Quirky fun

DO you hear that? We’re talking about the peal of Christmas bells!

It’s getting steadily louder, signalling that it’s time to incorporate some fun and quirkiness into all aspects of your life, including your wardrobe.

Fun seems to be Parkson’s motto too, and this year, the department store has been literally transformed into plaid-and-tartan heaven. Flattering and eye-catching, the pattern is everywhere – on shirts, dresses, scarves, aprons, umbrellas, pillowcases and even gift boxes (how cute is that).

Some say that this cloth of duality – which has been spotted on fashion-forward types from aristocrats to street punks – has usurped denim as the It fabric to jazz up your outfits.

And why not? It’s the simplest way to make a chic statement.

For women, we’re talking knee-skimming tartan dresses or a boyfriend shirt that you can actually wear more than twice! During the day, wear it outsized and cinched with a belt over leggings.

Break out the frock in the evening to add a bit of festive flair, pairing it with simple accessories such as gemstone rings, dainty bracelets and a pair of heels, preferably black.

Brands for women at Parkson include Cacac, Dorothy Perkins, Key Ng, Mazzard, Park Avenue Accessories, Andrea Morelli, Carlo Rino, Roccobarocco and Amori.

Meanwhile, for men, varsity cool is the new casual glam. Inject a stab of colour and pattern to formal work attire by donning a plaid tie or wearing a plaid shirt underneath.

Keep the bottom-half uncomplicated by pairing it with chinos and simple footwear such as sneakers, brogues or a pair of leather shoes. Brands for men are Brooks Brothers, Feraud, Polo Haus, Renoma, The Savile Row, and Van Garie.

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