The art of lay­er­ing

The Weekly’s res­i­dent stylist Sab­rina Sale­hud­din dishes out help­ful ad­vice to deal with your style woes

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Spend some time in front of the mir­ror ex­per­i­ment­ing to find the colour com­bos that work best for you

Q I’ve worn “safe” colours like black and grey all my work life, but I’m get­ting bored of th­ese colours. How can I go about mix­ing in brighter colours and prints? Soo Lin, 40 A

Firstly, give your­self a pat on the back for de­cid­ing to take on brighter colours for your work­wear! If you’re feel­ing shaky at first, try work­ing colour in small doses. Start with a bright red bag or a pair of fuch­sia heels. Once you get con­fi­dent with th­ese lit­tle pops of bright hues, you can grad­u­ally work in more colour­ful pieces. Sec­ondly, while black and grey may err on the safe side, in this sit­u­a­tion, they can be your best friends. Whether it’s a black blazer or a grey skirt, use th­ese neu­tral tones to an­chor your look and balance out the vi­brancy of your coloured pieces. I’d rec­om­mend spend­ing some time in front of the mir­ror ex­per­i­ment­ing to find the colour com­bos that work best for you. Prints are also great styling tools, be­cause they colours in balance. Be­gin with some­thing sim­ple, like white stripes or a muted check pat­tern.

Find a de­sign that fea­tures both sil­ver and gold – that’s half the bat­tle won Be­fore you buy, ask your­self: “Is this bag rep­re­sen­ta­tive of me?”

Q I own a lot of jew­ellery pieces that are ei­ther gold or sil­ver. Is there a way that can I mix them to­gether? – Ma­bel, 33 A

The eas­i­est way to mix your met­als is to start with an an­chor piece. Find a de­sign that fea­tures both sil­ver and gold – that’s half the bat­tle won – then, build your lay­ers around that piece. De­cid­ing on the look you’re go­ing for will help nar­row down your op­tions. It’s an easy temp­ta­tion to pile on as much as you can in the hope of find­ing a combo that works, but, un­for­tu­nately, that rarely suc­ceeds. What you’ll end up with is a mess of colours with lit­tle or­der. Iden­tify the mood you are aim­ing for – whether it’s bo­hemian, high glam­our, or ca­sual and fun – and pick out the pieces that em­body that mood and start ex­per­i­ment­ing.

When all else fails, try in­ject­ing only one jew­ellery piece of a dif­fer­ent colour. For ex­am­ple, let’s say you’re used to wear­ing four gold bracelets to the of­fice. In this case, I’d take one of them out, and add a sil­ver one in­stead. There’s no real equa­tion here, it’s all about try­ing and see­ing what works best for you.

Q I work in fi­nance, and I’d like to in­vest in a good bag for daily use. How do I choose which bag is best for me? – Cather­ine, 28 A

You’re in luck, Cather­ine, be­cause classic de­signer bags are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some­thing of a re­nais­sance right now. Be­fore rush­ing out to buy a new bag, first fig­ure out what you want out of your bag. If you’re go­ing to be shelling out a de­cent sum of money on a classic, you want it to still look stylish and hold up years from now. What­ever you choose to in­vest in, ask your­self two ques­tions: “Is this bag rep­re­sen­ta­tive of me? Am I go­ing to get my money’s worth out of car­ry­ing it?” If ei­ther an­swer is no, put that bag back on the shelf.

Per­son­ally, I’m a fan of medium-sized bags – yes, you have to be se­lec­tive about what you’re bring­ing with you, but it’s also less weight you’re lug­ging around – and if you don’t mind a hand­held bag, Si­mon Miller is do­ing great bucket bags that have a sur­pris­ing amount of space. (Plus, his bags are get­ting plenty of love from the fash­ion in­dus­try, so that’ll up your street cred!)

Lastly, don’t get dis­tracted by the pres­tige of a brand, be­cause even ex­pen­sive bags can fall apart. Al­ways in­spect the work­man­ship of the piece. An easy way to de­ter­mine a bag’s real value is to check the work­man­ship of the in­ner lin­ing. If any­thing looks shoddy, it’s prob­a­bly a sign that you shouldn’t in­vest in it.

Mar­ion Caunter in Fendi.

Tif­fany Pa­per Flow­ers neck­lace in plat­inum with di­a­monds, from Tif­fany & Co. Bracelet,RM904, from PAN­DORA. Ce­line Swarovski.

Alyson Nano bag, RM1,380, from Ma­te­ri­alip­stick.

V Sab­rina en­dorses The Alyson Nano is classic in style and the iconic ke­tu­pat knot adds char­ac­ter! You can carry it to work and on the week­ends.

Tod’s. Fendi.

Spade Kate New York.

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