Mix and match and wear it again

Fashion stylist and retail manager Masturah Khalid goes for outfits with simple lines and accents them with statement pieces.
Fashion stylist and retail manager Masturah Khalid goes for outfits with simple lines and accents them with statement pieces. PHOTOS: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

People will not recall what you wore last week, says stylist Masturah Khalid

Q & A

Ms Masturah Khalid, 25, married, chief fashion stylist and retail manager at fashion retailer Soon Lee

How would you describe your sense of style?

Simple lines and clean silhouettes with statement pieces. I am usually in black and white, neutral tones and pastel hues.

When did your interest in fashion start?

According to my mum, it started when I was little - I was picky about what I wore.

What are your go-to brands?

Spanish fashion brand Zara because it is convenient, on trend and affordable. For designer brands, I like French brand Celine and Australian brand Ellery - I like their take on minimalism.

Who are your style icons?

Russian entrepreneur Miroslava Duma because her style is impeccable. Also, British fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

What are the favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

My handy Celine tote bag (photo 1) because I can stuff everything inside it, my Adidas Superstar sneakers (photo 2) because they're comfortable and versatile, my black long vest (photo 3) from because of the buckle detail and its side slits, my white dress (photo 4) from local label Nanaroom because of its texture and unique flare, and my faux marble earrings (photo 5) from home-grown online shop thescarletroom because they are easy to wear and I'm a fan of anything marble.

What are your weaknesses when it comes to shopping?

If I love something such as a top, I will buy it in multiple colours such as black, white, nude and grey.

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

A T-shirt with the words "Coffee please" (photo 6) on the pocket, which I bought for $19 from Forever21. It was cute and chic.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

I'm not the kind to splurge on one item, but my favourite would be the laser bow pump shoes (photo 7) I got from American designer Aminah Abdul Jillil. I bought them online as my wedding shoes two months ago for US$143 (S$196). The original price was about US$300.

Is there a purchase you have regretted?

Never. I regret the things I didn't buy more of.

What is the best shopping or style advice you live by?

Buy pieces that are versatile. When you mix and match, people won't remember if you wore them last week.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2016, with the headline 'Mix and match and wear it again'. Print Edition | Subscribe