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…
And here I am wearing another pair of printed bottoms. However, I must say that these ones are rather different. They look and feel like pajamas, which is a really good thing because I’m the type of person who could wear pajamas the whole day if I’m only staying at home. To make this trend less “sleepy” and more pajama “party”, I decided to wear these loose pajama-ish pants with dressier items such as this top that reminds me of butterfly wings, a studded clutch and a spikey headband.
Let’s also not forget how much a pair of statement heels can change everything. And by everything, I even mean things like mood or confidence. Call me shallow or whatever, but heels make me happy! I owe so much to all my shoe fairies for building up my shoe collection in such a short span of time. You guys know who you are!
Going back to the topic of pants, it took me so long to warm up to non-skinny cuts. Now that I’m more experimental about fashion and my own personal style, I think I can live with more of these in closet.
OT: How are you guys finding my new layout?
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.
This was born out of nature. The print and color on my shorts reminded me of a tree’s trunk, roots and leaves, while my blouse had these beautiful warm-colored flowers that served as the basis for my shoe and bag color decision. I rarely do print-on-print but I quite like how this turned out!
It’s so easy to be inspired by nature since it’s all around us. Don’t the colors also remind you of santan flowers? As a little kid, I was so fascinated with them, especially when you find them in a row where they start as red but end in some sort of light yellow color.
My friends and I made santan necklaces after our classes ended. One day, out of curiosity, we tried the nectar out. The other kids did it too, so why not join the “fun”? Ever heard of someone dying from santan nectar?
Contrary to popular belief, it didn’t taste like anything. I know it’s so random that I’m talking about santan nectar in this post, but I was seriously tricked into putting something so incredibly random in my mouth. Scarred for life!