Haven’t done color blocking in so long. My comfort zone is black and white paired with a single color, and I can’t believe I almost let myself forget that color blocking can be fun too. It is during these times that I’m glad I document my outfits. It’s a lot easier to spot certain patterns if you see your photos next to each other. More than just showing people my style, I think my Lookbook serves as a constant reminder that I’m a work in progress. And that white tops really go with everything, lol.
A lot of people think that my wardrobe is bottomless, but I actually repeat clothes a lot. I’ve always found it practical to invest in classic pieces that work for my body type. If they fit perfectly, I’m definitely wearing them again. If I find a certain style that is versatile enough to go from day to night, I’m definitely buying it.
This is why I have a ton of shift dresses in my closet! Move over, bodycon dresses, because shift dresses are much more comfortable and sophisticated. They’re great for work too! I usually wear shift dresses to my meetings because they automatically make me look decent and professional. (The last thing you want to do in a professional setting is distract people with unnecessary skin exposure!)
But what *can* you do to modify a knee-length shift dress? I love wearing shift dresses as is, but different occasions call for different styling. These kinds of work dresses need not always be boring, since there are various ways to make them more exciting:
1) A) Use a belt to shorten your dress to your desired length.
This is a technique that I often use for all my good but awkward length dresses. I’m just average height (I’m only 5’3” without heels!) with a short torso-longer legs proportion, so I always play with proportions, and try to elongate my figure by showing off my legs. (This explains all my leg-baring OOTDs!)
B) Use a belt to define your waist.
This creates the illusion of a curvier figure, and also acts like an additional accessory to the whole outfit. I chose a skinny black belt with a gold buckle to match my favorite gold jewelry.
Choosing the best belt for your body type is important, unless looking frumpy doesn’t bother you at all. If you’re petite or pear-shaped, go for skinny belts that won’t overwhelm your frame. If you’ve got an hourglass figure, make sure your belt emphasizes the tiniest part of your waist (don’t go for the ones that rest at the hip). If you have a long torso, you can get away with wide belts.
2) Wear a blazer over your belted dress, and match it with boots/booties.
Perfect way to make your work dress go from day-to-night. Choose a non-black blazer to make your outfit pop, and skip the office pumps for edgier shoes!
3) Wear a knit top/sweater over your dress, and accessorize with a statement necklace.
It was only recently that I appreciated layering over dresses! I love how my skirt collection seems like it has somewhat doubled, now that I can make my dresses look like skirts too! Best to go for cropped sweaters and knits to balance out the length of the shift dress.
Also, statement necklaces are always your best friend.
The bag (SM Parisian) and dress (from SM Woman) are available at The SM Store in SM Makati. You might also want to check out the sleeveless version of this dress, as well as the rack of SM Accessories where I got the statement necklace in my last photo.
Have fun shopping!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, thanks to the cool Christmas breeze and all the amazing shopping deals which you can find left and right. There has been a conscious effort on my part to withhold any kind of shopping if there is no sale going on, lest I let my wallet weep.
I always have to offset the travel shopping I do by saving as much as I can whenever I come back home. It absolutely doesn’t help that I’ve been feeling an intense need to save up for my future. Is this what happens when you become a quarter of a century old? Somehow I am starting to get worried about my future lodging and transportation, water and electricity bills, tuition fees of my future children, funds to sustain the kind of lifestyle I want (tho I can totes survive on Starbucks Coffee and playing games on my 3DS if I can’t always go out), etc etc. i.e. things that I don’t even have to worry about because I’m not moving out of my parents’ house or getting married any time soon. I think I spend too much time alone thinking about the future when I should really be enjoying the present.
I have different responsibilities now that I’m older but a little shopping once in a while would never hurt? Let me use the excuse of discounted items to justify how much I totally need to be at this weekend’s Mango End of Season sale. So much for living in the present, eh? I’ll still be able to save a lot because I won’t be buying items at full price, hahaha #excuses
Time to go crazy with all the holiday colors! I bet all the red will sell like pancakes, especially with Christmas being just around the corner. So unreal how this particular red blazer seems to be popping out of these photos because of how bright it is. Just like the future!
The End of Season Sale will start tomorrow, December 12, 2013 until January 31, 2014. Get up to 50% discount on all items for all Mango concepts including MANGO, H.E. by MANGO, MANGO Touch and the newest concepts, MANGO Kids and MANGO Sport & Intimates.
It hasn’t been long since I got back from my 3 week vacation in the US, and I’m already itching to fly out again. There are still so many things I want to see in this world, and I feel like *now*, especially with my 25th birthday coming up this weekend, is the perfect time to satisfy my intense wanderlust.
My recent trip, however, was quite a challenge. My long haul packing skills have turned rusty over the years! It’s so easy to fly in and out of Asia nowadays, and with all these affordable, short haul flights, you can wear different outfits without having to re-use a single item, especially if your trip is only about 3-5 days.
It all becomes complicated when you need to pack 3 weeks worth of clothes for varying degrees of cold weather (lowest was -3 C, highest was about 23 C), and still have enough space in your luggage for any additional purchases along the way. And don’t forget - flights from Manila to the US can take so long. I recently saw someone change to pajamas inside the plane. Can’t blame him. I’d do it too, in an ideal world where I’m even less self-conscious than I already am.
I managed to do some laundry halfway through the trip, and had to pat myself on the back when I realized I packed the right stuff! Mixing and matching is key, but it’s what kind of items you bring with you that makes all the difference in the world.
Mango is one of those no-fail brands that always offers chic closet staples. You can style these items for both warm Manila weather (as in the outfits below) and real autumn and winter abroad (just throw in black boots, tights and a coat)!
Button-downs are a must. It’s not even optional! You can still wear them on their own while the temperature is tolerable, but they are the best first layers when it comes to cold weather layering.
