Mother's Day 2019: Singaporean style influencers Savina Chai, Nicole Wong, Guan Min, and more on fashion lessons they learned from their mums
Mother knows best
Mother's Day is an occasion for us all to acknowledge what we've received in nurturing and wisdom from our mothers. And although some of us loathe to admit it, our mums' sometimes frequently judgmental attitudes towards our wardrobes, particularly during adolescence, eventually define our sartorial wisdom in functioning adulthood — they have way more on us in the experience stakes, after all. We asked our friends Savina Chai, Nicole Wong and more to share the most memorable teachings from their mothers concerning fashion, below.
SAVINA CHAI, CREATIVE BUSINESS CONSULTANT
"My mother — as well as plenty of other motherly figures in my life — drilled into me the importance of looking presentable, as a basic form of respect to yourself and to others."
NICOLE WONG, CONTENT CREATOR AND PRODUCT STYLIST
"Style-wise, my mum is my total opposite; in both her fashion choices and personality — she’s cheerful and outgoing. She taught me not to be afraid of colour, by gently introducing a single new shade each year via colour-blocking."
GUAN MIN, PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST
"My meticulous mother taught me to be careful with what I buy, and to look carefully at details like stitching. I’ve definitely picked up her habits, and have developed a disdain for poorly-sewn buttons and zippers!"
AYDEN SNG, PRODUCT AND UX SPECIALIST
"I learned to dare to dress, and to dress to care from my mother; it takes courage to continually reinvent your look, and self-love to always look your best for yourself."
INCH CHUA, SINGER-SONGWRITER
"She opened my eyes to the value of function, comfort and feeling at ease in your own skin."
CHERYL ALLISON, GAMER AND CONTENT CREATOR
"My mum introduced me to vintage high-waist fashions, although I only warmed up to them as I grew older!"