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Skinny, distressed; whatever your preferred style and cut may be, here are the places to buy your dream pair of denim bottoms in Singapore
While one can never have too many shoes, us Honeycombers would also like to think that the same applies for jeans. A wardrobe staple that has saved us from committing fashion faux pas on many occasions, it’s safe to say just one pair is never enough. Whatever your preferred style of denim is — be it skinny, distressed or even embellished — you’ll find the perfect pair at these jeans specialty stores in Singapore.
Folks, welcome to designer denim heaven. Holding firm to the belief that jeans are the bread and butter of every wardrobe, this multi-label store is a mecca of luxury labels we all know and love from the U.S., Europe, and Japan – think cult favourites like J Brand, Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Rock & Republic, and loads more.
Bread & Butter, #B2-14 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and #01-50A VivoCity.
Levi’s classic 501s – perfect for both ladies & men!
Can’t forget about the ultimate granddaddy of jeans – Levi’s! The epitome of timeless American style and effortless cool, you simply can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi’s classic 501s – the original blue jeans that has remained an all-time best selling wardrobe staple for over 150 years.
Levi’s, various locations islandwide.
Timeless styles, classic cuts, innovative fabrics; we’re big fans of Uniqlo jeans. Ladies, don’t miss out on the Ultra Stretch collection (slim fit, skinny fit, high-rise, ankle length, pencil skirt and more!) that’s made with high-quality Selvedge denim. Guys, our top picks here include the ultra-lightweight Miracle Air skinny fit jeans and the regular fit jeans – designed in partnership with renowned Japanese jeans maker Kaihara.
Uniqlo, various outlets islandwide. Visit website for details.
Topshop offers trendy, affordable clothes including all sorts of denim for women, with Topman doing the same for the lads. From high-waisted jeans and the on-trend Mom jeans, to the stretch-skinny Jamies and the slim-fit denims, this street-savvy fashion retail chain is versatility at its finest!
Topshop/Topman, various locations islandwide.
Remember the infamous “Nothing comes in between me and my Calvins” ad? That’s Calvin Klein for you: perennially provocative and racy. Best known for its sexy models clad in figure-hugging jeans (and usually not much else), #mycalvins Denim Series is the perfect fit for your denim essentials. Whatever your preferred style and cut may be, CK has it all.
Calvin Klein Jeans, #02-40/41 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, p. 67325250. Open daily 10am-9pm.
Whatever your silhouette, Gap’s got your back. Available in a plethora of modern fits for both men and women, cop comfortable jeans in standard, skinny, slim, straight, boot-cut, ripped and many more trendy styles and washes that are versatile and easily matched with any sort of outfit.
Gap, various locations islandwide.
With a name like that, it’s no surprise that The Denim Store is every denim lover’s go-to destination for their pick of sought-after labels like Cheap Monday, Freitag, April 77, and Samurai Jeans. The multi-label boutique is also the exclusive local retailer of cult label Nudie Jeans. Looking to complete your outfit? Hit the racks for their awesome selection of Ksubi eyewear, Red Wing shoes, and Dr. Martens Airwair.
The Denim Store,#03-11/12/13, 313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895, p. 6733 3608. Open daily 11:00am – 9:30pm.
True Religion (D)Hydrate Denim
Since hitting the scene in 2002, True Religion has caught the attention of fashionistas and denim lovers alike, thanks to its ‘70s inspired design aesthetic that redefine premium jeans as we know it. Think intricate embroidery, hand-sanded vintage washes, and a sexy Bohemian vibe favoured by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Kate Hudson, and Usher.
True Religion, #B1-05, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore, 238801, p. 6634 0249.
Vintage American style meets premium Japanese selvedge denim in this cult label. A firm favourite amongst celebrities like Jay-Z, David Beckham, and Queen Bey herself, Evisu is best known for its gritty, urban inspired denims, signature attention to detail, and custom distressing – making every pair of its jeans unique.
Evisu, #B2-110, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956, p. 6688 7461.
Luxury denim brands from LA – Citizens of Humanity and Mother are available in Club Monaco
The high-end casual clothing label is now in the denim game, with the addition of luxury denim brands from LA – Citizens of Humanity and Mother. Available in Club Monaco boutiques worldwide, both labels draw inspiration from California’s relaxed vibe, making them the perfect accompaniment to the urban sensibility that Club Monaco is best known for.
