Here I go again, thinking about what to do for Christmas when it’s still relatively far away. 😁
I’ve already started writing about my Christmas gift list. Now I’m onto what to wear. 😉
Because really, if you can’t have fun with your looks for the holiday season, when can you? It’s the perfect excuse (and occasion) to dress up. (Not that you need one, but you get what I mean.)
I have someone to back me up on this: Zara Rahman, Style Ambassador of Love, Bonito.
Based in Singapore, Love, Bonito is all about quality, well-made pieces that are tailored to a real woman’s personality, tastes, shape and lifestyle, so she can face anything head-on and with confidence.
Love, Bonito is also about joining a community of like-minded, inspiring individuals who want to make a difference (and look good while doing it).
Your very own style guru
If you see a cool girl in “bold colours, prints, and sometimes a playful turban”, that’s Zara. 😊
She’s just as thrilled about the idea of planning a holiday wardrobe as we all are, especially since there’s so much to see and do at the end of the year.
“I am extremely excited about coming together with family and friends, having great food and a good time, and most importantly, playing dress-up according to the theme of the night,” she admits.
She’s equally excited to check out our options. “I love colours, especially bold ones like yellow, red and cobalt,” she adds.
“I’m looking forward to statement pieces with body-hugging silhouettes, versatile pieces, and prints that I can wear even on non-occasion days!”
Don’t know where to start?
That’s why Zara is here. 😊 She not only gives us more suggestions – she puts together real-life ensembles for us to refer to and be inspired by.
Find out if you have these items (or something similar) in your closet. If not, use them as a guide to create a look that’s completely your own. Zara’s even categorised them by occasion and gathering to make everything much easier.
#1 A formal event on Christmas day
“This is for those who are looking to experiment with colour other than the popular festive red. Pink is the new red,” Zara relates.
“This power blazer suit is a fashion-forward look and it is perfect for networking at any formal event. Style your suit with a gold vintage belt to match the buttons on the blazer.”
#2 A dinner date
“Polka dots are the prints of the season! This piece is absolutely flattering with the powerful shoulder trend of the season and a beautiful flowy hemline to bring out the feminine in you.
“Accessorising is key. Style it with a white sash to accentuate your waist and a pair of red Mary Jane heels to complete the look!”
#3 A Christmas party at night
“What I love about this look is that it is absolutely easy to move around in – and of course, the print!
“Don’t be afraid to go for a print-on-print look. It can double up as a jumpsuit! For a less formal look, cuff or roll up the sleeves. It adds a playful touch to your outfit.
“I like to encourage women to define their natural waistline by wearing a light-coloured belt or sash on a darker base colour.”
#4 A Christmas party during the day
“With this look, I want to channel the festive colours of Christmas with fuchsia and green,” Zara states.
“The top and skirt are both sartorial pieces essential in every women’s wardrobe – and let me tell you why! The off-shoulder knit top is perfect if you want to exude femininity, and the pencil skirt will flatter you by hugging you in all the right places. Style it with a white belt to define your waistline; it helps to create a colour block look.”
Tip #1: “For a casual day look, pair the knit top with your favourite pair of jeans. For a business casual look, pair it with wide-leg pants.”
Tip #2: “For a casual day look, you can pair the pencil skirt with a printed T-shirt. For a business formal look, you can pair it with a button-down shirt or peplum top.”
Shop: Joie midi pencil skirt
#5 A casual party
“I don’t know about you, but I believe that jumpsuits are the epitome of a modern-day woman’s wardrobe. They are versatile for both work and casual looks,” Zara maintains.
“The flutter sleeves on this jumpsuit are an elegant twist to the outfit, and the wide-leg pants elongate your legs and frame! I always choose to add a pop of colour to my outfits with belts or sashes.”
More expert advice
We can rely on our own sense of style to come up with interesting outfits, but sometimes a little help goes a long way.
For example, Love, Bonito has Style Ambassadors like Zara. They also offer the Book A Stylist service.
“Book A Stylist is a curated and personalised styling session for anyone who is looking for a friend for their shopping journey, with the perfect selections to match,” Zara explains.
“During this intimate session with the stylist, the customer is able to open up and have real conversations with her, where they get to know more about their body shape, the type of clothes to wear, and the colour palate, among others.
“Customers are also able to know the range of new arrivals and items in store,” she concludes.
Solo or with a stylist, the choice is yours. Either way, we’d love to see the results! 😊