MIA’S PICKS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

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

Heels, Cé­line

Watch, Patek Philippe

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