One thing that the pandemic has taught us is you need to cherish what you have. When it comes to style, it is about making the most of basics.
This idea is something Alvin Chong is familiar with. After all, the Malaysian singer and actor leads a minimalist lifestyle.
While he does get all dressed up for work, he still goes back to just T-shirts and sneakers for his everyday attire.
Here in Malaysia, he has made a name for himself in the Malay entertainment scene. He started out singing Chinese songs, and then got his big break acting in Malay drama series.
It is this intrepid spirit that defines his personal fashion sense.
For Chong, being brave with your fashion choices does not mean you need to wear loud and fancy clothing. You can stand out, but still not succumb to peer pressure.
He thinks that if you are confident with the way you look, then you are already stylish and put-together.
Chong has graced the pages of magazines dressed in the trendiest labels. Being a non-conformist, he certainly does fashion his own way.
What is your favourite or go to look?I’m more of a minimalist
when it comes to fashion. When I’m not dressed up for events or work, I usually opt for simple clothing. Like a plain T-shirt, or khaki pants and just sneakers.
What are your three essential style/beauty items?
I don’t go for things that are too fancy on a day-to-day basis. My style essential would be just a watch. As for grooming, I always carry a sunscreen and lip balm. Of course, not forgetting a spray of perfume to smell good.
How has the pandemic changed your style?
I think the most important thing we have all learned is that simplicity works. Lockdowns and WFH (work from home) have shown us that we can survive on a minimalist lifestyle – fashion, or otherwise. Healthwise, my diet has gotten healthier and I’m eating smaller portions. My sleeping hours have improved as well.
Who is your style icon? or What’s your inspiration?
I would say (singer) Harry Styles. I have always admired how he could pull off different styles – even to the extent of unisex clothings.
Give us one style tip, or two
Be brave. There are no boundaries when it comes to styling yourself. It really all depends on your personal preference. You just need to find what represents you. Your look should be something you are comfortable with.