How to Wear Stripes for Summer... and not look Fat!

Saturday, June 23, 2012 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Many of you would certainly agree with me that horizontal stripes would often make one seem larger  and definitely does not do any justice to the waistline or hips.

Just the other day, I was casually strolling through the shops whilst searching for  birthday presents for my son's godsisters whose all three birthdays happen to be in June. Any excuse to shop right? Anyway, little did I think I would find something for myself at COTTON ON. Honestly I have actually stop heading to that store sometime back 'cos everytime I find something nice and put it on, I find myself either in a lift or within the same breathing space  or across the street from someone else either in the same top/ bottom/ outfit! And although we do style our outfits differently but admit it ladies, no one wants to be seen in the same outfit EVER especially within a certain radius of each other.

Me in my Cotton On Broad Stripe pencil skirt
& Black Cotton Jersey Peplum Top

Same goes for Uniqlo!  I guess that is what one would call "mass market clothing", if I can be so honest to say. Casual, reasonably priced, comfortable but lacking personal identity. You don't know how many Cotton On and Uniqlo outfits I have barely worn once or twice and banished them to the Salvation Army, Ebay or worn them for knocking around at home or even walking the dog.

So surprise, surprise when I picked out  this mix and match outfit recently at Cotton On. Paired the black peplum top and large striped pencil skirt with my platform black slingbacks and added an animal print skinny belt to accentuate the waistline and I got myself a trendy and cool outfit for the day !

Given I am a pretty large girl UK 12/ US 8, I seriously surprised myself to find that I could look slim in this combination! ( A big thank you to all my Facebook Friends for your sweet comments and encouragement to believe I could be a UK 8 / US 4 again... well ... at least I could "look" like it even if I can't achieve the actual dress size).

So here are a few tips for you  slightly larger ladies out that to style Stripes for Summer :

1) Keep It Simple
   For normal human beings, best if you can wear a stripe item with a block colour
   matching  item e.g stripe top with jeans or  plain capris. Or in my case ( as seen above)
   with a block colour peplum top with a  stripe skirt.

Pippa Middleton matching her stripe skirt with a block coloured Jacket & Top.

2) Keep Silhouette Clean
    I realise that if the silhouette of the outfit is wider e.g A-line, skater dress styles it
    naturally  adds to the volume of the stripes and therefore creates a wider
    hip/ heavier bottom effect. A tighter and cleaner  fit of the stripe item
   would help to accentuate the curviness of the body.
Only petite girls or those with great bodies are able to carry off this look like Cameron Diaz in a Skater Style Stripe Dress.
Foster Bay's Boat Neck Stripe Sheath Dress with a clean silhouette.
3) Layering
    Slimmer girls can easily carry off full striped outfits, however for the regular bodies
    out there, try and break  up the  stripes with a vest or a  jacket over.

Kim K layering her stripe maxi dress

4) Width of Stripes
    Often, larger and broader spaced stripes tend create the illusion of fullness on the
    body part it's worn on e.g fuller top or heavier bottom. Thinner stripes that are
   closely space causes the eye to span over more quickly and therefore makes the
   wearer look slimmer. However although this is a more widely adopted rule of
   thumb for wearing stripes, I found with my recent buy as seen above, that one could
   still experiment with larger / broader stripes if the style of outfit is chosen carefully.
   Slim cut, narrow fit etc...

5) Play with Patterns
    If you are truly worried and convinced that horizontal  stripes is just not your cup
   of tea, try incorporating this trend  in diagonal fashion which is certainly flattering.
   Just don't ever wear stripes on stripes if you wish not to look like an animal e.g stripe
   jacket over stripe dress.  Instead, do try mixing print on print with small polka dots for
   that trendy edge.

ASOS faux 2 pc Stripe & Polka Dot Dress.

5) Fun with Accessories
    Another fun way to wear this summer trend, is to play with accessories. Pair
   stripe bags with plain outfits for that extra oomph. Or pair your outfit with
   stripe bangles , earrings , hat, sunglasses or belt for that nautical feel.

