Kelly Fung

15 May 2019

The Style Series – Don’t dress to fit in, dress to stand out says Kelly Fung

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Kelly Fung, former editor-in-chief, shares her style tips for young women who refuse to conform to age-old style rules.

“Women should no longer be dressing to fit in, but rather to stand out.”
Back to basics

“Don’t underestimate the investment in a basic ‘foundation’ wardrobe. Good underwear, a slick blazer and a classic white shirt are the non-negotiables to start off with – you can build your best personal style from these basics.”

Tailoring is the secret

“A good tailor is key to ensuring the perfect fit. A pair of expertly tailored trousers can see you through any occasion and make your outfit look instantly expensive and classy.”

Lo-fi for high style

“You don’t have to break the bank to get a successful style. What you need is a versatile wardrobe that looks remarkable but is actually lo-fi. Look to new-age mircofibre fabrics that are lightweight and breathable, she recommends. These fabrics incorporate anti-stain and crease-proof technology. A bit of stretch in the fabric gives easy movement and all-day comfort.”

Exclamation in black!

“Trusty black always puts a bold full stop to an outfit. Black exudes confidence and shrewdly offsets a statement print and loud colour that you might otherwise be too nervous to wear to the office.”

Pick a focus point

“The trick to a sophisticated look is to identify one focal point for your outfit, Kelly advises. “If it’s a statement blouse, pair it with a basic bottom. Conversely, if you’re going for trousers in a bold print, a plain white tee is just the trick. If your outfit is pared down from top to bottom, then a bright lipstick will give it that punch you need.”

Put your best foot forward

“When it comes to footwear, you need to balance comfort with polish.  Sky-high stilettos are a no-no, regardless of your workplace. Save them for the club.”

“Great options include block-heeled pumps, formal flats, lace-ups and sling-back pumps. If you’re looking to trend, kitten heels have made a comeback.”

Hair raisers?

“Your hair colour has nothing to do with your skills and capability as a young professional. There really shouldn’t be a correlation between the two.”

“However, keep your hair clean, healthy and tidy. That’s far more important than deciding between colouring it blue or brown.”

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