When your collar looks like this, who needs accessories? I’m quite the practical dresser, and I live for fashion hacks like this one. We definitely need more of these bejeweled collars in the world because they’re so instantly and effortlessly glam!
Posting this outfit while I’m freezing my ass off in the US is making me miss the warmer weather a little bit. The wind here in Chicago will be the death of me!
Obviously, someone’s obsessed with wearing matching tops and bottoms. I have about 3 more I have yet to shoot as I hoarded more of these sets than I originally planned. Blame it on my perpetual laziness when it comes to dressing up, but matching tops and bottoms really do make life easier. You can wear them together for an instant trendy look, or wear them separately with all the other items in your closet.
Apartment 8 recently came out with crop top + full circle skirt sets (totally their signature look right now, imo), and I got first dibs again. Personally love the fabric of the first floral set, and the racerfront cut of the top from the second embossed fabric set.
All the elements of a lazy outfit are present here, and I’ve no shame because I really like my outfits fuss-free, simple and wearable. As I always say, comfort is always the top priority. Second priority would be my hair, lol.
Loose top, black shorts, giant bag, and oversized sunnies? Surely a formula for a lazy day! The only redeeming factor of this outfit are these unique-looking shoes that don’t even have high heels. And probably the exterior of my bag. With a tote as big as this, it’s so easy to dump all the contents in without arranging it properly. There is no way the interior will save me from this mess!
Crop tops and high-waist midi skirts are a match made in heaven in so many ways, I feel like I missed out a lot by refusing to wear them until now. And all because of issues I have with my body. Yes, I have a ton of them, and my wardrobe pretty much revolves around the concept of hiding these flaws and highlighting the parts I’m most proud of. Or more accurately, mixing and matching clothes to create the best, most flattering shape for my body type. While it’s easy to say that I can just go to the gym to sculpt my figure… I have absolutely zero interest in it. And you can count on me to fail at all kinds of sports, so that’s definitely out of the picture as well. I think I am allergic to physical activities.
Ever since crop tops became a trend last spring/summer, I’ve been rather apprehensive about wearing them myself, even if I found the concept refreshing and cute. I’ve explained a number of times already how my body type manages to maintain my overall figure without diet or exercise but somehow misses the lower stomach / abdominal area right after I eat.
And the point of crop tops is to show exactly this area. My chest-waist-hips ratio is far from spectacular (if there is that popular S-curve among Koreans, mine is an I-line). Heck, even my narrow shoulders were once an issue because I thought they made my head look bigger than it actually is and my body smaller than my head. Bobble head much.
I wasn’t so critical about it while growing up (circa my dark ages when personal style wasn’t a priority at all) and only started to notice these issues as I started modeling and looking at how different kinds of clothes fit me and how differently I felt wearing each one. You just know it when something feels totally off, and when something feels so right. And I couldn’t quite put why I felt uncomfortable wearing certain kinds of clothes.
I admire girls who could pull off bodycon-anything without any apprehensions, regardless of side fat bulges, bloated abdomens, or the lack thereof. I have a deeper admiration for those who can wear anything and not be conscious at all. How I dreamed to also have that “free” way of thinking.
But alas, I can’t help it - I can be *very* critical of myself. Sometimes I spend so much time thinking of myself that I don’t have time to think of other people anymore. I’m on a constant, life-long quest to improve on things that is/can be personally problematic. This doesn’t just apply to wearing clothes, but also life in general. For my own sake and for my own sanity, I am always trying to be better by pushing myself outside the box that I often hide in. This is mostly achieved by changing perspectives (that I am actually blessed in a lot of ways and that I should spend my time being thankful instead of worrying about unnecessary stuff) and by acceptance (looking at the endless possibilities I can do with what I currently have instead of sulking about things I don’t have).
And boy, did I make a huge leap bringing myself to change my perspective on something that has bothered me for a long time. It *is* completely possible for me to wear a crop top! All I had to do was find the perfect bottom for it that I will feel comfortable and confident wearing.
Pencil and bodycon skirts with tight crops were out of the question, as I actually tried it for laughs and only made me look like a little girl trying to look mature. I tried wearing it with high-waist pants and shorts too, but it only emphasized the fact that my torso is a box.
(On a related note, if anyone is interested, some K-pop fans have called out both SNSD Tiffany and SISTAR Bora a few times for having boxy torsos. But with proper styling, look at how Tiffany managed to create a more feminine silhouette!)
Then suddenly, as if my prayers have been answered, Apartment 8 came out with a series of full, circle, a-line midi skirts in different colors!
Lightbulb moment. This is just the longer version of the skirt silhouette that I’m always wearing! The trusty high-waist can just cover my problem areas as it always has, and the conservative length can balance out the bold, skin-baring crop. Why did I just discover this formula now?
I am a firm believer of striking a balance when it comes to wearing separates, and this combination has my seal of approval.