Club Monaco, #B1-41/47/48 Ngee Ann City & #B2-101, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Pioneer in denim and casual fashion, Diesel is your go-to stop for trendy premium casual jeans. Denim tops, denim jackets and a slew of denim bottoms in various colours, design and cuts, you’ll surely find something cool to rock here. Our personal fave: the JoggJeans collection – made with premium fabrics for effortless movement, flexibility and comfort while ensuring the perfect fit; what’s not to like?
Diesel,#02-47A, Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859, p. 6235 0868. Open daily 10am-9pm.
Looking for quality jeans? Say no more. G-Star combines high-level craftsmanship with edgy, street styles to produce its signature denim silhouette. From raw and unwashed to bleached and dyed, treat your legs to quality, textured jeans that will have you turning heads.
A chic pair of jeans doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – this Australian retail chain is the affordable yet stylish denim destination. Girls, get acquainted with its limited denim collection 91:LTD where you can get your hands on jeans with on-trend styles. Boys, take a look at its 91 collection – from slouch tapered to slim joggers, you might be able to score a pair of affordable urban casual jeans here.
Cotton On, various locations islandwide.
Think of the girls you always see in L’Oreal advertisements. The ones with the brown hair reaching to their waists who, for thirty seconds, exist only to wordlessly toss their glossy manes.
Now think of the complete opposite of that.
The Pob, short for “political bob”, is what Vogue has called the thinking woman’s hairstyle of choice. Worn most prominently by famous politicians Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton, it’s a trend that’s easy to miss at first glance.
Once you see it, impossible not to notice. And it’s right here in Singapore.
The female version of the power suit, the Pob is the hairstyle of choice for Indranee Rajah, Grace Fu, Sim Ann, Amy Khor, Josephine Teo, Low Yen Ling and Denise Phua. All Members of Parliament, all from the PAP, and all highly accomplished in their political careers, they occupy positions from Mayor to Senior Minister of State. They probably all go to the same hairdresser.
For all we know, Halimah Yacob could very well have a Pob too.
While there are outliers like the younger and less seasoned Members of Parliament Tin Pei Ling and Cheng Li Hui, the Pob still easily outnumbers their longer hairstyles 16 to 5.
So why the Pob?
Like Botox, the Pob is an excellent option for older women.
According to Salon Director Victor Liu from Chez Vous Hair Salon, a Bob or Pixie cut has the effect of “opening up one’s face and showing off one’s cheekbones for a classic yet younger vibe”.
Like Botox, the Pob is an excellent option for older women in particular (most of our MPs included) who want to look instantly younger.
“For women above 40, their hair ends can tend to be drier and puff outwards, resulting in triangular-looking or bottom-heavy hair, especially once it falls below the shoulders. This can ‘drag’ one’s energy and face down, making them look tired and unkempt.”
Pobs help to redistribute the weight of the hair back up to the crown. “This makes women appear more awake and youthful, and also creates some much-needed volume,” says Victor.
Age, in Singapore, is still seen as less of a valuable resource and more of a debilitating quality. Hence it’s become imperative that our MPs, although well into their fifties and sixties, don’t look like it.
And given our habit of splashing the faces of MPs across newspapers and large banners strung up outside community centres, appearances do matter.
The Pob in all it's variants.
But to truly understand how the Pob works, it’s important to understand what it isn’t.
The Pob is the very antithesis of long, luscious hair — a traditional symbol of femininity and overt female sexuality. While we may no longer consider femininity to be synonymous with being passive or weak, long hair is still often associated with vanity and being high maintenance.
While this may work in your favour if you’re a social media personality (influencer), it can be less effective when it comes to winning over voters. We want our female MPs to be desexualised. We don’t want to see them as women, we want to see them as politicians.
As Vogue puts it, the Pob is discreet, non-sexual, and says “woman able to compete in a man’s world”.
It aligns with Singapore’s conservative values, where someone who means business also needs to look non-intimidating and relatable. With a hairstyle like the Pob, you don’t look too ‘girlish’, all while appearing as mature and competent as one’s male counterparts.
We saw this happen back in the 2011 GE, where Tin Pei Ling was judged just for how she looked. No surprise that she was one of the few candidates who wore her long hair loose. These days, she wears a neater and more ‘conservative’ ponytail reminiscent of primary school regulations.
But should she ever want to be a Minister, she’ll probably have to let her ponytail go.
Hence, it’s not enough for our MPs to just be competent and adaptable. They need to look every bit the part too, regardless of what anyone says about looks not being everything.
This is where the Pob saves the day.
Given that gendered stereotypes continue to influence how various hairstyles and colours are perceived, none of our MPs rock big waves, fanciful perms, or wild colours. These are styles we intrinsically perceive as ‘unbecoming’ of politicians, given their common associations with loud, provocative, sometimes desirable female personalities.
