It seems like we’ve been in holiday mode for a long time now, what with Christmas, New Year’s and Chinese New Year (CNY) hitting us almost back-to-back. But as soon as you’re done swapping mandarin oranges and dressing up in your CNY best, you’ll have to start preparing for the next big event: Valentine’s Day!
Whether you’re on a first date with that guy you’ve had a crush on since what seems to be forever, or on the thousand and eleventh date with your special someone, you’d want to look dazzling this Valentine’s Day and make your man’s jaw drop wide open.
Here are seven stores in Singapore that might just have that perfect Valentine’s Day dress!
Skillfully tailored clothing that flatters the female form
Established in August 2012, ARC is bold, elegant, edgy and modern all at once. The local label’s signature is in its skillful tailoring, ensuring that every piece is specially crafted to flatter the female form, presenting women’s clothing that is stylish and fashionable, yet perfectly wearable in an every day setting. Think dramatic silhouettes, body-hugging shapes and asymmetrical patterns in monochrome. For the modern woman whose every day life includes going to the office, attending events, going to parties, having dinners and travelling, ARC is the local shop to visit.
Stunning and chic dresses made out of interesting fabrics
Dedicated to creating the perfect dress, local designer Evon Tan started out Armoire, which differentiates itself from other fashion labels with its distinct style of modern simplicity. Armoire also uses a wide array of different materials, such as Shandong silk, silk batik and woven jacquard, which comes together to produce stunning pieces that are both chic and comfortable. Bringing herself a step closer to discovering the perfect dress, Evon also offers a made-to-measure service, allowing women to attain apparel perfectly ideal for them.
Eclectic collection of dresses
#05-00, Kewalram House, 8 Jalan Kilang Timor, Singapore 159305 | Also available online.
To some people, shopping may seem like a rather frivolous affair, but, according to the multi-label boutique Daughter, it doesn’t have to be that way. The local multi-label womenswear store hopes to inspire with their eclectic collection of brands brought in from various parts of the world and help shoppers find meaning in their possessions. From floral maxi dresses by New York label Yumi Kim to sexy lace dresses by local designer Aijek, Daughter is an ideal spot to find that perfect Valentine’s Day dress.
Special styling and makeup services
Specially hand picked from all corners of the globe, Mode La Vie’s stocked labels are selected with only one thing in mind – to help local fashionistas express themselves and speak their personal styles. That’s why apart from featuring independent labels such as Australian favourites Mink Pink, Hunt No More and Somedays Lovin’ and their in-house designer labels Ange Révolte and Autre by Ange, they also offer styling and makeup services so you could arrange for a makeover just in time to impress your Valentine’s date.
Socially and environmentally sustainable fashion
Showroom: 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935 | Also available online.
Contrary to popular belief, fashion doesn’t always have to take advantage of the less fortunate. Enter The Fashion Benefit, which dedicates itself to stocking only brands that believe in social and environmental sustainability. And it certainly helps that they have great taste in fashion as well, which is evident through the brands they carry, such as Indego Africa (USA), Ruby Rocks (UK), Skunkfunk (Spain), Aijek (Singapore) and House of Wilde by Alice McCall (Aus). If you’re looking to accessorise your Valentine’s outfit, you’ll be happy to find some pieces by local jewellery label, Edge of Ember.
Highly coveted brands
Designed to look and feel more like a private boudoir than the multi-label boutique it really is, Trixilini offers an extraordinary experience where you get to be pampered and spoiled with some of Singapore’s most highly coveted brands. Labels carried include Yumi Kim, Pauline Katerina, Lulu Yasmine and Lulu Bare, which are distinct in their own ways but hold one thing in common: a gorgeous sense of style that’s evident in the stunning dresses that would impress any man on date night.
Effervescent australian styles
58 Joo Chiat Lane, Singapore 428109. By appointment only. | Also available online.
Bringing Singapore the best of Australian high-street fashion, accessories and beauty products, TheWYLDshop.com offers stunning dresses in edgy graphic prints, pretty florals and vivid colours in typical effervescent Australian styles. Expect cult Australian labels such as Evil Twin, Mink Pink, Paint It Red and Staple the Label, previously only available to Singaporeans at rather steep prices thanks to hefty shipping prices. Now, thanks to TheWYLDshop.com, we have easy access to these fabulous Australian brands at affordable prices – and with free shipping too.