Workload aside, us working women have no shortage of decisions to make including seeking answers to the daily question of “What am I going to wear to work today?” - rising up to the challenge of making fashion choices which reflect our unrelenting ambition, joie de vivre personality and impeccable individual style all while keeping within the bounds of professionalism and of course, the company dress code. To say that dressing for the office can be really daunting at times is an understatement.

Whether you’re prepping for a big interview, starting a new vocation or simply looking for some out-of-the-cubicle work wear inspiration, one thing’s for sure: no matter which job we’re in, it’s incredibly important for us to manage how we are perceived, and the best impressions are made by someone who looks polished and put-together. Call it shallow or superficial, and personally we think it’s a tad unfair, but studies have shown that a woman’s appearance affects her credibility i.e. whether she is taken seriously, whether she is asked to participate in high level meetings or if she is well regarded by colleagues or supervisors. Ain't easy being a working woman, is it?

But gripe not and fret not, dear ladies, for we’ve compiled some chic office fashion finds that mean serious, stylish business to help you dress for the job you want (not just for the job you have), and do it in go-getter style. Up, up and away!





Power Suiting. Whatever your career, building a professional wardrobe starts with the basics and the classics, and the black skirt suit is as classic and as basic as you can get. This is one staple that will be timeless and get you through every interview or power meeting. It's also the easiest outfit to put together in the morning!

G2000 Jacket [AC269]
Whether you’re looking for a starter suit or replacing one you’ve worn to the ground, this G2000 jacket which comes with a matching skirt (below) is one option worth considering. Black G2000 jacket with fine black pinstripes has lightly padded shoulders, flap front pockets, button fastening at front, back vents, and is fully lined. Semi fitted for a sharp, tailored look. 60% Wool 40% Polyester. Size 5. Priced at RM30.

G2000 Skirt [AC270]
Matching black knee length skirt with fine black pinstripes has pleated front vent, button and hidden zip fastening at back and is fully lined.  60% Wool 40% Polyester. Size 7. Priced at RM30.

MNG Ruffle Front Sleeveless Top [AC271]
A smart addition to your workwear wardrobe, this MNG top in the lightest shade of blush is perfect paired with underneath your little black suit. The ruffled front adds an interesting detail and makes for a feminine approach to the typical suit ensemble. Sleeveless MNG top with collar and ruffled bib has button fastening through front. 100% Polyamide.  Size M and priced at RM10.

Oversized Faux Pearl Drop Earrings [AC45x]
Be a picture of sophisticated elegance and balance the masculinity of the suit with these oversized pearl drop earrings that's a little Wilma Flinstone, a little Audrey Hepburn. A dainty touch that won’t overpower but yet completes the overall look. Faux pearl drop earrings with silver-tone hook fastening for pierced ears. Priced at RM10. Btw, we have on offer more great deals on (real and faux) pearl  jewelry here.
Gucci Leather Shoulder Bag [AC272]
Its elegantly understated square-frame design is simply stunning in its simplicity! Whether on your shoulders or in the crook of your arm, this is one cool workhorse that will add polish to your workwear ensemble. Black leather Gucci bag with front flap has shoulder strap, and silver hardware push-lock fastening with designer initials at front.  The exterior leather is clean and beautiful with signs of wear to the bottom corners and scuffing to the flap closure, front and back. The silvertone hardware has hairline surface scratches. The interior has faint scuffs and general signs of wear. Comes with original dustbag. Overall, this bag has been well loved but is still in good condition. Made in Italy and priced at RM300.


Christian Louboutin Gigi Kid Slingbacks [AC197]
Not too high, not too low, just right. These black leather slingbacks with an approximately 80mm /3 inch heel look just as gorgeous worn with jeans as they do with a cocktail dress or business suit. Utterly classic and sophisticated. Size 36. Made in Italy. These babies have never been worn and are in excellent condition. Comes with dust bag and box. RM1500.


Brooks Brothers Houndstooth Boyfriend Blazer [AC300]
We’ve had his jeans and his oversized shirts, now we’re after his blazer. Hijacking garments from men has been fashionable ever since 1910 when Coco Chanel first donned a pair of Oxford trousers. This look is fab because not only  it’s wearable in the office, is it flattering on all body shapes as well. You may offset the masculinity of this Brooks Brothers blazer by combining it with a feminine silky top. 

Flap front pockets, button fastening at front and is fully lined. Size US2P. 100% wool and is priced at RM100.




Brooks Brothers Houndstooth Boyfriend Blazer [AC300]
We’ve had his jeans and his oversized shirts, now we’re after his blazer. Hijacking garments from men has been fashionable ever since 1910 when Coco Chanel first donned a pair of Oxford trousers. This look is fab because not only  it’s wearable in the office, is it flattering on all body shapes as well. You may offset the masculinity of this Brooks Brothers blazer by combining it with a feminine silky top. 

Flap front pockets, button fastening at front and is fully lined. Size US2P. 100% wool and is priced at RM130.





Rebecca Taylor Cropped Jacket [AC301]
A modern adaptation of menswear tailoring at its best. Flattering nipped-in waist and long-line sleeves to balance the neatly cropped length. Front slit pockets and belt buckle at back. 96% wool, 4% spandex and is fully lined. Size US6 and priced at RM120.





