I love clothes with an architectural feel. That is why I’m attracted to clothing with asymmetry as well as sturdy fabrics that create different silhouettes. I realise that this top is not for everyone as it’s made from a very stiff double cotton. I could not resist it though when I saw it in the shops. 

Black, white, red and sand combined in an architectural outfit | 40plusstyle.com

There is certainly an art in wearing it. You have to make sure that the top sits straight on your shoulders, otherwise it leans back too much and you look like you are pregnant! Still I love the silhouette it creates from the side, with the black side parts visible.

Combining fluid pants with a structured top | 40plusstyle.com

I paired it with my sand colored slouchy pants. I have been eying pants like these for a while but could not find the perfect ones. Even these are not perfect as they are not made of a natural fabric which is usually essential for me when it comes to pants. Still, I love the fit and comfort of these pants, so I decided to give them a try. I love the contrast of the flowy and slouchy pants with the thick and structured architectural top!

sterling silver coral cuff from Jewelry to your Doorstep | 40plusstyle.com

The perfect finishing touch is provided by this architectural coral and silver cuff from Jewelry to your Doorstep. I love the splash of color it provides as well as the combination of round and triangle shapes that increase the architectural feel of the outfit. It’s a beautiful cuff that will work well with many of my outfits.

As a necklace I’m wearing a simple red leather strap with a silver pendant that I’ve had for ages. I wanted to wear something simple and minimalist that still provided a bit of color closer to my face. Of course my big red/fuchsia sunglasses help with that as well!

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As for my frizzy hair.. yes I know. It’s a continuous battle here in super humid Singapore. I swear it looked good when I left the house. But spend some time outside and off it goes… Next week I will show you what my hair is supposed to look like! I’m actually thinking of cutting it again. Either that or I have to do another keratin treatment…

Top and pants: In Good Company
Bracelet: c/o Jewelry to your Doorstep (get up to 30% off with the code 40plus)
Shoes: Ecco

Do you like architectural outfits and stiff fabrics?


Photography by Curly Traveller


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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