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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday Style Showdown | Plain White Tee

Happy Sunday everyone!

This week's #SSS features a classic, no-frills piece that is definitely a must have for everyone!
The PLAIN WHITE TEE Showdown
El Christine
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When it comes to plain white tee, my favourite thing to do is to wear something patterned. Personally, I enjoy the contrast of the plain shirt with patterned bottoms. The rolled up sleeves and half-tucked in shirt makes the outfit look effortless yet chic, thanks to the pants and heels. Plus, the mostly black and white outfit ups the style factor. For a pop of colour, I picked my coral heels with a slightly pointed toe so the outfit looks "sharper". Sometimes, the classic plain white tee is all you need but I like my plain stuff to come with a twist - cue the cold shoulders ;)
As many will attest, plain white tees and denim shorts are a fail-safe classic combo that will never go out of style. Here, I chose to don high-waisted denim shorts which helps to lengthen the legs visually (disclaimer: high-waisted anything, to me, are a farce as they somewhat hit me more mid-waist due to my longer body to legs ratio). This outfit is perfect for shopping, cafe-hopping with friends and even a day at the beach.
I decided to go for a bit of an edge with some leather and metal accessories, mostly brassy gold themed to go along with my pants' has zip details at the legs. As my hair is permed, it usually has the cute fluffy look. I want to ditch that cuteness for something slightly more edgy, thus I dutch braided one side of my hair so my face looks sharper with the asymmetrical parting. When you're in a bind, colour match everything. To death.
A white belt and a pair of white shoes to emphasize the "white" theme going on while the gold-toned accessories match the gold/brass details of the belt and denim shorts~ (Thumbs up for playing the matching game for the win)
El's Outfit Details
Shirt: Giordano
Pants: H&M
Heels: Bata
Bangles: Hong Kong
Christine's Outfit Details
Tee: Nastygal
Denim Shorts: New Look
Shoes: Vanilla Suite
Belt: ~
Necklace & Rings: H&M
Watch: Fossil

So what do you think about the looks?
Who do you think wore it better?
Tweet us your response to @ChapalangGirls or comment in the comment box below!

What is your favorite way to style a white tee?
Share with us your look on Instagram and use the hashtag #tcwsss or #sundaystyleshowdown!

We hope you've enjoyed this week's style showdown! :D

Till next time.
Love,
El and Christine xoxo

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Back to School! 5 Outfits from Forever 21

Hi everyone!

Here's a continuation of the Back to School outfits ideas, this time featuring Forever 21! I do apologise for the late posting due to some problems with the F21 pictures. Honestly, I was about to give up on using pictures on F21 since all the clothing items has people or parts of people in them. The pictures also show the way F21 styles the clothes which can be distracting. I tried editing those pictures but it didn't work, so I'm stuck with pictures of people in my outfit board. Anyway, let's get on with the post!

#1// For the Girl who wants the Laid back Edgy Vibe

Clockwise from Left to Right: Marled Knit Slit TopAcid Wash Denim JeggingsArt Deco Statement NecklaceMetal-Trim SandalsChain Link Bangle SetSophisticate Faux Leather Tote (Individual images of items are taken from Forever21.com)

 First outfit up is this grey ensemble that would have been too gloomy if not for the metallic elements brightening up the colour scheme. I like this outfit for the edgy vibe it channels, but still comfortable and has this laid back look. Love the grey top but it's probably more suitable for those apple-shaped girls and not those with a big butt like me. That's because the bottom part of the outfit will flare and make your bottom half look bigger if you've got a perky/ big butt. Channel some flair with a interesting design necklace, like the art deco necklace. I picked a pair of metal embellished sandals to go with the whole metallic element in the look, but feel free to sub that with a pair of combat boots.

