Kate Spade’s 2 Park Avenue Beau Bag was one of the “it” bags of 2013, but I was only totally swayed to get it when I spotted this 3-tone black-brown-white color combination. I thought the original colors were too striking for my understated personal style, while the black and pastel pink versions were too predictable of me. This particular style, however, did it for me! I beieve it’s cute and sophisticated enough for me to tote about town 5, 10, or even 15 years from now. Perfect companion to wear around my arm. Plus it reminded me so much of dark chocolate (my favorite) <3
I also have bows on my Kate Spade flats! A girl can never have too many bows.
More denim inspiration for those who need ideas on how to rock skinny jeans! I personally prefer to keep it clean and simple when I’m wearing jeans, so I tend to pair them with plain tops or classic patterns that are just as straightforward. Less is more!
(1 - EMODA top, Chicwish blazer, Esperanza boots, 2 - Sheinside top and sweater, Kate Spade bag, Coach heels, 3 - Zara top, Forever 21 blazer, Coach bag, Charlotte Russe heels, 4 - EMODA top, necklace and cardigan, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue heels, 5 - Hot Mess top)
We all know that denim never goes out of style, which is exactly why it was top of mind when I started listing down items for my book, 150 Style Essentials For Every Girl. I don’t think there’s any place in the world where nobody is wearing denim, and this is only testament to how important and versatile it is for everybody, fashion-conscious or not!
I started my interest in denim when I was in 6th grade, when I asked my mom, for the very first time, to buy me a pair of elephant pants because it was all the rage among my friends then. Thank God OOTDs weren’t invented yet because I was such a fashion victim, lol. I continued to wear them as I transitioned to high school, until I outgrew pants in general and instead turned to shorts and skirts.
But there was never a time when I had zero denim in my closet. I always had a pair or two until I was able to afford getting my own clothes and choose the styles that I liked. Eventually, I learned that skinny jeans suited my body type best, and got them in different denim washes, this classic, dark blue wash included. I have friends who prefer lighter washes, loose/baggy styles, or ones that come with a few rips here and there, but they’re denim all the same!
Speaking of denim…
In the spirit of Christmas, Wrangler Philippines decided to give away my #TriciaGosingtianStyleBook as gifts to 10 lucky winners everyday until the 23rd! It’s only the 5th day today, and so far, 50 people have already won their own free copies of my book. Super easy! It’s also my way of thanking you guys for all the continued support.
Anyhow, all the winners had to do was follow and tweet @WranglerPH a Tricia-inspired denim outfit photo! The 10 best ones for the day will be announced every 8PM. You can keep on joining everyday until the 23rd.
What’s even more awesome about it is that the denim contest is open to Asia! So to those from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, etc etc who were asking me how to get a copy of my book, this is your chance!
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…