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Shut Up, Fashion Snobs!

This is a repost of a previous blog post I wrote on my now defunct, short lived (2 months!) personal blog (although it wasn’t really personal, just non-beauty stuff!). I moved all the posts into Beauty Fool, but some of you might’ve missed it, so here it is! Also, this topic has come up recently (read about it here, basically, a fashion designer was here recently and had a lot of comments about Singaporean fashion), so I think this post makes sense… plus my opinion is the same, and always will be! Let me know what you think.

I was reading an article recently about how Singapore was so proud to be placed at #8 in one of the most fashionable cities in the world. Then, the article had high-and-mighty fashion people questioning if we really “deserved” it, since a lot of us walk around in tank tops, shorts and flip flops. This wouldn’t be a big deal normally but I have been reading and hearing time and time again about how Singaporeans can’t dress, they have no style, some even calling it “low class” just ’cause we happen to like the whole tank-top-and-shorts combo. Enough is enough!

First of all: The weather! People, the humidity level here is 90%! This place is an oven; I am surprised no one is walking around naked. Of course cities like New York or Tokyo have some seriously fashionable people… they can wear proper clothes and do something called LAYERING. If we layer here we’d all drop dead. Sure, there is a time and place for everything, and shorts and tank tops are definitely too casual for some occasions… but seriously, for everyday wear, I don’t see what’s the big deal? Second, it’s nobody’s business and besides, who do they think they are commenting on how others dress? These “fashion” people are ridiculous and really need to get off their high horses – it’s JUST clothes.

What do you guys think? Do you think the tank-and-shorts combo is “low class”, and do you think people have a right to comment on how others dress?

{ 37 comments… add one }

  • Natsumi September 21, 2011, 11:21 pm

    I see no point in trying to look good when you’re just going to be fretting about sweat stains and being comfortable. Gosh, especially in Singapore! Even here in Australia sometimes I wonder what people are thinking – like mini skirts in freezing weather :/ Even the full face of make up (i.e. base, foundation, whatever) in a country like Singapore is too much! But then you have to be amazed: how do these people carry it off anyway?
    I say they have mini ACs in their skin or something.
    P.S. Jeans and tshirt combination all the way for me!

  • Renee September 22, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Exactly! They just look ridiculous dressed up like that here, especially in the blazing hot afternoons. I’m always thinking, “Woman please! I know you’re dying in those jeans!”. And you know in Australia it’s really hot too, and they dress really casual and so they are “laid back chic” or whatever and then Singapore it’s “sloppy”. There was some controversy awhile back about some girl saying certain people shouldn’t go to Holland V with their shorts and flip flops ’cause Holland V is too “high class” or whatever. Singapore is becoming so fashion conscious, it’s so weird. Who the hell cares what other people wear?!

    P.S. Jean (shorts) and t-shirt combo all the way for me too! :)

  • Elisabeth September 26, 2011, 7:13 pm

    Well, I wish I could wear shorts and t’s more often here in Norway… This “summer” I wore shorts twice! Brr! So I just envy you;)
    But on a totally unrelated subject, just wondering if you have any tips.. We’re going to Perth this January and have a 16 hours stop over in singapore. Do you have any suggestions on not too expensive hotels that are fairly central? We land around 5 in the arvo and would be cool to experience a little bit of Singapore by night:D

  • Renee September 26, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Hey Elisabeth! Aw Norway… I will be in your part of the world next year! (Well, Denmark and Sweden, so close!)

    Oh I’d definitely look into Chinatown, it’s pretty central and you can def experience the culture there, haha… There are some small backpackers hotel there, just Google “motels in Chinatown” and select which you might think is best! :) It’s very cheap so the rooms are not the best (but for one night I’m sure it’ll be OK?)

