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Style Smart: Master Low-Key Glam With These Emerging Designer Picks

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The key to mastering low-key glam, regardless of the occasion, requires you to confidently rock an ensemble composed of sophisticated separates without looking over-the-top. Of course, it’s easier said than done, hence we’re here to dish a few useful tips on how you can look polished with minimal effort.


Read on as we introduce five intimate occasions where you can easily ace the effortlessly chic look, featuring our top picks from the three latest emerging designers under Net-A-Porter’s Vanguard programme: JiaJia, ARTCLUB, MINJUKIM.


Elevate your work-from-home look with an understated accessory


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(Left to Right) Comfort is a priority when you're working from home. (Photo from: Unsplash). JiaJia gold amethyst necklace, ~SGD651/USD478.97 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com). MINJUKIM belted floral-print twill midi dress, ~SGD 754/USD554.13 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com)


Comfort is everything when you’re working from home, however, you should also be mindful to showcase your best side in the event that you’re required to hop onto an impromptu video conference.


With more interest paid to the upper half of your body during virtual meetings, consider elevating your ensemble with an understated accessory, such as this hand-strung gold amethyst necklace from JiaJia, which is believed to help stimulate creativity and promote tranquillity. It also adds a subtle pop of colour to your outfit with its lovely purple shade.


As for your main attire, opt for roomy pieces which allow you to move around your home — from your work desk to couch — in style and with ease. Hop onto the house dress trend wagon and slip into this pearl-coloured A-line frock from the MINJUKIM Fall/Winter 2020 collection, which features designer Minju Kim’s matching lilac-hued illustrations of a rose twining around a sword.

Embrace textures for your next art exhibition visit


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(Left to Right) Take a moment to appreciate art and let those creative juices flow. (Photo from: Unsplash). JiaJia 14-karat gold sapphire necklace, ~SGD1,456/USD1,072.05 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com). ARTCLUB Hermes asymmetric pleated cotton and lamé midi skirt, ~SGD536/USD394.93 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com)


Planning to check out the latest art exhibition with your bestie? It’s important that you respect these art and cultural institutions by acting in your utmost decorum, as well as by decking yourself in a sleek and chic ensemble bosting eye-catching textures and details will impress even the toughest critics. 


Go with a simple strapless top but add a little interest to your neckline with JiaJia’s fascinating 14-karat gold sapphire necklace, where each colour signifies a different chakra in traditional eastern philosophy. Next, enhance your look with ARTCLUB's Hermes asymmetric midi skirt. Its shimmery lamé pleated detail makes for a conversation starter even when you're in a room filled with masterpieces.


Sip on cocktails in a fail-proof cropped blouse and pants combo


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(Left to Right) Deck yourself in an outfit that makes you shine even as the lights are low. (Photo from: Unsplash) ARTCLUB Le Cercle cropped ruffled cotton and silk-blend faille top, ~SGD466/USD340.96 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com). MINJUKIM printed satin straight-leg pants, ~SGD362/USD266.28 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com)


Whether you’re an old-fashioned or margarita kind of girl, we can all agree that every trip to the coolest bar in town presents the opportunity for you to show up in your best low-key yet glamorous wares. Sip back and relax in your exclusive counter seat with a fail-proof crop top and pants combo, as shown above.


ARTCLUB’s cropped ruffled top boasts a vintage-inspired flair and is designed with adjustable ties at the front that can be knotted into a neat bow. Plus, its cropped length will sit beautifully with the silky, black pants by MINJUKIM. Top off the look with a pair of wedges and you’re all set for an evening of delicious tipples and hearty conversations.

Rock sleek separates for your #stayhome brunch affair 


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(Left to Right) Look your Sunday best during your #stayhome brunch. (Photo from: Unsplash). MINJUKIM pleated cotton-blend twill peplum top, ~SGD761/USD559.60 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com). ARTCLUB Vita button-embellished cotton and line-blend wide-leg pants, ~SGD344/USD251.60 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com


Usher in the weekend with a casual yet polished-looking outfit as you play host to a #stayhome brunch and catch-up session for your closest group of girlfriends. Look for sleek separates which do not bear overly fussy details, so that you can prepare delicious bites with ease while looking cute for group selfies.


Pull your tresses back into a loose braid and dial up the feminine factor with the MINJUKIM top, which bosts peplum details on the waist area. Then, complete your get-up with these crisp wide-leg pants from ARTCLUB, which are designed with classic gold buttons and a high-waist cut to help you attain that desired leg-lengthening effect. You're now officially the most stylish domestic goddess in town. 

Bloom in 'cottagecore' for your garden getaway 


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(Left to Right) Embrace a ‘Cottagecore’-inspired look for your next romantic garden getaway. (Photo from: Unsplash). Jiajia 14-karat gold quartz bracelet, ~SGD978/USD715.38 (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com). MINJUKIM oversized tulle trimmed tiered printed poplin midi dress, ~SGD1,162/USD855.45, (Photo from: Net-A-Porter.com)


Excited about your romantic jaunt to the gardens? Bloom in a feminine get-up that will make you stand out even in a field of flowers. This is the perfect chance for you to attempt the trending ‘Cottagecore’ aesthetic, where you are invited to leave stiff fabrics and futuristic details at the door and embrace billowy dresses and nature-inspired elements instead.


Keep your ensemble chic yet garden-ready by upgrading your wrist game with the JiaJia 14-karat gold quartz bracelet, which consists of a 14-karat gold chain that is centred with stunning natural crystal quartz. Designed with billowy sleeves and Minju Kim’s signature illustrations, the midi dress from MINJUKIM is the epitome of carefree elegance. 


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