grey and gold.

Oct 5, 2015

Top: River Island, Shorts: Topshop, Pullover: Cotton On, Bag: Topshop, Flats: Michael Kors, Necklace: H&M

Lloyd's Inn, a quiet haven in the otherwise bustling Orchard Road area, is one of Singapore's boutique hotels, drenched in shades of white and grey. As the website describes, the team has attempted to "layer the multiple relationships between the city, hotel, nature and the traveller.' The concept is strong on its own, and it is just as concretely executed upon seeing it. The tranquility is almost disarming, especially considering that the hotel is located in Singapore's main area, which is prone to be one of the loudest amongst the neighborhoods here. The intentional minimalist approach is contrasted by immense amounts of greenery, as seen in the photographs above. I have been meaning to explore the hotel for quite some time now, and knew that this outfit in particular would be the perfect complement to the environment and ambiance Lloyd's Inn embodies. I found that it evokes a sense of isolation; but knowing how close you are to Orchard will keep that perception away. For all those who reside in Singapore, or are here visiting, it is definitely worth a visit – or a stay.

For this outfit, shot by Kelly Chung, I opted for the minimalism that the location of the shoot reflected. Unlike my last outfit post, which was truly simplistic in every way, this look had a few counterparts to enhance it. This was done with River Island's wonderfully intricate top, which featured a complex floral adornment. The ornate lace design, covering the bottom half of the top, is my favorite aspect of the top – if you look closely enough, you can see the flowers intertwined with one another.  The top also has an open-back detail, which you can see in a few photos at the very top of this post. Overall, it appears to be on the more minimal side, but open further look, the top is much more than that. If I was going for a slightly more dressy tone, it could be paired with a skirt or another pair of bottoms which would do the trip. But for this outfit, my white Topshop shorts were a relaxed completion to the top. When going for a monochromatic look such as this one, I prefer to add a spot of color, even in the most subtle sense. For this, a delicate H&M gold pendant and my versatile Cotton On pullover did the trick. Grey and gold were hardly apparent in the look, rather, they were the additions to round it off.

What do you think of this outfit?

– M

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