    I hope you enjoy your stay in Singapore :) xx

  • Elisabeth September 27, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Ah, you’ve already written a guide!! Cool:) Sorry, hadnt gotten that far, still trying to get used to reading both your blogs;) Thank you so much for the tip! Yeh the cheaper the better when its just for one night really, the flight to Perth was pricey enough;) But super excited we get to stay one night on the way there, almost feels like an extra holiday!

    PS: Thanks for a great blog, or blogs, i should say:D

  • Renee September 28, 2011, 6:40 pm

    No worries, Elisabeth! I hope you have a nice time in Singapore, it’s a really nice place. I suppose it will be an extra mini holiday, which is so much fun! :) And thanks for reading my silly little blogs (especially this one, I find the things I write about here sooo random haha.) xx

  • Leia September 30, 2011, 2:38 am

    Well, Bangladesh is pretty darn hot & humid too, but I never wear tank tops or shorts. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t, of course; just that there are other options even when it’s boiling outside (ie loose fabrics, flowy skirt/sdresses, etc). I’m not knocking the tank/shorts combo, but I would call it “comfortable” rather than “stylish.” :)

    P.S. Just found your personal blog and I’ll definitely be checking in here! I think I like it better than BF! :)

  • Renee September 30, 2011, 11:00 am

    Hey Leia!

    Oh yes I agree! You see a lot of flowy skirts, etc here. There are def more ways to dress in hot and humid weather, but I also don’t see the tank/shorts combo as OMG HOW COULD YOU, FASHION POLICE! It’s most definitely on the comfortable side but could be stylish too. For example, you can dress it up – bangles, ankle boots, a cute cardi, cute handbag? I think that’s stylish enough. But then again I don’t know anything about fashion or being stylish LOL. I suppose it’s up to the person, really? The only thing is that people here think they should knock other people’s clothes, which is what i have a problem about – let people wear whatever they want to, no?

    And thanks for reading! Welcome and I’m glad to have you! :)

  • Ying October 4, 2011, 4:44 am

    “If we layer here we’d all drop dead.” >>> HAHAHAHA! I totally LOL-ed at that! SO TRUE!
    I LOVEEEE layering so that can only mean one thing… MOVE! AHAHAHAHA…! Miss u and congrats onta new job!!!

  • Renee October 4, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Thank you Ying! Ah I miss you too – it’s been too long! :( I love layering too! The only time I dare to layer here is if it’s raining and cold.

  • Tamar June 5, 2012, 10:17 pm

    THIS THIS THIS 100% I hate people who look down on others’ dressing sense, it’s rude and none of their business

  • ann June 5, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I agree! It isn’t just the heat that Singapore needs to contend with, it’s the blasted humidity which means even if we want to brave feeling abit hot under the collar, it isn’t possible because we’ll melt faster than you can say “fudge ice-cream!”

    • Renee June 6, 2012, 4:39 pm

      The humidity can really kill, huh? I love the sun but the humidity here is just… unbearable.

      And fudge ice cream… yum :D

  • sesame June 5, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Maybe the critics have in mind that tees and shorts, which can look sloppy. But I love shorts and they can look pretty fashionable with the right combination. I can’t even put on jeans these days with the darn weather!

    • Renee June 6, 2012, 4:40 pm

      Sesame, I NEVER wear jeans in the daytime now… it’s just not possible. Unless I’m in an aircon place the whole time, but definitely not outside, I start to boil!

      And I love shorts too, and I also believe it can look really good and fashionable. :)

  • Eve June 5, 2012, 11:58 pm

    Awesome post Renee! Shorts and tops are basically what I live in haha, comfort is best! Plus who says such a combo can’t look good! x I LOVE your shorts in that picture!

    • Renee June 6, 2012, 4:38 pm

      Thanks Eve! I think tank and shorts can look very good too! :)

      And thank you… it’s from Pull and Bear I think :D Love it.

  • Morag June 6, 2012, 4:04 am

    As much as I love fashion and looking nice if someone else chooses to walk around in whatever they picked up that morning then that’s their life and none of my business – I have some very un-stylish friends and I couldn’t give two hoots as long as they don’t force me to wear their clothes.

