For those who can't play sports (i.e. me).
Once upon a time, in a land far away, Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ released a song called Lean On. A music video subsequently followed, in which MØ wriggled and gyrated in the most magnificent of manners, sporting her signature style that is commonly referred to as 'sporty chic.' Of course, I already knew of this style, having watched her videos for Walk This Way and XXX 88 several months before (because I am an obnoxious hipster).
MØ's sense of style is a mix of good-weird and cooler-than-you'll-ever-be, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate it (somewhat) into my wardrobe. I say 'somewhat' because when you're not a world-famous singer it's very hard to get away with looking like an extra on Misfits on an everyday basis. For the purpose of this article (and because I LOVE her), I do pardon her from her numerous counts of cultural appropriation, of course. We'll just pretend like that didn't happen, because let's be honest she's from Norway and they barely speak English there so it's not like she knows better. If you found that offensive then you're absolutely right because she's Danish and that's rude of me, but so is cultural appropriation so who's the real culprit here? (teehee)
Anyway, moving on swiftly.
The challenge for me was to find a way to own sports chic in a subtle way. Anyone who knows me will know how ironic this is, considering I haven't picked up anything vaguely spherical (i.e. a ball) in years. I am useless at sports. I wasn't always and I certainly don't want to be, but there is very little I can do about it at this point.
Sports chic as a trend is a sliding spectrum, and I fall along the more conservative side. I wasn't into the big white Adidas-inspired stripes, the Korean-style monochrome sports shirts or the luminescent gear, which meant that I had to find other, more versatile ways of ascribing to the trend. Initially, I bought two crop tops from Love Culture that resemble sports bras and had thin monochromatic stripes along the elasticated band. One is black and the other burgundy, and they are so outrageously comfy (and you can go braless in them without nipping too visibly)! In any context other than Singapore, they would scream 'sports, yeah!' In Singapore they hardly stand out because a third of the population is perpetually in actual sports gear, and there are far too many people proudly wearing marathon shirts saying, 'Finisher' on the back. Can someone please tell me who thought this was appropriate?
As time progressed, and as I started occasionally wearing sports bras as crop tops because I didn't do laundry often enough, I realised that I was incorporating more sport-inspired clothing into my wardrobe. My most successful finds were two amazing caps from Flexfit. To most people, hats are of no consequence. However, as a person with a very big head, size really does matter to me. When I found caps that could stretch to accommodate my sizeable circumference, I actually lost all chill I might have ever possessed. It took all my self-restraint to only buy two colours, because I was ready buy seven different colours in three pairs of each.
Through mixing and matching, I found that the hat even fit with with formal wear. Normally, I use it to cover the fact that I haven't bothered to do my eyebrows, or to pretend I'm an effortlessly cool tumblr girl (yeah right), but I discovered that it also works with more than half the things in my wardrobe and instantly transforms the look. I was quite surprised that this works, to be honest! I got this beautiful vest from River Island for Christmas from my cousin Ginny and my Aunt Dee (thank you guys!), but I hadn't been able to wear it yet, because on its own it looked a bit too formal for any events I had. I don't think I've quite found the right shoes for the outfit yet, but my wardrobe is continuously evolving and growing (yikes), so who knows what might end up looking good with these!
Photographer: Gabriel Lim | Dress: Forever 21 | Vest: River Island | Hat: Flexfit | Shoes: Call It Spring |
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