10 Office-Friendly Pieces Under $80 By Local Designers You Need
If you’re getting bored of the typical, standard fashion pieces for the office, try turning to local brands. Aside from supporting local talent, you’ll also gain atypical and distinctive designs that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. These local pieces not only come with super affordable price tags (under $80!), but are also perfect for the office.
Text: Michelle Yeoh/ HerWorldPlus / August 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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Tiered Ruffled Midi Skirt With Stripe Detail
Undoubtedly one of the biggest trends of the season in Singapore, game-changing flirty ruffles are not going away anytime soon. Local minimalist master Klarra’s essential midi adds movement to tailoring, and sophistication to ‘casual chic’.
Style tip: We suggest teaming this must-have with a relaxed button-down shirt for a breezy and effortless style.
Klarra Ruffle Midi Skirt in Stripes , $69
Satin Pussy-bow Blouse
This lustrous emerald blouse from Yoyo Cao’s fashion-forward brand Exhibit puts on a high-end display of charm and drama. If power dressing happens to be your thing, this is going to be totally up your alley. Furthermore, the flamboyant pussy-bow draws attention upwards to your face allowing you ample opportunity to perhaps flaunt a new makeup trend you’ve always felt was ‘too much of an effort’ to tackle.
Style tip: wear this with chunky, dangling earrings for a dash of glam.
Exhibit Emerald Pussy-bow Button-up Blouse, $76.90
Satin Slip Dress with Curved Top
Here’s the perfect solution for thinking outside the sartorial box without straying too far from your usual basics. Combining texture with a sleek, straight-cut silhouette, the result which takes form in this minimal slip dress from Collate is lightweight and breezy.
Where would fashion be right now if not for the slip dress anyway? We swear it almost makes a comeback every single year. That should be reason enough for you to grab hold of this Seasonless piece.
Style tip: A dainty crystal choker will simply elevate your getup further, helping you achieve a romantic look.
Collate Curved Satin Slip Dress, $75.60
Classic Square-Neckline Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits are gaining ground on slip and a-line dresses this season as everyone’s quintessential one-piece outfit. That’s probably because there’s really nothing better to reach for than a flattering-cut jumpsuit that’s tailored just right when it’s ‘one of those days’.
You’ll fall in love with the straight-cut silhouette in no time, gravitating towards this number whenever you’re feeling for an off-duty look.
Style tip: Look for pendants with an angular finish to harmonise with the neckline, and a pair of pointed-toe T-strap flats for the optimum style combination.
Exhibit Spaj Jumpsuit, $69.90
Pleated Cami with Contrast Overflap
This statement piece from Eightslate is the one to own if you’re really looking to venture out of your comfort zone to something that’s slightly more avant garde. The unique cut and colour blocking adds interest to your everyday outfit.
Style Tip: In order to pull this off in a subtle fashion, we suggest tucking the top into a high-waisted skirt or wide-leg jeans – Micropleats simply beg for an exaggerated silhouette to match.
Eightslate Dagny Pleated Cami, $79
High-waisted Flared Pants With Side Detail
These ultra-lean pants from Exhibit with tie fastenings down its sides reign as an absolute must-have item if you’re one who appreciates tasteful details. Lest you’re still unconvinced, these pants are also elongating around the thigh, and will give the illusion of a perkier derriere.
Style Tip: Pair this with a pair of strappy heels for a sexier look if you’ve got after-work plans!
Exhibit Wine Tie-side Pants, $77.90
Knitted Fit and Flare Dress
If you’ve not owned the classic fit-and-flare dress, we recommend you start by introducing this one into your closet. The snug body, in combination with a short flouncy hemline, gives the look of a smaller waist, and legs for days (adding a belt only helps!). Collate the Label’s rendition of the era-spanning elegant number takes on a cheekier persona with its surprising curved cuff sleeve and contrasting burgundy inner cuff lining. It’s all in the details, people!
Style Tip: We suggest laced up heels and a simple pendant to go with this outfit.
Collate the Label Curved Cuff Knit Dress, $79.50
Tiered Ruffle Long Sleeve Top
Haven’t you heard? Billowing, voluminous sleeves are all the rage right now on the runway. But we’ll gladly settle for the more wearable counterpart for everyday office wear. This quirky blouse will add a sense of whimsicality to your get-up, a sure-fire way to earn praises and ‘ooo where did you get that from?’ comments from your colleagues. To add, we guarantee it’s versatile enough to work well into the next season. Talk about investment!
Style tip: Throw on a chunky statement necklace to exude opulence.
Klara Tiered Sleeve V-neck, $69
Camisole with Pleated Detail
Beyond The Vines is known for its no-fuss designs. And following the footsteps of its ever-so ultra-polished minimalist precursors, this going-out top will be a mainstay in your wardrobe. We adore the drape; it’s flattering for everyone!
Style tip: Take this one out for a spin with an A-line for a flirtier take on sophistication.
Beyond the Vines Top with Side Drape, $65