10 Asian Celebs’ Off-Duty Looks To Steal For The Weekend
Picking an outfit on the weekends can be a huge creative struggle for some. After all, we can’t fall back on the formulaic office wear that we go through for the majority of the week (and we wouldn’t want to either!). Most of the time, we fall back on the easiest and most convenient looks that are synonymous with the typical Singaporean — a spag top, denim shorts, flip-flops — because it’s so much easier than having to think.
So to help you ease some of that pain, we’ve rounded up 10 Asian celebs who have pulled off stunning off-duty looks to help you cop a few style tips. It is time to say goodbye to boring weekend outfits.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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1. White t-shirt + jeans
Let’s start this off with something easy: white t-shirt and jeans. We love this because a) it’s made of pieces that everyone would already have in the wardrobe and b) Taiwanese singer-actress Rainie Yang made it look way more classy by french tucking her longline white t-shirt into a pair of light wash, wide-legged denim jeans and completing the look with a Givenchy Whip bag. It’s laid-back, with too-chill-to-care vibes. Perfect for an off-day.
2. Work your jacket
Just because it’s an off-duty look doesn’t mean you should be shabbily dressed. Take a cue from Chinese actress Yang Mi who elevated a simple all black ensemble by wrapping a tweed jacket around her waist. The jacket acts as an embellishment to her outfit, jazzing up what is a very normal, casual look. Plus, you get extra cred points if it’s Chanel.
3. Go oversized
Taiwanese host Dee Hsu is never shy with her stylish looks. We love how she layered an oversized shirt (you can take one from your man’s wardrobe) over a simple striped top and tights, before finishing with functional but stylish white sneaks. Who says airport fashion has to be boring?
4. High socks are cool again
If Korean actress Park Shin Hye’s look is not a clue, we’ll tell you: High cut tube socks are back in trend. And you can easily style it like her, with a pair of shorts and sneakers to show off your toned gams. PS: We say you can even lose the white and have even more fun with the look by opting for socks with funky designs, prints and colours — so that nobody can say you’re boring.
5. Say yes to flip flops
If you thought that flip flops are a fashion faux pas, think again. Flip flops are slowly but surely gaining traction in the style department, after being spotted on Kendall Jenner and other style influencers (who would have thought just a few timed photos from influencers were all it took to elevate our humble slipper?). Just remember that the accompanying ensemble cannot look sloppy or you’ll just end up looking shabby. Take a leaf from the book of Korean actress Kim Go Eun by throwing on a tailored jacket that’ll make ripped jeans look polished.
6. Put on your mom jeans
The high-waisted, relaxed-fit jean that we call mom jeans are especially favoured by the cool girls, thanks to their practical suburbia style and incredible comfort. Follow Korean singer Choi Sooyoung by pairing the pant simply with a tee. Extra points if you match the shade of your top to your shoes, just like what Sooyoung did with her sporty blue kicks.
7. Tie a shirt
One way to go from corporate to relaxed is to tie your shirt to transform it into a crop top, like what Aisyah Aziz did. Wear it with a pair of denim jeans for the ultimate casual look.
8. Break out your LBD
At a loss of what to wear? Fall back on your trusty Little Black Dress. Pick a no-frills one, and jazz it up with a statement bag, like what Tabitha Nauser did. You’ll look like you spent hours dressing up although you might only have put it all together in 15 minutes.
9. An It bag never fails
We don’t need to tell you that a bag is more than just a practical, functional item. We also don’t need to tell you that a bag can make or break and outfit. In fact, a right bag can be the best investment you can ever make, #justsaying. Just look at local actress Rebecca Lim — she might be dressed simply in a maroon sweater and a printed skirt, but her teal Dior 30 Montaigne bag stole the show. This bag is especially great because you can style it three ways — as a clutch, shoulder or crossbody bag.
10. Get a printed shirt
When all else fails and you’re at your wits’ end, go with what Thai singer/member of South Korean group Blackpink Lisa did, by wearing a printed t-shirt and a pair of denim shorts. Okay it’s nothing fancy, but we say she’s a great example of how you can look good rocking any outfit as long as you exude a “I don’t care how I look but I know I’m stylish” confidence.