Get Schooled On Looking Preppy Cool

Text, Concept & Styling Lim Lee Ann Art Direction Voon Wei Photography Edmund Lee Make-up Cat Yong Hair Cody Chua Model Nataliia Musiichuk

Be a class above ― it’s back to school as we give some serious style lesson. Preppy + fun = full chic marks.

Hit Recess

Learn new ways to work your wardrobe — tube dresses can double as body con skirts to pair with a cute top, so you look 100%.

Top, RM34.90; dress (worn inside), RM99.90, both from Forever 21


Cheat sheet

History lesson: An ’80s windbreaker + ’90s-inspired belt bag equals a dadcore look you’ll wear for ages.

Jacket, RM119.90, Pull & Bear; shirt (worn inside), RM49.90, Bershka; pants, RM235, Nike from JD; bag, RM109, Puma from JD


Pop quiz

Fashion math: Less doesn’t mean more. Channel that ’70s vibe by layering a dress over stripes with more colours thrown into the mix. It all adds up!

Shirt (worn inside), RM79.90; dress, pants, RM129, all from Forever 21; bag, Kate Spade



Leader of the pack

Style cheat sheet! Prep yourself with collared crop top, gym shorts and classic backpack for a desk-to-gym look.

Shirt, RM69.90, Forever 21; pants, RM145, Nike from JD; bag RM269, Fila from JD


Swimming champ

It’s a competitive world out there, so be a sport. Play with proportions like an oversized cardi over a skin-tight maillot, and come out on top.

Cardigan, RM890, WYNKA; bodysuit, RM199, Pink Soda from JD



Uniformly cool

Take pinafore for a fashun spin by putting on a dadcore windbreaker and cute slip-ons.

Jacket, RM169.90, Pull & Bear; t-shirt (worn inside), RM49.90; pinafore, RM129.90; both from Forever 21; shoes, RM299, Vans from JD



Gym class hero

PE is everyone’s fave subject so let’s get physical — literally, with an athleisure-friendly hoodie and track pants. Add on some cute hair clips to avoid looking ~ basic ~.

Hoodie, RM189, Pink Sport from JD; track pants, RM129, Forever 21



Class Monitor

Put on a power (bright colours works better) blazer and show who’s bo$$. Be a low-key cool gal by slipping on a crop top inside and wear your sling bag like a total champ.

Cap, RM49.90; blazer, RM199.90; both from Bershka; crop top (worn inside), RM49.90, Forever 21; track pants, Supply & Demand; bag, RM99, Nike; both from JD


*This article was first published on CLEO’s July/August 2019 issue