Forecast: Fashion Flood

8/10/2013 10:05:00 AM

Filipino’s love for dressing up is timeless, rain or shine. Our dress-up habits even show what type of weather we are in at the time of the year. And now that the hot summer days are over, it’s time to get those tanned skin even, show off those cute rosy cheeks, and take out those big thick coats you’ve been dying to get from the closet. 


Start covering up for we are now in a season of layered clothes. Who said you can’t go out dressed-to-kill on pouring months? Here are some things that can spice up your wardrobe for the rainy days:
 
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Bonnets/Berets
Headgear doesn’t do much for those who wear them (besides the fact that it is a great accessory), but they can serve as first line of protection for people who are not umbrella-fancy, especially when mother nature is not in the mood for a heavy down pour.



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Gloves
Bike riders would often wear them as compared to the general public which makes gloves not that much of a hit in the country. Not to mention that the cotton, silk, and knitted types are the only variants commonly found in retail stores. Scour shops and try to get a hold on its leather counterpart – it will surely give any fashion ensemble a twist, at the same time provide warmth and prevent the hands from getting wet provided that the material is authentic.


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Scarves/Pashminas
Without realizing how functional they really are, many people take scarves and pashminas for granted thinking they’re merely another accessory. Well in fact if used correctly, it helps prevent cough and colds as it covers mainly the neck area. Bundle up with one and show off a stylish vibe.

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Vests
Vests don’t provide that much warmth and protection, but they are perfect for those who layer clothes to achieve a preppy look.

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Ponchos
Many prefer wearing weaved or see-through ponchos as a cover-up in the beach. However, there are similar items that are meant to be used during the latter half of the year.


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Capes
Arrive at your destination looking mysterious yet fashion forward with a hooded water-repellant cape. They’re not common in the country but owning one or two may just give that dull attire the fashion flare it needs.

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Turtlenecks
Deviate from the usual corporate/formal wear and play it up a notch with a light weight turtleneck. Get a sleek and polished look by pairing it with a formal blazer, high-waisted slim fit trousers, and sky-high stiletto pumps.

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Trench Coats
Trench Coats did not make it big here mainly because of the country’s climate. And even if they did, the length will just get in the way especially for commuters. Several brands carry a line shorter in length, specifically made for South East Asian countries. Want to give the typical wardrobe a bit of zing? A knee-length or mid-thigh length jacket-ish trench coat might just do the trick. Why not wear this piece as a dress? 

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Boots
Every man and woman should own at least a pair. Stay away from carrying a pair of flip flops to change into when it’s showering and throw on a pair of boots instead. Tuck the trousers or jeans inside to get an extra oomph. The challenge: avoid looking like a hooker or an equestrian.

Putting together an ideal outfit may be risky. Plus, function should always be considered especially during this season. So remember to have a few key pieces that stand out, rather than sporting the items mentioned all at the same time.

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