Get Ready With Me: Raena Lim of Style Theory

The ever-busy co-founder of Style Theory–Raena Lim, currently shuttles between Singapore and Indonesia offices, is all about juggling working on-the-go and living life to the fullest.

We sat down with Raena and find out how the busy style maven starts her mornings to accomplish so much in a day and get ready in less than an hour every morning!

RackIt’s easy to get dressed in the morning when you pick your outfits in advance and set it out the night before

How do you start a typical workday?

Raena: The first thing I think about when I wake up is what my focus should be for the day. I’m an early riser so I try to get more out in the mornings: read for 45 minutes, check my emails and plan my day, dress up before grabbing a breakfast bar or sandwich and getting out of the door.

What makes getting ready easier in the morning?

I usually take 45 minutes to get ready in the morning. My fastest record from waking up to being out of the door is 15 minutes! I find that picking my outfit the night before an important meeting speeds things up. Getting ready to a playlist is also helpful when starting my day; coffeehouse and piano sonatas are my go-to.

What are some tips to make mornings more productive?

  • Set up a routine that you can accomplish even when you are half awake.
  • Don’t look at your phone when you first wake up–you will get distracted by the notifications and you will find that an hour has passed.
  • Pack your bag the night before so you don’t have to worry about potentially forgetting something
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Raena prioritises skincare over makeup

Which part of your morning routine is most important to you?

I believe in skin care more than makeup so my skincare routine takes around 15 minutes while my makeup routine takes around 3 minutes–also because I don’t really know much about makeup!

What is your idea of a perfect morning?

A perfect morning would be waking up naturally at 7 am without the buzz of the alarm clock, having my favourite breakfast already prepared and being able to read full chapters and finish my email. To cap the morning would be having the right outfit for my mood that day.
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What’s the greatest thing about being a woman?

Where do I start? Haha, I love that I’m born in a time when women are celebrated for our accomplishments, I love that we have equal rights in Singapore and thankful to stand on the shoulders of the men and women who have made that happened. I love that being a woman today means I can wear both dresses and pants (literally and figuratively)!

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Where do you find style inspiration?

I find inspiration from the designers I work with, I love Celine (particularly Phoebe Philo’s style) and Marni’s quirkiness. I try to challenge myself to pull off louder colours and bolder prints and that has helped me to discover new ways to express myself instead of black, which has been quite a fun journey.

What’s your go-to style?

My go-to style is a black shift dress, though if I could only wear one outfit for the rest of my life it’d be the navy jumpsuit.

I love the flexibility of jumpsuits. A stylish navy jumpsuit can take you from formal events with some heels to a board games night out where you’d need to sit on the floor comfortably.
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Raena’s tip to make your perfume last longer: spray it on the hair behind your ears

Any style rules you abide by?

I don’t go for pink or frills just because I’m not a feminine person. I jump around when I get excited! Shift dresses work well for me as I’m a rectangular body shape and since I’m 1.7m, I can usually pull off maxi dresses.

What’s one of your favourite style tips to share?

I got this tip from a model! Spray perfume in your hair right behind your ears. This will make the perfume stay longer throughout the day and allows anyone who speaks with you catches a whiff of the scent.

Like Raena, many of the #WomenOfStyleTheory have unlocked the secret to true fashion freedom. Experimenting with new styles and the fun of never having to repeat an outfit makes dressing up an everyday affair! Read all Raena’s interviews here.

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