So ladies, go have fun, break out of your comfort zone and trend with stripes this Summer. Do share with me pics or your tips  of how you think you can rock the Stripe trend. We certainly can benefit from learning from each other. Stripe on!!

Love, Simone


I Like Victoria by Victoria Beckham!

Sunday, June 17, 2012 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

Those of you who have been following Victoria Beckham and her collections would agree with me that this Spring/ Summer 2012  Victoria by Victoria Beckham dress is a " gotta have" look for this Summer. Since it was first showcased in NYFW, I have been logging on and off Net-a-Porter trying to make that all important decision whether to buy this dress or not! Of course the price tag didn't come cheap but for a signature look, it certainly was a style / look worth considering.

Inspired by Emily Strange, the heroine comic book young girl that wore short girly dresses, black tights with Mary Jane shoes, most of Victoria Beckham's Spring / Summer collection was based on shift dresses with clean lines and a certainly element of girly girl fun  incorporated into her designs.

Victoria Beckham. in her own creation.
She paired her outfit with booties for that punk rock edge.

So you can imagine my extreme delight when I happen to chance upon a version of this beautiful signature dress at one of my supplier stores. I bet quality wise and fabric used is obviously different from the original, however the added cap sleeves on my dress allows me to wear this look to more places like advertising meetings etc,  besides just rocking it out on town. So of course,  I grabbed it right away and decided to put it together for a day out into town so here is my take on the famous dress.

My lovely green drop waist dress version of the Victoria by Victoria Beckham Dress.
Shoes : S$ 30 from Bugis Village ( similar here & here )
Ring : Thanks to Beverley

Since Foster Bay is currently running it's " Like " & " Share " promotion on Facebook   of which a Royal Purple BCBG Plisse watch is up for grabs, hence I decided to pair my dress with my own Satin Black BCBG Plisse Watch to showcase the funkiness of this watch.

Since this dress, I am certainly a follower of  Victoria Beckham and her collections. Am looking forward to her Fall/ Winter 2012 - 2013 collections to be out in the stores where its a total pencil skirt and frock collection. Slimmer silhouettes with shrunken and sleeveless shoulders, mini skirts with matching collar and cuffs seem to rule the show. Elegance and sophistication in muted tones is the base line for the new collection.

If you too like the new collections of Victoria by Victoria Beckham, do comment and let me know which outfit you love the most out of her new upcoming collection.

Lets see if I am able to get my hands on one of these cutesy frocks soon.. so watch this space ladies!

Till then,


Looking for a nice " homestay " for Cookie.

Friday, June 15, 2012 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

"Cookie" ... [sigh]...those of you who know me and are close to me would know by now that she is like my first born child. I smother her to death on a daily basis ( my helper once mentioned I love her more than my own son! horrible mom!) and she can do no wrong in my eyes. But now it's that time of the year again where we need to head back to USA to visit my in-laws and this is my greatest worry whenever we have to make this trip.

Previously Grandma and her helper would kindly and gladly take her in and shower her with the same love, care and homestay environment which she is used to. However this time grandma has been taken ill at 91 yrs of age and can no longer help me out. Therefore I have started searching online for a suitable alternative option......damn myself some leeway of time to find the best fit.

Fine line between what is affordable and what is worth it! From my numerous enquiries, I had received varying quotes ranging from S$ 30 - S$ 60  but none ideal enough to be immediately chosen or narrowed down as " Yes this is it!". Whilst either the environment and/or the package seems and sounds great, but the price obviously is just too much to burden for 2 weeks let alone a possible one month consideration.

On the other hand cheaper options averaging between S$ 30 - S$ 35 would be a kennel style boarding of which I am sure, the Cookie which I have trained and disciplined so well may return to be like a " rebellious" teenager who had picked up all the bad habits outside. And I certainly don't even want to think about that possibility happening....After all, she has had " celebrity" status somewhat during her hey days so confining her to cages and kennels would be so " hard a fit" for the prima donna she already is !
Honestly when boarders quote ;" 2 walks a day, lots of love etc...." I am still sceptical if that really happens or they just leave the dogs to run around with each other all day and perhaps just take them out once a day for barely 5 mins to do their business. I know it can be so tiring to walk the dog and plan it within my daily schedule for a once a day, let alone twice a day hence my initial scepticism ( Sorry dog boarders, don't mean to be a B*TCH).  Of course reducing the diet would mean " Oh, we exercised your dog so much that it did not put on weight. Look how healthy she is?".... so who is to know what goes on? Online blogs and email updates are promised with the package but those can just be " posed" situations for the owner.

