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It’s always tricky, dressing up here in Manila. There’s the humid air, searing heat, then suddenly, rainfall…and once you get indoors, airconditioned buildings and offices could go up to freezing. So it’s usually a good thing to layer clothes once you feel the weather is being schizophrenic again. But even layering in the Philippines has a science to it. In Manila, particularly, you can’t layer thick clothes—a layered outfit is usually made of thin and breathable fabrics. I usually just throw on a tank top, pants and have a jacket with me. In this case, I had a trench coat. Unlike everywhere else in the world, we wear the jackets and coats indoors rather than outdoors because it’s colder inside. My friend Nio had these cool large white sunnies ala Jackie O lying around his studio, along with this awesome hat, so we had an impromptu shoot of sort. I really loved the combination! What do you think?
Pants by John Sherwynn Chan / Hat, sunnies and trench coat from N+ Shop / Shoes from Parisian
I totally love these trousers by John. Originally, they were for men as John made them for his own, but you know how we girls encroach on men’s territory (don’t you raid your brother’s or boyfriend’s closet every once in a while?). If you’re interested to get your own pair done, just leave a comment below and John will get back to you. I always like made-to-order clothes because they’re unique–what are the chances of you running into other people wearing the same thing? I also love the feather print detail on the waistband and the sides. The pants were actually made for a taller guy, but I like the length and fit on myself perfectly.
A little bra peekaboo. For this ensemble, it works because it’s plain. I’m not sure if it’ll work with a lacy, frilly bra because there’s already so much detail with the pants and shoes.
Necklace from Love Diva
I wouldn’t wear the coat with the hat and sunnies outdoors at the same time. I’d leave the coat at the office and wear the hat + sunnies with the rest of the outfit.Related posts: