31 August 2014

Free And Easy




Joyce, Insurance, Shoes from Charles & Keith. 


Joyce opened our eyes to the perks of working in insurance. “I don’t have to work under people, and I have the freedom to manage my own time,” she says. “I can be my own boss.” By managing her time and meeting her targets, she can take leave almost anytime she wants, so she is able to travel frequently; two or three times a year, in fact. Her most recent trip was in January, and she’s already planning her next vacation with friends to Australia in October. Another thing to envy about Joyce would be her classic sense of style. Joyce says she likes shopping at local online blogshops for her office threads, and it’s surprising what good finds she discovers. She updates a sensible white blouse with a pair of high cut, tie-waisted grey pants—both from blogshops.

30 August 2014

It Takes Two






Xiao Yun, Insurance, Necklace from Lovisa. 

Xiao Yun isn’t afraid of colour, and by pairing a forest-green blouse with a colour-blocked skirt, she stands out among the usual neutral tones of the office crowd. We like that she makes a fitting skirt look classy by making sure that the length is just right, and that her top is cut more loosely. Xiao Yun says that she would be travelling the world if she wasn’t working in insurance, but she likes her job, despite the hectic first few years she needs to establish her base. Interestingly, she also takes tango lessons in her free time. “I’ve only been learning it for a couple of months,” she says. “I’m not so good at it yet.” We half-think she’s only being modest.

29 August 2014

Uncommon Threads


Nicholas, IT, Jeans from Gustin, Shoes from Florsheim, Watch from Steinhart, Bag from Filson. 

We spotted Nicholas quietly sitting down after office hours, and noted that his outfit, while simple, had some nice touches—a work bag that stood out from the masses of black briefcases, for example, and the striped orange socks that contrasted with his forest green polo tee. Getting past his quiet demeanour, we found out that Nicholas is quite a brand maven, hunting down new brands online, and even joining in the crowdfunding behind the American brand from which his jeans are from. “I like that the process of crowdfunding cuts out the middleman,” he says. Yet another way to cut out the middleman would be to do it yourself, and Nicholas also dabbles in leatherwork in his free time; in fact, he made the strap of the watch he is currently wearing. “I took a class once some time back, then learnt the rest online. I make mostly small stuff, like watch straps, wallets, card holders, and device sleeves.” As a man in the IT industry, he supposes that it is in his nature. “I like taking things apart, improving them and putting it back together again.”

28 August 2014

Spoonful of Sugar





Valerie, Trading, Dress from H&M, Phonecase from Moschino.For someone who has only been working for 5 months in her current job, Valerie couldn’t be more enthusiastic. “I love it,” she says. “I’ve always been interested in the industry.” Perhaps one of the reasons why she feels so content at her job is because she works reasonable hours, and is able to balance her personal life and work. “Maybe the only thing I would want is more time with my bed,” Valerie says. She takes about 1.5 hours to get ready in the morning, including time for “zoning out.” This time translates into her outfit, which is simple and practical, but also chic. We like the lace details on her dress and her eye-catching, deep blue necklace. And not to forget—that sweet phone casing, which shows that while Valerie might be dressed in sombre tones, there’s a side to her that is playful and fun.

27 August 2014

Craftsman



Don, Finance, Bag from Basis Bags, Pocket square from Benjamin Barker, Brooch and Watch from Etsy.


Don easily stands out from the crowd, and not only because of his impressive height. Dressed impeccably despite the afternoon heat, he scoffs at any excuses that Singaporean men make for not dressing up. “I think it’s ridiculous. Most Singaporean guys dress really badly. Just because you wear one Gucci belt does not make it okay.” Don plays around with accessories like cufflinks, ties, and pocket squares to pull his outfit together, and believes that having well-fitted basics form the foundation of any good workwear wardrobe. He should know—a fan of tailor-made clothing and mixing prints and textures, he gives us a handful of recommendations of his favourite places to go to for customizable, quality clothing. True to his interest in DIY, Don likes looking for non-mainstream labels and supports local brands as well, but says “it’s so sad because they keep going out of business.” He seems quite content with his job and his work-life balance, but when asked about what alternative careers he would pursue, he says: “Realistically, I would be in PR, or writing for a fashion magazine. Slightly less realistically would be to design my own line of menswear.”

26 August 2014

Rebel At Heart





Dionne, Banking, Top from Zara, Watch from Guess. 

Dionne’s sunny smile is quite a contrast with her full-black outfit. “I love black,” she declares. “You can’t go wrong with black.” A self-proclaimed tomboy when she was younger, Dionne isn’t one to be seen in typical feminine, girly outfits. She adds a gunmetal statement necklace and an oversized watch to amp up her casual Friday outfit. It seems that Dionne is one of the lucky ones who manages to have enough time for both her personal and working life. “My friends all work nearby, so sometimes we meet up during lunch or for dinner after work.” Dionne is getting restless at work, and would love to travel. Afterall, this spunky girl says her personal motto is: live life to the fullest.

25 August 2014

Rising Sun


Sayaka, Student, Socks from Kutsushitaya, Bag from Opaque Clip. 

We knew this lass was Japanese from the moment we spotted her, clad in an outfit that was distinctly kawaii, in cheery colours, striped socks, and open-toed sandals. We especially liked how Sayaka matched her coral pink lipstick to her bag and the accents on her shoes. With some help from her boyfriend, with whom she is holidaying with in Singapore, we find out that she hails from Fukuoka, Japan, and is a 4th year university student studying Japanese linguistics. She also has to study English, however, a language which she finds “very, very difficult”. In her free time, Sayaka likes to go to the theatre, and especially enjoys watching musicals. She met her boyfriend while in driving school, and this is their first time here in Singapore.