It's time to refresh your wardrobe for 2019. And we suggest you begin by stocking up on your new basics. While closet essentials are used as your wardrobe base (which you can mix and match with the rest of the trendy pieces you'll eventually buy) but this doesn't mean you have to resort to buying plain and boring items. The goal is to revamp your 2019 closet with updated classics that will provide you a no-fuss yet stylish options through the entire year.
Your footwear should be given as much attention as your clothes and accessories. Whether you're a sneaker girl or heel-inclined ladies, make sure you choose shoes and sandals that have unique elements.
Crystal fringe detail mules, P2799, CHARLES & KEITH, Power Plant
Eclypse sneakers, $685 (P35,750), STELLA MCCARTNEY, Netaporter
Lilac pointed heels, P2795, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
An Oversized Blazer
Because suits are now a beloved closet piece, make sure that your blazer can ride the retro trend. Trick is to choose oversized ones that have pronounced shoulders and patterned prints.
Check blazer, P4295, ZARA, Power Plant
Floral blazer, P3490, H&M, SM Megamall
Flecked wool-blend suit blazer, P7495, MANGO, TriNoma
A Floral Dress
Stemming from the prairie dress trend, floral prints have been given new life this season. Reach for maxi dresses with relaxed silhouettes and dark palettes so you can easily pair them with your existing contemporary accessories and shoes.
Dress, P1895, STRADIVARIUS, Glorietta 2
Vintage-style dress, P2995, MANGO, Glorietta 2
Mariposa knot floral dress, S$51.90 (P2000), LOVE, BONITO
A Sparkly Top
Shine even more this 2019 by incorporating metallics and sparkly pieces in your wardrobe rotation. Even just choosing a shiny tee will instantly update your jean-and-heel outfit.
Four arms sweater in Lurex, P4590, PROUDRACE, Miz and Moxie
Ruffled sleeves top, P4999, YVES CAMINGUE, Miz and Moxie
Lettuce sleeve top, P1185, TOPSHOP, Robinsons Manila
The Reworked Shirt
While button-down shirts will forever be a classic, it's time to update the said closet must-have. Explore different necklines, sleeve shape, and button details.
Mao collar shirt, P2295, MANGO, Power Plant
Modena Buttoned Top in Cinnamon, P1980, SEEK THE UNIQ
Love like that shirt in White, P12,300, C/MEO COLLECTIVE, Shop LCP
A Structured Purse
Polish off your looks with bags that have a strong, structured silhouettes.
Amazone Matelasse Shoulder Bag in Burgundy, price unavailable, LONGCHAMP, Rustan's Makati
Boat top handle bag, P2199, CHARLES & KEITH, Greenbelt 5
Geometric structured crossbody bag, P4999, CHARLES & KEITH, Greenbelt 5
A Printed midi skirt
Midi skirts are new slip dresses, we believe. They're easy to layer and versatile enough to mix and match with anything in your closet. But this season, it's vital that you reach for skirts that are printed. Try some that have animal, paisley, or geometric prints on it to really make a statement.
Snakeskin print sequin skirt, P3295, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
Skater midi skirt, P2690, H&M, SM Megamall
Eral printed flare skirt, S$41.90 (P1620), LOVE, BONITO
You'll find officewear a whole lot more enticing to wear beyond your workplace once you get the hang of wearing cropped trousers. Explore various prints, styles, and fabrics to elevate your look.
Plaid cropped trouser, P1495, BERSHKA, Glorietta 2
Twill trousers with chain detail, P1695, STRADIVARIUS, Shangri-La Plaza
Sheena slim velvet trouser, P7000, JILL LAO, Seek the Uniq
Whether you have a penchant for bike shorts or bermudas, one thing is for sure: You're already on your way to a fashionable year. 2019 is the year where dress shorts make a come back. It's just a matter or employing various styling techniques to make the outfit look modern. Patterned pairs make a cute match with blazers, bike shorts are the new leggings in the athleisure department, while bermuda shorts are your new casual go-to.
Patterned shorts, P1690, H&M, SM The Block
Cycling-style bermuda shorts, P1495, ZARA, Glorietta 3
Touza linen bermuda shorts in Scarlet, P1795, UNDO, Seek the Uniq
Meanwhile in the accessory world, minimalist necklaces are still a match. Layer them for a chic Parisian vibe, especially when you use them to complete your tee-and-jeans OOTD.
Double-strand necklace, P500, PROMOD, TriNoma
Golden delicate necklace, P790, PARFOIS, SM North EDSA
Fragment pendant necklace, P1750, MODERN MYTH LABEL
Trench coats can be worn in a tropical country like ours, trust us! Just be sure to choose lightweight or sheer ones so you won't feel too covered up. Remember that a third piece is sometimes what you need to complete a look.
Bonded trench coat, STRADIVARIUS, P3995, Glorietta 2
Elise sheer trench coat, P3999, THE____EDIT, Zalora
Light trench coat, P2999, CHLOE EDIT, Zalora
Denim remains to be a fave among many designers for 2019. But this time around, we're looking at this fabric in different washes, with different add-ons (like patches, exposed stitching), or even deconstructed and raw treatments.
Colored mom jeans, STRADIVARIUS, P1995, Glorietta 2
Wide leg cropped jeans, PROMOD, P745, SM Megamall
Oversized cuffed jeans in edition 3 denim, price unavailable, CARL JAN CRUZ