#2// For those days when you need a dash of cuteness


Clockwise from Left to Right: Metal-Trim SandalsTwo Tone Faux Leather ToteLayered Feather Pendant NecklaceElephant Midi Ring SetPocket Skater SkirtKnotted Elephant Print Tee (Individual images of items are taken from Forever21.com)
This one's dedicated for those days when you just need something to brighten up your day. You'd never go wrong with the red/white/blue combination when creating a fun look. A skater skirt is a girl's closet essential, and it's the best when it has pockets like this skirt! Up the playfulness of a red skater skirt with a quirky front tie elephant motif shirt! Elephants remind me of the time when my family called my ears elephant ears cos they jut out, thus elephants hold a special place in my heart. Match the elephant prints with a elephant ring to add on the fun. Plus, it'll make a great conversation starter :) Optional: Accessorise outfit with a layered feather necklace. Grab your book bag and wear a pair of simple cute shoes and you're ready to go! The brown sandals with the gold metal plate help to tie together the outfit making it casual, cute and chic!

#3// For the Minimalist Girl trying out Patterns


Clockwise from Left to Right: Tribal Print PulloverTwo-Toned Penny LoafersTwo Tone Faux Leather ToteSlim Distressed Boyfriend Jeans (Individual images of items are taken from Forever21.com)
Here's an outfit that is both minimalist and cool. The toned down colour scheme of outfit creates a cool vibe which is further enhanced by the tribal print of the pullover. The outfit is quick to put together for those late days. Look as chill as this outfit for those days when you still want to turn up for class looking like you woke up extra early to prepare when you actually overslept and only managed to comb your hair and brush your teeth. Style your hair into a simple pony tail or braid it loosely to complement the look. 

#4// For the girl who wants to show some attitude

Clockwise from Left to Right: Killin It Crop TopWoven Plaid Skirt; Faux Stone Ring Set Meow Canvas ToteBuckled Lace Up BootiesOff-Duty Denim Jacket (Individual images of items are taken from Forever21.com)

This outfit is for girls who just want to be tough sometimes. Everyone needs a boost of encouragement and what better way to encourage yourself than wearing a shirt with a motivational message? "Killin' it all the time" just makes me feel like I'm ready to take on whatever the day may throw at me, so maybe it'll get you hyped up for the day too. Match with a plaid skirt and denim sweatshirt to give yourself a harder edge. The pair of boots with the metal buckle plus the black and gold rings add on to the girlish toughness that I want to emulate in this outfit board. To make your day better, carry a cute bag or tote like this "I Meow You" tote which will definitely brighten up your day should things still turn out less than ideal. We all have got those days where even if we try out best, things don't turn out as hoped for. That's when looking at cute things will help with cheering you and me up.

 #5// For the Glammed up Active Look

Clockwise from Left to Right: Sophisticate Faux Leather Tote;Box Chain Bib NecklacePerforated Knit TeeEmbroidered Bead Hair TieFresh High TopsPosh Origami Skirt (Individual images of items are taken from Forever21.com)

Last look is a fun look inspired by the athletic style that has been trending for a while. Go bold by colourblocking bright colours such as lime and blue as seen here! The perforated texture of the shirt and clean sleek cut of the skirt makes the outfit seem a little tennis inspired but still really fashion forward. For accessories, tone down the colours with black coloured jewelry like the black box bib necklace. There's also this pretty beaded hair tie which you can double up as a bracelet in Forever 21 which I find useful. Lastly, finish off the look with a pair of clean white high tops to give the sports vibe!


That's all for the 5 outfits featuring items from Forever 21! I hope this has been useful and stimulating for your brain :) Is F21 your shop of choice for getting your clothes? Which outfit is your favourite? Tell me in the comments section below or tweet me @Chapalanggirls! I would love to hear from you!

Till next time!
Love,
El

Monday, 18 August 2014

Back To School 2014 | Outfit Ideas with Christine and El!

Hi everyone!

It's Back To School season! 
Have the same problem as Christine? 


HAVE NO FEAR! 
Here are some cute outfit ideas to help you get started on your new school year! :D
Read on to get school-inspired~

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Styling | Boyfriend Jeans, 3 ways



A little late to the boyfriend party but better late than never, right? ;)
Yep, I'm terming it the boyfriend party.
The trend that is 'stealing your boyfriend's clothes' is probably a godsend to females (who are fashion/trend conscious). We have the Boyfriend Jeans, Boyfriend shirt, Boyfriend jacket and the list goes on, but probably not Boyfriend shoes. Imagine that. 

