I am officially possessed by an unknown spirit. I’ve been wearing sneakers so often nowadays, it’s like I’m not me anymore. Once, I was thisclose to wearing my bright pink Nike running shoes (only used once for actual running, lol) out, until I realized I should prolly first invest in a good neutral-colored pair that’s easier to match with outfits. But the idea of wearing rubber shoes and sneakers is so appealing to me right now, I always look forward to going out just so I can wear them. What is this sorcery? How do you get cured from this?
I guess my the first symptom appeared when I started collecting flat-brimmed caps circa SNSD I Got A Boy era. These caps paired with sneakers = match made in heaven, really. Instant coherent sporty-vibe outfit with just 2 items. So effortless, you can’t help but turn it into some sort of daily uniform.
Now, all I have to do is stop being a poser and legit use my running shoes for exercise. I just came from a 10-15 minute walk outside, and I need to be congratulated for it because it was my first major physical activity in 2-3 weeks. #skinnyfatproblems
I enjoy fashion, but I think I enjoy being comfortable in my clothes more than anything else. There are some trends that I can never totally follow because I end up feeling conscious of myself or feeling like a Christmas tree, which is exactly why I tend to stick to simple outfits and comfortable silhouettes.
One comfortable piece of clothing that I particularly love is the oversized shirt. I have been collecting oversized shirts in basic black and white, but have also recently been feeling a braver than usual with printed and colored ones.
It’s easy to look sloppy with oversized shirts, especially if you pair them with oversized bottoms, so the key to making it all work is to flaunt your legs with short shorts or skirts, or strike a balance between loose and tight with a pair of skinny jeans.
If you’re going to wear something that has a relaxed or conservative fit, try to pair it with items of the opposite style - in this case, a structured skort, gold accessories, and a metallic pair of ankle-strap heels. This is my no-fail and most effective way of making a plain and casual outfit look better yet still completely wearable and appropriate. I think I should make ~*balance~* my style mantra or something.
Other ways to style an oversized shirt - tie it up, fold the sleeves, cut the sleeves, use a belt, bling it, or cut the neckline bigger to turn it into an one-shoulder top.
Anyhow, on a semi-related note, my hair has been growing so fast, I’m suddenly forced to make a decision to cut it shorter again or at least grow it back to chest length. My boyfriend is always fine with any decision I make with my hair, but personally prefers it long (What is it with boys and their fascination with long hair? 5 out of 6 Shinhwa members like it too according to their People Inside interview), while my mom recently told me to keep this length as, in her words, “It doesn’t make you look complicated.” I don’t know if I should be happy or sad, having sported long hair almost all my conscious life, lol.
I think the reason why I can never get over Just G is because they *always* have blue in their collections, regardless of seasons and trends. I was backtracking Just G posts recently, and boy, did I see a lot of blue! I hearby dub thee the unofficial color of this brand. It just so happens that it’s my favorite color as well.
In true Just G fashion, here’s a fuss-free, immensely wearable, simple but comfy outfit that focuses mostly on the unique gradient on my printed top, and on sweat pants as an item of clothing that you can actually wear outside of the sports context. This is actually my second pair of sweatpants from Just G, as they released a dark gray version latter half of 2012.
I also dyed my hair lighter again a few days ago! I feel like this level of lightness is more my element than dark hair, though I’ve gotten a ton of comments saying that dark hair suits me better. But in the end, I don’t really live to please anyone but myself, so I went to my trusty salon and took the plunge anyway.
I like how the eyes are naturally drawn towards the darker, more saturated part of the top’s gradient, since the rest of the blues are paler and lighter. It’s an effective way to downplay parts that you normally wouldn’t want to be highlighted.
"Fight, fight! Blue and white! Go, go Ateneo!" If I had to choose, my next favorite school color would definitely by UP’s maroon. So classy. Gryffindor lang ang peg. (And yes, Ateneo would be definitely be Ravenclaw!)
My top’s pattern is so pretty, you can make it into a hipster frame. Don’t forget the confused hipster expression.
Printed skirts are always a spring/summer staple, but these particular ones from Just G are too mind-blowingly adorable to miss!
I browsed through ViVi August 2013 just now and they’re just as hungover with resort prints as I am. Usually, I see a lot of green in these kinds of prints, so this skirt from Just G is super unique with its vibrant blue and orange color. Paired it with a simple, semi-sheer lace top (What can scream “spring/summer” better than this?) that’s perfect for hot, humid weather.
Notice how I also wore coral lipstick to match my skirt and shoes! I’m always wearing pink or nude lipstick so this was such a refreshing change. What do you think?
This skirt is quite the head-turner! I chalk it up to the bright fuchsia pink that adds an element of fun to the whole outfit. You can’t not be cheerful with this skirt on because all the pretty colors will definitely keep your mind just as bright.
Have fun looking for the perfect printed skirt!
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!
It’s another season of cut-outs, and I am so in. Well, it’s been around for a long time, but I couldn’t really push myself to go completely out of my comfort zone with waist-baring, back-revealing ones that will compromise my usually-conservative style. I find that there are more options for cut-outs now, and my favorite kind would be the ones that show off the neck and shoulders.
Here are three outfits that clearly show my growing obsession for cut-out details. They range from subtle to something more obvious, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more creative cut-out placements in the future.
Pardon the overuse of girly skater skirts for these looks. This formula has become some sort of uniform for me recently!