Thank God It's (Casual) Friday! Enhance your work-to-weekend look by tempering your usual office ensemble with a bit more colour and vibrant prints.  From office hours to cocktail hour - it's time to make every hour fabulous o'clock!

Marks & Spencer Printed Cotton Shirtdress [AC242]
With its elegant knee length and neutral but utterly delicious colour palette of caramel, beige and chestnut brown, take this perennially chic and versatile Marks & Spencer cotton shirtdress to work with pumps and a structured tote, swapping to flat sandals and a carryall for the weekend. Printed Marks & Spencer shirtdress has cuffed sleeves, band collar, button fastenings through front, waist belt, belt loops. Size UK14. 100% Cotton. Priced at RM55.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes Platform Pumps [AC240]
Dress from the feet up in these chic wooden platform heels by one of our favourite home-grown labels, Shoes, Shoes, Shoes. Work the glam look by teaming them up with wide-leg pants and a printed silk shirt or a pencil skirt and turtle neck sweater at the office. They're all you need to put a pep in your step! Heel measures 4 inches with a 1/2 inch natural wood platform. Slingback straps with buckle fastening, beige/brown leather crossover straps at front, open almond toe. Never been worn. Comes in its original box. Size 36 and priced at RM70.



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Women are fickle, and fashion by definition is fickle - simply MFEO then, huh ;)  So on days that we simply cannot make up our minds whether to show off our colourful, quirky, creative, fun, daring or confident side,   the mixed print trend is just the thing to show 'em all at the same time! Take a little fashion risk on this one and let your imagination run a little loco by jumping in on the current mixed-print trend bandwagon. If you think you would struggle to pull off a gamut of graphic prints, florals and colour pop all played out in the same space i.e. on your person, worry not, for we have Cavalli to show us how to mix and mash prints like a pro:





Just Cavalli Mixed Print Top [AC275]
This mix matches. Fusing hyper-vivid florals with graphic swirls, this Just Cavalli printed top is a vibrant declaration of modern style and a testament to Roberto Cavalli's unmistakable signature punchy patterns and vivid aesthetic.  Pair with neutral coloured pants or pencil skirt to anchor your ensemble and ensure that your look is a masterclass on how to pull off the mixed-print trend, baby. Scoop neck mesh Just Cavalli top has floral and geometric prints in the front and back, silk puff sleeves and simply slips on. Made in Italy. Size US8/IT42. Body: 100% Polyamide. Sleeves: 94% Silk, 6% Elasthane. Priced at RM100.

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Free delivery to anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia for purchases of RM50 or more.



p/s: We also found some helpful pointers via Net-a-Porter in case you're still not sure:




BLACK MAGIC




Inge Christopher Satin & Gold Bag [AC239]

Little black dress, meet your new best friend.

The timeless evening bag is a wonderful creature, safely transporting every girl's essentials from lip rouge to cash, all the while looking divine:-) This bag undeniably has the DNA of a classic but the slight trapezoid shape gives it a modern architectural edge. Cocktail parties, dinner dates, dancing or film premieres...invest in this gem of a bag and you'll use it for ever more. 

Satin bag, long gold chain shoulder strap (which can be tucked in and immediately converts the bag into a clutch), square gold frame with crystal encrusted clasp fastening, internal pouch pocket and black satin lining. Comes with original dust bag. In mint condition. Priced at RM130.


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xoxo


Pearl*esque

Feel as though something is missing from your outfit? A little bling on your ears? Or perhaps, a statement piece on your wrist or some neck candy? Don't fret, because it's going to be hard to go wrong with our selection of delectable pearls. There's something for everyone, from subtle to showstopper. So go ahead, knock yourself out!!



Crystal and Pearl Stud Earrings [AC17X]
Pave crystals in a vintage setting ensures that the delicate pearl drops catch the light perfectly. Wear them to give your favourite evening outfits a sophisticated spin. For pierced ears. Priced at RM10.



Faux Jumbo Pearl Necklace & Earrings Set [AC38X]
Channel Jackie O's iconic style with this elegant pearl necklace. This stunning piece is secured with a pave diamond ball clasp. The pearls have the weight, feel and luster of South Sea pearls. Necklace length is 17 inches/43 cm. Comes with matching pearl mounted on french wire dangle earrings.  A guaranteed conversation starter!! Priced at RM70.




Tin Cup Freshwater Pearl Necklace Set [AC39X] SOLD
This graceful tin-cup pearl necklace is a beautiful alternative to a full pearl strand. The necklace is composed of 16 freshwater pearls stationed along a silver-toned chain and secured with a lobster-claw clasp. Comes with matching pearl stud earrings and bracelet. Necklace measures approximately 17 inches/43 cm while bracelet is 6 inches/15 cm. Each piece looks great separately, too - what a bonus!



Turquoise and pearl bracelet (AC35X)
A bounty of genuine turquoise and freshwater pearls make up this charming toggle bracelet. Approximately 15 cm long.  Priced at RM249.


