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Fine, I’ll Let You Take A Peek At My August #LoveLocal Wish List

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Am I the only one who’s kind of selfish about sharing her fashion wish list? I can’t be. Maybe it’s the none-too-irrational fear that someone else’s decisive finger is going to beat you to the ‘buy’ button and snap up the last size 6 of that cool sneaker you’ve been pining over for months.

 

The honest truth, though, is that we’ve got no room to be selfish. Contrary to what you might be thinking, shopping can actually help revive our Corona-ravaged economy…so long as you keep your sprees local. In short, support independent homegrown stores, whether they’re online vintage troves, Marikina-based shoe labels, or talented young designers’ brands.

 

RELATED: Homegrown Fashion Brands to Support This Month

 

So here I am, baring my soul. Alongside the niche cat memes and COVID-related infographics tucked out of sight in my Instagram saved folder are the true clues to my real state of mind: the bits and bobs I mean to purchase…if you, dear reader, won’t end up beating me to it. Race you to checkout!

Manic pixie dream girl ver. 2020

As if an homage to the dreamlike trance I’ve been in since quarantine started (is any of this real? Is a pandemic really ravaging the globe? Is the current administration legit doing zilch about it?), I’ve developed a liking for the dainty-meets-normcore styling cues Cecilie Bahnsen and Molly Goddard share—think cloud-light, diaphanous dresses in confectionery hues paired with clunky truck-soled sportif sandals a la Suicoke.

 

 

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At home, I’m loving Sassa Jimenez’s frothy tulle pieces and Randolf’s tattooed take on our historic barong’s inherent gauziness. Follow up with these candy-colored Ramir velcroes or, if you’re the simpler type, Andante’s no-nonsense stacked leather platform flip-flops. I’m personally eyeing the sleek white pair.

 

Sassa

 

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Randolf

 

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Ramir

 

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Andante

 

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Minimalis-n’t she lovely?

2020’s version of minimalism is, ironically, quite bold: strong, padded shoulders give muscle tees structure, enormous gold chains adorn supple, exquisitely simple leather pouches, and exaggerated, Paddle Pop-esque square toes lend whisper-thin strappy sandals borderline outlandish flair. Daniel Lee’s chic new Bottega Veneta is delightfully to blame.

 

 

Singing along to his tastefully restrained note, the black version of this Strut t-shirt is lingering in my shopping cart, while the order I placed for Milli Label’s coveted sky-blue kitten heels has just arrived at my doorstep. Those, and I’ll always recommend my favorite beige Weave trousers, plus perhaps this lavender croissant from Posh Capsule. That’s a tropics-friendly formula for the #lewk down pat.

 

Strut

 

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Milli

 

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Weave

 

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Posh Capsule

 

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Print Clashing with a capital C

Confession: I have an incurable addiction to lurking around curated secondhand IG shops in search of mint-condition tweed blazers. It’s this lockdown’s best answer to wiling away weekend hours in the dusty arms of my favorite ukay. Dig a bit more diligently and you’ll find that the ‘gram is a veritable treasure trove of small businesses peddling one-of-a-kind finds: for example, this already-sold knit Missoni tank top from Lolita is a total TOTGA that, had I been quicker than whoever bought it first, I would have teamed with my new-old pink Elle Woods-worthy checked jacket from Coaterie (a steal at P650) and these funky denim bermuda shorts I found on Kinaraan.

 

Coaterie

 

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Kinaraan

 

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Lolita

I’d tie everything together with a ribbon on top because I am a gift—one of The Uncommon Collective’s elusive pre-loved designer silk scarves will do the job perfectly fine. Foulards are very of-the-moment. And yes, okay, the Clash is borderline criminal, but it’s so good to be bad.

 

The Uncommon Collective

 

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Bling it on

God knows I’m no committed minimalist, and the sentiment applies even to jewelry. These days my wandering eye glints greedily for colorful gemstone accessories like this rainbow crystal-studded tennis bracelet from Mazee. Add to the list Jolie’s vvvery Jolina Magdangal circa 1999 glitter butterfly chokers and The E Shop’s mismatched multiple-piercing danglers. Remind me to get another helix stab soon.

 

Mazee

 

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Jolie

 

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The E Shop

 

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I’m in raptures over elaborate, nostalgic gold treasures from Vagabond Vintage. They’ve got trinkets that date back to the 1930s! Scroll through their feed for precious cameo pendants and one-off costume brooches I’m ready to hoard and pin onto whichever printed, pearl-buttoned cardigan in my wardrobe I won’t be taking off for the next two weeks.

 

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Raise a hand if you’ve added everything to your cart already. Link us to your fave local haunts, below!

 

 

Words Yanna Lopez

Art Matthew Fetalver

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