    In Scotland we have almost the opposite problem – we wear a lot of raincoats but it is because it rains a lot! We have to be practical too, and in Scotland a sundress isn’t all year round. Right into winter I’m usually wearing whatever coat is the warmest whether it’s downright ugly! haha.

    • Renee June 6, 2012, 4:37 pm

      I agree with your first paragraph 100%. At the end of the day, who cares what others wear, it’s their life – as long as they don’t force you to wear their clothes, haha!

      Wow Scotland, I can imagine! Oh gosh, the cold – I just can’t take it. When I’m in Denmark I don’t care how I look when it’s so cold – just give me the thickest coat available :D

  • Bianca Zen June 6, 2012, 8:55 pm

    I so agree. Shorts and tank tops are like the awesomest thing I can ever wear in this scorching angry weather. Whoever say I am a slob will have a piece of my fist and finger. Ok see you tmr babe! xxoo

  • Jessica June 7, 2012, 1:04 am

    Well Renee I’m from Canada, bc to be exact. And the world worst dressed city is here, why? Because north Americans don’t seem to have a handle on healthy eating and think that the first step to being a healthy weight is wearing yoga pants…. 24/7! All the power to you if you want to embrace your curved, but do it tastefully and dress in a way that FLATTERS your figure! I can only imagine that the people of Singapore more than earned their rank 8 as fashionable because they have already learned how to flatter whatever figure they have, even if it’s just in shorts and a tee!

  • Mollie June 7, 2012, 5:13 am

    I think there are ways to look good in hot weather too without being drab- and I definitely don’t believe shorts and a tank top are a “crime against humanity.” Okay. Only the ones with tears and stains… or the shorts that ride up someone’s backside.

    I’m pretty style oriented for my town- which is just that, a small town- near Los Angeles. No one seems to care what they wear outside their homes, and I do, so no matter how casual I think I’m being I seem to stick out. I think it is important to present yourself well, but that’s not fashion to me. It’s style. Style is individual and customizable; fashion is formulaic and designed for a small slice of the population.

    But it’s all down to what suits you. If you want to go out wearing sweats and a t-shirt and Uggs, that’s none of my business, and I don’t treat you any differently. I don’t feel confident wearing those sorts of things, so I don’t. I don’t even like jeans very much.

    • Renee June 8, 2012, 10:00 pm

      Totally agree with you Mollie. Sure, I might pass people on the street and I might think, what are they wearing? But do I go up to them and tell them they look “low class” or whatever these people are saying – no, because it’s so rude. They can think that us (Singaporeans) can’t dress or whatever, but they shouldn’t publicly say it. I find it very rude – this guy was visiting Singapore and I feel when you are in another country you should respect the people there… that might just be me, I guess!

      • Mollie June 9, 2012, 12:41 am

        Dude, no. I agree with you entirely! If you’re in a different country you respect it. Among other things that means no rude comments on dressing, no rude comments on anything. :)

  • frugalistar June 7, 2012, 10:00 am

    The person who made that comment should try staying in Singapore during the hotter days. See how long he can last in his suit! Sometimes this fashion snobs forget the most basic criteria of clothing; COMFORT!

    • Renee June 8, 2012, 9:56 pm

      YES! I’d love to extend an invitation for him to wear a suit everyday for one week in Singapore. Oh gosh speaking of suits I used to work at the CBD area and I’d feel so sorry at lunch time for all the men in suits! It’s so blazing hot around 1pm and the poor things were in their shirts and whatnot, aww.

  • Efrain June 7, 2012, 11:37 am

    I know what you say, I don´t think shorts and tank tops are out, with a hot weather they´re the only solution to be comfortable, in my hometown in Veracruz, Mexico I believe the temperature is the same but less humid than Singapore, so is also the inferno in summer, and believe or not, there are people that still wears jeans and long sleeves shirts, when I see them I start melting ;)

    • Renee June 8, 2012, 10:01 pm

      Oh gosh long sleeve and jeans, how do they do it?!

