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Rihanna thinks we should all wear the very trendy very OTT balaclava in her Gucci Instagram snap. Do you dare?

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Rihanna thinks we should all wear the very trendy very OTT balaclava in her Gucci Instagram snap. Do you dare?
Because the conservative and the sexy are not mutually exclusive

Remember Rihanna's out-of-this-world look at Coachella earlier this year? She went incognito with a Gucci balaclava, which left only her eyes and mouth exposed. Seizing the opportunity to bling, she embellished neck-up with gem-encrusted lids, equally OTT diamanté manicure and dazzling chandelier earrings that we suspect weighed a ton.

Call us crazy but the style maverick's festival get-up sounds like a great solution to a bad hair day or when you're running late and have no time to bake, contour and highlight your cheekbones. If you get stares — actually, this is Singapore so it's more a 'when' than an 'if' — you can safely roll your eyes in a dramatic fashion sans consequences. Identity is secure.

For the uninitiated, a balaclava is basically a ski mask that was invented for practical reason, worn mostly during activities in the snow to battle chilly winds down the slopes. So what gives? In line with the theme of protective layers and doomsday prepping we saw in both menswear and womenswear shows this fall/winter season, the balaclava hits the trend right in the bull's eye. Yet, the accessory is far from futuristic; it was originally designed just after the Battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War in the 1850s, when the locals knitted headgear for soldiers to keep warm underneath their helmets. In recent times, it has often been used by street protesters as the garment covers much of the face.

So how do you wear it without looking like a suspicious character? Go with the less severe option, one that allows more flexibility where you can pull down to bare your eyes and mouth as well. To avoid panic in the public, stow the black for happy colours such as, bright oranges, blues and reds.

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Text: Debby Kwong

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