Enough With The Plain

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Long gone were the days that women wore baro’t saya and men wore barong tagalogs. Its funny how at present, men and women are no longer constrained with fashion. Everywhere you go the idea of having a certain style that is different can be considered sartorial or just plain eclectic. People celebrate individuality. But what of the others – the shy, the under dressed and the plain common?

Fashion have always been regarded as a state of mind, an individual’s personality reflected on the way  a person dresses. Its sad to say that there are people who restrict their imagination when it comes to dressing up. When the mere fact that a certain piece of clothing or an accessory can give the highest forms of pleasure and confidence to a woman. I’ve seen this happen over and over again, not only to myself but to the different women I’ve seen leaving the dressing room being praised by their loved ones. And even the most annoying sales lady on the department stores.

“Why are you so dressed up?” is the common question I get asked whenever I emerge down the stairs of own home. And as much as I would like to give a rhetorical answer to that sane question over and over again, I’d always give it a quick shrug. It is not because I do not know the answer to the question, but it is because that there are just too many to mention. The idea behind dressing up is not really complicated, its not rocket science that needs to be studied, but it is a behavioral concept. There’s a saying that goes, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” and this is rhetorically true. How many people have you remembered, who only wears a plain shirt and a pair of jeans, and made an impression on you? Yes there may be one or two, who might have won you with their pleasing personalities. But the others? You have long forgotten them, believe me. A girl who is impeccably dressed and feels as if she’s perfectly groomed can easily forget that part of her, she develops a kind of charm. A certain charisma that isn’t forgettable. And eventually people will notice, and she will notice as well.

The point that I am trying to make can be said that it is perfectly okay to think outside the box in terms of fashion by the time you come out bursting into your front door. It’s completely alright to wear that blazer that hugs your body in the right places even if its a tad bit hot outside. Fashion is not always about utility and practicality. A piece of clothing is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity. If one might think that she is exempt from the fashion industry just because one doesn’t care, then that person is utterly wrong. You go to your closet and you choose a piece of clothing telling the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But as Miranda Priestly once said to Andy Sachs, “That piece of clothing represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

Trends may not be for everyone, but fashion is. And it is not restricted to merely dresses and frilly skirts or that chiffon blouse. Fashion is reflected everywhere, in the street, in the air and in the sky. Its the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all rolled into one and it shows the world who we are and who we would like to be. So what does your clothing say about you today?

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 Shades : Fashiondipity | Top : Chill for SM Department Store | Pants : ATT Jeans | Bag : Follow Your Heart | Shoes : Figliarina | Watch : Citizen | Bracelets : Mango and YSL

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