Greetings law school! The Men’s fashion is back yet again to brighten up your day with some fashionable/interesting/creative looks around. This time round, we have gathered five Year 3 law students to share with us their creative looks and their fashion philosophies.

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1. Leslie Lim

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Leslie’s look: Shirt from Ralph Lauren, pants and shoes from Zara

What is your fashion philosophy?

Leslie: Practicality meets style. For guys it is also important to ensure your clothes fit well.

 What do you think is the most important piece of clothing/accessory on a man and why?

Leslie: Socks. Guys don’t have much variation in their clothes so an interesting pair of socks allows you to express yourself. Socks can make or break your outfit.

 If you could wear whatever you want to school, what would you wear?

Leslie: Barring Singapore’s weather conditions, I would probably have more layering to add variety. Different layer combinations allow you to look different even with the same clothes. On the flipside, sometimes it is nice to be able to wear a pair of slippers and shorts when you are feeling lazy and Singapore’s warm weather allows for that.

Give me one quote on fashion.

Leslie: “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston

2. Gideon Yap

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Gideon’s look: Tee from Topman, pants from Australia, blanket smuggled from Mexico

What is your fashion philosophy?

Gideon: Descartes said it best “cogito ergo summer collection” – “I think therefore summer collection”. Given Singapore’s heat I try not to sweat the petty stuff and similarly not to pet the sweaty stuff so I wear whatever’s the most comfy. These are literally things I can sleep in.

What do you think is the most important piece of clothing/accessory on a man and why?

Gideon: Undergarments – I’m a boxer shorts guy. Because it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

If you could wear whatever you want to school, what would you wear?

Gideon: There’s a great quote from Rumi that goes”Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life”.

I like the idea of wearing things I can feed on, like a meat dress.

Give me one quote on fashion.

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3. Samuel Koh

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Samuel’s look: Shirt from Ted Baker, Chinos from Uniqlo, shoes from Massimo Dutti and watch from Seiko

What is your fashion philosophy?

Samuel: Generally, stick to classic clothing staples – regardless of whatever is the latest fad, you won’t look out of place. Also, you won’t have to break the bank on updating your wardrobe all the time. Lastly, you will be most likely be able to get away with blindly snatching at items in your wardrobe in the mornings without looking like a mess when you step out of the house.

Specifically, when it comes to adding variety to the wardrobe, I guess subtle variations in small details – for example the buttons or cuffs of a shirt – help to make an item more unique without being garish.

Also, avoid jeans – when everyone’s dressed casual and you’re in a pair of jeans, you’ll look less crisp as compared to if you were in a well-cut pair of pants; when everyone’s dressed formal, then you’re just not supposed to be there.

What do you think is the most important piece of clothing/accessory on a man and why?

Samuel: Investing in a good pair of dress shoes is important – a quality pair of shoes is comfortable, durable and helps to polish up your appearance instantly. However, it’s ironic that I say this because I haven’t exactly invested in a particularly good pair for myself.

If you could wear whatever you want to school, what would you wear?

Samuel: Given the constraints of our tropical climate, interesting layered additions are a non-starter. I also do not fancy any form of headwear. So that means that I would be sticking to what I currently wear to school.

Give me one quote on fashion.

Samuel: Find a balance between having others take you seriously enough, and not taking yourself too seriously.

4. Michael Bin

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Michael’s look: Shirt from J Crew, watch and jeans from his brother’s wardrobe (family love), shoes from Vietnam

What is your fashion philosophy?

Michael: Honestly, most of my clothes are stolen from my brother’s wardrobe. He does the shopping, I do the robbing. I also believe that when choosing clothes, fit outweighs design.

What do you think is the most important piece of clothing/accessory on a man and why?

Michael: Cologne. I think it helps people study and memorise better, especially when you are taking multiple modules. You see, you usually associate a scent with a particular occasion, and scent can trigger some memories.

So if I wear cologne A while studying for evidence, and I wear the same cologne during the evidence examination, I can remember more evidence stuff when I constantly sniff myself in the examination hall. Same goes for say, cologne B and equity etc etc.

If you could wear whatever you want to school, what would you wear?

Michael: My heart on my sleeve.

Give me one quote on fashion.

Michael: ‘Fashion trends are like USA’s presidents. They change every 4 to 8 years, and often leave you with a greater budget deficit.’ (Editor’s Note: Well said, well said)

5. Joseph Tay

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Joesph’s look: Tee and pants from Bangkok, shoes from Zara

What is your fashion philosophy?

Joseph: To be frank one of my uncles (the shorter one) was once upon a time a police person-man and so you know I grew up enthralled by his heroics and crime fighting abilities while remaining slightly worried regarding the length of his shorts. Still, it was a great privilege to have an uncle with such a noble occupation and for me his running speed was what really encouraged me to train hard for my 2.4 – when I first enlisted in BMT, my 2.4 timing was quite shockingly horrible as I had not run in months, but by the time I passed out as a trained soldier I could almost run to the cookhouse and back without being caught by the sergeants on patrol. (??!!)

I realise that I may have gotten carried away. (YOU DON’T SAY)

Actually the reason for this is that my uncle has been a very impactful individual in my life. he was not big on fashion but one good quote that he always said into my ear was:

“shut up is a hush phrase” (Such a brilliant and relevant answer from Joseph)

What do you think is the most important piece of clothing/accessory on a man and why?

Joseph: I think some say that the first thing you should put on in the morning is confidence but according to my uncle if you only have time to put on one thing and you are a man it should be pants or shorts

If you could wear whatever you want to school, what would you wear?

Joseph: If I was in a school for trainee policemen, also called an academy, I would wear the regimental uniform of a trainee police officer to show that I am proud to be a member of the Singapore Police Force!!!

Give me one quote on fashion.

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Fashion truly embodies creativity, and these Year 3s have really surprised me with a good mix of creative and practical looks for school. Hope you enjoyed the article and watch out for the next Justified Men’s Fashion article!

Till then, dress well (:

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Article By:

Shilun