Singapore’s 51st birthday is just around the corner and as the nation gears up for celebrating, many Singaporeans are ransacking their wardrobes for something to display their patriotism.
While pairing a red top with a white bottom Singapore’s national colours might seem like the easiest option, it’s not always the most exciting sartorial combination.
We got seven Singaporeans to share with us their National Day outfit plans and tips on how to incorporate red and white into your OOTD.
Amelia Chia, freelance writer
“If I end up going to a National Day party, I’ll probably wear this exact same outfit! I love how these pleated pants are light and airy, which work well in Singapore’s sweltering heat.
Trying out the red and white combo? Just wear it with confidence. I’ve realised that every single time I wear red and white, at least one person will come up to me and say, ‘Wah, National Day already ah?’, as if it’s criminal to do so. I’ve learnt to politely smile and reply, ‘Looks great, right?’ So pair your red and white outfit with black, nude or patterned footwear and accessories… and make sure your pattern or print has flecks of red in it!”
Rohaizatul Azhar, digital content producer at The Fifth Collection and lecturer
“You don’t always have to wear red and white to show your love for the nation. Instead, why don’t you express that national pride by supporting the Singapore fashion industry and wear pieces designed by home-grown designers?
Or, like me, put together a look that represents our nation. Singapore is a melting pot of different races and cultures. So, for National Day, I’ll be wearing a modern version of the Indian kurta top (slightly oversized and slightly deconstructed), which i’ll wear with light-coloured jeans. It’s a perfect balance between the East and the West much like the vibe of what Singapore is.”
Aarika Lee, marketing director and musician
“The plan is to wear a red two-piece from Stolen, homegrown designer label founded by Elyn Wong. Or a Majulah Singapura tee from Rockstar!
I actually really like using white and red. One way I use those colours together is by throwing in different shades or tones of red instead of keeping it to just one type of red. Another way I like wearing them is by adding just a touch of a complementing colour like turquoise, or blue, or yellow in my earrings, necklace or even nail polish.”
Jarrold Tham, brand manager
“Personally, I love to dressing up according to themes. To go along with the crowd at the National Day Parade, I will choose to wear a loose red tee, white shorts and a pair of comfortable shoes as it will probably get really warm.
But if I choose to be less obvious, I’ll add small, subtle red and white items such as accessorising a white top with a red pin, or accent my attire with red and white socks, white shoes with red laces and a red cap.”
Clara How, assistant editor
Red and white might be the colours of our flag, but I tend not to dress too on the nose on National Day because I dont like to be limited by two colours! Since its essentially an islandwide birthday celebration, theres no better time to don bright colours and have a bit of fun in experimenting with your usual style. If youre like me and dont like to go OTT with red and white, these colours can be incorporated into accents in makeup, nail polish or accessories.
Personally,I usually gravitate towards cheerful colours and prints, and quirky accessories. Comfort is always key because I think its the start to having a great time.
Letitia Phay, fashion designer and co-founder at Time Taken to Make a Dress
“If red and white isn’t your thing, be patriotic in other ways like wearing a local designer,or keep it subtle with oxblood outfits and white nails or vice versa.
Wearing batiks mish mash with other prints or metallics could be cool too or pairing Kebayas with pleated skirts or flare pants.”
Joshua Nah, public relations professional
“I’ll be keeping it casual this National Day witha white t-shirt,burgundy chinos and a pair of white sneakers.
It’s always fun to add a pop of colour to your outfit and when it comes to red and white, it’s usually togo loud for me! Apair of red chinos matched with a white oxford shirt would do the trick for meand, if the occasion calls for it, a blue blazer to complete the ensemble.”