Editor's Note: Preview Style Diary explores an individual's sense of style—from his or her current fashion obsessions, to her go-tos, tried-and-tested tips, down to sartorial moods and shopping habits. Here, we document how fashion plays into his or her everyday life and dissect his or her style anatomy.
Renee De Guzman's looks are instantly captivating: curly copper hair, doll-like face, caramel skin, and cleverly put-together outfits. With over 30,ooo Instagram followers, Renee has slowly but surely built a following with a shared niche taste as hers a.k.a. modern maximalism. The 22-year-old influencer and design student is surely one to watch—not just for her stylish OOTDs on the 'gram, but also for her overall sartorial aesthetic as she is poised to build her own fashion brand.
Just recently, Renee has revealed that she will be pursuing higher education on Fashion Design Technology at the London College of Fashion in the University of the Arts London (UAL). Below, she tells us how fashion continues to shape her life, be it through formal training or earning street style cred, one 'gram at a time.
All About Renee
Renee's Personal Style
In a few words, how would you describe your personal style?
"Adventurous and experimental."
When and how did you realize that this is your personal aesthetic? How much has your style changed over the years?
"As I got older, [my style] especially developed when I went to a design school since I explored more styles. I was very particular with clothes from the start and I guess with being very nitpicky with [the clothes I wear], I realized which garments were my staples and which weren’t. "
Name five items in your closet that you absolutely can't live without.1. A pair of high-waisted culottes
2. A pair of good white sneakers
3. My Chanel Boy bag
4. My white pair of strappy sandals
5. A nicely fitted white/black shirt
How would you describe your "uniform" outfit?
"It would be a statement top and high-waisted pants."
Where do you usually shop for clothes, bags, shoes, accessories?
"I shop everywhere! From ukay-ukay to Greenhills, you can find me there. Locally, I go to NAVA, Carl Jan Cruz, Araw and Pink Manila for clothes. I love going to Net-A-Porter for other designer goods as well. Orseund Iris is another favorite, too! Whenever I travel, I honestly just look wherever because there’s so much good stuff to find!"
Are you an impulse buyer or more of an I'll-think-about-it-first kind of shopper? Why?
"I’m... more of both. It really depends on the item! Sometimes it would take me weeks, or I’ll give it a month and it would still bug me! [Laughs.] But I’d be an impulse buyer if I know that the item is a collector’s or limited edition."
What's your fashion obsession nowadays?
"Tiny bags and strappy sandals!"
Complete the sentence: Fashion makes me feel _____.
"Free and expressive."