I used to be an impulsive shopaholic—buying clothes and shoes left and right and realizing after that I’m probably only going to wear them once or twice.
All this changed when I graduated and started working, and most especially when I was given my own credit card. Bills would eat up my paycheck, and it really hurt my wallet to buy something impractical or something that’s going to be kept in my closet 363 days in a year.
Because of this, I have mental notes whenever I go shopping. Aside from limiting it to once a month, I always take into consideration things like how often will I be wearing this piece, or how can I mix and match this article of clothing with the rest of my closet?
My style has always been classic with a twist—I love sticking to basic pieces, or pieces that I know will never go out of style. I’m super into lace, florals, and animal-prints. I get my inspiration from reading Preview magazine and just recently, Stylized: Liz Uy’s Ten Style Essentials.
Floral Jeggings from Topshop
Lace Top from TopShop, Beige Skirt and Grey Cardigan from Forever 21, Gold Ballet Flats from Parisian, Bag from Kate Spade
Dress from Forever 21
Hoodie from Alabang Town Center, Leggings from Forever 21, Sneakers from Converse
According to Liz Uy, girls should have these as staples in their closet:
- white v-neck shirt
- little black dress
- white button-down shirt
- tank top
- pencil skirt
When shopping, I’m more particular about the style and the quality rather than the brand. My favorite stores are Zara, TopShop, Ever New, and Miss Selfridge but a lot of times, I also go through each and every store in Shoppesville and Greenhills Tiangge to look for quality pieces that aren’t branded, aren’t fake, and are priced between Php300 to Php1000.
Here’s something I did with a very versatile little black dress handed down to me by my aunt. I played with four styles that’s perfect for the office, a date with the Cupcake, drinks with girl friends, and something casual I can wear to the mall.
For a date night with the Cupcake, I just removed the blazer and belt, and replaced the necklace with some pearls.
Photos grabbed from Zalora
Just a quick tip: make sure that when you visit an online shop, you research about them first. I’ve heard and read about some online shops that have poor customer service and items, or ship items weeks after they were ordered. Be careful of scams as well!
Lastly, whenever I go shopping and I see something that I like, I ask myself questions like: Do I really need this? Is the price worth it? What other outfits can I pair this with? If I’m really convinced, I go ahead and buy it.
Otherwise, especially when I need to tighten my belt, I tell myself an old saying that came from my great grandmother: “Ang maganda, hindi nawawala.” In English, it means, “Beautiful things don’t run out.”
Which is true. There will always be a prettier skirt, or a prettier dress, or a prettier top—that will probably look similar or even better than what I initially wanted but couldn’t afford at the moment, and maybe that skirt, dress, or top is more meant for me. In the end, it’s really about choosing wisely, knowing what clothes fit you best, and where to find them.
Style Essentials and Shopping Tips for the 20-Something Year Old’s