engagement ring and wedding band. That said, when I’m in the mood for something a little dressier, I’ll put on a statement necklace or a pair of earrings. A current favourite piece is this Chanel brooch my mother got me to wear with my graduation gown for my Master’s degree. It’s precious, so I try not to wear it too much.”
Mia relates her interest in fashion to freedom of expression. “I love music, and like the singers or bands that I listen to, I have my own unique way of expressing myself through the clothes I wear,” she explains. “Chilled out days see me in skinny jeans and a white tank. My go-to brands are Rag & Bone and 3.1 Phillip Lim. On days I need to look slightly dressier, I throw a smart blazer over and that instantly sharpens the outfit,” says Mia, who chose c to wear Malaysian brand Mimpikita in one o of the pictures for this shoot.
“I still wear high heels occasionally. I have h a soft spot for Louboutins, Chanel, and Prada P pumps, although these days I mostly wear flats or a slightly wedged shoe; a little bit of platform is always good for the back, I w was told. My mantra used to be ‘heels lower than four inches are not worth wearing’, something my mum used to say when she Sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim w was much younger,” she laughs. On the trend for Birkenstocks, Mia comments, “They do look comfortable and I’m sure you could tweak your ensemble and still look great in them. I don’t own any yet. Maybe I should get myself a pair, no?”
Fashion blogs like Gary Pepper Girl and Fashion Toast continue to feed Mia’s interest in fashion. “I’m a true fan of Lookbook.nu, a website that features outfit posts from users around the world,” says Mia, who also lists blogger Rumi Neely and silver screen star Audrey Hepburn as her fashion icons. “Their styles are different but I love that they express fashion in their own unique way. My mum has also played a huge role in shaping my eye for style. She started wearing the headscarf a few years ago, working different colours and accessories and looked effortlessly stylish. That was when I realised style and fashion had no limits. If one could look amazing with a headscarf on, then anyone can look stylish with a little creativity.”
As we wrapped up the shoot, Mia asserts: “There are no rules in fashion. Who says you need to match your shoes with your bag or that you can only wear stripes with a solid colour? Play with colours and patterns and don’t be afraid to look unconventional. Express fashion the way you see yourself.”
Shopping for baby
Necklace, Bottega Veneta
Watch, Patek Philippe