      I wear long shelve and jackets here (when there’s aircon haha) but definitely not jeans… everywhere is just too hot for jeans in Singapore! I really want to go up to them and ask them what is their secret ;) I love jeans but there is no way I wear them in the daytime, only night.

  • Dorothy June 7, 2012, 12:58 pm

    LOL there was this photo of Miranda Kerr in a pair of black leather SHORTS, white basic tee, heels, black handbag and shades and it has been a raved outfit on redcarpetfashionadwards and le fashion (pretty popular fashion blogs). Not to mention Miranda was on the way to one of the Paris(?) fashion shows in that ‘sloppy shorts and tee’ combo. She’s put together just cause she’s hot, famous and in heels while we peasants get the fashion police?? RUBBISH

    • Renee June 8, 2012, 10:02 pm

      So hypocritical right? I suppose if it’s PRADA shorts or a GUCCI tank top it’s OK right? Some people are ridiculous!

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  • Sona June 8, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Ever realised in fashion mags, how when a celebrity is spotted out shopping in shorts and a tank top they are described as ‘casual-chic’? … OH the hypocrisy!
    Personally I don’t wear shorts and sleeveless tops but I think they look fab, and comfy and SO easy to dress up or down! And I agree that there are other forms of clothing i.e flowy/maxi dresses .. but honestly, why does anyone care what the general public wears on a daily? Everyone is different, and everyone suits different things, fashion mags are always saying ‘be unique, stand out etc etc’ but then when people start dressing how they want, they’re criticised ? Did I mention the hypocrisy?

    • Renee June 8, 2012, 9:55 pm

      So true Sona… it’s also what Dorothy above was touching upon. I agree so much with the both of you! Some of them are so hypocritical and what gives them a right to comment on someone else’s dressing? Who do they think they are?! Beyond snobby. You know, I could say the same to them: look at the ridiculous clothes they are wearing! Designer head to toe, what a bunch of fashion victims! Lame! But I don’t because it’s none of my business – wish they’d think the same way!

  • Bella June 9, 2012, 4:56 am

    This really pissed me off. Don’t care about what people (who have nothing to do) says. Be happy that at least they don’t tell that your country is a piece of sh** and all the people that live there are stupid, don’t study, don’t want to work, everybody it’s poor, lazy and they will rob you if they can. And the best part: It’s supposed you are inferior just because everybody says it.
    So it’s simple, the don’t know, that’s why they talk.

    Be proud of your top tank and shorts :)

  • Kaitlyn June 14, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I don’t think it’s quite that tank tops and shorts are bad, they’re perfectly fine to wear, it’s just that it might be unfair to label Singapore as one of the most fashionable cities in the world when the majority people only resort to tank tops and shorts.

  • Aud August 5, 2012, 7:08 pm

    tank top and shorts are awesome but the clothes should fit properly too. eg, too loose clothes may look sloppy and pairing them with flip flops make them look even sloppier. worse are the fit flops! fit flops in my opinion are down in the depths of fashion hell with crocs. haha.

    shorts should not be too micro tiny (skank) or too long either if not they’ll look weird. put on some accessories as well to make the outfit more interesting. and a hat! i don’t know why singaporeans hardly wear hats when the sun is so damn hot.
    it’s the minor details that help bring the shine out from the slop. :)

  • Elisabeth L. June 2, 2013, 4:54 am

    I don’t think it is the tank top and shorts per say, but maybe the type of tank top and shorts? One colored cotton tank tops and cotton shorts from H&M is not a very exciting combination. But if you change only one part of the style, say if you have a sheer tank top with ruffles combined with cotton shorts from H&M. Or you can use a slightly loose white cotton tank top combined with a floral pencil skirt. Maybe this can work in the hot humid weather in Singapore? :)

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