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What To Wear To Hit Up Singapore's First Black And White Hotel

Singapore’s boutique hotel scene has been growing over the years and the latest entrant is Hotel Mono.

The newest player on the block occupies six conservation shophouses in Chinatown that’s been transformed by the President Award-winning firm Spacedge Designs.

Notice a trend? Yeah it’s a no-brainer to deduce how the hotel got its name – everything is outfitted in black and white. Due to its former status as conservation shophouses, no two rooms are apparently alike – though the striking metal bars that you see above serves as a recurring motif in every room and doubles up as a lighting fixture and… clothing hanger?

Yup, even the bathrooms are entirely monochromatic.


If you’re thinking Hotel Mono is going to cost a bomb, we’ve got a surprise for you – prices start from $160 per night for a double room. I think it’s fair to say it’ll be popping up on our Instagram feeds pretty soon.

Now, with such a distinctive aesthetic, we’ve put together a wardrobe that matches the hotel when you hit it up for your next staycation:

#1: Cotton-knit visor, Dior
I’m a total hat person and this chic visor has “vacay” written all over it. #2: Silk-cloque dress, $4,305, The Row,
The Row: extremely well-made and discreet. One of my favourite labels and totally fits a no-fuss wardrobe when you’re holidaying. #3: Cordelia leather cross-body bag, $1,990, Bally
This bag also makes my fashion editor’s It-list and while it’s not exactly perfectly monochromatic, it’s just too fun to pass over. I love the slight 1920s vibe I’m getting from it. #4: Woven-hemp espadrilles, $285, Ball Pages,
I can see Gwyneth Paltrow in this already. Just kidding – I love the earthy aesthetic. #5: Leather sandals, Celine
For a slightly more formal option, go for this wraparound leather sandals from Celine – it’s versatile enough to take you anywhere from check-in to dinner. #6: Pleated silk-organza shoulder bag, USD$2,150, The Row,
I’m a sucker for pleats and this silk-organza bag from The Row (yes, again, sorry) is a beautiful objet d’art all by itself. Hey, it’s functional too okay – it’s roomy enough for all your daytime needs. #7: Leather and brass calla lily bracelet, $550, Loewe
Who doesn’t love flowers? Calla lilies are a favourite with me, and now you can wear them too, thanks to boy wonder Jonathan Anderson. #8: "Lestrade" black rhodium plated silver earrings, $280, State Property
Local accessories label State Property is a big hit with the Female team with their unusual, architectural takes on jewellery and this Bauhaus-esque pair would match the decor of the hotel perfectly. #9: "Graphite" eau de parfum, USD$165, Mad et Len,
Mad et Len is a niche French perfume house that is favoured by more discerning shoppers – and the Graphite model is a woody aromatic scent inspired by paper. The brand’s signature industrial-chic packaging is a winner, as always. #10: Camellia acetate sunglasses, Chanel
Which holiday outfit would be complete without sunglasses? These Chanel sunnies that play on the house’s signature flower (the Camellia) add a lighthearted touch to the outfit. Like this? Check out fashion editor Imran Jalal’s weekly shopping list, the coolest cultural events to hit this April and the 6 best places to see tulips, cherry blossoms and the best spring flowers.