Fashion that’s cool outside school
It’s been awhile since we’ve been in college, but some pieces from our wardrobe essentials back then still stay with us. Think comfy cardigans and denim jackets, cute shorts with just the right length to follow dress codes, some polo shirts, tees and dresses that are both stylish and presentable for class.
We may not wear some of these pieces as much anymore, but they still make perfect weekend and holiday outfits. Make the most out of your current wardrobe pieces and try these chic college girl-inspired ensembles for your upcoming vacation.
For cafe hopping in Bangkok
The Elder Statesman cropped cashmere cardigan, USD1,615 (net-a-porter.com); Michael MICHAEL KORS Pointelle-trimmed cotton-poplin midi dress, USD175 (net-a-porter.com); Stuart Weitzman LessNudist suede sandals, USD400 (net-a-porter.com); ASHLEY SUMMER CO Honeycomb Woven Rattan Shoulder Bag – Beach Straw Basket Bag, SGD89/~USD64.89 (zalora.sg)
The cafe scene in Bangkok is vibrant, so make sure you partake in it. Wear something that will let you move around the metro easily. Another thing to consider is the humid Bangkok weather, so opt for lightweight fabrics and sleeveless cuts like your favourite midi dresses. Don’t forget to bring along your knit cardigan from college for warmth once you enter the air-conditioned cafes.
For food trips in Taipei
Miu Miu striped ribbed wool sweater, USD595 (net-a-porter); Madewell denim mini skirt, USD80 (net-a-porter.com); Alexander McQueen suede-trimmed leather exaggerated-sole sneakers, USD575 (net-a-porter.com); Dolce & Gabbana Sicily small textured-leather backpack, USD1,375 (net-a-porter.com)
To say that Taipei is a foodie haven is an understatement. From Ximending to Shilin Night Market, there are so many unique and innovative food offerings like pig’s blood cake, stinky tofu and torched beef cubes. Ready your palates for one-of-a-kind dishes because you can’t expect less from the birthplace of the popular boba milk tea!
With Taipei’s convenient public transportation, you can easily hop from one food hub to another. Just make sure that you’re dressed comfortably because you’ll be doing a lot of walking. For this, pair your trusty denim skirt with a snug, printed tee and sneakers. It’s a relaxed, Instagram-worthy outfit that’s perfect for this trip.
For nature day trips in Melbourne
Balenciaga faux shearling-trimmed denim jacket, USD1,950 (net-a-porter.com); Tibi gingham cady slim-leg pants, USD395 (net-a-porter.com); SEE BY CHLOÉ Leather-trimmed suede ankle boots, USD445 (net-a-porter.com); Victoria Beckham Eva leather bag, USD1,510 (net-a-porter.com)
For tropical ladies like us, Melbourne’s climate can be unforgivingly chilly; even in the summer season, the average temperature is just around 16 to 24 degrees Celsius. And because Melbourne is famous for its nature day trips, you’re most likely going to find yourself outside most of the time.
Whether you’re going on a Yarra Valley winery tour or visiting the lush forest scenery in Dandenongs, you should bundle up to avoid the chills. Put on your old denim jacket or college hoodie over a cosy tee and match it with something fashionable like gingham pants and combat boots.
For beach outings in Cebu
Vivienne Westwood pianist cotton-poplin shirt, USD375 (net-a-porter.com); Rachel Zoe Miley sequined crepe shorts, USD295 (net-a-porter.com); Saint Laurent logo-embossed textured-leather espadrilles, USD495 (net-a-porter.com); Wicker Wings Kuai rattan and leather tote, USD435 (net-a-porter.com), Moncler aviator-style rose gold-tone sunglasses, USD390 (net-a-porter.com)
Remember those loose buttoned-down shirts that you used to wear for project and thesis presentations? We hope you didn’t get rid of them! There are countless ways to style them so they’ll look more casual and chic. One way is to use it as a swimsuit cover-up or as an off-shoulder top. Pair it with cute tropical-printed shorts and espadrilles for that sophisticated resorts vibe that will fit in well with Cebu’s carefree beach scene.