As Singapore enters her 52nd year, a host of brands are coming together to celebrate her birthday by releasing stylish pieces that every Singaporean woman should get. Whether it’s a t-shirt with Yusof Ishak blowing birthday candles, a Merlion charm or even a Hello Kitty display piece, there are plenty of fashionable ways to wear your reds and whites without looking like you belong in the NDP parade.
1. Customised UTs, $29.90, from Uniqlo.
In celebrating Singapore’s 52nd birthday, Uniqlo has teamed up with local illustrators The Fingersmith Letterpress and Festive Folks to create a series of uber-cute illustrations.
Celebrating familiar icons and idiosyncrasies that make us truly Singaporean, expect to find everything from beloved food dishes and “chope” tissue packets to a funky Stamford Raffles, all available on customised UTs.
Available only at Uniqlo Bugis+.
2. Shoes, from $73, from Pazzion.
Ballerina flats are well-loved by Singaporean women for their comfort factor and the fact that you can wear them with everything and to anywhere. To keep your soles happy this National Day, Pazzion has released a limited edition capsule collection of shoes, bags and kids shoes so that you can wear your national pride wherever you go!
3. Top, $18.95, from Zilingo.
Headed to the Marina Bay Floating Platform to catch the NDP Parade? You’ll want to make sure you suitably dressed because the weather is known to be unforgivingly hot during the day. Choose an off-shoulder top with lace details for a breathable, presentable and comfortable way to stay cool under the heat!
4. Bracelets, from $118, from Carrie K.
If wearing a red tee feels a bit too loud, try a subtler way of showing your love for Singapore by strapping on an elegant leather bracelet. Made by local artisan Carrie K., you can stack them with your bracelets after the fireworks have faded!
5. Jewellery from Monica Vinader.
The lovely folks at Monica Vinader have curated a collection of red jewellery pieces that will go with just about everything you own in your wardrobe. Wear a pair of red earrings with a fitted frock or throw on a dainty bracelet with jeans — the options are endless!
6. Souvenirs from Supermama.
Granted that they aren’t the most wearable, but how can you look at these items without feeling a tinge of nostalgia! In collaboration with local lifestyle store Supermama, Uniqlo is offering shoppers a range of souvenirs that they can purchase for reminiscing or just for giggles.
From the pointy combs that every ah lian needs to the quinessential back-scratcher that we often see at our grandparents’ home, you’ll be presented with a whole range of items that encapsulates a familiar feeling of home.
Available at Uniqlo Orchard Central.
7. Charms from Jet Set Candy.
Known for their homages to various cities that come in the form of adorable little charms, there’s no better time than now to visit Jet Set Candy for your dose of patriotic cuteness. From chilli crab and Singapore Sling to a luggage tag, spot the Singapore-inspired charms and add them to your collection!
8. Commemorative piece from Poh Heng.
Even Hello Kitty is getting in on the celebrations! In commemoration of the nation’s 52nd birthday, Poh Heng Jewellery is releasing a limited edition 22k gold piece that features Hello Kitty nesting in the midst of blooming flowers. The piece will be kept in a special box set, which you will receive upon purchase.
9. Watch from Sovil et Titus.
With just 200 pieces in the world, this special watch from Sovil et Titus is shaping up to be a collector’s item. Featuring the colours of the national flag and a leather strap, wear this with a crisp blue shirt for a classy weekend look.