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.
First time to go out of the box with skater skirt patterns, and I instantly fail at showing how confident I am at styling it. But you can never have enough white tops that go with just about everything. Look at how it saved me at my time of most need.
I pondered on the likeliness of not being able wear this skirt out at the risk of being misinterpreted (especially by some older folk; like my dad has often expressed his dislike for skull motifs in general) as morbid, and realized I could never be able to stand not having my way only because of the slight fear of what other people might think of me. And this print is actually not bad at all.
Skulls and roses mean something, and I chose this skirt not only because it looked pretty or badass (contrary to what I normally do, lol). And no, it has nothing to with being a goth or being emo. Thanks to an old hobby of mine where I would read up about symbolisms and dream meanings/interpretations, I knew early on that this image has always been a popular symbol of the contrast between life and death, beauty and ugliness, good and evil. And personally, the acceptance of the duality of things has proven to be one of the strongest driving forces for me to move forward in life.. You can’t just totally erase negative experiences in order to achieve total happiness. It doesn’t work out that way. Just look at all the amnesia moments in movies where people usually end up feeling empty despite their bad pasts being erased.
I could see why people would want to get these as tattoos…
Following the latest ’90s fashion craze is the return of shirts tied around the waist! I remember being scolded by teachers way back in 3rd grade because my classmates and I would often tie jackets on our waists as a sort of uniform accessory, and it was greatly discouraged. Not surprisingly though, since we couldn’t even wear colored hair ties or pluck our eyebrows. Ah, but I digress.
Anyhow, wrapping flannel shirts and leather jackets around the waist used to be part of a whole grunge look (think ripped denim, Chuck Taylors and Doc Martens) , but an updated version of the trend has sprung out of recent F/W collections. Kanye West sported it with a tailored jacket, while Rita Ora wore it with black peeptoe heels. What a lovely juxtaposition of dressy and casual.
While doing research on this trend, I saw a photo of a girl wearing a white button-down, a white skirt, a statement necklace and classy high heels. My favorite part? She tied a light-washed denim jacket on her waist as a cool contrast to her classy outfit. I’m so inspired to try something similar soon!
Let the nostalgic feels begin. What do you think of this comeback?
(Forever 21 top, Topshop pants, Massimo Dutti shirt, Guess heels, Romwe necklace) Hype this look on Lookbook here.
P.S. Owning the most overrated blogger title, since I can’t remember the number of times I’ve been called overrated in this lifetime. :P
Lots of rare appearances in this post - rare appearance of a jumping shot, my teeth (apparently, I have them), the left side of my face (recently learned how to contour and highlight with make-up so I’m more confident with my other angles now!), sneakers and a retro plastic watch design that I thought would be difficult to find. Most of the vintage Casios being sold online are the gold or silver ones, but I almost forgot that Time Depot, being the official reseller of Casio watches here in the Philippines, don’t just sell G-Shocks and Baby-Gs but also other Casio designs such as this one!
This particular watch pretty much inspired my whole vintage preppy back-to-school look! Doesn’t it make you feel nostalgic? It reminds me so much of my childhood and the kind of watches that were popular then.
I wore this on a very hectic Sunday, so it was just fitting to have a digital timepiece on my wrist. Wore it with a matching white bag and white sneakers to somehow put the colors of the outfit together!
With UAAP season back again, I’m officially missing being a student! Time flies so fast - I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since I graduated. It’s odd how you can’t wait to graduate while you’re still studying, but miss it so bad once it’s over. Study hard, kids! You’re gonna miss it when it’s gone.
If there’s one print or pattern that you have to have this season, black and white stripes are your best bet. Don’t you think it’s such a breath of fresh air to see high contrast monochromes for spring-summer? I sure do!
Black and white stripes this season come in so many different styles, widths (thin, thick) and orientations (vertical, horizontal, diagonal), but my favorite kind would have to be these bold statement stripes that fall right in line (pun intended) with my personal style.
I love how this trend was able to encompass not just casual wear but also dressier items, as seen on celebrities who even wore them to certain red carpet events!
This mixed stripes dress is absolute perfection! It’s not out on Apartment 8 yet but I can see it being the next big item!
If you’re not a fan of one pieces, there are also black and white striped bottoms available for you to pair with other items in your closet. For this one, I decided to play it safe with a simple white top, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can pair it with another black and white print ala Marc by Marc Jacobs!
Semi-summer dressing. Can you see the effort? I’ve always mentioned that summer is my least favorite season and that it is really not my element to spend all my time at the beach, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing bright and colorful, strictly no-black outfits such as this one! Couldn’t help but throw in a powder blue blazer though, as I can never, ever get over any form of outerwear, especially if it’s in my favorite color.
It’s raining as I type this, and I’m overjoyed that summer is officially over. It’s time to bring out all my knits again!
Chinese porcelain print on my top! I’ve always loved how blue and white Chinese ceramics looked like, and it’s quite amazing being able to wear it. There’s something about actual things being printed onto fabric, kind of like that book print top I got from Lacoste L!VE some time ago. I’m not talking about the usual themes (i.e. nature - flowers and trees, clouds, the sea; animals - cats, dogs, bunnies, etc.), but unconventional ones that don’t appear everywhere. I wonder what’s next? iPhone print top? Refrigerator print skirt? Any other ideas?
The possibilities are endless, but I’m actually willing to try them out!
If there needs to be any proof to how my style can be quite bipolar, I think these two looks would be the best ones to show. Both are trendy B&W. Both make use of the same earrings and shoes. Both feature patterns that we normally see anywhere.
Styling them to suit completely different moods only takes some slight adjustments, contrary to popular belief. It’s not too hard, if you know what kind of elements you have to inject in your look.
Sexy rocker chic with the IT patterns of the moment. The V-neck top and high-waisted origami skirt create a really interesting play with diagonal lines! But I made sure to balance it all out with a boxy vest. There’s nothing like a little leather to achieve that nobody-messes-with-me kind of look!
Sweet goody two shoes look with polkadots and ribbons! What else could be a sweeter combination? Ribbons, regardless of color, will ALWAYS make for a cute statement. I also have to mention that the top is super sheer and is absolutely perfect for the insanely hot weather that we’ve been having in Manila! I heard today was the hottest day of the week. T_T It also comes in mint green with white polkadots, though I hope they also come out with a vertical stripes version in the future!
Thanks to Tracy Monsod for taking my photos.