National Day promises a few things: An extended weekend away from the office, indulging shamelessly in self-pampering and, of course, plenty of fireworks. But before you head out to catch a better glimpse of the colourful explosions — or maybe even be a part of the Kallang Stadium crowd — why not do it big for the nation's most patriotic day of the year?

Sure, the ubiquitous colour palette of red and white may feel mandated, but that doesn't mean you can't put a snazzy spin to it. Steer clear of Merlion prints and opt instead for statement outers like Miroslava Duma to combat possible rain pours. Feel free to sneak in some stylish stripes or colour blocked staples for a playful take. Or if you're out for a parade date, gingham or billowy easy dresses might just do the trick. Fireworks guaranteed.

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