Summer In The City: Guide To Wearing Brights | Clozette

Summer is the time of the year when brights are the trendiest. But wearing bold hues as a working girl in a bustling city might be tricky. How exactly can you get the best of both worlds and enjoy wearing a bright-astic summer style while keeping it professional? Keep reading.

Go for breezy fabrics 

A breezy orange maxi skirt

Elizabeth and James Frances Crepe De Chine Maxi Skirt, USD433;

Texture plays a big role in the overall look and feel of a clothing piece; the weather does, too. So if you’re in a humid city like Singapore, pick a bright-coloured skirt with flowy fabric but still boasts a flattering silhouette that gives off a professional vibe.

Have fun with prints

A ruffled dress with bright floral print

Erdem Louisa Ruffled Floral-print Ponte Dress USD1,081;

Joining the ‘brights’ trend doesn’t necessarily mean sticking to solid colours. Look for a sleek dress that has a tropical or summer-inspired print, then layer on a blazer for meetings or wear it as is for cocktails after work. This piece doubles up as a dress for a tropical destination wedding in Bali, too.

Let your shoes do the talking

crystal-embellished satin pumps

Roger Vivier Crystal-embellished Satin Pumps, USD316;

Here’s how you can effortlessly pull off yellows and other brights at the office: simply wear the colour on your shoe! Brighten up a nice pastel ensemble or a neat neutral look with a pair of shoes that’s as exhilarating as the energy in Shanghai.

Go bold but structured

A blood orange structured jumpsuit with culotte leg and pleated bodice

ASOS DESIGN Structured Jumpsuit With Culotte Leg And Pleated Bodice, USD50.41;

The style and structure of a clothing piece can dictate whether it can pass off as good for a particular setting. In the case of workwear, go for something with structure and then squeeze in the colour. This jumpsuit would work really well for the office and after-hours if you’re in Manila, where a bit of creativity in dressing up for corporate settings is common.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

Tasseled gold-toned cord earrings

Rosantica Tasseled, Gold-toned Cord Earrings, USD77;

In a busy city like Jakarta, you’d want your outfit to stand out but not add visual noise to the hustle and bustle going around. The best way to do it is to subtly incorporate brights into your outfit through accessories. It’s all in the details, so make sure you choose fun, bright ones for the season.

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In case you haven't noticed, straw materials are big in fashion right now. First, there were the rattan straw bags. They came in the form of basket bags, totes and even backpacks. Now, the oversized straw hats are entering the scene as well. We're not complaining though; in fact, we're loving this rising sunhat style as much as the next beach babe. Keep reading to get the 411 on this next — literally — big, giant trend. 

It's a re-emerging trend

This big-brimmed hat may be new to our eyes but it's actually a re-emerging trend. About 26 years ago, this oversized headwear made an appearance at the Dior Spring/Summer 1992 couture show. And even before that, the straw hat was already being donned by famous personalities of their time like Brigitte Bardot back in the 1950s. In true fashion of the 2010s, this trend from yesteryears is being revived but this time with a more sophisticated touch. Case in point is Jacquemus' Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which featured the floppy hat designed with an elegant fold (pictured above).

It's quickly gaining worldwide attention

There's no doubt that this trend is eye-catching and fashionistas the world over are eager to get a piece of it. From Asia to Europe, it's been garnering attention and being showcased in editorial covers. Vogue Spain featuring the trending piece in Vogue Living, Chinese actress Li Bingbing donning Giorgio Armani for her cover girl shoot with Cosmopolitan China are just a couple of the features that caught our eye.

Here are some styling ideas

Styling a giant hat is not always easy but it can be done in a glam way without looking ridiculous. Just think of it as a wearable version of an umbrella. You can take it to the beach or to a casual garden wedding. The styling ideas are brimming (pun intended) with possibilities. Take it from Bella Hadid who wore it as an effective whole-body shade while sunbathing. 

A more subtle version of the oversized sunhat is also an option. Match it with a cute tropical-printed dress and straw bag for the ultimate beach holiday look.

It also looks cute with a lacey baby doll dress and some dainty espadrilles! As an alternative, we can also imagine that a sleek slip dress would look great with the big sunhat if you're not into baby doll dresses. Whichever way, we think this ensemble is great for casual weekend trips to nearby getaways. 

The cool twisted polo trick and midi bottom combo complement the oversized straw hat nicely. The result is a laid-back, understated chic outfit.

And you know what the coolest part of this trend is? At the end of the day, it can double as a beach mat where you can lounge in style. Not to mention that it makes for a great Instagram post. Who said big hats can't be glamorous and practical at the same time? 

(Cover photo from: @dennielias)

Next, try the logomania trend with these style tips. 



Through the years, fashion brands and personalities continuously strive to move beyond the stereotype that their industry is just all glitz and glamour. And with their movement towards sustainability and gender equality, we can say that in this era, fashion is a major contributor in sparking and even inspiring change in our society. One of the things that they are now slowly exploring and supporting is mental health awareness. 

With the call for validating mental health as a vital issue that needs to be addressed, many fashion brands have stepped forward to create pieces, collections and even campaigns that showcase how clothing has become a battle armour for people who have been struggling with 'silent sicknesses' for years.

Curious to see how they're doing it? Keep on reading to find out. 

The Mindful Company x Samaritans of Singapore

An arm shown wearing unisex bracelets with stainless steel pendants containing the words “How are you today” crafted into a delicate circle


This collaboration between the jewellery company and the non-profit suicide prevention agency has created a line that reminds us to check in not just on our loved ones but also ourselves, especially when it comes to one's mental health. The collaboration is called "How are you today?" which features a unisex bracelet with a stainless steel pendant containing the words “How are you today” crafted into a delicate circle. Each bracelet also comes with a mini “cheat sheet” featuring six easy tips on how to start a possibly life-changing conversation. Each bracelet costs SGD39; SGD10 of each sale is dedicated to Samaritans of Singapore for community initiatives. 

To Write Love On Her Arms

A black graphic shirt with the words "Never ever let go of hope" written on it in neon colours

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It has been a well-known fact that the arms are usually where self-harm scars are often found, especially for those who are suffering from mental health issues — thus the name of this non-profit movement. Their trendy apparel is perfect for everyday wear and yet speaks volumes when it comes to messages of hope and self-care. Part of the proceeds goes to helping mental health patients pay for treatments. 

Maison De Choup x Young Minds

A yellow graphic shirt with the words "Warrior Not Worrier" printed on it

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The brainchild of a young artist George Hodgson, driven by his own struggles with crippling anxiety, the brand has now become a voice for artists and designers who support the message of finding hope and strength in oneself. A quarter of the proceeds, specifically from their 'Warrior Not Worrier' collection, goes to Young Minds, a non-profit organisation in the UK that supports young people who struggle with mental health issues. 

Wear Your Label

A plain white shirt bearing the words "The Future Is Stigma Free"

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Simple, straightforward, stylish — these are the three things best to describe the brand Wear Your Label. Aiming for a stigma-free society, they released a shirt specifically for the benefit of Bring Change to Mind, a charitable organisation focused on ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness, wherein 100% of the sales piece will be donated to the charity. 


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Taking a lighthearted and quirkier approach to 'wellness fashion', Fandabby goes for more colourful and even cartoonish designs and layouts for their pieces. On top of each item's price, they ask for at least GBP2/~USD2.65 as a donation, which will be given to their mental health organisation partners in support of their #RemoveTheLabel movement. 

If you are or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call these suicide hotlines: 1800-221 4444 (Singapore), +2 804-HOPE (4673) (Philippines) or 603-79571306 (Malaysia).