Personally, I love that boyfriend is in (although I don't have one haha). 
Now, all us females can slouch around in comfort in our boyfriend things and totally be justified in doing so fashion-wise -- it's on trend after all~
A word of caution though: you don't really want to wear boyfriend head-to-toe. It's just going to overwhelm you and you don't want that happening. 

I chanced upon my pair of boyfriend jeans at H&M and I've been lovin it.
It's probably the comfiest and softest pair of jeans I own.
Most importantly, it goes with almost everything.
So, here are 3 ways to wear le boyfriend jeans!

Read on for more deets! :)





Friday, 8 August 2014

Sunday Style Showdown | 9 August, National Day

Hello everyone!
Surprise! It's not Sunday yet but we thought we should have a special showdown to celebrate our country's National day! National day is actually on the 9th,but we're releasing this earlier so you can have an idea of what to wear to share in celebrating Singapore's 49th birthday! (Also, we're celebrating Christine's 22nd birthday :p)


The NATIONAL DAY Showdown
El Christine
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It'll forever and ever be a red and white theme for National Day for me. They're two of my favourite colours that are both striking when worn alone and together. I like to keep the lines and pattern simple since the colours are so bold. Plus, the outfit is still cute but remains comfortable for me. Thus I combined a white crop tee and a textured red skater skirt to get a dressy but still casual look. For shoes, I picked my metallic silver kitten heels that reminds me of stars (cos it's a little shiny). They're a cute pair of heels that go with many outfits in my wardrobe (pretty comfy too). Talking about National Day, it's red and white of course! But, instead of wearing an outfit that matches the Singapore flag exactly, I've decided to go for a red dress while keeping my accessories in the white. This way, the outfit retains the essential Singapore colours minus the cliche-ness. A win-win situation, no? :)
In line with keeping things simple, I'm only accessorizing with this beautiful blue layered necklace. This is because the scoop neckline of the crop shirt leaves a neck looking very bare. I like that the necklace has intricate details but does not overpower the outfit. Accessorize with a mini Singapore flag ;) Keeping a touch of myself amidst all the girly-ness of the outfit with my skulls! Haha. I'd like to think that the spikey skull necklace adds an edge to the outfit while keeping to the white theme. Always remember to dress in what you're comfortable in and add a touch of your flair :D For me here, it's the skulls.
El's Outfit Details
Shirt and Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Zekko
Necklace: Overseas
Christine's outfit details
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Vanilla Suite
Necklace: Haji Lane
Rings: H&M / Topshop



What did y'all think of all the red and white? Hope you guys are inspired by this for the upcoming National Day!
Tell us your thoughts via these channels and don't forget to use #SSS!
1. Comment in the box below!
2. Tweet us your response @ChapalangGirls
3. Find us on Facebook @The Chapalang Way

Are you going to wear red & white for National Day too? Show us what you will wear on National Day on Instagram! Don't forget to tag us (Christine's and El's) and use #SSS!


HAPPY (EARLY) BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!!


Till next time
Love,
El and Christine xoxo

Friday, 1 August 2014

Back to School! 5 Outfits From H&M

Hi everyone!

It's August and that means it's back to school season for some of us. Christine and I start our university semester usually in August, and it is pretty sad that I barely relaxed at all for the past few months. It feels weird that school is going to start soon and all I've been doing during my summer break is working. If you're feeling the blues that school's starting soon, a good way to distract yourself from reality is to think of an awesome back to school outfit to start of the new school term with a stylish bang! Thus from now till end of August, I'll be publishing posts with one-brand outfit boards featuring things from common high-street shops that most of you will have access to. This week, I'm featuring outfit from H&M which I've compiled together while browsing the site(online window shopping is my way of dealing with stress!). You'll notice there might be some items that are repeated in the various outfit boards, but hey! that means more ways of styling a single item in your closet! Let's get started!




