To avoid letting my copy go to waste, this style guide was modified from a shopping guide that I had initially prepared for a fashion retail company. While transforming this piece, I tried to feature small businesses that uphold sustainable practices, e.g. those with a made-to-order model or products made from dead stock. As I was facing difficulties finding a variety of brands (that ship to Singapore), I’ve also included items from sustainable collections released by fast-fashion companies.
Since most of these sustainable fashion options come with a heftier price tag, these picks will make for a thoughtful gift or special treat. But ultimately, it would be best if the styling in this guide inspires you to work with what you already have in your wardrobe.
I can scarcely believe that we’re drawing closer to the end of 2020. Although celebrations will undoubtedly be muted this year, there’s no reason why you can’t bask in the festivities while dressed in your best outfits. If you’re looking for some style inspiration, here are some mood boards—one for each zodiac sign, curated based on their unique personalities and defining traits. Whether you are an astrology enthusiast or skeptic, inject some fun into the act of dressing up by looking to the stars for guidance.
Ruled by the planet of Mars, Aries is bold, self-assured and fearless. Adventurous in their dressing, Aries are style mavens who are unafraid of trying new things. It’s no wonder that they gravitate towards utilitarian ensembles with streamlined silhouettes, complete with comfortable sneakers and a bucket hat.
Given their appreciation of the pleasures in life, Taurus has a taste for opulence and beautiful objects that appeal to their senses. This should come as no surprise, for the sign is ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty and love. To channel laid-back elegance the Taurus way, turn to these luxurious picks that feature sculptural designs and earthy tones.
For the ever-curious Gemini, keeping up with the times is a piece of cake — they always stay on top of the fashion scene’s most beloved trends. Ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, Geminis are social butterflies with many soirées and events on their schedules. A versatile pair of booties will also come in handy when they have to hotfoot from desk to dinner in effortless style.
Cancer’s reputation for being a nurturing homebody precedes them as the sign is governed by the moon, which is associated with maternal energy. In their hearts, they possess a deep-seated desire for belonging and comfort. Functionality meets style in a loose-fitting dress and flatforms that were made to be kept in constant rotation season after season — the perfect cozy picks for Cancer.
Ruled by the brilliant sun, the master of all the planets, Leos are not afraid to be in the spotlight. Turn up the glam factor and take their ensembles to new style heights with intricate beaded bags and flowy silhouettes. You can count on attention-loving Leo to express their creativity through their sartorial choices and to pull off statement outfits with aplomb.
With communicative Mercury as their ruling planet, Virgos are organized and intellectual. When it comes to style, they dress the part by paying great attention to the small details that can make a big difference to how an outfit turns out. As the saying goes, the devil is in the details and a Virgo is bound to appreciate such sophisticated pieces.
Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, Libras gravitate towards soft beauty and harmony. In true Libra fashion, they have a penchant for ensembles that strike the right balance between function and style. For ease and elegance all in one chic package, simply turn to minimalist staples.
Governed by adventurous Mars and passionate Pluto, Scorpios are known for their intensity and powerful allure. While an air of mystery surrounds them, they value authenticity and are unafraid to express their true selves. Take cues from Scorpio and exude a hint of edge by dressing in darker tones.
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and growth, Sagittarius constantly craves novelty and is always down for an adventure. Known for having a zany sense of humour, they are the life of the party. Power up Sagittarius’ after-dark looks with glamorous pieces. Think: ribbon ties, exaggerated sleeves, delicate embellishments and ruffles.
Governed by Saturn, the planet of discipline and conservation, Capricorns are notoriously practical and strong-willed. It’s no wonder they have a penchant for fresh takes on classic designs, the key to a winning boardroom look — a dream come true for an ambitious Capricorn who dresses to impress.
Ruled by the futuristic planet of Uranus, Aquarius is forward-thinking and unafraid of defying the rules. Possessing an innovative streak that manifests in many ways, fashion-savvy Aquarius has a knack for styling head-turning outfits. Whether they are working with a statement piece or an everyday staple, there is no doubt that they will make it their own.
With Neptune – the planet of inspiration – as one of its ruling planets, Pisces is not afraid to go with the flow. Attuned to their emotions, Pisces quietly draws strength from their inner world. Having embraced their softer and sensitive sides, Pisces will appreciate polished pieces that lend an element of femininity to their ensembles.
Feature collage by Sherryl Cheong; images by the respective brands