Fashion on the streets: Classics get a head-turning refresh

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This article first appeared in Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, the leading fashion glossy on the best of style, beauty, design, travel and the arts. Go to and follow @harpersbazaarsg on Instagram; harpersbazaarsingapore on Facebook. The February 2023 issue is out on newsstands now.

Prep school

Socks are officially back in fashion – fishnet knee socks, in particular – with Chanel, Dior and Gucci giving their seal of approval.

At Chanel, they are worn with their iconic Mary Jane pumps and there is even a trompe l’oeil boot with an integrated fishnet stocking.

Dior’s Renaissance schoolgirl paired her socks with gladiator platforms. Gucci put a provocative twist on the preppy staple with artfully ripped knee-high fishnet stockings, complete with garters, and paired them with studded dominatrix pumps.

Call the sho(r)ts

This season’s hot pants are fashioned like boy shorts, cut to just above the thigh. Flash your confidence – and gams – with these tiny summer essentials.

For a more polished look, wear them with a tailored top or oversized blazer, and finish with high boots or knee socks.

Disco baby

Unapologetically feminine with a hint of cheek, crystal-encrusted and metal-plated bra tops are this season’s statement pieces.

A sparkling, crystal-fringed bra lends a playful twist to Stella McCartney’s mint pantsuit. Styled with matching chokers and arm pouches, Burberry’s blinged-out bra is juxtaposed with capacious denim trousers for a casual twist.

Come undone

In an age where arti...

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