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!
If you’ve been following my outfits for a while, you’ve probably already noticed the abundance of white tops in my wardrobe. I’ve always believed that the classic white shirt is the most essential style staple. It’s a perfect blank canvas that can suit different styles and different occasions.
While there are different kinds of white tops, I’m very partial to the white button-down shirt. Once you realize how powerful it is, you’ll find yourself looking for various versions of it, or you’ll want to always challenge yourself on how uniquely you can style it. Take a cue from the sophisticated Carolina Herrera - she wears her white button-down to all opportune moments, including formal events!
Recently, I found a good white button-down shirt while shopping at The SM Store in SM Makati. I wore it in 3 different ways to prove my point. Actually, I could go on and on for a week wearing the same shirt… if only it weren’t gross, haha!
French school girl look! I wore my SM Woman white button-down with an SM GTW plaid high-waist skirt and a pair of loafers from SM Parisian.
Style tip: Don’t be afraid to play with prints and colors.
Red and green isn’t just for Christmas, and you can actually mix to different kinds and sizes of plaids together!
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
SM Woman top + GTW by SM skirt + SM Accessories earrings + shoes = only P2000! I swear I can’t even get a top for this amount in other stores.
Pastel party look. Less is more! Ambassador of modesty speaking - No need to reveal too much skin or wear too-tight bodycon dresses to impress your date. There’s nothing sexier than a slightly unbuttoned white shirt!
Style tip: Have you ever been to an event where literally EVERBODY is wearing black? Stand out in a crowd by looking pretty in pink like Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods! While I’m often guilty of wearing black all the time, pink and pastels always make for a unique and refreshing look.
Hype this look on Lookbook here.
SM Woman top + GTW by SM shorts + SM Accessories bracelet + earrings = only P1600! What a steal!
Casual, conservative chic! Here’s one look that is so versatile that you can wear it to events, to work, to church, or… to EVERYWHERE!
Style tip: Throw in a metallic clutch and pointy heels to dress up your casual denims!
Avoid looking too bulky or too covered up by bunching up your sleeves a little. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again and again = Showing off your legs? Wear a conservative top. Showing off your chest? Cover your legs. Balance is key!
SM Woman top + SM Woman Jeans jeggings + SM Accessories necklace + earrings + clutch = 5 items for only 2,500!
Another awesome thing about white button-downs is that they look wonderful with just about any accessories.
The SM Accessories section is quite the treasure trove lately! I usually go straight to where all the gold and black accessories are. Here, I layered two necklaces (one thin and one thick) together, and finished the whole look off with these unique-looking earrings.
This is only the first of my many The SM Store Makati posts to come! I’ll be blogging about them every week, and you can also find my posters when you go to SM Makati. In the posters, you can find some of my current discounted picks! At the moment, Badgley Mischka shoes have a 30% discount, while S&H shoes and United Colors of Benetton bags have a 15% discount from September 5-14.
Have fun shopping!
(SM Accessories earrings, necklace, ring and clutch, Forever 21 top, Clothes for the Goddess skirt, Indressme coat, FashionCookie ShoeAvenue wedges) Hype this look on Lookbook here. Thanks to RG for taking my photos.
Holiday dressing at its finest. I know well that it’s too hot to wear a coat out in Sunny Manila, but I couldn’t help but throw it in for the sake of these photos. Burgundy and camel always make for a classy combination, don’t you think?
I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am, that Christmas is just around the corner. It’s my favorite time of the year for a number of reasons! Firstly, everyone just seems to be friendlier and happier than usual! The effect of seeing giant parols in the streets and hearing Jose Mari Chan’s songs *cue Christmas in our Hearts* playing everywhere (and starting as early as September) is something I wish we could carry on for the rest of the year. People happily sip their peppermint coffee, red cups in hand, while they enjoy the cool evening breeze in mall parks with their loved ones by their side. Looks like a very warm and fuzzy picture, eh? It’s just like we were born for this occasion.
