Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to: Double-Duty Dressing

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Have you ever wished you could wear your party outfits out on a casual walk without looking over-dressed, but don’t really know how to pull it off? Great pieces sit in your closet, patiently awaiting special occasions; yet you feel the need to get more out of them somehow. Here are some ideas on how to put those clothes to good use for a variety of party themes, and help you walk the streets with both style and suitability (plus you don’t even have to change before your friend’s debut later that day).

The most classic theme for a debut: characterized by fancy dresses, polished pearls, and prim looks. Everybody’s dressed to the nines, and no one is short of looking fantastic. Who says that the shimmery sequins and shiny accessories should be reserved for just these occasions though? Make most of our cloudless skies by catching the sun’s rays (and inadvertently people’s attention) with an extravagant top and silky skirt that flows as you walk.

Here’s a theme abound with lace and feminine charm, along with cute crumpets and fragrant teas. Flouncy skirts and demure details define the outfits of the attendees, so why not try a little more androgynous and provocative spin to the motif? Try opting for a sheer lacey top that doubles as a passive cooler, a hat to keep the sun off your face, a pair of shorts to contrast amongst a sea of skirts, and a pair of brogues to complete the contemporary vintage vibe.

Although people are getting bolder with their choices in streetwear, it’s still uncommon to see something truly show-stopping on a regular basis for two main reasons: one, fear of judgment from other people; and two: impossible weather for layering. Neither of those should stop you from trying out a neon ensemble during the day; an asymmetrical crop top, glittery multi-colored skirt and hippie accessories make fit for costume-themed parties as well as concerts like Coachella.

Loud music, free-flowing drinks, and a floor that tremors in time with the heavy bass. Even though air-conditioning is on full-blast, these kinds of parties heat up real quickly when people hit the central dance floor. The energy only starts picking up at around 10 PM, so keep in mind that the outfit should be breezy yet sultry. Forget the jacket and opt for off-shoulder tops that should allow ample tanning in the day, then enough allure for the night. Choose leggings made of thin yet sturdy cloth and those sneaker wedges to permit room for top-notch dancing.

Otherwise known as the “Me Party”. Parties aren’t defined by the number of people who attend, but rather the people that do. In this case, a party doesn’t need a guest list, it only needs the one that matters most, and that’s you! It’s not as lonely as it sounds ‘cause you get to laze around in your pajamas and eat uninhibitedly. No one’s there to judge you for how disgusting you get, and you really just couldn’t care anyway. Wanna go out in your pambahay? Who said yosu couldn’t? Your shirt’s on backwards? Doesn’t matter! #trendalert. PJs don’t lack style, some people just don’t have enough sense to make it work.

In the end, it’s all about being creative and resourceful with what you have. People often neglect the versatility of some clothes, not only in terms of matching but also in terms of occasion. Don’t be afraid to try it out; after all, the main factor in any outfit is confidence. Carry yourself well, and any combination of clothes would earn nothing but good feedback.

Article and Art by Nikki

Nikki is a girl that sometimes feels like a boy, and is also an all-around art enthusiast and a linguist that likes the mysterious sounds words make. She likes wearing round spectacles of any sort, playing with her makeup when she’s bored, and envisioning outfits for various kinds of occasions. She has a style diary here and maintains a twitter that experiences extreme lows and highs of activity.  


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