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Preview's 2021 Best (Under) Dressed List

In the age of quarantine where fashion has seemingly become optional, these ladies have been consistently making a case for style as a means of self-love.

by Sofia de Aros | Oct 15, 2021

This year's theme is Best (Under) Dressed, set to honor the stylish women who made noise in fashion amid a locked-down world. 

Our COVID-stained global reality may have, in many ways, created a widespread breakthrough in fashion thinking. But in terms of interpretation, it's not the same for everyone. 

On the first end of the spectrum, there are those who enjoy having their home as their main sartorial playing field. These folks have embraced loungewear and have permanently leaned into humble, earthy sandals, sweatpants, and big ol’ tees—anything easy-on and easy-off. Liberated from the dressier demands of the pre-pandemic world, they’ve unapologetically championed comfort.

On the second end of the spectrum are those whose interests in style have swelled to a maximalist nature. They have been completely persuaded by the allure of online thrifting, the Instagram catnip that is anything Y2K-inspired, happy colors, audacious knits and prints, romantic sleeves and dresses, and the promise of “glowing up” after quarantine. They, too, have been liberated, but in a different way. Uprooted from the normalcy of pre-pandemic life, they have been blessed with a fresh perspective: They vow to never again take dressing up for granted and are continually hoarding pegs for their newly-realized stylish selves, like magpies collecting shiny bolts and bottle caps. The sphere of energy that lived in them all along now begs to be externalized by way of unique clothes and bold shoes. In simple terms, they’re preempting a celebratory post-COVID frame of mind. 

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During 2020 and 2021, we’ve all found ourselves somewhere in between these two points, rediscovering what it means to dress and show up in the world in the face of this global crisis. Our theme for this year’s Best Dressed List is “Best (Under) Dressed”, honoring those who, in their own ways, have demonstrated the value of cultivating a fearless sense of personal style, even in a locked-down world. These 10 fashion-savvy individuals may be plotted on different points along the range, but one thing’s for sure: They have proven that style isn’t conditional. You don’t need to be at a party or at a gala to be stylish. Every day that you're still breathing, whether at home or not, is enough reason to be your authentic, fashionable self. And this fills us with hope. 

Preview’s Best (Under) Dressed List 2021

Heart Evangelista


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Heart Evangelista’s maximalist interpretation of femininity and glamour is unrivaled. Her style, marked by its commitment to exploratory elegance, can be likened to a rose garden: It blooms, it blooms, and oh, how it blooms. She can pile on monograms and wildly different prints and heavy bling and still make it make sense. It’s a Heart Evangelista outfit, we say. That’s all the logic you need. 

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Lovi Poe 

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Like a whiff of cinnamon, Lovi Poe’s style is packed with spice, yet, on the whole, is warm and pretty. With her billowy dresses, flattering crop tops, and magical way with classics like denim and leather, Lovi dresses like someone you’d pass on the street and stare at because her outfit was so cool; you’d need to snap a mental picture for your personal inventory. Her style references aren’t strange, though. She sticks to the classics and wears them well, thanks to an undercurrent of easy, understated confidence. 

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Tricia Gosingtian

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Hinhin, Tricia Gosingtian’s clothing brand, is so aptly named. “Demure.” There’s no word more fitting to describe her style. In all of her OOTD photos—which are tinted and textured in a way that's reminiscent of the powder from butterfly wings—clothes adorn her like petals. She favors sophisticated refreshes of doll blouses, neutral-hued steppers, and long dresses designed to be worn in the wind. She also became a mother in 2020, which added a new lens to her outlook on life, fashion, womanhood, and everything in between.

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Julia Barretto

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Julia Barretto has been in the spotlight for a very long time and has now found out that she favors simplicity and practicality above all else. In terms of fashion, this means neutrals. Julia exemplifies the no-frills, no-nonsense neutral look—on any given day you’ll catch her in a cream top, cream trousers, and cream Birkenstocks. She dresses for the life she’s set on living—that is, a mature, humble, forward-moving existence over which she is fully in control. She’s cleared the slate and has her heart set on deeper missions. Like we said: Not a single frill in sight. 

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Issa Pressman

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Issa Pressman’s style is roaringly cool—she’s undaunted by hats, loud colors, and print-on-print action. Well, why would she be? She’s got a groovy, electric vibe that justifies it all. Her outfits look like they’re meant to be viewed under neon lights or an intense sunset. From her, you get this sense of adventure, openness, and self-assurance. She’s an artist through and through.

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Rei Germar

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In Rei Germar’s world, all city streets lead to the beach. Bikinis, she posits, very much count as real clothes. She doesn’t shy away from taking style cues from the Instagram baddie look, and she has stayed true to her normcore-meets-beachwear aesthetic. Oh, and let’s not forget her love for classy designer bags—she loves herself some Chanel just as much as the next It girl. 

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KC Concepcion 

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KC Concepcion knows class when she sees it. Having grown up in a clan of stars, she has a nose for the luxe and singular. She won’t just settle for a nondescript casual outfit—she’ll always adorn herself with something one-of-a-kind, whether it’s a limited edition designer handbag, a custom-made jacket, or a peppering of jewelry from her own brand, Avec Moi. Glamour is in the details, and KC’s a pro at making the glitz her own. 

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Sofia Andres 

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She may be only 23, but Sofia Andres carries herself with a level of sophistication well beyond her years. Without a doubt, this frame of mind has steered her style. It seems that she has completely vaulted over the perky Y2K fixations of many of her peers, and instead finds her ground in mellow, elevated resort wear and dainty smart-casual ensembles. It’s clear that she’s already found what works for her. From here on out, she’s only bound to get chicer. 

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Marie Lozano

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With over two decades of experience as a reporter under her belt, Marie Lozano has pretty much seen it all and is fazed by little. But the vivacious 43-year-old establishes a counterculture: Instead of being weighed down by your years, why not let them buoy you into becoming your most unadulterated self? Marie lives her best life every day, dressed in Panama hats, unique beachwear, and a plethora of dresses—most of them white. She’s sunstruck, bright, happy, and beaming with conviction.

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Lorin Gutierrez

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At just 18, Lorin Gutierrez knows exactly what looks good on her. Consider her a spokesperson for the Y2K sub-branch that mixes in some sultry grunge details, too. She rocks heavily tattered jeans and leather as naturally and as comfortably as she wears tennis skirts, crop tops, and sporty baseball caps, proving that Gen Z really has mastered the art of remixing the fashion bests of the past few decades. The young star is definitely one to watch. 

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