In a year that’s been as much of a downer as 2020, it’s hard to pass up on any chance to celebrate — even if it’s a simple affair like National Day.

You’ll have to work out exactly how to spend it with all the social distancing guidelines in place, but believe us when we say that nailing the patriotic dress code requires much less effort. For starters, all you need is something red, a colour that’s thankfully universal.

It-girls like Kendall Jenner and Blackpink’s Lisa have shown us that there are plenty of options to choose from, whether it’s a flowing dress or a statement sweater. Even less of a fuss is the styling. You can dress up in a pair of heels if you’re making 9 August a date night, or dress down in some sneakers that won’t wear you out as you hop from one party to another.

Below, we offer 8 different ways to flaunt your (sin-free) pride for Singapore this National Day — without looking like a warning sign.

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1
Denim on denim

Wearing red on red may be daunting, but Kendall Jenner shows us that all it takes is the right fabric. That is, denim. Being an everyday material, you won’t look excessive matching a crimson denim jacket with straight jeans. Keep it simple with a white tank top, a mini shoulder bag and a comfortable pair of Docs.

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2
The slouchy sweater

Here’s a look that will score you style points without trying too hard. Simply throw on an oversized red knit sweater over your favourite pair of skinny jeans. Alexa Chung, a master of balancing the masculine with the feminine, brings out the latter with a summer-ready bucket bag and kitten heels.

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3
Patriotic polka dots

Look past the shoulder pads and you’ll see that Lisa’s outfit perfectly pulls off the patriotic dress code. Pick out a playful polka dot dress (in red and white, of course) like the Blackpink member, but steer clear of vintage handbag silhouettes. Completing your outfit with a contemporary moon-shaped bag is a surefire way to look rad — not retro — in red.

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4
Stay on track

Believe it or not, you can ace your National Day look with athleisure. It takes three simple steps to up your style game with sportswear: keep it cool with a futuristic jersey top, find a comfy pair of technical track pants, and flex some stylish sneakers.

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5
Look-at-me leather

If you really want to make a statement, do it with leather. You would need the spunk of Miley Cyrus to pull off a pair of flaming skinny leather pants, but those without it can settle for stepping out in equally killer leather boots. A simple cropped tank will keep you from looking like an extra from The Matrix, and a mini crossbody bag wouldn’t hurt, either.

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6
Dress up, dress down

You’ve probably already tried out the effortless dress-and-sneakers combo, so why not tailor it for 9 August? The key is in finding the perfect crimson day dress (Self Portrait and Molly Goddard have some great options). Slip on a pair of pared-back sneakers, preferably in white, to offset the drama of your dress.

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7
The miniskirt moment

For a look that’s feminine and fun, you can’t go wrong with a miniskirt. Pick one in fire-engine red for maximum impact and pair it with a cropped blazer to match. Go hands-free with a shoulder bag and add the cherry on top with strappy sandals.

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8
The slinky slip

If you’re spending National Day with your beau, save this look for the fireworks. You can do without the jacket and the sunglasses and let your scarlet slip dress speak for itself. Elevate the outfit with jewellery like Rihanna — think a silver body chain and a pair of statement drop earrings. All that’s left are some glamorous sandals that will last you all night. The wineglass is optional.

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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.