I’m always surprised by just how much better I feel when I’m wearing something that makes me feel extra sharp, like a pair of shiny new shoes or a lucky ring with a great backstory. So when I found out that I would be co-planning and attending a big meeting with some people who were flying in from abroad, I knew that I would need to wear something that would boost my confidence and make me feel like I was at my best, while still looking professional and understated.
This diagonal-striped gray dress did the trick. It’s very simple when viewed off the rack or on its hanger, but it actually has a great fitted silhouette and offers great coverage by skimming gently over most problem areas like the tummy or arms. It’s also at a great length; I come across many dresses that are often too short to wear to work.
When the dress has a great shape, I believe it needs little else to complete the look so I just added a bright aquamarine pendant to draw in the eye and finished with black strappy sandals and simple eye make-up.
I need to mention that on the day of my big meeting, I had a million things on my to-do list so I was very grateful that I didn’t have to deal with a fussy, uncomfortable outfit. On days like these I almost always settle for a no-fail dress that needs minimal accessorizing.
I really liked my officemate Fren’s outfit to our corporate Christmas party the other day. Here she is with me and my boss, Andrei. With many superiors in attendance, it was important to look polished and festive but still professional. Fren chose this simple white dress from Tyler and dressed it up with luxe ivory accessories. The modern cut and the sheer sleeves really flatter her petite frame and provide much coverage for a work party with many superiors in attendance. A simple updo and her usual sunny smile complete the look.
As a proud outfit repeater, I’m unashamed to admit that I wore the same dress to our Marketing Department Christmas Party and last weekend’s corporate event at Trinoma mall. The teal dress’ strategic draping and modest length make it a perfect go-to outfit for business/pleasure occasions. This time, I polished the overall look with a deep berry lip and a sleek, low ponytail. As long as you won’t be seeing the exact same people, I believe it’s perfectly fine to repeat a good dress for two different occasions (or more).
One way to extend the longevity of individual pieces in your closet is to use them in ways other than they were originally intended to be worn. One of my favorite tactics is tucking in or out as needed.
Case #1. Layer a skirt under a tunic like a tutu.
While I love this basic gray dress with a lightly ruffled neckline, I did think it could use some more definition on the bottom half. I thought this textured off-white skirt with silvery-gold veins sets off the ruffles nicely, so I experimented by wearing it under the dress like a tutu, making sure to let around 1-2 inches of the skirt’s hemline peek out. The a-line silhouette now gives the dress’ bottom half a more defined shape and emphasizes the waistline nicely.
Case #2. Tucking a tunic under a skirt, to make a preppy top. Keep Reading
When projects or endeavors fail, it’s only natural to start thinking about whether its potential is enough reason to fuel more money into the investment or if calling it quits is just the right thing to do. Relationships with clothes are no different. Below are two dresses that are very similar in silhouette and vibe.
They were impulse purchases, only for me to discover (to my chagrin) that they were both several inches too short to be worn in polite company.Keep reading
This weekend, I attended the opening of Moshi Moshi along Katipunan, right across from my alma mater. A modern Japanese fast food joint, Moshi Moshi is the baby of my good friend Jessica, whom I’ve known since we were nine years old, and it was great to see her and my old schoolmates again.