Dark pants are non-negotiable too. I made the mistake of wearing pastel blue, almost white pants once. Random coffee shop guy spilled his coffee and I got some of it on my pants. Besides the exasperating lack of apology on his end, I had to put up with the stains (which took me about 30 minutes in the bathroom trying to get them as light as possible) the whole day! Never again.
I am partial to skinny pants, but for long haul flights, I prefer more loose-fitting clothes! If you’re going to be stuck in a plane for 16+ hours, comfortable clothes are everything.
Deliberately matched my outfit with this luggage that I got as a gift recently. My usual carry-on luggage (I bring my laptop with me everywhere, or else I die) is slightly bigger than this one but not as cute! Yes to a cuter one please!
Sweaters are essential when traveling. I brought sweaters in varying thickness, and they all did a great job at keeping me warm. I always layer a button-down shirt under, which makes using the sweaters more than once a little less gross, lol.
This particular one is great because it’s not too thick for our weather. I matched it with a sexy pencil skirt (that slit!) for a more Manila-appropriate look.
I also bring at least one blazer with me when I travel because not only does it do a good job at keeping me warm, it can automatically make an outfit look dressier than it actually is. Even the plainest tees can look super chic with a classic blazer.
They also usually come with pockets. And you can never have enough pockets when you’re traveling.
After watching the Gin no Saji anime, I found myself more fascinated towards animals I would often just overlook. I never thought pigs were cute until I saw Hachiken’s pet Butadon. Aki’s fascination for horses was also quite contagious, and I could see why with how they depicted horses in the series. (Aki’s great grandma was the cutest in the whole series though!)
As a tribute of sorts, I wore a horse print top and a horse print skirt! These are separate items that coincidentally complemented each other, and with matching top and bottom craze going on, I guess this just proves that “sets” don’t have to be the exact same print. If anything, the same theme (horses) and color scheme (pastels) can do.
Also, with every wash, my hair seems to change color! Red really does wash out easily! Definitely have to go for a whole head retouch next month before I leave the country again!
Finally getting to post about this after weeks of desperate battles with myself - it was so hard to keep quiet about something as exciting as this! It has actually been months since Romwe contacted me to do a design collaboration with them, and it was a real honor to be chosen. The previous blogger they worked with was Lua P. of Le Happy, who has a *huge* following compared to poor little me! Her collection really reflected her edgy, rocker style, and honestly, it made me a bit pressured to come up with pieces that perfectly described my own sense of style. I’ve often mentioned in my 2013 entries how I’ve been undergoing a transition with my style, and how my taste in fashion now isn’t entirely the same as when I first started documenting my outfits some 3-4 years ago.
The design process was quite tedious as I had to turn in some sketches and ideas while I was in Japan, but for the most part, I think my being there played a huge role in figuring out the concept of my collaboration items.
At this point, I can finally say with confidence that my fundamental goal for fashion has always been “to dress up in order to blend in”, contrary to popular belief that I’m doing it to stand out. In Japan, I’m definitely not the most stylish person (I mean, I’m far from it), but their fashion and culture has influenced me so much to the point that being able to blend in the streets of Tokyo (while wearing my personal style) became my ultimate wish early on in my life. Now, wearing the same outfits in a totally different context (case in point, here in Manila) might warrant me some awkward glances in this lifetime (and I don’t even have outrageous style), though I’m too caught up living my life as a citizen of the world to even bother.
Speaking of Japanese fashion, if you’ve noticed, I’ve long graduated from teeny bopper Popteen/Seventeen fashion and have been leaning towards more onee styles that are more girly, classic and minimalist. For this collaboration, I was inspired to modify simple designs in the style I’ve been adapting recently - clean, chic and sophisticated, but still youthful with a hint of cute!
The yellow, blue and white color scheme was inspired by spring/summer themes such as the bright blue sky, as well as white and yellow daisies. I really wanted to create items that I’d personally wear and that wouldn’t be difficult for ordinary people to pair with their existing wardrobe. Nothing is complicated here, just the way I like my clothes. These aren’t anything special but I hope you guys like the whole collection!
This dress is my favorite of the bunch! It’s simple but it works, and the loose, shift silhouette makes it so comfy. It’s an “eat-all-you-can” dress which doesn’t require you to be immensely conscious of your body while you’re wearing it.
The main point of this dress is the scalloped hem. I am obsessed with anything that is scalloped right now, and this couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The quest for the perfect scalloped dress is now ever, because I finally got to design myself one!
This design is a combination of both the cut-out trend and the bold ruffle trend this spring/summer. It’s in white so it can be easily paired with any bottom.
Main point of this top is the big ruffle details on the sleeves. Reminds me a bit of angel wings!
More cut-outs! This was meant to show off sexy collarbones while keeping it conservative with the long sleeves and high neck. Also in classic white so it’s easy to pair with anything!
And again, the quest for the perfect scalloped lapel blazer is over because I got to design one for myself. Super love the unique scalloped lapel which is quite difficult to find anywhere else. It’s also cut in a boyfriend blazer kind of way so it’s very comfortable. So comfortable I don’t want to take it off at the end of the day.
And lastly, the perfect summer dress! I wish I could make more variations of this in the future, but this will do for now. It’s in my favorite blue color, and I made sure this was going to have vertical stripes for a slimming, elongating effect. It’s also empire-cut so it flatters body types like mine with no curves.
Main point is the off-shoulder design that is ideal for hot and humid Manila weather. It could even be a good one-piece to bring to the beach!
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Because collaborations are always a good thing, here’s a Trissey exclusive brought to you by my talented BFF Crissey. She made illustrations of cute girls wearing variations of the Tricia x Romwe collaboration items. I couldn’t be happier with the results!