6 Timeless Style Tips From Fashion Icon Gloria Vanderbilt | Clozette

Before Paris Hilton and the Kardashians, there was Gloria Vanderbilt. Born in one of the wealthiest and most well-known families in America, Gloria can be considered a princess in her own right. Her personal life was narrated in newspaper headlines even at a young age. She was a prominent figure in high society back in her heyday during the 1940s until the '70s. Some even speculated that Truman Capote based Holly Golightly, the eccentric heroine of his novel Breakfast at Tiffany's, on her. But between all the partying and lavish spending, Gloria became more than just a socialite but also a notable fashion designer and style icon.

Her most iconic legacy is marketing and co-designing the Murjani Jeans for women, which in the mid-1970s was groundbreaking as most denim designs were cut to fit the male silhouette. After airing a catchy commercial, the jeans were an instant hit. By the 1980s, her denim line was a best-seller — even beating Calvin Klein at one point.

On 17 June 2019, Gloria Vanderbilt passed at age 95. To celebrate her contribution to fashion, we listed the top six timeless style tips that we can learn from this style icon's best looks. 

Cat eye glasses are always classy

No matter what era it is, cat eye glasses can give you that sassy yet classy flair. This versatile piece can also work with any outfit, from formal dresses to modern, casual looks.

Ruffles in the right places

Ruffles had their comeback moment last year, but Gloria Vanderbilt shows us that a little ruffle is always a welcome choice. Adding funky details to an elegant ensemble will always make it more interesting.

Maxi dresses with boat necklines are a classic

Want to sport a sexy and classy look? Go for Gloria's tried-and-tested formula: boat necklines matched with maxi hemlines. It's a timeless ensemble that can still work in 2019.

Chic statement jewellery works wonders

Sometimes, all you need is a set of chic statement jewellery to spice up your look. Even the most basic gowns can be transformed with the right accessory.

Mini shoulder pads can also look glam

Even though we also love the strong, oversized shoulder pads, we can't deny that there's a certain elegance in wearing the more subtle version. 

Turtlenecks will always be a staple

Sleek turtlenecks will always be a style staple that anyone can rock. You can pair them with jeans, slacks or even a pair of shorts and they will still look sophisticated.

(Cover photo from: @gloriavanderbilt)



We’re past the middle of June in a blink of an eye. Feeling out of the loop in this seemingly quick flow of time? Don’t worry and just catch all the latest updates from the world of fashion. From Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson finally going official on Instagram to the newly released Ariana Grande x H&M collab — it’s all here. In case you’ve missed them this weekend, read on to find out about these exciting bites.

Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson are officially together on Instagram

We’ve been seeing them a lot together since May, but we’ve never heard them confirm that they were actually a couple until now. Finally, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson gave us what we can consider an official confirmation of their relationship. In celebration of Pride this month, Cara posted a short video of them kissing from Her Smell, a film they both starred in. Cara tagged Ashley and the clip was accompanied by rainbow and heart-eyes emojis. Moments later, Ashley commented three hearts, which we can take as a sign of them going official. We couldn’t be happier for these two! 

Swatch launches their new BIG BOLD line of watches

Person wearing a colourful sweater and two huge watches

Swatch BIG BOLD watches, SGD140 each

Last 14 June, Swatch introduced their brand new BIG BOLD Collection, designed for bold personalities. The collection features six different watch models with massive watch heads covered with slightly curved glass. The contrasting 3D prints on the straps and on the dial highlight the big personalities of the watches, making them the perfectly striking statement piece. Because of their subtly toned backgrounds and contemporary design, these watches will surely give the urban streetwear vibes your look needs.   

Ariana Grande x H&M Collection is finally here

Ariana releasing this pink jersey bodysuit in a collab with H&M and Cara Delevingne and Ashle Benson going official are just some of the latest stories this weekend

Light pink printed jersey body, SGD19.95 (source)

Ahead of her US Tour, Ariana Grande released her latest merch collection in collaboration with H&M. With this, aside from just quoting Ariana’s relatable lyrics on your Instagram captions, you can now also wear them every day. H&M created a selection of pieces ranging from body suits to sweatshirts in a gentle pink and cream palette.  So, if you’re a fan of her hits, catch these statement pieces on hm.com before they sell out. 

