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BLOGGER CHALLENGE: FIFTIES

We ask bloggers to turn back the hands of time and modernize Fifties silhouettes.

By Janey Aniban

Judging from past seasons, fashion is currently obsessed with all things retro. From the boxy outerwear at Prada to the full circle skirts paired with cropped corsets at Dolce & Gabbana, this season is all about drawing inspiration from the silhouettes of past decades and breathing new life into them.

This week on Blogger Challenge, we ask these fashionable ladies to focus on key pieces from the fifties; namely the boxy jacket, cropped corset, and pleated skirt.

Read on to see how Aisa Ipac, Laureen Uy, Lissa Kahayon, Megs Decano, Mariel Wagas, Camille Co, Danika Navarro, and Kookie Buhain pulled off the look!

 

THE PLEATED SKIRT

Aisa Ipac

Aisa Ipac
Blog: Drowning Equilibriums
 What she's wearing:   Thrifted top & skirt, Celine flats, Mia Casa belt bracelet, Jhajing belt

What made you want to try this trend?
I've always been fascinated by fashion in the past eras specifically the Fifties and Sixties. I think it was more fun dressing up then!

How do you build your outfit around it?
Nothing screams fifties like this uber feminine floral mid length full skirt. So I used it as my centerpiece and was thinking Stepford Wives while I picked out the other pieces.

How do you make the look your own?
By sticking to my casual preppy vintage style—printed skirt and a collared sweater top.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
I didn't use any accessories. Just like in the fifties, your clothes should do all the talking.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
The fifties was all about soft femininity. So look for pieces that accentuate your curves or brings out the woman in you—strapless tops, round collar tops, dainty flared dresses, mid length skirts that hugs the waist and of course ballet flats.

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
Day: you could wear cigarette pants with a sleeveless turtleneck top or a white button-down shirt with ballet flats.
Work: a pencil skirt with a printed blouse. Accessorize with a belt, statement necklace and wear with t-strap heels.
Night: a halter swing dress with pumps.
Party: you can wear a strapless polka dotted dress or lace dress (with a full skirt that falls just above the knee).

Read on to see Laureen Uy's rendition of the Fifties look!

THE CROPPED CORSET

Laureen Uy

Laureen Uy
Blog: Break My Style

What she's wearing: Bubbles earrings, Boosteeyay corset, SM Accessories bangles/ring, Balenciaga bag, IAAH skirt, Sugarfree heels

What made you want to try this trend?
It fits the season: brights, florals, and color combination.

How do you build your outfit around it?
I wanted to feel comfy and breezy. Since it's so hot in Manila now, I chose to pair my very colorful corset with this neon skirt to have a girly effect.

How do you make the look your own?
NEON. I just exaggerated my look by wearing colorful pieces too.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
I didn't wear too many accessories because I wanted the dress to speak for itself.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Fitted top, a loose skirt--it'll work for sure.

Read on to see Lissa Kahayon's rendition of the Fifties silhouette!

THE BOXY JACKET AND PLEATED SKIRT

Lissa Kahayon

Lissa Kahayon
Blog: Scene Stealer
 What she's wearing: Polka dot dress from Chill, white cardigan from Shop Vintagefinds, Necklace from Prism Shop, Ring from Fashiontrends Collections

What made you want to try this trend?
I rarely wear polka dots but I love its unique combination with pleats!

How do you build your outfit around it?
I had a couple of meetings that day and I always like to bring in twists to corporate dressing so I wore a white blazer over the polka dotted dress and added a statement pair of heels. The outfit isn't too formal & it's not too boring either!

How do you make the look your own?
By wearing a killer pair of high heels! It's not something one would usually wear to the office!

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
By wearing a blazer and minimal accessories.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Don't be too matchy-matchy when it comes to polka dots since you can instantly look like you're wearing a costume!

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
Remove the blazer and you're ready to party!

Read on to see Megs Decano's rendition of the fifties look!

THE PLEATED SKIRT

Megs Decano

Megs Decano
Blog: Le Petite in Heels
What she's wearing: Skirt from Tomato, Suede Wedges from Asianvogue, necklace from Girlshoppe, tank top Forever 21, bangles from Aldo, bracelets from Forever 21

What made you want to try this trend?
I like clothes that flatter a woman's body and that's exactly what this trend is all about.

How do you build your outfit around it?
I wanted the pleated skirt to be the focal point of the outfit. Since the color of the skirt is bold enough to already stand out without doing so much, I paired it with a tank top with a subtle leopard print and put on minimal accessories. I made sure to wear a statement necklace to avoid looking a little dressed down. And then I paired the whole outfit with a simple black suede wedge.

How do you make the look your own?
During the fifties, pleated skirts were worn with buttoned blouses and subtle heels. So to make the look my own, I paired it with a simple printed tank top instead of a buttoned blouse, and a statement necklace. I'm all about silhouettes and comfort so the tank top provided not only a good silhouette but also comfort.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
I make sure that I have at least one focal piece on my outfit, then I build the outfit around it. Comfort should also always be the key.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Know your body and emphasize your assets with flattering clothes. This trend lets you play around pleated skirts, corsets, etc. Don't be scared to mix and match yesterday's trend with today's trend. Like pleated skirts with sky-high heels, or corsets with harem pants. Always make it your own.

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
During the day, comfort is the key. At night, accessories and a good leather jacket can do the trick. To work, a simple cropped jacket and minimal accessories is key.