Secondly, the gimmicks, the events and all the parties! ‘Tis the season to be chubby~! If I didn’t have good metabolism, I think I would gain about 10-15 pounds every Christmas just by the sheer amount (and not to mention, quality) of food that I stuff myself with every time I have to attend a Christmas party. Seriously, where do all these food come from? But the bigger question here is how we are all still able to miraculously finish EVERYTHING from lechon to bibingka.
Thirdly, besides all the piggy moments, these parties are extra wonderful because we get to see all our relatives too. Not all families get together every chance that they get, so Christmas is definitely one of those important things that we don’t want to miss out on. <3
And lastly, HOLIDAY DRESSING! Call me shallow but I absolutely love all the sparkle and glitter that comes with Christmas. Brands suddenly bring out their Holiday collections, which usually consist of my favorite red, blue, green, black and white, as well as all the manifestations of gold and silver that you can ever think of.
Something that is uniquely *me* during this time of the year is wearing shiny bling and not feeling overdressed for it. For the rest of the year, I always try to keep it simple and minimal, but for the strangest reason, the celebratory atmosphere during the holidays transforms me into this completely new person who suddenly likes dressing like there’s a party everyday… even if there is none.
When I saw that SM Accessories was stepping up the game with the biggest and brightest fashion foursome, Georgina Wilson, Xian Lim, Richard Gutierrez, and Anne Curtis, I immediately thought… IT’S ABOUT TIME! Whenever I would go to SM Department Store, I would never fail to buy at least one little trinket from SM Accessories. At a very affordable price, you wouldn’t even think twice about purchasing their products. They have a wide array of designs, which are arranged by… *drum roll* COLOR, making it so convenient for all of us shopaholics. I often immediately go to the black, silver and gold sections to see if there are any nice necklaces or earrings I can add to my jewelry collection.
See how accessories can make a seemingly plain outfit look elegant and classy?
I am so obsessed with giant earrings, if you’ve noticed! They conveniently make your face look smaller (and I’ve always believed that my face looks huge compared to my body type/frame). I’m not so much into transforming my face permanently, but I’m all for creating illusions to fit my own standard of beauty.
Every girl should have a classic black clutch. Most of us have black heels as our wardrobe staples, but for the holidays, you can also invest in a matching clutch that can transform any outfit into a party-ready one.
This new favorite gypsy-esque necklace seems too busy and ornamented for my taste, but it’s a nice touch to add under collars. If I had to go out with only one accessory, my choice would be a tie between earrings (which I feel naked without) and a statement necklace such as this one.
When it comes to wearing accessories, I don’t mix metals! Some people can pull wearing both silver and gold off, but it’s one of my personal pet peeves. Sometimes my intense sensitivity to details helps when it comes to keeping an outfit from looking incoherent. Details as simple as the accent of my clutch and the corners of my diamond-shaped ring are things I never overlook. I even get worked up when the metal buckles of my bag don’t match the rest of my jewelry.
For the holidays, black/white and gold, I think is the more Christmas-y choice. This is why I particularly chose these four accessories - earrings, necklace, ring and clutch, to create a warm, festive vibe to my whole outfit.
Finished this whole outfit off with simple black wedges that give all my accessories the spotlight that they deserve. :D
Not convinced that accessories are this season’s must-haves? The new endorsers should be enough to make you want to head to the nearest SM Department Store. I’ve been following Anne and Georgina on Instagram - I love their faces so much and could only wish to look like them!
Sadly, I just arrived from Indonesia when they gathered the “it crowd” in Republiq to unveil “The Supreme Four”. It was graced by personalities from all over the industry; celebrities like Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Raymond Gutierrez, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Nancy Castiglione, Sarah Lahbati, Frencheska Farr, Kylie Padilla, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, PBB Teens housemates Ivan Dorschner, James Reid, Bret Jackson, and Devon Seron, One Mega’s Sari Yap, Preview’s Lyca Puno and Anna Canlas, and supermodel Danica Magpantay. Also spotted were Marie Lozano, IC Mendoza, Bianca Roque and Chino Lui Pio who were covering the launch. Guests danced to the beats of crowd favorite DJ Mars Miranda, and were treated to prizes such as SMART Bro Tablets and an iPhone, courtesy of SMART.
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