As for what I wore? Singapore is hot and humid, but between public transportation and cabs, you actually don’t spend too much time outdoors. I packed some of my summer perennials from my favorite designers, perfect for getting me through the humid days and hot nights.
The shopping in Singapore was as you might expect for one of the nations with the highest concentrations of wealth in the world, but the prices for high street fashion was also astronomical. It seemed like even Topshop was over twice as much as it would be in the UK. However, shopping Orchard Road shouldn’t be missed, like a Rodeo Drive or 5th Ave. I actually did most of my shopping a little off the main drag in Little India, snagging a beautiful red qipao dress that I have yet to wear and Haji Lane. Once an empty street of pre-war shophouses, Haji Lane has been given a new lease of life by local designers and young entrepreneurs who have set up their quaint boutiques selling contemporary to vintage. Just a street away, on Kampong Glam you’ll find textile shops that have been in business since the 1950s! Kampong Glam was once the seat of the old Malay royalty in Singapore and has been a Malay-Muslim quarter since the early 1800’s. It is full of traditional stores selling carpets, household wares and textiles. You can also find some much coveted Peranakan embroidery and bead-work. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a beautiful pair of slippers.
The vintage/ thrifing culture is definitely new in Singapore and one of the boutiques leading the way is Granny’s Day Out. Sourced from their travels all over the world I had a fun visit rummaging through their gems from the 20s to the 80s.