Long after Audrey Hebpurn's box office fame, she continues to be a style icon of sophisticated fashion. It's amazing how her style has managed to survive the rise and fall of trends throughout the years. That is what classics are all about — designs that stand the test of time. But of course, we want to give our own interpretations to these pieces to make them personal and chic. 

Ahead, you'll see how you can transform classic clothing by giving them a modern touch.

Sleeveless Turtleneck

COS Turtleneck jersey top in oatmeal melange

The sleeveless turtleneck itself is an alternate version to the long sleeved turtleneck that's typically worn during the colder seasons. But for tropical ladies like us, we're more likely to wear the turtleneck sans sleeves. To give it a modern edge, you can try jewellery layering, particularly layering necklaces and chokers together. It can give interesting layers when worn with good accessories.

Long-Sleeved White Shirt

COS Lightweight silk shirt with elongated sleeves in ivory

A crisp white, long-sleeved shirt is the perfect blank canvass to build on for any look that you're going for. For a casual workday, you can roll up the sleeves up to the elbows and dress up your arm with your favourite watch and bracelets. If you're going to a formal occasion, you can pair this with a pencil skirt and match it with glamorous, dangling earrings. Finally, if you're feeling a little fashion forward you can pair this with women's cropped trousers and belt it. 

Classic Shirt Dress

COS Elongated cotton poplin shirt dress in slate blue

You'd often spot this classic piece in old movies or period films that take place between 1950s to 1960s. The female protagonist always wears this in an elegant way complete with a pair of pearl earrings and a lady-like attitude. To give the shirt dress an update, you can wear this as an outer garment instead, like a coat. Underneath, you can wear your usual tee and denim or a chiffon dress. 


COS Wide-leg wool blend tailored trousers in black

Traditionally, slacks are worn in corporate or formal settings only, but with the right top, you'll find that the good old slacks are very versatile like your denims. If you're going to a casual brunch with friends, choose a sleeveless top or a daring spaghetti-strap top, preferably those in bright colours. Another option is to pair it with a crop top. For shoes, you can opt for some boots or oxfords. 

Pencil Skirt

COS Wool blend skirt with wrap-around sides in grey melange

The pencil skirt is another timeless piece that has managed to earn a place in every gal's wardrobe. This is typically worn with a iron-pressed white shirt for the office, but you can give the pencil skirt new life by pairing it with an interesting top. This creates a beautiful balance between the plain and flamboyant. Some of the best options for tops are a classy sequinned top, floral print off-shoulders, and a tucked-in chambray shirt. Complete the look with a gorgeous pair of statement heels!

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Who's excited for the weekend? We are! We're equally excited about having things to read while we laze around and get our well-deserved rest. Here are just some of the tidbits we'll be poring over.

Massive Melissa

Melissa's largest store, MDreams, is coming soon — and it's going to be in Singapore! The 1,700 square foot store is the largest standalone store for the brand (save for their signature stores in London, New York and Sao Paulo). Visit the new store at Basement 1, Raffles City Shopping Centre.

KKW Beauty

Following her younger sister Kylie Jenner's footsteps, Kim Kardashian West is also releasing a beauty line. While she and her other sisters Khloe and Kourtney were tagged in Kardashian Beauty, the upcoming line from Mrs. Kanye West will be her sole venture. The flagship products by the brand are, of course, contour and highlight kits.


Style star Chiara Ferragni is releasing a capsule collection for the summer with TOD's, which will be available in July at TOD'S flagship stores as well as TODS.com.

Ice Cream and Cotton Candy

After the success of their first collaboration, rapper A$AP Rocky and GUESS have partnered once again to release a collection of vintage-inspired apparel, including logo tees, cropped boxy jackets, and more. The collection will be sold exclusively at GUESS outlets at ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City starting 8 July.

Check out what happened earlier this week.



Going to fashion bargains feels like going on a treasure hunt. You're armed with an enormous shopping bag where you can stuff all your little trinkets, a mini-wallet with enough spare change (note: don't ever go on a bargain hunt without spare change) and a water bottle to rehydrate. With these essentials, it's time dig in and find some precious fashion pieces. Don't know where to find them? Check these places out. 

Mongkok, Hong Kong SAR

The Mong Kok area is one of the destinations that you shouldn't miss when you go to Hong Kong. It's a bustling scene of an array of stores that ranges from boutiques to traditional market stands. One street that is particularly known to have an abundant women's fashion merchandise is the Tung Choi Street. Aside from fashion bargains, you can also find authentic electronics and sports equipment that are sold for lower prices than how they retail back in your hometown. Get ready to do some serious walking along the streets of Mongkok if you want to compare prices and find the best deal that you can snag. 

Platinum Fashion Mall, Bangkok, Thailand

When someone says that you're gonna stop by a shopping mall, you'd expect to find the usual fast fashion brands. But the Platinum Mall in the Pratunam area will present you with another option or options — lots and lots of them. It's a six-storey mall full of fashion clothing wholesale choices (note: they consider buying three dresses as a wholesale transaction already). It even has a bridal section that carries different designs for every bride-to-be's preference. Good news is if you need to take a break, you can grab a quick bite at their food court. Afterwards, you can go back to shopping!

Dongdaemun Market, Seoul, South Korea

If you've been hit by Hallyu (Korean wave), then the Dongdaemun market is the place to be to get your hands on the latest K-fashion trends. It's a whole shopping district divided into five blocks, where you'll find a whole lot of Korean goods aside from clothing. For K-fashion, you can find the Designer's Club and Gwanghee Fashion Mall in section 2, where you can buy great designs for less. In the other sections, you can purchase inexpensive traditional Korean Hanbok to satisfy your K-drama dreams. Walk some more and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the massive cosmetics and skincare products that you'll find. This is the place where you can shop till you drop.

Ubud Traditional Art Market, Bali, Indonesia

In just a single glance, the Ubud Traditional Art Market will overload your senses. The feast of colours, the aroma of street food from nearby vendors, the sounds of a typical open market and so on. But, what will catch your fashionista eye is the interesting patterns and dyes on the clothing that they sell. You can find diverse and unique fabrics like Batic. You can even ask some vendors to tailor dresses for you for a minimal fee.

Qipu Lu Clothing Market, Shanghai, China

When you visit Shanghai, make sure to drop in Qipu Lu market. This market is a bit intimidating for the newbie bargain hunter due to its messy appearance and persistent vendors. But once you look past the initial chaos, you're in for some great fashion deals. A word of warning — if you're being sold branded merchandise for a very low price, then the authenticity of the product may be questionable. When shopping here, it's best to stick to trendy clothing, shoes and accessories, so you don't get disappointed. 

(Cover photo from: Vanessaxlim)

If you want to explore the best fashion deals, then you have to do some walking. Make sure to pack these shoes on your next trip.