City slicker: Street style in Escolta

Rappler goes to Escolta to show what it means to have street style

Black and white striped bodycon with cutouts from Topshop. Black and white maxi skirt from Dorothy Perkins.

MANILA, Philippines – Summer is waving goodbye and the rainy season is walking in the door.

Rain or shine, there is no reason to not dress well, look good and feel good. Classics are ever-reliable; trends dare you to go beyond your comfort zone.

As our country transitions from summer to rainy weather, here are the trends we will still see on the streets of Manila until the Christmas (yes, Christmas) season comes in.

The black stripes

Seen at: Tommy Hilfiger, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders and Louis Vuitton

Black and white striped bodycon with cutouts from Topshop. Black and white maxi skirt from Dorothy Perkins.

Style tip: Maximize graphic prints by mixing and matching them with other graphic prints. If you want to tone down, pair your graphic piece with a solid hue.

Remember that horizontal stripes and bold prints tend to make you look wide.

Neon lights

Seen at: David Koma, Erdem, Proenza Schouler and Matthew Williamson

'Dweeb' shirt and neon skater dress from Topshop

Style tip: Neon returned a couple of seasons ago and is now reaching its peak. Wear this trend without being overly loud by pairing it with solid primary or secondary colors.

Oriental express

Seen at: Emilio Pucci, Lanvin, Prada and Etro

Printed triangle bikini (worn inside) from Regatta. Floral kimono top from Folded and Hung. Shorts from Miss Selfridge.

Printed triangle bikini (worn inside) from Regatta. Floral kimono top from Folded and Hung. Shorts from Miss Selfridge.

Style tip: Japanese style is this trend’s inspiration. For those who piled up on obi belts in 2012, you can still use them today.

The great thing about the kimono top is that it looks good on everyone — the deep neckline lengthens the torso, the flowy sleeves cover the arms.

Swinging ‘60s  

Seen at: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hully Fulton and Moschino

Graphic shift dress from Miss Selfridge

Style tip: 1960’s saw the rise of mod fashion and a stronger female style (think mini-skirts, platform boots and Twiggy). Today’s take on the mod shift dress is functional and classic at the same time.

Wear it with a blazer, pearls and light makeup at work; wear it without the blazer, layered accessories and the strongest eye makeup you can muster at the party. On weekends, pair it with sneakers or flats — feminine and fun.

Grunge comeback

Seen at: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne and House of Holland

Printed crop top from Topshop. Denim pinafore dress from Miss Selfridge.

Style tip: ‘90s style is also back. Aside from the comeback of Doc Martens (and its look-alikes), pinafore and denim jumpers are also in (yay, pockets!).

Students can wear this to school, while the working peeps can wear this on weekends or when traveling. Pair this with graphics to look uber cool.

Stockists:

1. Topshop – Level 1, Greenbelt 3, 756-1542 / 756-1563

2. Miss Selfridge – Level 1, Greenbelt 5,
 728-4105

3. Dorothy Perkins – Ground floor, Glorietta 2, 815-1173 / 819-3199

4. Folded and Hung – Level 1, Glorietta 1, (0917) 599-6398 / 501-3010


5. Regatta – Level 1, Glorietta 3


THANK YOU. Mr. Roberto Sylianteng of First United Building and Escolta Commercial Association Inc., 98-B COLLABoratory and Heritage Conservation Society Youth

Styling by Maureen Manuel. Photography by Onin Lorente (style-anywhere.com, lorentefashionfoto.com). Modeled by Sirene Sutton. Hair by Jandra Babiera. Make up by Chuchie Ledesma.

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