GBA Lifestyle News
By Kate Springer | January 29th, 2016

Finally meeting up with that Tinder crush? Nice! Whether it’s a quick cocktail or a lingering dinner, these looks and accessories should inspire love at first sight.

After-work Drinks: You need a look that can go from day to night since you’re probably stuck in the office ’til 7pm on a Friday. Luckily Marimekko’s latest spring and summer collection is all about versatile looks, bold colors and quirky patterns that look great in the breakroom as well as after dark.

Marimekko - Spring Summer 2016
Finnish design house Marimekko is brimming with work-to-play outfits

Weekend Drinks: Assuming you’re not going to Otto e Mezzo on your first date, chances are it’ll be a casual pub or cocktail bar like The Globe, Fu Lu Shou or Quinary. Be comfortable, add a hint of your own personality and don’t be afraid to mix playful textures, colors and fits like you’ll find in these comfy cool outfits from b+ab‘s FW15 line.

b+ab FW15 Fashion Line Lookbook

Fancy Dinner: If you’re grabbing dinner at a more upscale spot, take it as an excuse to dress up. Slip into a fashion-forward LBD, add a pop of color, killer shoes, or an edgy leather jacket. Surprisingly enough, Shanghai Tang has some new spring and summer looks that simmer.

Shanghai Tang SS Collection 2016

Awesome Accessories

Round out your outfit with these killer pieces.

Jacket: Bomber jackets are in at the moment — from sleek leather looks to bright and colorful numbers. For something with a Hong Kong vibe, Vivienne Tam just introduced a new line of Chinese New Year-inspired dragon looks (even though we’re in the year of the monkey?) that should get you feelin’ fired up. At the very least, this rockin’ bomber jacket ($4,550) should ensure a fortuitous night.

Vivienne Tam - Dragon Printed Satin Cotton Bomber Jacket (HK$4,550)

Scarf: Add a quirky touch of Hong Kong with a casual “Mahjong” silk scarf ($980) from local Hong Kong design boutique G.O.D. 

GOD Mahjong Silk Scarf

Bling: Load up on affordable accessories from Zalora, which has great international brands and even some homegrown Hong Kong talents in its Marketplace section.


Zalora Jewlery
Left, Something Borrowed necklace ($54); middle, River Island bull lapel ($129); Right, River Island ear cuffs ($169) and Sze earrings ($50)

Bag: It’s always important to be honest… play things straight on your first date with this transparent clutch from Charlotte Olympia.

Charlotte Olympia Paragon Pandora Bag
Clear the way with a Charlotte Olympia transparent bag ($7,500).

Shoes: Statement colors in a pop of yellow or high-voltage blue should do the trick. Check out Gianvito Rossi‘s latest line for a splurge of inspiration.

Gianvito Rossi 85pt Pump in Mustard
Try on these sunny Gianvito Rossi pumps in mustard ($5,600)