(Dizzy Little Dotty “I’ll Fight You For It” tee, Tory Burch Priscilla Top Handle Crossbody in Stawberry, Katie&Lee flower headband, Zara pants, Michael Antonio heels, DigitalismPH watch) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to Rg Gabunada for taking my photos!
I resisted the urge to wear this with a cutesy blouse and a floral skirt as I already think that this can’t be any more cliche for spring. Instead, I took on a challenge that some people have requested from me in the past - wearing a tee + pants combination.
Of course, me being me, I found a way around it, as I was not so much in the mood to wear dark, non-easter egg colors. I don’t suppose this graphic TEE (from an Australian label which I immediately fell in love with as soon as they sent me a request to wear their stuff. Wearable art is ALWAYS a good thing!) and floral PANTS pairing can constitute as cheating? This is what you get for not stating any guidelines… Ho ho ho!
Off-shoulder tops and dresses have been around for the longest time (I remember wearing a lot of them back when I was in 7th grade), but I’m so glad they’re officially “in” this spring/summer. This top is *the* example of a perfect combination of sexy and cute (Crazy, Stupid, Love, anyone?) and I absolutely love the long, slouchy sleeves that balance out the bare skin on top. Dare to bare your shoulders for a subtle sexy “come hither” effect that’s sure to make a statement!
I wore a very similar top back in December (see here), only from a different website and a different color, but YAY we can finally rejoice since Apartment 8 decided to make it in different colors! I’m eyeing the black and white ones next! XOXO
Photos by Rg Gabunada
Recently I’ve been a little more biased towards dressing up like this, instead of the usual cutesy socks-and-heels and florals type of fashion that I used to often don. But of course, I still make sure I stay true to my “sophisti-cute” style. And peplum tops are the perfect combination of sophistication and cuteness!
Peplum is such a huge trend nowadays! I’ve always been a fan of this kind of silhouette, where there is some sort of winged out part in the waist or hip area. Not only does it give you more room to pig out and eat without being conscious of your tummy, but it’s heaven’s gift for people like me with small hips.
Pair it with a classy pair of printed leggings, and you’ve got yourself a very classy ensemble that highlights your womanly figure. Peplum tops are so sexy and sweet at the same time, yes? It’s a nice alternative to babydoll dresses too.
A definite must-have for this season!
I am obsessed with printed bottoms! Where have they been hiding all my life? I would’ve worn these all throughout college if I only got my hands (or legs) on them back then.
What’s wonderful about printed bottoms is that they debunk the whole notion of anything that covers the legs being conservative and boring. Finally, gone are the days when one would automatically resist anything that has to do with anti-shorts/skirts dress codes (usually in churches and universities) since that would mean being limited to jeans. So what if you’re limited to covering your legs? Leggings and pants have now become statements on their own, and not just that “plain and neutral” thing that you pair with your favorite blouse, shoes or designer bag.
Here are some of my recent looks featuring printed bottoms! At first I was intimidated by the thought of covering my legs with all these busy prints, but I figured that as long as you focus on one key element in your outfit, these are godsend.
For this look, I wore black and silver to make the pink and purple color of my pants stand out. In general, neutrals are the safest to pair with printed bottoms since they’re a sure way to avoid looking too overwhelming. All eyes will automatically be directed to your pants!
For this look, I took into consideration the colors of the flowers on my leggings to decide what color top I should wear. This is my foolproof way of making an outfit look coherent. This look would’ve also worked if I wore yellow or plum.
For this look, I paired my black and white pants with another black and white top so the colors of the shoes and bag will stand out. You know how the color accent option in cameras work? They focus on one or two colors, and make the rest of the picture black, gray and white.
Yes, I just did a photography reference on a personal style/fashion post. This is how geeky I can get.
If only this were wearable in the desert, eh? It took a while for me to actually muster up the courage to wear a turban out. I’ve always loved it on other people. Most of them managed to pair it with equally lovely things that I didn’t have in my own wardrobe (which is all ribbons, peter pan collars and dainty things). But voila, I got this playsuit as a gift all the way from UK a few months ago, and finally, it seemed like something I could wear with a turban! Major Moroccan vibes from the silk print.
Then I felt like I needed to wear accessories to complete this total “out of my comfort zone” look. If I’m going to try something out, might as well try my very best not to do it half-heartedly. Elegant arm candy with a chunky modern-looking watch - not a bad combination at all, I think.
This is my new Baby G watch, thanks to Time Depot, the authorized distributors of Casio in the Philippines. SO MANY NOSTALGIC FEELS! I haven’t worn a Baby G since elementary school! Finding out I was going to get a new one recently made me think of that time in my childhood when everybody was crazy about these watches. The best part about them was always the backlight. It always had that special button that was so popular among kids back then.
(shot with my iPhone 4s for my Instagram)
Now it seems like they created designs that aren’t just targeted to children. Watch this video of Jun Hasegawa, one of my favorite Japanese models, modeling different kinds of Baby G watches and making them all look super trendy and casual. <3
Colored socks! I went crazy when I saw these sheer ones that have tiny hearts on them. Spazzed so much I got it in 3 different colors - yellow, green and black! I’m definitely the type of person who gets the same design in different colors. If it fits perfectly or if it goes well with anything, why not?
Same goes for all the button-down collared shirts I have in my closet. How many variations should I wear before I get tired of them? Metal tip collars, two-tone ones, plain ones, ones that have fancy pockets, printed ones, floral ones, striped ones, yadda-yadda. The reason why I love them so much is because they’re universally flattering and they never get out of style. They can match pretty much everything from basic skinny pants to dainty tiered skirts!
For this look, I did the whole “pop of color” thing again! This time with blue green / mint. This color is very relaxing to the eyes, yes? It also screams summer without being as cliche as red, orange or yellow.
Did you notice that they match the colors of my blog layout too? My mint green obsession is getting way out of hand!
Two reasons why I just had to get this dress: 1) K-pop singer IU wearing the same sweet dress on Inkigayo last November (picture above), and 2) The shiny studs making all the difference in the world by being accessories on their own.
Once I was featured in a magazine that asked me to present some of my most favorite dresses. I rummaged through my closet, hoping to get the best ones of course. However, like all shoots, time restraint got the best of me. Without having any more time to thoroughly think stuff through, I frantically grabbed all my most-used dresses and laid them out for the editors to see. Turns out, every single piece I unconsciously brought out had the same babydoll silhouette like this dress.
Even if I deliberately want to try new things, I still end up going back to my roots and my original preferences. New Year is right around the corner - maybe I should add “Buy more mature-looking clothes.” to my list of resolutions?