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xoxo





Oprah Winfrey described them as "pieces of art". Jennifer Lopez loves hers so much that she recorded a song about it. Barbie (yes, as in Barbie the doll!) even had her ankles slimmed so that she could be worthy of her custom-sized ones. What are we alluding to? Footwear by designer extraordinaire Christian Louboutin,  of course! In fact, according to independent ratings company Luxury Institute, Christian Louboutin (pronounced loo-bit-TAHN) has been named the most desirable shoe label in the world for three years running. This Parisian is also credited, or blamed, depending on which side of the fence you’re on, for bringing the stiletto back en vogue.

Coveted by stars and fashionistas the world over, one cannot swing a dead cat at a red carpet event without hitting a celebrity donning a pair of sky-high Louboutins with the unmistakable, immediately recognisable red soles. As best described by the designer, “…. red is more than a colour. It is a symbol of love, of blood, of passion. It’s like the handkerchief that an elegant woman dropped if she saw a man whom she was attracted to.” ‘Nuff said. 

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a pair of these iconic shoes with the signature lacquered scarlet soles – hey, whaddyaknow - now's your chance, cherie!


Christian Louboutin Gigi Kid Slingbacks [AC197]
These black leather slingbacks with an approximately 80mm /3 inch heel look just as gorgeous worn with jeans as they do with a cocktail dress or business suit. A perfect blend of classic beauty and sex appeal. The innate sultriness of the red glossy soles is a subtle mojo! Size 36. Made in Italy. These babies have never been worn and are in excellent condition. Comes with dust bag and box. RM1500. 

Free delivery to anywhere in Peninsular Malaysia for purchases of RM50 or more.

For further information or to purchase, please contact:
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"....I'm movin' on, 
I'm throwing on my Louboutins..."

xoxo
02.09.2013
Traditional Malaysian Outfits

Came across this interesting piece on traditional Malay outfits by accident while surfing the web today. The gorgeous illustrations alone were enough to compel us to reproduce the article on TaiTaiTwins. Perhaps a little bit of fashion history might help us understand and appreciate our rich and colourful heritage better. Cliche but true - we often don't know what we've got (and how good we've got it) till it's gone. 


August 31, 2013 10:00 AM
by Shea Rasol 

As we celebrate Malaysia’s 56th National Day this 31st August, Shea Rasol showcases some of Malaysia’s traditional clothing for women.
 

Busana Cik Siti Wan Kembang (Kelantan)

Named after the legendary Queen of the state of Kelantan, Busana Cik Siti Wan Kembang was worn by aristocrats during her reign from 1548 to 1580.
The main piece is wrapped around the upper torso like a kemban, and a wide shawl on the shoulders, accessories and jewellery complete the whole look. The dress is usually made of stiff songket material, interwoven with luxurious golden threads.

Nowadays, this attire is no longer worn by the Malaysian women because of its impracticality, but it still remains special and part of our rich traditional culture.

 
Baju Kebaya Labuh (Johor)
Originating from Johor-Riau culture, the Baju Kebaya Labuh is a two-piece outfit, usually worn during formal occasions. The initial design of the Kebaya Labuh can fall down to the ankles, hence the term labuh, which means long in Malay. But as time passes by, the top has been altered to end at the knees and is worn paired with a sarong with an open front slit.

It is also seen among the ladies of Malacca, Perak and Selangor, where women finish off the look with matching tiered-linked brooches on the frontal opening.


    Baju Kebaya Nyonya (Malacca)

The figure-hugging Kebaya Nyonya originated from Malacca, worn by the Peranakan people. Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Malacca due to political and historical reasons, and married local women.

The outfit itself is innovated from the original kemban (a sarong wrapped around the body under the arms), an everyday outfit of local women back then. The adapted top of the Kebaya Nyonya is a form of acceptance towards the arrival of Islam in Malacca.

To this date, the Kebaya Nyonya is still around, and has been improvised in terms of fabrics used and the fastening enclosure of the kebaya top and sarong.


Busana Puteri Perak (Perak) 
Inspired by the beautiful styles of our late princesses, this iconic look of Perak’s princesses astonishes us all.


The original outfit consists of a top and pants with a matching songket waist wrap to end the look. The high collar is called cekak musang and remains unchanged with the current improvised baju kurung cekak musang and baju melayu.

Today, Busana Puteri Perak is usually a bridal costume for Perak-born women who want to relive and continue their tradition with the notion of being a princess for a day on her wedding day.


Baju Kurung  
Baju Kurung is a two-piece outfit, consisting of a skirt with side pleats and a tunic blouse worn by ethnic Malays. The Kurung speaks to modesty in a big way as it covers all parts of the body in a loose cut, with minimal figure-enhancing features.

This outfit is the most popular traditional clothing today, and is still everywhere in the streets of Malaysia, probably due to its fulfilment of the Islamic dress code.

It also ranges from a vast usage of materials and finishing, making it suitable for a luxurious look or a casual everyday look, however one wishes to wear them.

As Henry James said, ‘It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition’. Therefore, be appreciative of your cultural roots, for that is what makes everyone in this world amazingly unique.





Image source: Imageshack

 06.08.2013


Wishing you a Happy & Blessed Eid