With National Day just around the corner, we finally have another reason to celebrate despite the downer that 2020 has been.

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 pride for Singapore this National Day — without looking like a warning sign.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore

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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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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). Take a leaf from Chriselle Lim’s style handbook and slip on a pair of pared-back sneakers, preferably in white, to offset the drama of your dress.

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For a look that’s feminine and fun, you can’t go wrong with a miniskirt. Like Bella Hadid, 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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