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4/24/14

Blurred Lines


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As summer inevitably draws closer, I become more and more overwhelmed by the conundrum of whether to dress properly, or to proverbially 'YOLO it' and wear my bikinis in public. In the hotter months, it's impossible to wear more than one layer of clothing without dying of perspiration. But as humid and sweaty as Hong Kong gets, I'm not quite prepared to renounce all Asian conventions of modesty. So I've reached a happy compromise through doing what fashion bloggers do best - layering. Leather plus swimwear plus distressed denim is the best combination of edgy and athletic. Think biker chic meets Sports Illustrated - without the boobs.

With the fashion world's current obsession with innerwear as outerwear - exposed slips, bodysuits, bralettes - it's no surprise that swimwear is the next thing to be worn out for the world to see. Modern swimwear is just too beautifully designed to be worn purely to the pool. Australian designer Dion Lee's 2014 Resort collection featured artful constructed swimsuits with digital water prints that were both graphic and fluid . Swimwear brand We Are Handsome turns out fantastically vibrant designs every season that no self-respecting bikini enthusiast (ie. me) can resist. And unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you'll have seen the abundance of Triangl neoprene bikinis taking over every girl's Instagram. For those on a tight budget, high street stores H&M and Cotton On have been taking cues from the runway and have created sleek yet affordable summertime options. In their recent collaboration with supermodel Lara Bingle, Cotton On has designed a line of very modern and fresh swimwear - lots of black and white with the occasional galaxy print. H&M has taken the sporty aesthetic into stride with this summer's swimsuits featuring mesh details and athletic silhouettes. More Kate Upton, less Kim Kardashian - which is definitely a step in the right direction.

Despite the plethora of choices, I'm still partial to the H&M swimsuit in this look. With its lack of color, mesh detailing and Alexander Wang vibes, it ticks all the sartorial boxes. You can understand why I had the conundrum of whether to wear it to the pool, or flaunt it on the streets. But then I realized that I don't have to choose. In fashion, garments can be recontextualized and altered to create a fresh new look. So as much as I liked Robin Thicke's song, the 'blurred lines' in fashion are the ones I like the most.
ASOS FAUX LEATHER JACKET
H&M MESH SWIMSUIT
KSUBI DISTRESSED WHITE DENIM SHORTS
JUICY COUTURE LEATHER MESH ANKLE BOOTS
ALEXANDER WANG ZIPPER SUNGLASSES

6 comments:

  1. I love everything about this! The photos, the styling, the writing, everything!

    K
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  2. WOW. JUST WOW. the whole outfit plus the dark lip make this look perfect, honestly. wow. not to mention it's friggin swimwear. dammnnn

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  3. THIS IS AMAZING
    the emmy cheng is back bitches you better watch out

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  4. The dress doesn't look cheap at all, which is surprising given the price! After receiving compliments practically from everyone, I got some pictures in this dress.

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  5. Girl this is gorgeous. Love love the third photo ;) and brow game is strong!!!

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