University Diaries: Casual Sophistication

(TOP: lace croptop/ SHORTS: high rise from Tomato; P250/ SHOES: peeptoe flats from 168; P200/ PURSE: from Pauline and Ann Marie; TJ Maxx/ EARRINGS: from Roxi; Anne Klein/ NECKLACE: from Mommy Babe)

The “Crop Top/ High waist Shorts Mania” is still continuously making waves in UP-Diliman. This 80’s trend that started out with  iconic Madonna has made a big come back about a year or so ago. I was never big on showing my tummy (or my bellybutton for that matter) to the public but as soon as I came back to the Philippines, I found myself stocking my closet with a bunch of these supposedly for jogging/ workout use. These crop tops eventually made its way to my “school clothes stash” and I started wearing them to class, rehearsals or even while running errands in UP. Most of the kids in the university typically go for that 90’s graphic crop top/ high waisted washed out denim look but I wanted a girly, more sophisticated take on this tandem that would somehow reflect my age so I picked a lace crop top (LACE! a forever favorite of mine) and high waist textured polyester shorts.

This outfit’s color palette: White, Orange, Gold and Mustard

Side silhouette featuring my sisters’ gift, a Mustard/ Burnt Sienna chain bag, from a few Christmases ago

Statement necklaces are apt to fill that bare space when you’re wearing low cut tops such as this one.

Cute locally made Mustard Peeptoes, a very comfy statement piece. They were supposedly produced in Marikina—- the shoe capital of the Philippines.

~Rhea

Spring Staple

(HAT: Ross/ BUSTIER: Body Central; $6.99 originally $12.99/ SKIRT: thrifted; from the streets of Bangkok, Thailand/ BELT: 5,7,9/ GLADIATORS: SM Bacolod, Philippines/ SUNGLASSES: Buffalo Exchange/ PURSE: Philippines/ BANGLES: Charlotte Russe & Forever 21)

Taking a walk at the new section of Sienna Plantation

Bustier’s X-back detail

New Found love—-flowers on my denim bustier.

Mint Embroidered floral purse from Asia

Gladiators from SM Bacolod—a quick buy coz I miscalculated my packing and ended up bringing more heels than flats

Me goofing around and trying to camouflage with the flowers—-It’s not working. Haha

My Outfit that day

I guess we know what I’ll be wearing most this season—Bustiers, Bralets and Crop Tops. Too much of  those Instagram outfit inspiration posts has lead me to one afternoon of ‘top shopping’ at First Colony Mall  and mind you every single one of them was less than $7 each. Now all I need to do is continue working on my flab … I mean abs coz there’s no point flaunting these babies if  I have my gut a.k.a ‘Bilbil’ unattractively sticking out, right? I need to get my workout mojo back.

~Rhea