Consequently, Pobs are styled to look like they’re easily managed, and the boldest shade is never bolder than brown.
Although this may seem bland and unimaginative, the payoff most certainly seems worth it. Our female MPs collect salaries of about $200,000 a year. For Ministers, that number jumps to a whopping $2 million a year.
So, say what you will about conforming to stereotypes. Adopting the Pob simply ensures you remain a cut above the rest, in more ways than one.
Activewear is an investment, and your spending shouldn't be limited to the most visible items you workout in like cool trainers and snazzy leggings, because your undergarments matter just as much. This is even more important for bustier women.
The size of your chest should never stand in the way of your active lifestyle and fitness pursuits, so if you're struggling with ill-fitting sports bras, or having to double-bra your way through every workout, the following tips will make your next sports bra shopping trip a complete success.
Workout gear is made from technical, durable fabrics, so instead of reaching for your regular underwear size, get measured so that you're wearing the right size. Due to the fact that brands tend to size their bras differently, you can't rely on your size in one style to be the perfect fit in similar offerings from different brands. To take the tediousness out of getting measured for each and every sportswear brand out there, head to a department store that stocks a variety of different brands, get measured, and ask for recommendations.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of manufacturing, bras for bustier women tend to cost more. If you're used to paying more for your regular underwear, don't expects your sports bras to be any different. While it may feel like a con, paying more for the right fit is important to supporting your back, minimizing the strain on your neck and shoulders, holding your bust secure, and preserving your delicate breast tissue.
Sacrificing style for fit and comfort can be hard, because let's face it, we all want to look good, even if it's just while jogging in the park. But, if you're on the bustier side, then function should be foremost in your mind when shopping for a sports bra. While you have options with fabric and color ways, be mindful of important features like comfortable and adjustable shoulder straps, supportive cups, and durable fastenings.
If you aren't used to wearing a cupped sports bra, it can take some getting used to. High-impact support bras are required to hold you secure without squishing you down while you're being active, and to do that they usually have a snug-fitting band and high cups. If your bra feels a little constricting to begin with, try breaking it in by wearing it around the house for a few hours before you work out in it.
If you pend enough money on your activewear, you'll appreciate it enough to want to wash every item correctly. While there are arguments for both hand and machine washing, we suggest the former. The agitation and high temperatures of machine washing can contribute to the breakdown of the elastic fibers in your sports bra, while hand-washing allows you more control of the temperature, force, and amount of detergent you use to wash your delicates.
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Fashion 999! 10 common outfit mishaps and how to fix them sharpish
But we come bearing good news! For every day-ruining fashion emergency, there’s a weird and wonderful hack to fix it, and it just so happens that we’ve collated ten of the best. So grab a pen and take note. Here’s everything you’ll need for some of the most common fashion emergencies.
Fortunately, hairspray can do a lot more than keep those flyaways in place. Try spraying some over your tights before you put them on. This will stiffen the material and help to prevent them from tearing, meaning you can enjoy both long nails and pristine tights.
Guess what? Hairspray saves the day again! Just spray some directly onto the stain, leave it for 15 minutes, then wipe away with a cloth and warm water. This should remove the most of the stain, if not all of it, meaning you can wear that light top after all.
Head to the nearest bathroom and find some soap, then simply rub some against the zip until it’ll budge. It’ll also work with graphite, so if you’ve got a pencil to hand, rub this against the zipper instead.
Get yourself some trusty safety pins! They’re great for fixing a popped button, and may also come in handy for a few other potential emergencies too. Simply loop one through your buttonhole to keep it in place until you get home, where you can fix it properly.
If your shoes are leather, rub a little toothpaste into the scuff then wipe it away with a cloth. This should remove all trace of the scuff, leaving them as if nothing had ever happened. If they’re suede, treat them more delicately and brush a rubber in one direction over the scuff until it’s gone.
This should save you the trouble of trying to wipe it away with water, meaning you can leave the house minus a patchy stained top that’ll only reveal the mark when it dries again.
Get 2 elastic hair ties and 4 safety pins. Open 2 of the pins and hook them over either end of the hair tie. Then pin one end of the hair tie near the armpit inside your top on the front, and the other near the top of the arm on the back, so that it looks like you’ve attached two straps. Repeat on the other side and you’re all done! The elastic ties will pull the material down, meaning you can lift your arms no problemo. You can watch how to do this here.
Simply tear off a small section and attach directly to your top. It’s also great for keeping collars in place, or for attaching your bra to a strappy top so that it stays put!
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