A lot of people think that my wardrobe is bottomless, but I actually repeat clothes a lot. I’ve always found it practical to invest in classic pieces that work for my body type. If they fit perfectly, I’m definitely wearing them again. If I find a certain style that is versatile enough to go from day to night, I’m definitely buying it.
This is why I have a ton of shift dresses in my closet! Move over, bodycon dresses, because shift dresses are much more comfortable and sophisticated. They’re great for work too! I usually wear shift dresses to my meetings because they automatically make me look decent and professional. (The last thing you want to do in a professional setting is distract people with unnecessary skin exposure!)
But what *can* you do to modify a knee-length shift dress? I love wearing shift dresses as is, but different occasions call for different styling. These kinds of work dresses need not always be boring, since there are various ways to make them more exciting:
1) A) Use a belt to shorten your dress to your desired length.
This is a technique that I often use for all my good but awkward length dresses. I’m just average height (I’m only 5’3” without heels!) with a short torso-longer legs proportion, so I always play with proportions, and try to elongate my figure by showing off my legs. (This explains all my leg-baring OOTDs!)
B) Use a belt to define your waist.
This creates the illusion of a curvier figure, and also acts like an additional accessory to the whole outfit. I chose a skinny black belt with a gold buckle to match my favorite gold jewelry.
Choosing the best belt for your body type is important, unless looking frumpy doesn’t bother you at all. If you’re petite or pear-shaped, go for skinny belts that won’t overwhelm your frame. If you’ve got an hourglass figure, make sure your belt emphasizes the tiniest part of your waist (don’t go for the ones that rest at the hip). If you have a long torso, you can get away with wide belts.
2) Wear a blazer over your belted dress, and match it with boots/booties.
Perfect way to make your work dress go from day-to-night. Choose a non-black blazer to make your outfit pop, and skip the office pumps for edgier shoes!
3) Wear a knit top/sweater over your dress, and accessorize with a statement necklace.
It was only recently that I appreciated layering over dresses! I love how my skirt collection seems like it has somewhat doubled, now that I can make my dresses look like skirts too! Best to go for cropped sweaters and knits to balance out the length of the shift dress.
Also, statement necklaces are always your best friend.
The bag (SM Parisian) and dress (from SM Woman) are available at The SM Store in SM Makati. You might also want to check out the sleeveless version of this dress, as well as the rack of SM Accessories where I got the statement necklace in my last photo.
Have fun shopping!
Nowadays, I’m all about the girl-next-door look! Gone are the days when I try so hard to look edgy and trendy, because at the end of the day, I still generally prefer sticking to what’s comfortable, easy-to-wear, and friendly on the eyes. And Just G has always been around to make fashion friendlier for us simple, no-fuss girls! They just happened to released new sale items that are 50% off until August 3 so don’t forget to check out their boutiques and department store corners.
One material that’s sure to be part of Just G’s collection is lace. I often see it on their tees, denim shorts, jackets, and accessories, but now they finally released it in the perfect skirt form! I can’t be any happier since I’ve been trying to consciously veer away from wearing my favorite A-line skirts everyday (It’s been very difficult - I’m already having withdrawal symptoms, lol).
Naturally, I paired it with a light denim jacket since I believe combining lace and denim together always makes for a classic, girly outfit. What do *you* usually pair with lace?
The Just G Warehouse Sale is still ongoing at Warehouse 23, Armal Compound 2, M. Eusebio Ave., San Miguel, Pasig City. Mondays to Saturdays, except Holidays and Sundays, 8:00am to 4:00pm. They’ll only accept cash, btw! Make sure you bring enough!
Have fun shopping!
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I know I’m rarely seen wearing this many colors all at the same time. What happened and why did I suddenly turn into a colorful spring fairy? It seems that the transition arrived a little bit too early this year!
Last night, after the Gingersnaps 20th Anniversary event (will blog about it soon), I had an hour to kill at the mall while I waited for the boyfriend to pick me up for dinner. I pretty much headed straight for the racks where all the pinks and pastels were. Resisted the urge to spend unnecessarily, but I was thisclose to buying at least 1 bright and colorful item in every single clothing store.
It is way too early for this.
P.S. My hair is growing at an abnormally fast rate. Haven’t decided yet if I should keep the length or grow it out!
One day, I’m wearing matching tops and bottoms. The next day, I’m wearing matching jewelry. Everything has to match nowadays - it’s how I’ve been coping with all the stress and chaos that’s been happening recently! Hopefully things start settling down after this week. It’s somewhat confirmed that the launch of my book will be on October 10th, and I’m hoping you guys can go! Rare Tricia Pokemon sighting with probable book signing bonus. Details on time and date to follow.
I’ll also be flying to Tokyo after the launch, so… yay 2013 for proving itself to be yet another awesome year. I blame it on my fundamentally pessimistic self for never having extremely high expectations in life, but because of this I’m always genuinely surprised whenever the world conspires to keep my career in check. Thank God and thank all of the people who have supported me throughout my online life. *shiny eyes*
Back to the outfit, I just learned that whoever gave me these shoes named this style after me. Or not. Maybe the owner has a sister or a pet cat named Tricia. Either way, with the holidays slowly approaching, gold glitters are must-haves.
Or anything gold, for that matter. I recently got this cute heart necklace, earrings and bracelet set from Morellato, and I love it to bits as it matches all my gold hardware bags and gold shoes perfectly. And similar to my opinion about matching top and bottoms, sets are convenient because you don’t need to think of what to pair them with anymore, already paired together.
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.
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!