Cropped Structured Top: Patricia Santos | Neon Aztec Skirt, White Sandals: Zara | Necklace: Extreme Finds | Bangle: Hermes, Michael Kors | Watch: Rolex | Clutch Pouch: Prada
Sometimes, when I’m bored (or feeling particularly masochistic), I go through old photos from circa 2000-something on my various social media accounts (such as: Lookbook/Facebook/Chictopia) just to see how my style has evolved. It’s like my own dose of “Blast from the Past”–my very own virtual time capsule! Although I’m not particularly the type of person to dwell in whatever that’s transpired aeons ago (I’m a firm believer in “moving forward” and focusing on the “now”), I do find great pleasure in seeing and comparing how I was then and how radically I’ve changed now.
Yes, yes, such is life. “Change” is the only thing constant, “change” is one of the key universal truths. I know, trust me, I’m the most realistic person the side of the planet, and yes, things change and then we move on. I pretty much live by the Robert Frost quote that everyone seems to be posting on instagram/twitter countless times, the one that goes, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” But hey, we all have to learn to look back in order to re-discover the small things that we may have overlooked! Here are some of my learnings:
- I was definitely young once–I still am, but as the years pass, the level of innate adventurism or being “care-free” has drastically diminished. In terms of fashion, I was more experimental back then. Not that I don’t experiment anymore but I usually keep my experimentations contained on trying out various style identities now versus trying out new cuts (be it unflattering or avant-garde) or colors or even brands before. I guess when you age, you gain wisdom and you know what works and what doesn’t, and the tendency is to stay in that particular comfort zone.
- I was less frivolous and way simpler back then. Sure, I owned designer garb but I wasn’t very particular of them as I am now. Of course, my earning capacity has a lot to do with it (back then, I was mostly reliant on mommy and daddy so thank God for personal cash flow) but come to think about it, as ironic as it may sound, the more frivolous I am as I grow older, the more practical it is in the long run! Like say, investing in quality pieces that will last me a lifetime regardless of price… at least I have something “vintage” I can hand-down to my future children, right?
- I was all over the place before. I could care-less if my palette made sense or if what I was wearing was appropriate for the occasion but then again, it was what made me fun and relatable to a lot of readers! Heels in a rocky terrain, a hint of lace for class… I was definitely not assessing things clearly. Of course, given my slight maturity, I am now able to fine-tune my taste and engage automatically my fashion-compass with things that should or should not be worn. I’m more adherent to rules but hey, there’s a reason why rules exist and it’s to keep things in perfect order.
- I was minimalist. I wanted to keep things plain as much as I wanted to experiment. Another paradox! I made sure I had on one huge statement piece but I keep everything low-key, down to my makeup. It was easier to dress back then since it involved less thinking but quite honestly? I enjoy having my current production number that includes my makeup, loading up on textures, colors, prints, and whatnot.
- I definitely stopped blogging like a Top Blogger–not that I am one, but I kind of miss having the “required” cutesy outdoorsy backgrounds. Now, I hardly go out to shoots despite various photographers inviting me, and I don’t attend events or socialize with other bloggers unless necessary (or unless I like them). I go out a lot of course, with my own set of friends and family, and I never fail to dress to the nines but back then, a part of me wanted to dress superficially so people could fawn over my fashion sense. Thankfully, I’m more self-centered and more focused on pleasing only me (and my boyfriend) now though I’m not sure if that should be good or bad or a bit of both.
With all the fluorescent details going on in my outfit, I thought that my Lime Sunski sunglasses is a perfect match to what I would deem as a very “fresh” day outfit. I absolutely love my Sunskis–they come in casual colors but the style is just classic. I think it can spruce up my outfit at any given day!
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