I’ve been following Bestie or Capricious Club as you might know her, on Flickr for years, so when she came over to Chictopia I was estatic. Her style is everything from feminine to boyish and often with pops of color in-between. I also must admit that she appeals to me because she is also often mistaken for younger than her actual age, but this has not stopped her from wearing what she wants to wear.
Where are you from?
How would you describe Filipino style? Is there a distinct vibe/look?
Simple and laid-back. Most, if not all, Filipinos dress according to the climate (we have two – Hot and Hotter), so outfits here are generally the fuss-free kind. But I’m happy to see more and more Filipinos getting into fashion and making the extra effort to dress up.
When the weather gets “hotter” how do you stay stylish?
When the weather gets really hot I try, very hard, to strip down to the basics. I keep my style going by incorporating more accessories instead. But I don’t force it, because somehow I end up dressed too warmly anyway. I think I am already so used to this that dressing in layers during the summer is not a big deal for me anymore.
Would you say your style is typically Filipino, or do you go your own way?
Oh I definitely have my own thing going on. In fact I dress way too warmly for our tropical climate. But I like it that way.
What inspires you?
Pretty much everything! Although I usually draw inspiration from fashion magazines and blogs, sometimes my outfit ideas come from the most peculiar places (from road signs to artworks and even government officials I get to interview). You’d be surprised to know what inspired some of my outfits in the past.
When did you first become interested in fashion?
In High School. Sadly I wasn’t really able to explore fashion then because I wore a uniform to school everyday. It was in College that I started to, uh, “bloom”. Haha.
Has your fashion sense changed over the years?
Absolutely. Frankly I am very fickle when it comes to fashion. I often try out different looks, even if they’re not necessarily “me”. There are just so many people and things that influence the way I dress, so I mix it up regularly.
What does style mean to you?
Your individuality manifested in the way you dress.
Who are your style icons?
There are so many that it would take forever to name them all. I am, of course, a fan of the many fashion bloggers out there and the über stylish folk on Chictopia. But perhaps the real unsung hero here is my mother, who has been style-conscious ever since I can remember. In fact she dresses a lot more “out there” than I do. She’s great.
You say your mother dresses “out there,” can you give us a description of on her outfits? Or maybe what her favorite accessory is?
My Mom has a completely different style from me. She loves bright colors and big, look-at-me accessories, especially earrings. If you ask her she’d probably say she’s a lot “funkier” than I am — and people would agree. Friends always say she has a more adventurous fashion sense than I do.
What do you feel best wearing?
Two extremes: either something really girly or something more androgynous.
What do you like about Chictopia?
The positivity that surrounds the community. Everyone is so kind and supportive, you just feel like you have an extended family here.
Does your job affect how you dress?
Oh yes. Being a field reporter, I am always on-call and on-the-go. My coverages vary from 5-star hotels to garbage dumpsites — yes, on a single day. So I have to make sure I incorporate style, comfort and practicality into my outfits. But being the fashion freak that I am, I rarely consider the latter two anymore. Haha.
So you, no longer really try to dress comfortable or practical for work. Has it ever gotten you into trouble? I’m just trying to picture you in heels at a dumpsite…
When I was still new at my job, yes, my outfits sometimes got me into trouble. I would get reprimanded by a boss or singled out by a government official because of the way I dress. But by now people have already gotten used to my forays into fashion so that rarely happens anymore. Plus wearing a dress and heels during uncomfortable situations is practically second nature to me, as well as other style-conscious reporters I know. I was once sent to cover a big fire in a community where I had to climb up and down mountains of garbage in a dainty lace top, harem pants and high-heeled booties. It was fun. (:
Any fashion advice?
Wear what you love and love what you wear.
Okay, rapid fire:
Heels or flats?
Heels. When I wear flats to work I am often mistaken as a student!
Vintage or designer?
Vintage all the way.
Winter or summer?
Winter! This is my biggest frustration: I was born into the wrong climate.
Big bag or mini bag?
Big bag. I have A LOT of junk.
Plaid or stripes?
Plaid. Forever a classic.x