Play with strengths despite weaknesses. This is how everything in life should go! I can’t believe I’ve been crippled only because I was so hung-up on being imperfect and looking at myself as someone with a lot of flaws. I can’t believe I’ve even allowed myself to think of the most unfortunate excuses, like how I may have developed a bad case of social anxiety disorder after all the trauma and cray I had to deal with the past few years (though I am still afraid of answering calls, and still cannot do small talk without feeling awkward), or how my life has become such a routine that a different future seems absolutely unthinkable. Revelations kept on coming after every year, and it became convenient for me to believe that I can’t trust human beings, no matter how pure your intentions are, if I don’t want to be hurt or backstabbed.
But ultimately, I was only being too hard on myself, trying so hard to avoid being judged by people I have yet to meet! I don’t know how I was able to shut myself out from the world just because I was afraid of facing people (save for family/relatives/close friends). I was getting invited to so many opportunities yet I let my fear become my weakness. Everything is suddenly funny and trivial after letting it out. Now, it’s time to give life a chance.
Sponsored post. With my little yearly drama.
(Drafted this at 3AM in the morning, when I am usually the most expressive. Talking when the sun is out stresses me out D:)
I was thisclose to making Peachy Green as the title as wordplay for peachy keen and the colors of my outfit, but good thing I googled it first before publishing, as I found it to be a brand of cloth diapers. Well, cute ones, but still.
Anyhow, I’ve been bringing out all the spring/summer stuff I haven’t worn yet before everyone starts shifting to fall/winter this September. Highlight of this outfit is definitely this trendy off-shoulder/cold shoulder cut that I’ve done a number of times but have a hard time letting go. Once you find a trend that suits your body type, it’d be unthinkable to completely forget about it after the hype is over. It doesn’t seem like it’s going away any time soon though, and I’m pretty sure there will always be a market (case in point: me included) for shoulder-baring anything now that people have had a taste of it this summer.
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!
Seriously feeling as mixed as the prints on my top. Don’t know if it’s stripes with leopard print, or leopard print with stripes, but it’s probably not important, or worth my time self-debating about. Yup, I should listen to what I type in here.
Paired it with something I’ll always be sure of - this kind of skirt. As much as I try to seem more mature now that I’m 24, I can never shake this cutesy silhouette off. Some things will always remain the same, I guess!
There’s no denying that summer always gives me mixed feelings. I am always torn between 1) going out and enjoying the sun while it’s at its hottest, or 2) staying in and blasting the air con on maximum while enjoying a frozen fruit shake or a whole pint of ice cream (I recently stocked on some Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough! HUZZAH!).
As much as I love fall and spring weather (not so much winter as I’d just freeze to death, already having experienced negative 15 to negative 20 degree C weather in the past), I also appreciate the functionality of not wearing bulky sweaters and layering. Not too fussy, and not too complicated. I admit the hot temperature gets to me sometimes, and makes me overly lazy to think of what to wear, but summer only comes once a year, and it’s the most no-brainer time to wear cute one-pieces, sleeveless tops, short shorts and skirts, sheer clothes that let your skin breathe, and hot summer hues that can keep you looking cool.
Speaking of summer hues, Mango’s current S/S collection showcases a ton of sweet, dainty pieces in both warm and cool colors. While it’s always an option to find a compromise or strike a balance between the two, it’s also quite refreshing to set your mind to only one, and work around it.
This time, I styled 3 outfits in cool mint and green, and 2 outfits in warm coral and red. Happy and bright easter egg colors too!
(romper and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
There’s no staple quite like the romper, and this one comes in a super trendy V-neck style! However, what makes this romper so incredibly me is the scalloped hem! It’s that adorable little detail that makes this seemingly sexy romper so fresh and youthful.
(top, pants, sunglasses and heels from Mango)
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that you should stay away from wearing pants! This pair has a loose, breezy fit that you can also wear to the beach since skinny pants might look too weird, and not to mention, uncomfortable in the sand.
(top, shorts and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
This would have to be my favorite look from this post since it would definitely make for an appropriate day-to-night summer outfit. Tuck it out and wear it with flats during the day, and tuck it in and wear it with a statement necklace and chic pointy heels at night.
(top, skirt and heels from Mango) Hype on Lookbook here.
Another key neckline trend this summer, apart from the deep v-neck is the halter… which I think is a wonderful alternative to those who are more open to baring their shoulders than their chests. I love this one so much that I wish it came in other colors too as I’d buy every single one in a heartbeat. <3
(blazer, top, shorts and heels from Mango)
For those like me who get cold easily especially at night or in malls and other establishments, here’s a perfect spring/summer blazer in the most striking red you can ever imagine. For this look, I wore it with a sleeveless, sheer button-down, and these short, high-waist printed shorts (that were made just for the Asian market, fyi!) to properly balance out the covered arms.
Thanks to RG Gabunada for the photos.