Nailing that #TBT post can be quite tricky. Not look deep enough and you’ll be accused of simply wanting to show off your glowing selfie that you forgot to post a week ago. Stray too far into the past, and you’ll open the floodgates of regrettable photos that are too shameful to share. But while you’re at it, mark the passing of time with these 8 phases that are all too familiar.
1. Basic bitching
You’ve just learned the possibilities of styling or maybe vintage shopping. You discover fashion and start with the basics—celebrities and the omnipresent bodycon. Herve Leger is a designer after all, no? Um, we’re not going to even dignify that with a response.
2. Heavy makeup
Wherever beauty is, fashion does not fall far behind. Your exploits into the world of high street clothing brands and masstige designer labels, will also bring you to the makeup counter. Racoon eyes by way of smudged mascara, caking 24-hour foundation and red-stained teeth are all part of the learning curve to perfecting that no-makeup makeup look.
Pretty much self-explanatory. Once you’ve got the dough to fund your wants, it’ll be hard to decide which wants you really want-want and which wants you just want for the next 5 days.
4. Weather inappropriate dressing
Fashion has four seasons, but the Philippines only has two. Your lust for fall/winter coats will overpower the logical side of your brain and you will decide that nothing as inconsequential as 40-degree weather can stop you from wearing whatever you damn well please.
Gone are the days of piling everything on. Arm parties are now frowned upon and seen as the fashion crime of indecision. A little extravagance and excess will never go out of style but maximalism as a trend is a ship that has sailed.
It’s not about your tone-on-tone neutrals. Minimalism is a philosophy, more than it is a passing trend. If you’ve got a closet full of black sweaters and white culottes, you’re guilty of copping the look but not the lifestyle. No worries, this too shall pass.
7. Dress code inappropriate
8. Buzzer Beater
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