Travel Outfits on a Budget: What I Wore in Singapore

By Sarah Aterrado - June 28, 2023

Do you remember the time when I could not be bothered to look good because I paid so little attention to my outfits? Well, my blog does. 😅

Then I realized how making a simple upgrade to my style just made me feel better overall. It does feel empowering, you know. Every outfit that I chose to rock—despite getting shot at with those disapproving looks for not dressing "like a mom" because I love to flash my belly button out—is a reminder that I can be anything.

For this trip, I prepared about ten outfits. Yes, ten! However, our seven-day trip was unexpectedly cut short, so I only got to wear five. 

The idea was to wear something fresh and appropriate for a hot and humid country. 

I would have loved to put on some light layers just for the aesthetics, but I'm pretty sure my armpits will go on a wild and violent protest. I also thought about wearing a summer dress or that plaid top and mini skirt set I've been meaning to wear for a long time. But I'm afraid I will have that Marilyn Monroe moment while running after two hyperactive toddlers. Or one of them will lift the back of my skirt up and expose whatever horror has been kept hidden there. 😝

So after a few days of planning, I came up with outfits that will still show some skin to keep me cool from the sweltering heat without putting myself at risk for an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.

Yes, OOTD planning is one of my favorite parts about traveling. I like getting creative. But I am never really too eager to go overboard with the spending. So, here are the budget-friendly outfits that I wore in a fine, sophisticated, first-world country, Singapore:

Outfit #1

This is what I wore at the Singapore Zoo. The goal was to look like a zookeeper but make it stylish. 

Love the blazer and short set. Still thinking where else can I wear this.
Sunglasses: Php114 (shop link)
Blazer and shorts co-ord: Php 245 (shop link)
Black inner top: Php 58 (shop link)
Shoes: Vans Sk8-Hi

Outfit #2

I decided to go with my usual outfit (shirt, jeans, and sneakers) to go around Universal Studios. With all the rides and crowd, it is important that I am able to move freely. 

Obligatory pic in front of the Universal Studios globe.

Cap: Monsters University (bought at Hong Kong Disneyland, 2017)
Shirt: Uniqlo AIRism (super presko!)
Khaki pants: United Colors of Benetton, ukay-ukay Php 75 (the fabric is sooo nice)
Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 Low

Outfit #3

During this day, we visited the ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay (Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and the Supertree Groves). I wanted to look a little chic and went for light colors so I can stand out against the vibrant backgrounds.

At the Flower Dome.
And knowing that we will be indoors most of the time, I also brought an oversized, soft denim polo in case it gets cold.

Walked more than 10,000 steps and surprisingly, this 79-peso sandals held up well. It's also light and so comfy!
Oversized polo: gift
White shoulder tie top: Php 55 (shop link)
Gradient jeans: Php 200, thrifted
Sandals: Php 79 (shop link)

Outfit #4

I'm starting to have this thing for terno/co-ords. I love how you don't really have to think about a lot of things when matching the pieces. All you have to do is put it on and you know that whatever shoes or accessories you pair it with, you still look good.

Merlion Park at night.
Top and bottom co-ord: Php 225 (shop link)
Sandals: Php 46 (shop link)
Bag: Secosana, gift

Outfit #5

I think this has got to be my most favorite outfit. It speaks a lot about me. Fitted tank top, baggy pants, and athletic shoes? You are seeing the high school, college, and present day me.

At Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa. Here for the Skyline Luge.
Sunglasses: Php 48 (shop link)
Mustard tank top: Php 58 (shop link)
Cargo pants: Php 60, ukay-ukay
Shoes: Nike Air Force 1 Low

So, that's it. 

Who says looking good has to be sophisticated and expensive? You only need to know the right clothes that work for you. Be bold. But if in doubt, go for the classics, plains, and neutrals—you’ll be surprised at how many styles you can come up with.

Our original itinerary would have gotten us to more places and we would have had plenty of time to go back to our hotel and have outfit changes in between. But, oh well. Things don't always go our way but we gotta move on and keep slaying.

And oh, by the way, I will be packing again next week. So I'll see you in my next destination and outfit post then?

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