SINGAPORE - In addition to helming 987FM's airwaves on weekdays from noon to 4pm, Jade Seah is also busy with her two-year-old fashion label, Maryjulian.
"Inspired by the love of Mary and Julian, my grandparents, and their sense of style, Maryjulian was created for a modern take on vintage styles," Seah explained. "Designed for the independent woman who likes to create her own style, it's stylish but never lavishly follows trends."
At Maryjulian, you can find "modern pieces with vintage elements, classic cuts with unconventional details (and) tomboy shapes with girlish details".
Seah, 29, is currently involved in the creative direction and planning of 987 TV, which she revealed will be dabbling in her pet subject, fashion.
How would you describe your sense of style?
The Maryjulian philosophy is very much a mirror of my own personal style - I love juxtaposing elements when dressing. Quality is key, good material is king, and interesting details excite me. I do like to borrow from the boys - men's shirts, T-shirts, slim-cut pants and bermudas. I always mix these with a touch of femininity; I still love being a woman! Men's slouchy tops are great for balancing out short, fitted bottoms, or (when) tucked into a form-fitting pencil skirt.
Are there any standout pieces in your wardrobe that you lean towards?
I wouldn't call them "must-haves" but my many T-shirts are mainstays and go-to's for days when I'm uninspired or need to pull something together fast. I love T-shirts - mostly in a boyfriend, slightly slouchy fit. I like them tucked into a smart pencil skirt with a blazer for a smart-casual vibe (and) they "dress down" my sequin and lace separates for the day. I also love dresses as they are great for I-don't-know-what-to-wear days - better if they are dresses that can easily be dressed up or down to suit various occasions; with sneakers and a casual duffel for day, with sexy, strappy sandals and a tiny clutch for events and dinners. Similarly for separates, I look for those ripe for layering and piling on the accessories, and also for instant wardrobe updates for each season to keep my look current. Those that will go with and refresh what's in my current and ever-expanding wardrobe.
How has your style evolved?
I think the main difference is confidence, self-assurance and an awareness that comes with age. For example, I used to follow trends - Cross Colours, remember those baggy jeans of the TLC-esque, '90s era?; babydoll dresses, the Kurt Cobain-esque grunge look. Although the '90s are in now, so maybe it doesn't sound as bad now! The difference is that while I keep up with trends, I now have a better awareness of what works on me and what doesn't, both in terms of vibe and body type. So, I like to think that I generally make better fashion choices - not to say I get it right all the time though!
What makes an outfit?
An outfit is truly "made" by three things - individuality, proportion and confidence. If I had to pick a single item though, it's definitely shoes for me.
How do you think shoes aid in perfecting an outfit?
They're a small item so you can play around with shoes that suit your style; take note of your legs and your hemline, and proportion comes into play. Everyone has a shoe that gives them confidence - some people find their groove in heels, others feel cool in sneakers, some find magic in boots. Shoes can make or break a look, in my humble opinion. This is why I hardly ever wear flip flops, (except) to the beach or yoga class.