t limited (i.e.financially, or morally lol), don’t wait, don’t procrastinate, do it now.


6. Learn to be comfortable with yourself – This is an incredibly attractive quality and needless to say that all things worthwhile don’t come easy (at least not for everyone). Yes, this is confidence, but this isn’t the kind of confidence you feel from getting 100 likes on your Facebook profile picture, but the kind of confidence that persists, even when things aren’t going all that great. Being comfortable with yourself doesn’t mean you’re ignoring your flaws and differences, but instead you realize you can’t please everyone and so you come to terms with these differences. Life’s too short to always be feeling inferior and worried about what others think. And guess where the magic is – when you stop doubting and start believing in yourself, others will too.

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