Prince Harry celebrates his first-ever Father’s Day with a photo of Archie

With the newly born Royal baby here, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Father’s Day on Instagram the same way they did with Meghan Markle on Mother’s Day. Through their official account, @sussexroyal, the couple posted a sweet photo of the tiny Archie being held by Prince Harry. The shot featured the cute baby holding his father’s finger, giving us a first glimpse of his eyes. This was Prince Harry’s first-ever Father’s Day so it was an even more special day for the new dad.

(Cover photo from: @caradelevingne)

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Since the beginning of time, fashion has been used to make a statement. It embodies personalities, movements, and even ideals way beyond it becoming the industry we know of today. But one of its definitive functions — at least decades ago — was to separate the male silhouette from the female's. This all changed when suffragettes decided to wear trousers in the 1800s in their quest for equal rights, and thus igniting the fire for the many fashion revolutions that brought us to today's scene. 

Now, gender-fluid garbs are taking centre stage. Evolving from androgynous looks that balance elements of masculinity and femininity or the lack of both to produce a non-binary aesthetic, gender-fluid fashion is its bolder cousin. As its name suggests, it completely embraces and shifts between male and female silhouettes whenever one pleases, regardless of sexual identity.

It's also worth noting that gender-fluid fashion differs from drag in the sense that people don't make personas when wearing gender-fluid outfits. Simply put, it's when a man wearing a dress without anyone batting an eyelash in a way that women of today can wear trousers the way they please. 

One of the biggest explosions in gender-fluid fashion happened in 2016 with Japan's 'Genderless Kei' trend. Pushing the boundaries of gender conformity to make a statement against homophobia and transphobia in the country, idols and online personalities took the movement mainstream as an encouragement to the youth. This was later on embraced in the West. Celebrities like Billy Porter, Ezra Miller, Jaden Smith, Ruby Rose, and Tilda Swinton nail this side of fashion completely, sporting stunning gender-bending looks on various occasions. 

But what might be the most riveting aspect of gender-fluid fashion is its idea of freedom in self-expression. Regardless of one's own sexual preferences, gender-fluid fashion invites people to break the mould. In fact, it also makes a statement on how fashion should be comfortable and practical, much like the protest done in 2017 by English schoolboys who wore skirts to school when told that they couldn't wear shorts despite the peak of the summer heat. 

If our primer got you intrigued — and even swayed — by the idea of gender-fluid fashion, we say why not give it a try? Whether you're an LGBTQ fashionista or an ally who wants to know how liberating gender-fluid fashion can be, we've got just the brands to check out for your wardrobe overhaul. 


With the Met Gala making Camp a big mood this 2019, why not go the extra mile with your gender-fluid style by going for maximalist cuts and designs? Founded by Italian-Japanese fashion designer (and renowned Lady Gaga collaborator) Nicola Formicetti, Nicopanda serves street-style-meets-couture with their array of pieces lined with tulle, bold graphics, and just lots and lots of colour. Following their limitless aesthetic is their brand ethos, which states that they are "designed for all and available to all." If you don't want to skimp out on being brazen, this label is definitely for you. 

Telfar Global

Established in 2005, Telfar is one of the earliest brands to offer a unisex selection even before it was 'cool'. With looks that range from casual to edgy to downright crisp and business-like, the brand has continuously made waves in the past couple of New York Fashion Weeks with their gritty pieces and audio-visual runway allure. But apart from their compelling visuals, most of Telfar's pieces are surprisingly versatile to play around with, making them a great fit for your already existing wardrobe. 


Straightforwardly made to be enjoyed and worn by all, One DNA is one's gender-neutral basics fantasy. The label's clean, minimalist and monochromatic style not only falls into some of today's biggest trends in fashion, but they also take pride in their assistive service. This allows customers to reach out to them via email to ask for styling and sizing advice to ensure that they make the most out of their not-so-basic and gender-neutral picks from the brand. 

Son Min

Trendy and made to be donned by all, this Vietnamese brand has been an online favourite amongst couples and friends who want to break free from wearing your usual twinning outfits. Mostly taking inspiration from edgier, grungier, and sometimes utilitarian accents and graphics, their range of choices ensures that you'll never run out of outfit inspirations. 

Genderfree World

As it reads on their Instagram account, Genderfree World is all about creating clothes that are more focused on fit and comfort rather than gender conformity. Those who want to check out their products get to choose from their four button-down types (with an extensive size range) and other various garments tailored for varying physical assets. We're talking versatile gender-fluid top that still accommodates your bosoms, boxers that take into account whether you have a package or not, and more. Cool, right? 

(Cover photo from: @nicopanda)

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