How to Dress K-Fashion Style for Singapore's 56th National Day 2021
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As we move into August, this also means that National Day is fast approaching. Most Singaporeans are familiar with dressing up in red for National Day celebrations in school, and some of us might subconsciously avoid wearing combinations of red and white on other occasions because the colours are so strongly associated with National Day.
However, bright colours such as red are common in Korean fashion, and by incorporating a little red into your outfits this August, you will not only be able to show off your pride as a Singaporean for NDP, but also establish yourself as someone who is fashion-forward and in know of the latest K-Fashion trends.
Let’s take a look at how you can dress in red K-Fashion style for Singapore National Day 2021!
As an accent colour
If you’re concerned about drawing too much attention with a bright red outfit, then you can start small by looking for clothing items that feature red as an accent colour. And since red and white are the colours of the Singapore flag, it would be even better if your red-accented item’s base colour is white.
Heart Club Drawing Crop T-shirt in White, retailing at SGD39.90 at StyleupK
Teddy Island Luggage Teddy Bear Ringer T-shirt in Ivory with Red Collar, retailing at SGD62.90 at StyleupK
Marhen J Nano Roy Bag Heart Signal SG, retailing at SGD145 at StyleupK
The Marhen J Nano Roy Bag in Heart Signal design is available as a Singapore instock—this means that it can be shipped out as early as the day after your order has been made!
AKIII Classic Urban Tracker Sneakers in Off White Ivory, retailing at SGD95 at StyleupK
Because the red on the sneakers makes up such a small portion of the entire shoe, these sneakers are great if you want to go for an extra subtle National Day look this 2021. However, if you want to be extra stylish, you can style these red-accented sneakers with a red statement piece. The red accent will make the entire outfit look more cohesive without drawing attention away from the main star of the outfit.
As a statement piece
Bright colours are a major aspect of Korean fashion, so if you’re not afraid to go bold, then why not include a red statement piece in your outfit instead for National Day? The great thing about a statement piece is that you don’t have to be afraid to stand out—because that’s exactly the purpose of a statement piece!
And while some fashionistas might be brave enough to pull off an all red SG monochrome outfit, in order for a clothing item to be a statement piece, the rest of your outfit needs to be lowkey enough to let your red item stand out.
Heart Club Heart Logo Graphic T-shirt in Red, retailing at SGD36.90 at StyleupK
Other than bright solid-coloured tops, patterns also make for great statement pieces! While the red is not as immediately eye-catching, the checkered pattern is definitely hard to look away from, the Hello Kitty logo on the top is also another interesting detail. When it comes to statement pieces, the more interesting they are, the better.
Neonmoon x Sanrio Checkered Crop T-shirt in Red (Hello Kitty), retailing at SGD59.90 at StyleupK
Marhen J Roy Mini Bag in Jester Red, retailing at SGD205 at StyleupK
Layer with knit vests
Layering is an important styling tip that can help make your outfits more interesting by adding depth to them. While some people might be skeptical about wearing multiple layers in Singapore, there are ways to add layers to your outfit that won’t make you feel like you’re about to melt in the heat.
Vests are a great way to add layers without making your outfit too warm. While we might assume that knit vests should be worn over long-sleeved button-up shirts, Koreans often layer vests over simple t-shirts for a more casual look. Layering with a vest is also great if you’re a little self-conscious about your bright red top getting too much attention during the SG National Day celebration party.
Ames Box Logo V Neck Knit Vest in Ivory, retailing at SGD56.90 at StyleupK
BTS Jin has worn this exact knit vest from Ames, so for Armys who decide to rock this vest over a red top, not only will you be showing off your National Day spirit, it also counts as a couple outfit with Jin!
AQO Studiospace Teddy Bear Pattern Knit Vest in Ivory, retailing at SGD72 at StyleupK
Layer with oversized sweatshirts
Oversized sweatshirts are an essential part of Korean fashion, and while sweatshirts may not seem practical in sunny Singapore, that doesn’t mean there’s no way at all to incorporate them into your outfit! If you’re going for a lecture at school, or catching a movie with friends, a sweatshirt will be handy in keeping you warm.
