MEGA Holiday Gift Guide To Embellished Extras

Peewee Reyes-Isidro
Editor-In-Chief

With no other perfect time to go all out than the holidays, it is high time to festoon yourself with decadent details and hints of excess that will take your look from fail-safe to festive standout.

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Minimalists rejoice! Just because strong lines, tailoring, along with a neutral palette of black and whites are your thing, it doesn’t mean that you cant inject something a little extra. Integrate small doses of fun with the season’s fashion hero: embellishments. Whether it’s something subtle like fringes or sparkly as sequins, the key is to look for unexpected features that accentuate a piece. Things to look out for? Satin lassos, paillettes, fringes, sequins and feathers. Word of caution: Wearing it head-to-toe might be too much, so remember to wear it in small doses and let your inner maximalist shine.

Over the years, I have tried a lot of looks and experimented with style. It took me quite a while to discover what really works for me in terms of my body type, height, and even my lifestyle. Ultimately, I think personal style is all about learning the basics and mastering them. Second, it is about knowing what looks good on you. If you are able to harness these two ideas then you take a step further by experimenting with your look by integrating trends that you wont usually wear or gravitate towards.

I love separates because of its versatility, and I like the fact that you can easily mix and match them. (You’ll discover a lot of tops, jackets, pants, skirts in my wardrobe.) I also adore a good pant suit, which has become somewhat of my go-to outfit, making me feel immediately empowered when I wear them. Although my closet is predominantly black and white, I’m starting to build on mindful excess such as color and even print collection to include in my arsenal.

I also love accessories and that’s how I tend to go all out. The holiday is all about being festive and while you wouldn’t see me in a fully sequinned frock, I will not shy away from this trend. Embellishments integrated in small doses such as fringes, gems, feathers, and even ribbons are an unexpected twist to a piece and adds something extra to a garment. Through details like this I stick true to my personal style, but at the same time I’m able to have fun and step out of the box. Needless to say, I might have encouraged the inner maximalist in me.


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Photography Kieran Punay of Studio 100
Creative Direction by Shaira Bungcag
Makeup Ann Parba of MAC Cosmetics
Hair Francis Guinto of Aveda Philippines
Final Artists Jemy Sta. Ana & Zoe Arriola