Read on to see Mariel Wagas' rendition of the fifties look!

THE CROPPED CORSET

Mariel Wagas

Mariel Wagas
Blog: Wicked Ying
  What she's wearing: Blue bralet thrifted from Dimmy's, PINKaholic shorts, Forever 21 skinny belt and necklace, HeelandSole harness boots

What made you want to try this trend?
The fifties appears as an era that celebrates the beauty of a woman. It emphasizes a woman's lovely features and is best exemplified by fitted waists, full skirts, and more importantly the trend of wearing corsets. I wanted to try this trend mainly because a corset never fails to give a look a feminine feel. It is also easy to style.

How do you build your outfit around it?
By focusing on one key item, in this case, the corset, I can build an outfit around it by pairing it with something different.

How do you make the look your own?
A corset is usually paired with something girly, like a skirt or worn under a dress. To make it my own, I've added some of my favorites, a pair of denim shorts, that is. I somewhat transformed it from girly to edgy.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
Balance and proportion is the key. When you want the cropped corset to stand out, simply tone down your choice of bottom and accessories.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
I'd love to try fifties trend by wearing pleated skirts, suits, and daisy dukes with floral corsets. It sounds fun!

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
Night: leather pants or a skirt, blazer, and a pair of sky high heels or booties.
Party: maxi skirt, gold accessories, clutch and strappy heels.
Work: wear it under a suit and a pair of pointed pumps for a fun work wear.

Read on to see Camille Co's rendition of the fifties look!

THE BOXY JACKET

Camille Co

Camille Co
Blog: Camille Tries to Blog
What she's wearing: Topshop tweed jacket, Blanco peter pan collar blouse, Topshop skirt, Celine bag , SM Accessories pearl bracelet, Gold Dot pearl bracelet, bow VNC flats

What made you want to try this trend?
Fifties fashion is always classy and feminine so I just couldn't resist.

How do you build your outfit around it?
Boxy jackets like my tweed jacket were very in during the fifties so I built my outfit around it.

How do you make the look your own?
I try my best to add a pop of color in almost all my outfits so I got my red bag and shoes instead to break the monotony and tie the the colors of my jacket, top and skirt together.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
Instead of pairing my boxy jacket with a full-on box pleated skirt, I toned it down a bit by going with a less poofy skirt.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Be wary of proportions and silhouettes. It's always about highlighting your waist.

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
During the day, I'd probably wear a sweetheart cut dress with box pleat skirt. At night, a dressy top with a nice long, body-hugging pencil skirt in pinstripe print. For a party, a cropped corset top with highwaisted shorts. And finally, for work, a midi-length box pleat skirt with a blouse and cardi.

Read on to see Danika Navarro's rendition of the fifties look!

THE CROPPED CORSET

Danika Navarro

Danika Navarro
Blog: Hello Rio
What she's wearing: Nava top, bangles, belt, necklace, sunnies; pants from Bangkok; Zara heels; vintage bag

What made you want to try this trend?
Girly is not exactly how one would describe my wardrobe. I'm really more of a boho gal. But I wanted to try something different so I tried something more feminine and flirty and experimented with sweet vintage.

How do you build your outfit around it?
First, I picked out a key item: the floral cropped top. Since it was already too girly and sexy, I chose pants (a more androgynous piece) to go with it. I thought picking a skirt would be too predictable. I really liked the girlish-mannish contrast that created the interesting balance in the look. I finished off with accessory accents: the red belt, red shoes and turquoise bag to add boldness to the faded pastel palette.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
I cover myself up. Since the top was already too revealing, I decided to cover up my bottom half. I'd also use a blazer or a light jacket to cover my top half if I wear this out.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Try creating interesting contrasts by pairing feminine pieces (such as a corset tops) with more androgynous items (such as boxy blazers or pants). Or, mix and match styles! You could try mixing fifties vintage with modern minimalist or match sweet items with edgy ones.

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
During the day, I'd wear my corset top with boxy shorts and a light jacket. At night, I'd wear a darker, classier version of the top with slim pants or wide-legged trousers. To a party, I'd choose a glam corset worn with a dressy long skirt, metal accessories and heels.

Read on to see Kookie Buhain's rendition of the fifties look!

THE BOXY JACKET

Kookie Buhain

Kookie Buhain
Blog: Death By Platforms
What she's wearing: Forever 21 orange blazer, Style Staple top, Zara jeans, Karen Walker eyewear, So Fab pumps, Gold Dot clutch, Ruckus necklace, SM Accessories cuff

What made you want to try this trend?
The modern boxy jacket is a fun piece that goes perfectly well with skinnies and maxi skirts.

How do you build your outfit around it?
I chose a fail-safe combination of skinny jeans, a cropped top, and heels.

How do you make the look your own?
By toting a flashy silver purse and wearing my signature top bun.

How do you balance your outfit to avoid making it look over-the-top?
I kept the other pieces in my look classic and with a sleek silhouette. I definitely steered clear from pieces reminiscent of an era.

Can you give tips on how to wear this trend?
Boxy jackets can go with almost any kind of bottom (be it leggings, A-line skirts or short denims). The key is to keep everything else tailored or streamlined to avoid looking, well, “boxy”.

How would you wear it during the day, at night, to a party, to work?
Daytime Look: a jacket with an Aztec print bustier paired with high waist denims and rugged boots.
Nighttime Look: wear a jacket with a black mullet dress and finish off with pumps.
Work Look: pair a boxy jacket with tailored trousers

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