Skirt Me Up :: Straight Cut Skirt Worn As A Dress

Sunday, September 29, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 2 Comments

Skirt worn as a dress : NALA ( similar styles)
Belt : Vintage Tale
Earrings / Ring : mom's ( similar here)
Shoes : Pull & Bear ( similar here & here)
Bag : ( get it here)

Hi everyone,

If you have been following me on Instagram ( @yourstylearchitect), you will notice a shift in my perspective on being a fashion influencer / fashionista. I have always loved fast fashion for the value worth of the item and more so that I can style and trend looks at a lower cost however with all that is going on with climate change, I started to only recently realise how the fast fashion industry significantly contributes to global warming and therefore decided to do my little bit to help make a difference.

To be honest, whilst some of my items are sponsored however most of the items I showcase are my personal buys. And whilst I have also highly recommended " Rent an outfit" concept but for some this may be a costlier option. Therefore working with the current items in your wardrobe, I decided to start showcasing how one can style an item in various ways in order to " stretch your dollar" and be fashion sustainable. You will find these looks on my IGTV on Instagram.

Meanwhile, this " dress" you see in this post is actually a skirt that is part of a Malay style outfit known as a Baju Kurung. The longer style top can be worn as a summer dress on its own and since this is a maxi skirt, I decided to split up the outfit to create different outfits from one. Therefore the skirt has been styled as a strapless summer dress here in this post.

I had done the same too with a maxi skirt that was featured on my IGTV ( 4 Ways To Wear A Maxi Skirt). Cinching the waist with a wide leather belt helps to create some form to the outfit and as the print was a batik style print, I decided to style this look retro with a headscarf and retro accessories. Thanks to my mom, these vintage earrings ( way back from the 50s and ring which was actually a scarf ring) completed the look for me.

I kinda enjoy mix and matching an existing piece from my wardrobe to create different looks so that one need not constantly be out purchasing new outfits but rather get creative to style what you have in your closet in different looks. You can also do your part to help global warming in this way.

Let me know if you have any further styling ideas on how to wear a maxi skirt.

Simone xoxo

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Ways To Style A Maxi Skirt

Saturday, September 21, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Top : Cotton On ( get it here) // Jacket : H&M ( similar here & here)
Bag: Chanel ( get it here & here) // Skirt : H&M ( similar here & here)
Shoes : SaksFifthAvenue ( similar here) // Ring : Lovisa ( similar here & here)
Earrings : Etsy ( get it here) // Belt : ASOS ( similar here)

Hi everyone,

I recently came across a picture from Carolina Herrera's Fall 2019 collection and immediately thought to myself - " I have a similar looking skirt in my wardrobe". So off I went pulling this skirt out which I had featured before on my post in one of my previous looks ( see post here), and decided to work on styling this skirt 4 ways starting off with the look inspired by Carolina Herrera.

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I styled my skirt in 4 different ways and released an IGTV video on Instagram where some of you had commented that you had liked this particular look, whilst others were intrigued in how I mixed and match the skirt with existing pieces from my wardrobe to create different looks for different occasions. You can check out the video below.

Please click on this link if you are unable to view the video above :

I think in this day and age, with us fashionistas being more conscious of how we shop and how we can help to sustain fashion, therefore, trying to mix and match items from your current wardrobe and recycling looks is most certainly a refreshing way to add life to old pieces and also to be creative in our styling options.

I hope you enjoy the video as well as this designer inspired  look for Fall 2019 and do let me know which look is your favourite from the video.

Simone xoxo

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Ghospell Reading

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 Simone - Your Style Architect 8 Comments

Top : Ghospell // Bottom : J. Crew // Bag : Miuccia Studio // Ring : Lovisa 
Earrings : own, vintage // Watch : own, Dad's.

Hi everyone,

If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have realised that Cookie my 14.5yr old Furbaby had given up her fight with cancer and passed away, a week ago today and hence I had taken some time off from blogging and social media,  seeing she needed lots of my time and attention over the last few weeks as she counted down her days.

The good thing was that I was able to have her home with me and when she took her last breath naturally, I was holding her in my arms. The most beautiful and peaceful way for her to go and for me to have full closure.

Thank you for your comments and support on IG of which every kind word meant so much to me.

Back to this look, this was a casual look shot recently in one of the backstreets around my residential area. It is such a beautiful area where the old meets new and I love how the rustic backstreets sometimes create that perfect mood and backdrop to showcase a modern outfit.

This top by Ghospel, a UK label, has a similar print to traditional batik that one can find in Asia. And I like how a traditional print has been uplifted by a modern design of a top. Cool and comfortable I paired this look with casual jeans, a statement rattan bag and glitter wedges. Exuding the retro feel, I took some of mom's old clip on earrings to complete the look and the watch was Dad's which I thought was a perfect fit to the outfit.

I hope you like this look and here's a few pictures of Cookie photobombing me whilst I was doing my  blogging shots through the years.

25 MAY 2005 - 27 AUGUST 2019

I will most certainly miss her so very very much!

Simone xoxo

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