The Tropical Girl's Guide To Dressing For Spring | Clozette


When we think of spring, what comes to mind are images of blooming florals and pleasant, sunny weather. But while flower beds are indeed a highlight of the season, sunny weather is not always a given during springtime especially during its early days when temperatures can fall as low as 7°C in some areas. It's the kind of weather that can be tricky to dress for. You don't have to bundle up but you should still put on some layers to be comfortable. Ahead, a tropical girl's guide to dressing for spring.


Choose a warm, lightweight outwear


Dressing For Spring Outerwear Coat

Burberry double-breasted wool-felt coat, USD2117 (net-a-porter.com); UNIQLO Pocketable UV Cut Parka, SGD49.90/~USD36.62


Yes, you will still need to have a coat in hand even during spring. The good news is, you don't have to lug around a heavy-duty one. This season, you can get away with pieces that don't have any shearlings or other heavy inner linings. Instead, choose lightweight coats made from warm fabrics such as felt coats. You can also go for cotton blend coats or parkas like this one from UNIQLO for days when the temperature is on the warmer side. 


Layer up


Spring Dressing Layering

(Photo from: dhencayabyab)


Take note that there's a difference between bundling up and layering. Dressing up for spring doesn't require piling more than three pieces of clothing. Even one or two is already sufficient to keep yourself comfortably warm. You can go for a long-sleeved top paired with a pinafore or you could also layer some leggings underneath a mini skirt for extra warmth. It's all about mixing and matching light layers of clothing!


Add pops of colour to perk things up


(Photo from: Lexiepuzon)


It seems cliche, but it's true that adding pops of colour to your outfit can make all the difference when dressing for spring. Since you're essentially still wearing coats and heavy jackets, sticking to an all-neutral palette can make you look like you were stuck in the dead of winter. Having a hard time incorporating colour into your wardrobe? We suggest you go for subtle additions of hues like picking a muted pastel-coloured skirt or dress and layer it with your usual monochrome pieces. 


Scarves are still going to be helpful


Dressing For Spring Scarves

(Photo from: sodapopp)


Third pieces like scarves, particularly lightweight ones, are still helpful during spring. As the season is marked by changes in temperatures and weather, wearing a scarf during chilly mornings is great and come the warm afternoon, you can just easily just tuck them back into your bag. It's a very handy accessory to have during springtime so don't forget to pack one.



Closed shoes are still the best choice


Kate Spade New York Spring 2019 Raelyn, Price unavailable; Chiara Ferragni Spring/Summer 2019 Stars Sneakers, Price unavailable


The most common mistake tropical girls make when dressing for spring is packing sandals and slip-on footwear with the expectation that the weather is warm enough. But take it from us: closed shoes are still the best choice during the season. Thigh-high boots can be paired with mini skirts while ankle boots can go well with any pants. Sneakers are also a nice, versatile option that you could match with both dresses and pants. 


(Cover photo from: dhencayabyab)



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We’re already midway through summer, so enjoy the sun while it lasts. Still, don’t forget to protect your skin while you’re at it. Take cover and be trendy wherever you go. Take notes and learn how to style straw hats from these ladies from the Clozette Community.  

 


Take it to the shores


Woman wearing straw hat while strolling along the shore

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Let's be honest, when we all first heard that the theme for Met Gala 2019 is "Camp: Notes on Fashion" our immediate thoughts went to tents, bonfires and bug spray. Maybe you were even thinking of how Beyoncé (who skipped this year's Met Gala, by the way) could glam up bermuda shorts and visors to give us some serious glamping inspiration. But no, that's not what the theme is all about.



Based on Susan Sontag's 1964 essay Notes on Camp, the essence of theme of the Met Gala 2019 is "its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration." She goes on to say that you can never really explain Camp as a concept but you can show what it is. And if you even so much as try to define it, it will be a betrayal to the very idea of Camp. As you can see now, it's very confusing yet also very artsy — making it the perfect open-ended theme to the most 'extra' event of the year.


We know this is a sin against Camp, but in the interest of making things a little clearer, we could describe it as ironic, outrageous and extravagant. Think of Taylor Swift's Me! MV, Viktor & Rolf's Meme Couture and Lady Gaga's outfits from 2009. Now that we've settled that, let the ranking begin! Who had the best camp looks? Ahead, the personalities who made our list.


Zendaya Cinderella in a 'Lit' Tommy Hilfiger Gown



Zendaya literally lit up the room with this Tommy Hilfiger Cinderella-like gown that's been engineered (there were wires involved) to poof up and light up from within. The best bit is when her stylist, Law Roach, who was dressed as a fairy godmother on the red carpet with her, waved his wand and the magic started to happen — her dress became fluorescent and bigger. Camp-y, indeed!


Billy Porter as an Egyptian Sun God



If there were an award for the most fabulous entrance ever made in the history of Met Gala, it would belong to Billy Porter when he entered the room dressed as an Egyptian Sun God while being carried by six muscular men. It was more than a moment, it's meme material. The golden ensemble featuring human-length wings and a 24-karat gold head-piece was made by The Blonds who are known for their eccentric pieces.


Janelle Monae's surreal but oh-so-fab piece



Even though it looks something that's straight out of a cartoon, we're mesmerised and intrigued at how Janelle Monae made this Christian Siriano ensemble work. It was put together by none other than Alexandra Mandelkorn, who's also responsible for some of Monae's most eye-catching looks. We do love Mandelkorn's work but this one undoubtedly takes the cake. 


Ezra Miller's startling look



Ezra Miller has got many eyes on him — like literally. People always say that there's a thin line between the fascinating and the disturbing, but until now, we never really understood what that felt like. Thank you, Ezra, for serving us a look that we may never ever forget, not even in our dreams. Side note: the Burberry suit is amazing. 



Jordan Roth in this "wearable sculpture"



Broadway veteran Jordan Roth pays homage to his craft with this Iris Van Herpen custom. At first, you'd think he's going for an Asgard citizen look, but once he unfurls that cape it unveils an image of a theatre hall. It's truly an awesome wearable piece of art, we're gonna give him that. 


Who are your favourites at Met Gala 2019?


(Cover photo from: @burberry)


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