A plain black top may seem like a total no-brainer to be included in your travel packing list, but you’ll be surprised that these “boring” yet essential pieces are often overlooked and passed up for louder pieces. Basic pieces are always a must-have because they are so versatile and go with pretty much everything. Match them with monochrome separates and you get a sleek look or use them to tone down loud, printed pieces.
If you’re afraid of them being too bland, this Sig Neigum one does the trick. Its asymmetric neckline and white pleated satin trim details add elements of fun to this piece.
Sid Neigum one-shoulder satin-trimmed stretch-knit top, US$204.13 (S$276.96) from Net-a-Porter
If you’re travelling for a business trip, it’s important for you to look corporate-ready in a matter of seconds. Let this cream white Gucci blazer with contrasting red trims be your go-to option. We adore it for having just the right amount of versatility and freshness. Wear it with a pair of matching red wide-legged pants or layered over a playsuit when it gets chilly.
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Gucci Grosgrain-trimmed cady blazer, US$2,585.71 (S$3508.25) from Net-a-Porter
There’s a lot to love about slingback flats. Firstly, they’re comfortable to walk long distances in because they’re flats. Secondly, the straps securely strap your feet into the shoe and it allows you to move freely with a peace of mind. But above all, it’s just a fashion piece that’s convenient, trendy, and effortlessly chic. Our pick is this pair of black square-toe flats that feature rope detailing and a shiny patented finish. It’s the quintessential black flats that every woman needs, but more.
Charles & Keith rope detail slingback flats, $49.90
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Jumpsuits are one-piece wonders that will be your biggest lifesavers when you are running low on time because they do not require much effort to style. Simply throw on this brown jumpsuit with a pair of matching mules and you’re ready to head out of the door in no time.
Pomelo Fashion Classic shirt jumpsuit – brown, $64
Midi skirts are a default wardrobe essential for your travel wardrobe or just for day-to-day dressing in Singapore. For the best type of midi skirt for your body shape, check out our guide. We love a good midi pencil skirt that makes you look sophisticated, but more often than not, these tight pieces restrict movement – which is why this 16Arlington one with a high slit is the best of both worlds.
16Arlington Lipton croc-effect glossed-leather midi skirt, US$694.96 (S$942.91) from Net-a-Porter
For the times that you want to up your sartorial game with more eye-catching pieces but don’t want to go through the hassle of layering accessory on top of more accessories, let printed pieces do the trick instead. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a printed top, bottom or scarf. It passes the test as long as it fulfils two conditions – popping colours and attractive patterns.
Our Second Nature Roadmap pants, $89
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The playsuit runs along the same train of thought as the jumpsuit. It’s a one-and-done fuss-free wardrobe solution, but erring on the side of casual wear. Known for producing bohemian and feminine pieces, Alice McCall puts a twist on the typical flared sleeves playsuit with this silver-tone embroidered design that is flattering on the body in all the right ways – what with its low neckline and fitted waist.
Alice McCall Magic playsuit, $376 from Farfetch
Nili Lotan’s signature slip dresses have been donned by celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Rihanna. This goes to show that these dresses have understated silhouettes that work for nearly any style and body shape. This light-tan ‘Junie’ version is made from lustrous silk-satin and hugs your curves in all the right places. Suspended from thin adjustable straps, it also has a slit at the hem so that you can bare some legs if you’re feeling it. Dress it up with your best heels on a romantic date night to the bar, along with complementary chunky yellow gold jewellery.
Nili Lotan Junie draped silk-satin dress, US$583.09 from Net-a-Porter