Never buy in a hurry

Visual merchandiser Noorshahidah Suradi says she has learnt to always try on an item first

Ms Noorshahidah Suradi goes for statement pieces to give her outfits a fun vibe.
Ms Noorshahidah Suradi goes for statement pieces to give her outfits a fun vibe. ST PHOTOS: AZMI ATHNI

Q & A

Ms Noorshahidah Suradi, 28, married, visual merchandiser at a major department store chain here

How would you describe your style?

Practical, clean and fun.

When did your interest in fashion start?

It started when I was 11 years old. I saw my older sister dressed in a bodysuit with a Moschino belt. After that, I got picky about what I wore and explored fashion by observing my two older sisters while developing my own style.

Who are your favourite designers or go-to brands?

My favourite designers are Australian fashion designer Lisa Gorman and French fashion designer Stephane Rolland. They love to explore different designs, prints and cuts for their apparel that is playful, sexy and unique.

Who are your style icons?

My style icons are American blogger Leandra Medine and American socialite Olivia Palermo. Both have styles that I adore: Medine is fun and playful, while Palermo is chic and clean.

What are your favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

My Alexander Wang Rockie bag (photo 1) because it is classic yet edgy; my silver Marc by Marc Jacobs watch (photo 2) as it is a simple and practical accessory; my nude and green-coloured heels (photo 3) from Taipei-based shoe brand Abcense because of the futuristic heel design; and my pair of bold and chunky Doodad and Fandango ice cream cone earrings (photo 4) is the best accessory to jazz up a simple outfit.

My job is hands-on - I am always kneeling and putting things together or carrying mannequins - so I don't wear nice clothes to work because I'm afraid of damaging them. Instead, I opt for statement pieces to give my outfits a fun vibe.

I also love my black mesh dress (photo 5) from home-grown brand Editor's Market. This dress is great for when I'm feeling lazy but still want to look presentable for work. It is super comfortable and the best part is I don't need to iron it.

What are your weaknesses when it comes to shopping?

Anything that catches my attention - I love unique, bold and colourful items.

What is your favourite splurge piece?

My favourite splurge piece is my canvas Tiff Manuell necklace (photo 6), which cost about $100. It's handmade in Australia and colourful. I can tie it in different lengths depending on the top I am wearing.

Is there a purchase you have regretted?

A purchase I have regretted is a pair of white overalls bought in a rush at a sale at Cotton On about three months ago. The store was closing for the day and I grabbed it in a rush, confident that it would fit me.

I didn't notice that it was in a skinny fit. When I tried it at home, it was tight and uncomfortable. It could not be exchanged.

The lesson learnt is to always try on an item and not to buy on impulse or when in a hurry.

What is your most recent fashion purchase?

My most recent fashion purchase is a grey top from Indonesian label Macaroons, which I got for Hari Raya. It cost about $21. It is affordable, comfortable yet stylish. I love the label's quirky and asymmetrical designs.

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

Malaysian fashion designer Beverly Ang once said: "Own your style or stay naked."

Before you shop for anything, make sure it is practical and that it suits your style.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'Never buy in a hurry'. Print Edition | Subscribe