And even if you get too warm, there are other ways to style an oversized sweatshirt than simply wearing it. For example, you can tie the sweatshirt around your waist for a more streetwear style look, or drape it over your shoulders for a preppier aesthetic.
AQO Studiospace Logo Loose Fit Sweatshirt in Red, retailing at SGD60 at StyleupK
Celui Huru Cluihr Oversized Sweatshirt in Red, retailing at SGD106 at StyleupK
Because sweatshirts are made of more fabric than regular t-shirts, it may be a little daunting to pull on a bright red sweatshirt, especially if you don’t usually wear red in your daily life. But just as there are red-accented t-shirts, bags, and shoes, there are red-accented sweatshirts as well!
Fila Korea Newtro Varsity Oversized Sweatshirt White, retailing at SGD105 at StyleupK
Accessorise with red
Accessories also make for great statement pieces, but they feel a little more lowkey than a brightly coloured t-shirt, as they are not the “main” component of your outfit, even if they’re the most eye-catching. Hats are a popular accessory in Korea, and there’s a different type of hat for the various styles in Korean fashion.
Baseball caps are popular for a more casual vibe, and bucket hats are more commonly associated with streetwear and the hip-hop scene, while berets have more of an artistic and refined vibe.
Celui Huru C Logo Ballcap in Red, retailing at SGD69.50 at StyleupK
Nerdy Mesh Bucket Hat Red, retailing at SGD65 at StyleupK
Kangol Wool Beret Hat in Red, retailing at SGD155 at StyleupK
For something even more subtle, you can add a red griptok to your phone as well! This works even better if you have a white or cream coloured phone case, or if your phone has a white backing and your phone case is clear. However, the edges of Atelier Lykke’s Love griptok are white, so it would still add a little bit of National Day pride vibes even if the back of your phone is non-white.
Atelier Lykke Love Griptok Modern ver. In Brick Red, retailing at SGD21.90 at StyleupK
Go lowkey with muted red
When discussing Singapore National Day colours, bright red probably comes to mind first for most of us, as the red colour on the Singapore flag is quite bright. However, there are many different shades of red, and there is no rule that says darker reds are not patriotic enough to be worn as a National Day outfit!
Darker shades of red include wine and burgundy, and many of us probably already own some dark red items. Not only are muted shades of red great for those of us whose skin tone suits an autumn palette (check out our article on seasonal colour analysis to find out which season you are!), it also has a more mature and sophisticated vibe.
Beyond Closet PSC Basic Logo T-shirt in Burgundy, retailing at SGD69.50 at StyleupK
Like the model pictured, you can also style your burgundy Beyond Closet t-shirt by tying a white cardigan around your shoulders for extra National Day vibes. It'll also make for a comfy shirt while you watch the NDP parade at home.
Opwee Plain Knitted Cardigan in Cream, retailing at SGD79.50 at StyleupK
Bag To Basics Ready Bag in Burgundy, retailing at SGD59.90 at StyleupK
Bag To Basics Reina Bag in Burgundy, retailing at SGD69.90 at StyleupK
Alki Alka Joy Bag in Wine Red, retailing at SGD119.50 at StyleupK
What's Your Favorite Outfit For Singapore National Day 2021?
Even though most of us used to dress in red for Singapore National Day celebrations, not many of us have retained that tradition once we graduated. Because of that, we might have the misconception that dressing up for National Day is something only children do. However, with a little more thought put into styling, red—which is often regarded as the colour of love and passion—can also add a touch of maturity to your outfits.
Some people may feel that wearing bright red might make you look tacky, but red is actually a popular colour in Korean fashion, and there are also many different shades of red, with each shade giving off a different vibe. Brighter reds are more youthful looking, while darker reds are more mature, or can even add a mysterious vibe.
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