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Thursday, June 5, 2014


THERE are days when we want color, prints, and the trendiest cuts. But there are days when we just want to go back to the basics. Simpler pieces can help when we are so busy that we need something that we can pull on and dash out the door. But, don’t mistake simple for boring. Details on a seemingly minimalist wardrobe keep things looking fresh and interesting. See how versatile clothes in a simple color palette look chic for work or the weekend.

Wearing one color all over is a no-fuss way to get ready. Wearing pieces in all white looks cool and feels cool in warm weather. The trick to keeping all white from looking too clinical is to add some texture, like the top here.

Already have something similar in the wardrobe? Layer a roomy top over a dress. Belt the waist to give a looser silhouette some shape. Craving a pop of color? Add some with accessories or shoes.

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Think allover stripes add pounds? Thinner stripes against a darker background are actually slimming. Always choose the proper fit so that clothes don’t cling to every bump. Front pockets add some detail to this basic boat-neck dress—and are big enough to keep hands free of a mobile phone.

Lightweight, thinly striped seersucker trousers are a versatile piece that are especially comfortable in warm weather.

A straight cut with a flat front for a flattering fit is structured enough for work, instead of a baggy fit or a drawstring waist. A white top with special details on the front and sleeves pairs nicely with this, but for the office, try a less casual belt, roll down the hems and pair with work-appropriate flats.

Printed jackets are everywhere right now. A print like this, with a lot of white in the background, isn’t too loud for a more creative office. Push up the sleeves for an effortless vibe. Layer over a plain white T-shirt and pair with straight-cut pants: a pair like this for the weekend, and without rips plus heels for work.

A dress with a striped skirt is detailed enough to wear on its own, but simple enough to add more color or perhaps a statement necklace. Try the styling trick of layering a T-shirt underneath a dress and voila, a new outfit with things you already have in your closet.

Check out subtle sporty touches like the striped arms and waist on the jacket. Wearing a jacket and bottom in the same hue gives a suit-like effect. A fully detailed top peeking out between the lapels of a jacket helps break up an allover khaki ensemble.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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