Go ahead and wear that tie-dye shirt and swim shorts combo to the office
For someone that is usually color-averse and wears predominantly black and white, I was surprised to find myself drawn to GUESS Vibras, an ultra-bright 42-piece collection by Latin Urban music artist J Balvin. Think: tie-dye shirts, color-coordinated track suits, graphic tees and more. There wasn’t a single piece from GUESS Vibras that wasn’t drenched in technicolor or clashing prints, or embellished with summer-appropriate details (those pants with side zippers that zip-up all the way to one’s pelvis is ?).
J Balvin describes the capsule collection 90s Miami inspired, “[It’s] about ‘Vibras’; nice energy nice vibes, just smile and that’s what we need, all love.” And perhaps that’s what people want more of today, some good energy, hence the equally positive response of the market when it launched early March. If you have yet to see it, the selection features ready-to-wear pieces and accessories, as well as swimwear for both men and women. If you’re open-minded enough, you could even borrow from his or her side of the rack.
And that’s what exactly what we did and exactly what I wore it to work, mixed and matched with my current wardrobe:
Vibras track jacket in voltage yellow (P4,894), white mesh bodysuit (P2,298) and JB Vibras track pants (P4,698)
Borrowed the yellow and green co-ord set worn by Sky Yang, tucked in the jacket and wore it with black boots. It’s a nice take on power-dressing that says, ‘I mean business, but I’m pretty laid back, too.’
JBalvin waist pack (P2,498) and striped sports socks (P598)
Vibras accessories are super cute and wearable, too. Use them to add color or a bit more fun to a casual corpo look.
Rogan tropical Vibras print short-sleeved button-down (P3,898)
Hibiscus prints and tourist-y shirts have found its way out of the beach and into mainstream fashion. Here’s one way to wear it: knot at the center and wear over a micro-printed wrap dress. Finish with animal-printed lace-up sandals and a straw bag for a summer look you can wear to and after work.
Concert stripe peligroso shirt (P3,298) and Vibras track pants in reggaeton red (P3,898)
From the women’s section, the pink and green striped shirt and red pants with side zippers were among the pieces that stood out. Worn together and with white pointed shoes and some hair clips, the resulting look is cute but still office-ready.
Tie-dyed shirt (P2,698) and swim shorts (P3,498)
Did someone say casual Friday? Wear a shirt and swim shorts. Took extra-casual pieces from the men’s department, like this tie-dye shirt worn by Ron Poe, and threw on a khaki blazer and black boots for some polish. You can’t see it, but I’m wearing pineapple earrings for a more Fri-yay effect.
Like what you see? Guess Vibras by J Balvin is available in select GUESS stores: Glorietta, SM Megamall, Trinoma, Robinson’s Ermita, Ayala Alabang Town Center and Ayala Cebu.
Art and Photos Alexandra Lara