Greetings law school! The Men’s Fashion Column is back yet again and this time, we bring you the stylish knockouts from Year 4! Before they graduate and step out into the workforce to have a life (or the lack thereof), they have kindly shared with us some fashion advice for us juniors to follow.

1. Javier Yeo

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Javier’s look: Shirt from H&M, Pullover from Praise, Jeans from Zara, Loafers from Dr. Martens and Watch from Calvin Klein

What is your fashion philosophy?

Javier: Never mind if it’s uncomfortable. As long as it looks good, it’s worth the pain. #kidding #notreally

What do you think is the role of fashion in a legal profession?

Javier: Let’s just say that the legal profession cares enough about what lawyers wear to mandate what you wear in court, down to what colour your suit should be. Only because you must be a real hobbit to screw up a black and white suit ensemble. Heh.

For those who watch Suits (can’t believe who doesn’t. It’s awesome), just watch how the suits and grooming alone separate the elite lawyers from the “ambulance chasers.”

Congratulations on your impending graduation! Do you have any fashion advice for the juniors?

Javier: If you left your house wearing what you slept in, you’re doing it wrong. HAHA @Kevin.

My politically correct answer would be “as long as it’s comfortable”. But that would contradict my answer to 1. Also, comfort is overrated la huh.

Give me one quote on fashion.

Javier: When in doubt, it’s always better to over-dress than underdress.

2. Joey Lim

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Joey’s look: Jacket from Harajuku, Japan, T-Shirt from Armani Exchange, Jeans from Dzojchen, Boots from Amerikamura, Japan

What is your fashion philosophy?

Joey: “Only buy the clothes that make you want to do a little dance in them”, i.e. I only buy clothes that make me celebrate having them!

What do you think is the role of fashion in a legal profession?

Joey: Your clothes are a way of speaking without ever having to open your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t be smart, at least look smart. J

Congratulations on your impending graduation! Do you have any fashion advice for the juniors?

Joey: Not really sure I’m qualified to give advice (I don’t really fancy myself as a fashionista). But if it were one thing I’d like to say, it’d be to forget the rules. If you like it, wear it.

Give me one quote on fashion.

Joey: Fashion is art and your bodies are the canvases for which you start on a blank slate each and every day. Go crazy. (:

3. Kevin Chan a.k.a. Muthu Curry

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Kevin’s ‘MEGASAVER’ look: “Facebook stalker” T-Shirt from 2012 NUS Careers fair (FREE), Black Shorts from Pulau Tekong, Enlistment day 2009, New Balance running shoes from SAF E-Mart

What is your fashion philosophy?

Kevin: PERSONAL Comfort. People always say that how you dress reflects your self-confidence and self-respect , but Im somehow unable to identify with that. However, I am pressured by standards of appropriateness imposed by society. So, I would generally dress comfortably to the extent that it is suffices as minimally appropriate for the situation.

What do you think is the role of fashion in a legal profession?

Kevin: Limited role.  Lots of mandatory rules. Office dress codes, Court attire, etc

Congratulations on your impending graduation! Do you have any fashion advice for the juniors?

Kevin: Thank you! Are you sure juniors will want fashion advice from me? Haha Im the worst person to give advice. But based on the contemporary notion of what is fashionable, it shouldn’t be a fashion disaster if you steer away from the stuff that I normally wear.

Just be confident in who you are as opposed to what you wear! On a more serious note, if fashion is something that really stresses you, our dean Prof Simon Chesterman often reminds us:

“If you need help, please ask! Professors are generally willing to answer reasonable questions. If you find yourself stressed out and in need of help, the Law School and the University have experienced advisors and counsellors ready to assist. And if a friend looks like he or she is struggling, please check if help is needed.”

Give me one quote on fashion.

Kevin: When I was in Year 2, Prof Tan Yock Lin said that “Equity is a mirror that reflects the future into the present”.  I guess he was highlighting the unfathomable power of mirrors and how they could cure the biggest fashion disasters???  Sorry I may be wrong. Never understood much about mirrors, or how equity could have related to them…

4. Desmond Chng

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Desmond’s look: Jacket from Bangkok, T-Shirt from Bershka, Shorts from Cotton On, Shoes from Superga, Watch from Casio and Bag from Shakespeare & Company

What is your fashion philosophy?

Desmond: “To me there is nothing shocking in saying that a dictatorship which clothes itself with a tinsel of legal form can so far depart from the morality of order, from the inner morality of law itself, that it ceases to be a legal system.” (Lon L Fuller, “Positivism and Fidelity to Law – A Reply to Professor Hart (1958) 71 Harv L Rev 630 at 660).

 What do you think is the role of fashion in a legal profession?

Desmond: Suits.

Congratulations on your impending graduation! Do you have any fashion advice for the juniors?

Desmond: See here and here. (Thanks for supporting the Men’s Fashion Column Desmond!!)

Give me one quote on fashion.

Desmond: “I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.” – Daisy Buchanan #thatswhatshesaid

5. Wesley Chan

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Wesley’s look: Shirt from Marcella (Started by a NUS Law Alumni!), Trousers from Zara, Watch from Uniform Wares, Shoes from Sacoor Brothers, Folio from Bally

What is your fashion philosophy?

Wesley: Minimalistic? Don’t really have a fashion philosophy, but if there’s anything consistent about my dressing, I guess I’m usually in white and blue. To be honest, I usually wear the same 5 outfits. This is my Monday one.

What do you think is the role of fashion in a legal profession?

Wesley: Harvey Specter.

Congratulations on your impending graduation! Do you have any fashion advice for the juniors?

Wesley: I don’t think I’m qualified to give this kinda advice. Check out Javier’s blog at https://hellodapperdan.wordpress.com; he gives fashion tips for a whole range of outfits, from gym attire to hipster to Indian prince.

We have witnessed today such true words of wisdom from the learned Year 4s, as they continue to inspire us with their creativity and ways to dress fashionably yet comfortable and practically at the same time. Sometimes, you can even stand out from the crowd without spending a penny (supra Kevin’s look above)! Thanks to the Year 4s for taking the time to contribute to this article, and on behalf Justified, I wish you the best in all your future endeavours!

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Till then, dress well (:

Article By: 

Shilun

Photography By: Javier Yeo (Year 4)