When you think of workwear, you often think of dress-and-pencil-skirt combos or shift dresses. But at CLEO, we’re not required to wear formal wear every day (or any day), which allows us to show off our personalities. One former CLEO staffer even wore her PJs to work without anyone noticing!
Step into the CLEO office, and you’ll probably notice each member’s distinctive style. Fashion Director Janice is always in black. Writer Adora is usually in black too – on days that she isn’t, we ask her what’s going on. For the rest of us, we’re always basking in colours. One thing’s for sure, a denim jacket is a staple among the team members (as Li Yuan later demonstrates).
When online fashion retailer CPS offered to loan us clothes for our OOTD, Associate Editor Karen, Senior Designer Li Yuan and Senior Digital Writer Hidayah took up to challenge to see if we could find outfits that fit our distinctive styles – and we did. Scroll the gallery to see what we picked and what we really think of the pieces.
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As someone who hates spending time thinking of what to wear the next day before going to bed, I usually shop for basics that can be easily mix-and-matched. Which was why I picked this black dress that you can’t go wrong with for work wear, and a complementary denim jacket.
I really love the cute pins that came with the jacket! I usually wear UK 8, and I got both in Large. The dress is a bit looser than I thought it would be, but the jacket looks slightly oversized – which is just the way I like it.
I like to wear a mix of formal and casual, especially for the office, things like pencil skirts with T-shirts or jeans with a nice blouse, for example. I picked the Ruffled Shirt and Pleated Skirt because they’re both playful versions of more formal workwear. I got the Floral Belted Wrap Jacket to add to the layering. I’m about a UK 10 to 12 so I got everything in Large but unfortunately, the skirt was really tight and also long (I knew that might be a problem since I’m short). But the jacket actually works as a dress, which I think actually looks better. I liked both the blouse and the jacket but was disappointed that the skirt at its largest didn’t fit.
I really liked the flower pattern and I thought the colour was quite flattering.
On normal days when I don’t have an event, you can spot me in a Star Wars T-shirt or sweatshirt with jeans. On days when I have events and actually dress up, my style can range from feminine (with floral dresses and red lipstick to complement) to gothic-esque with an all-black ensemble and dark purple lips. When I was browsing through the CPS website, I had no idea what to choose. I was attracted to the shirt dresses and knew I had to choose one – so I did, a silky black shirt dress. But my friends will tell you that I love layering, so what better to layer this with than well, another dress? Since I like my outfits loose, I opted for the Turtleneck Dress that looks a bit baggy on the model. Like Karen, I’m a UK 10 to 12, so I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fit into their L since I was told their sizes run small. Fortunately, the Turtleneck Dress was a good fit and the Long Shirt Dress was baggy – which I love.
Hidayah is wearing Turtleneck Dress and Long Shirt Dress.
I gotta be honest, one of the reasons why I chose this shirt dress was because of the dragon embroidery. And also the material. It’s so smooth that I find myself rubbing my hand on the material (that sounds so wrong, but it really happened).