DAY 22: My Style


My personal style has changed in so many ways over the years. However, if I have a prerequisite in choosing what I wear, that is comfort.

Growing up, my style has always been on the casual side. I’m no trendsetter in my younger years and the basic jeans, t-shirt and sneakers is perfectly fine for me. Any kind of dress or feminine clothing is rarely found in my closet, unless a special occasion requires it. When I stepped into college, that’s when my style started to change — I still have that casual look on me, but with added urban flair. I guess being a member of the university dance troupe has influenced my style back then. Of course, it didn’t help that we’re not wearing uniforms at school, so that gave me opportunities to buy new clothes and experiment a little.

Fast forwarding many years to now, my style as far as I know has become a mix of everything. I still sport the looks I’ve had growing up, but I’ve become more in love with layering clothes, wearing loose tops and pairing them up with leggings or ripped skinny jeans — I’m digging ripped jeans right now! When it comes to shoes, I try to have as many different styles as possible so I can mix and match them with any outfit I’m wearing. Surprisingly, I don’t have sneakers in my closet anymore, something I’ve always worn during my college years. Oh! And I love wearing accessories now, in particular are those long chain necklaces that gives needed flair to a plain tee or a simple outfit.

In regards to following trends, I’m not the type to emulate everything. I know my body obviously and unfortunately not everything works with it. And being fashionable is not just about following the latest trends, it’s about making clothes work for you. A person can be fashionable wearing a sack of potatoes as long as he/she can work it. Plus, one’s own personal style says a lot about the person, and if you don’t look good in what you wear then there’s a problem… at least that’s what I believed in. So basically when it comes to trends, I only wear those that works for me. If it’s not good on me then I have no problem wearing something not “IN” because timeless pieces are always found in my closet. 😀

On an interesting note, I took a clothing style quiz and here’s what the result showed.

I am:

20.6% Eclectic

17.6% Bohemian

13.7% Classic

12.7% Urban

11.8% Dramatic

7.8% Sporty

5.9% Trendy

See! I got the lowest percentage on Trendy. Told you I don’t always follow current trends. Hahaha!

5 Closet Items I Currently Love


I won’t consider myself a fashionista. My choice of clothing varies a lot and may depend on the occasion or the kind of mood I’m in. I can go from just wearing t-shirt and jeans to something more photoshoot worthy. Nowadays my everyday look is my white nurse uniform which I wear to work 6 times in a week, but in our day-off during Fridays, if I ever feel like it, I go out and wear something nice for a change (not that I consider my uniform bad. hahaha!). In those days where I practically put more effort into achieving the look I want, there are some items I would be wearing that gets noticed or complimented on. Usually I would be asked where I bought them. Anyhow, below are some of the items that I wore here in Qatar that took a minute of celebrity fame from the public.

BAT WING TOP

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When I came here in Qatar last October 2011, winter is almost at its door. The air was no longer humid but was already taking on a cooler breeze. Because of that, this top became my favorite item to wear, especially when going to places like Katara and Pearl Qatar or when fine dining with family. I bought this in a boutique named GET LAUD in the Philippines. The clothing material is thick enough for me to not feel much of the cold air at night but also not too thick for me to feel sweaty while the sun’s out. I mostly love combining it with my favorite skinny jeans and black wedges.

Here's me wearing it while we were sight-seeing at Pearl Qatar.
Here’s me wearing it while sight-seeing at Pearl Qatar with family.

CUFF BRACELET

20130330-004411.jpgI don’t have a lot of accessories especially here in Qatar. I probably was only able to bring my watch, a couple of earrings and some bangle bracelets and the one above. For me the purpose of having accessories is to add something catchy or colorful in a plain colored outfit or an uninteresting tee. Lately, I realized I had a lot of black and pink collared and plain t-shirts and that cuff bracelet is perfect enough to add a difference to my simple get-up.

KNEE HIGH BOOTS

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I’ve only owned two boots in my life and both of them I bought and worn here in Qatar, but among the 2 of them this one is my favorite. Not only does it get noticed a lot every time I wore them, it also makes me feel chic and stylish. I originally wanted the khaki-colored ones but unfortunately nothing is left of my size, so I ended up buying this maroon one. I bought these pair at Marks & Spencer in Villagio Mall.

TIE-DYED PURPLE PANTS

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Imagine going to a store to window shop and accidentally found a pair of on-sale pants that is priced too cheap you have to look twice, ask a colleague if your seeing it right, and also ask the shop staff if they didn’t priced it wrong. These tie-dyed pants is an example of that. Bought at PULL & BEAR at an unbelievable price of 19QR (originally 125), these pants for me is a perfect example of a good bargain!

BALLET FLATS

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The one that inspired me to write this post. Bought this at an online shop for 100QR last February, I finally got to wear them for the first time last Friday. It was cute and comfortable to wear. The softness of the material won’t leave unwanted calluses around your feet. Anyway, I was window shopping at Landmark Mall when 3 women in abaya came to me and complimented me on my shoes. They asked were I bought them and told them I bought them online. Of course they were disappointed. They surely must have been expecting that I bought it somewhere in a mall.

So there you have it! The 5 items in my closet I currently love. So what do you think? 🙂

Nail Art by janellyysh!


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Sharing a photo of my nails.

Nail art done by my workmate Janel during an unlikely time, since it’s during working hours. Hahaha! Well, it wasn’t a very busy day so we thought of experimenting with the nail polishes by MODELS OWN. It is soon to open here in Qatar and their branch will be found in Landmark Mall.

Since I’ve been personally invited by my cousin who will be working there, I’m hoping I can get to visit them on their opening day.