#1//The Outfit for the Sporty Chic Girl
Clockwise from top left corner: Short Mesh Top, S$59.90; Platform Sneakers, S$39.90; Cotton Cap, S$19.90; 7 Piece Ring Pack, 14.90; Necklace with a Pendant, S$9.90; Imitation Leather Shorts, S$24.90. (Images are taken from H&M Singapore webpage)

The mesh sleeves and pleather shorts make the outfit stylish yet comfortable for the athletic girl (or atheletic wannabes out there). Keep the color palette simple by sticking to bold red and metal accessories.



#2// The Outfit for the Girl Who Wants her Extra Sleep

Clockwise from left: Jersey Dress, S$19.90; Patterned Bomber Jacket, S$59.90; Chained Sneakers, S$49.90; Necklace with a Pendant, S$9.90. (Images are taken from H&M Singapore webpage)

This is dedicated to those girls who has trouble waking up for those early morning classes and has 5 alarms set for her 8am class. A simple basic black dress paired with something bright/attention-grabbing like this bomber jacket here makes it seem like you've put some effort in dressing up(when in reality you woke up with just enough time to brush your teeth). To complete the look, match a metallic necklace and shoes with metal chain to look more put together.



#3// The Outfit for the Girl Who Loves Her Basics
Clockwise from Left: Superstretch Trousers in Light Blue, S$39.90; Striped Top, S$19.90; Grey Marled Cardigan, $39.90; Pink Loafers, S$39.90; 'Hyped' Beanie, S$14.90, (Images are taken from H&M Singapore webpage)
Here's an outfit focused on the basics. The basics exudes an air of  minimalist chic when done right and is a style that never goes out of trend. Here with have the classic blue jeans and striped shirt combination. Warm yourself up with a knitted beanie and long grey cardigan for those cold days. Add a pop of color with some pastel flats!

#4// The Outfit for the Preppy Girl
Clockwise from Left: Heart Patterned Blouse, S$19.90; Black Braces, S$14.90; White Sneakers, S$19.90; Ribbon Hair Elastic, S$5.90; Plaid Pleat Skirt, S$39.90. (Images are taken from H&M Singapore webpage)
Penultimately, here's an outfit that is super preppy and girly and cute without being too costume-like. First up is a sweet looking, short sleeve blouse with heart motifs. Pair it with a pleated plaid skirt that reminds one of those school uniform skirts seen in mangas. I chose this color because the blue in the skirt matches the blue of the blouse. Add in suspender straps and wear a pair of white sneakers. If you've got long hair, tie it into a high ponytail with a ribbon bow. For those colder days, add in a pair of black knee high socks

#5// The Outfit for the Girl Who Loves Her Colors
Clockwise from Left: Heart Patterned Blouse, S$19.90; Short Gold Chain Necklace, S$12.90; High Waist Stretch Trousers, S$24.90; Pink Loafers, S$39.90; Green Fine Knit Cardigan, S$19.90 (Images are taken from H&M Singapore webpage)

Lastly, here's a colorful outfit to chase those Monday blues away, featuring the same heart motif blouse as outfit #4 (more ways to wear the same thing yay!). For bottoms, I picked a pair of black high waisted pants for the contrast against the brighter colors. Add in some color blocking by layering the blue blouse with a green cardigan and pink flats! To accessorise, wear a simple necklace pendant or go loud with a thick gold chain necklace as shown.


I hope these 5 outfit boards helped stimulate your brain and gave you more ideas on new outfits that you can wear for school! Which one is your favourite? Tell me in the comment section below or via Twitter (@chapalanggirls) or on our Facebook page! My favourite item out of everything shown here is the bomber jacket!

Although everything is from H&M here, there's no need to get everything listed here to create the same look. I created the various looks mixing new items with clothes that most people probably already have in their current wardrobe in mind, such as jeans and striped shirts. Thus you need not spend much just to recreate a certain look. Moreover, H&M Singapore has this offer ongoing where you'll get a $10 voucher to use on your next purchase with every $60 spent (till August 3rd I think), plus there're great items on sale too. 

If you need more BTS outfit ideas, you can look back at our Back to School Outfit Ideas from last year here!

Look forward to next week where I'll be featuring Forever 21!

Till next time
Love,
El   xoxo
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