So to all dog lovers out there.... if you can recommend me that perfect boarding option... do drop me a quick line at or post a comment so that I can benefit from your experience!

To Cookie... hang in there sweetie.. mummy's doing her very best to find a good homestay for you!

Paws & Kisses,


Where do I begin?...The Mullet Skirt

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Simone - Your Style Architect 0 Comments

"Where do I begin? What do I write about?".....I was at a total loss of what to do when I first decided to start my own blog after setting up Foster Bay with my lovely partner, Joey. " Have I missed the boat?" " What would people want to know and read about since most topics have already been covered by veteran and celebrity bloggers?" Urgh....

Just what do I want to say and what direction do I wish to take this? Of course personal privacy was in question too, but yet again if you wanna speak from your heart, then one has to be honest in one's blogging and opinions right?

So I started asking around and with various ideas thrown at me from friends, acquaintances and some ( they don't know it but I would potentially consider them close to being) enemies, I finally decided to keep my blog to what i know best. Me, myself and perhaps a lil fashion!! So here goes... my maiden blog.

I will start with something pretty safe to see where this blog takes me - Fashion Trends. Since setting up Foster Bay, I have been more intuned with the seasonal trends rather than just being aware of trends that I personally would follow or that would look good on me. Therefore,  I have been battling to try on this Spring/ Summer 2012 Top Fashion Skirt Trend - The Mullet Skirt. Short in the front and longer at the back, a mixture of mini & midi or mini & maxi skirts.

To be honest when I first saw a celebrity wearing it my initial reaction was :  " my god! looks like the skirt got stuck in the door and she kept on walking and ripped it out!" But then when it started to be featured in many fashion trending sites and magazines, my stand on this skirt started to waiver....

Even high street fashion stores started stocking this trend! Next steps.... went out to try and buy one just for " fashion sake". But with my slightly wider waistline ( all thanks to motherhood!) i must admit I looked like a Bak Chang ( Rice Dumpling)! Perhaps a nonya bak chang... heee...heee... with the extra sweet fatty bits ( for sure there are lots to be found in my mid riff section!). And for a 30+ lady trying to look like the young girls on the street of average 25 yrs old... I sure look like I am trying way too hard.

So I starting googling pics of people wearing mullet skirts and trying to find a style  to wear it that would suit my age and certainly my varicose popping legs... and I realised that you could pair it with jackets and classic tops with slightly longer frontal hemline and ending with a maxi skirt at the back which may not be too bad an option and it does help to hide those flaws that greatly concern me. For sure it's easier to dress a trending style that suits one's body shape bearing in mind those problem areas, than go for plastic surgery ( although I have been thinking about it alot lately if it's about time I started going for lil nips and tucks!)

How one tries to pair and wear this trendy skirt is the ALL IMPORTANTE bit. Tops are best kept to a tighter fit, with a cleaner silhouette than a slouchy oversized shirt/ cardigan. Also best paired with wedges, gladiator sandals or booties but certainly flip flops and thongs are a " no no". Just wrong....

So, my ending note to this maiden blog is : " Tell me what you think of the mullet skirt and if you believe it is a trend to keep or lose?"

I have still yet to fully buy into this trend and if you can provide me a recommendation on how best for slightly larger women ( UK 12/ US 8 & above) to wear this style, I will be giving out this unique silver Elephant Ring holder  to the best reply.

So I hope to hear from you guys soon with your suggestions. And guys.... you are not left out of this blog, your thoughts please if you think it's a style you would like to see on a girl or not?

Thanks for reading and see ya soon!

Love, Simone