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special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts

 

 

PICTURE: #5 IN TWELVE ACTS

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
VOON CHEW TALKS ABOUT HIS 5th OUTFIT

 

What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Moschino military-inspired wool trench coat with removable faux fleece lining
1940s plaid knit
Flecked green high-waisted wool pants
Woven leather shoes by Alfani
Red plaid cashmere scarf draped over 1920s tweed suitcase
Burgundy knit gloves (which alas I just lost recently).
Maroon French Beret by Huquy.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
It’s a very typical fall look for me.

 

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It’s quite spontaneous, I love this coat especially all the pockets and it’s very easy for me to build an outfit around this coat.

 

In a scale of 1 to 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
Initially I was really happy with how effortless it looked but now I wished I had been more adventurous. It’s definitely too safe. I should have worn my Church’s two-tone wingtip oxford shoes to add a little more spice to this bland piece of pumpkin pie.

 

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The warm earthy tones are a welcome sight during fall. Once I wore too much beige/browns with it – what a monochromatic mess! Lesson learned, add punches of color/patterns like a striped sweater, textured pants and definitely with a rich hued scarf.

 

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I would repeat this even in winter but interchange with other knits and scarves I own to keep it fresh.

 

There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
The way the coat hangs here looks deceivingly dull. But it definitely affords great movement when mostly unbuttoned except for the 3rd & 4th from top. When you’re walking in it, it definitely gives a glimpse of what’s underneath. Clothing is not just about aesthetics but how it feels in motion, in turn it could boost one’s confidence. I always feel like the streets of New York is like your personal runway, so with a fluid-moving coat, it definitely adds drama to your walk.

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7 Responses to special guest/VOON CHEW: talks about his 5th outfit. #5 in twelve acts

  1. Heidi says:

    Lovely ensemble…and actually I think you’ve hit the right note with the shoes featured. Part of a nice symphony of textures….well done!

  2. Kelsey says:

    All that tweed is just gorgeous~! I love the punches of red.

  3. Lauren says:

    So perfect. Again, you just know exactly what to do with little pops of color.

  4. MM says:

    Voon looks great and I love how he phrases his looks. Also, I love how the blog features one look at a time. It makes it special. Great work!

  5. Stephanie says:

    it’s subtly chic, it doesn’t need to be spiced up any more than it is. Looks fantastic!

  6. Christine says:

    I love reading Voon’s descriptions of his outfits just as much as I love looking at the pictures: “Clothing is not just about aesthetics but how it feels in motion, in turn it could boost one’s confidence. I always feel like the streets of New York is like your personal runway, so with a fluid-moving coat, it definitely adds drama to your walk.” <—- great way to put it!

  7. Breanna says:

    Maybe it’s a bit understated for Voon, but the casual-ness of this entire look is really nice. Warm, comforting, solid–I love that patterned knit!

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