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How Iza Calzado's Style Evolved Since Her Weight-Loss Journey

The actress reveals her new wardrobe staples and fashion mantra.
How Iza Calzado's Style Evolved Since Her Weight-Loss Journey
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The actress reveals her new wardrobe staples and fashion mantra.

"I love the options that full-figured women have now and this whole body-positivity movement that embraces different body types. It makes me feel better about my curves," Iza Calzado confesses, comparing how fashion has become more inclusive and the retail scene teeming with size and style options since she was inducted into Preview's Best Dressed list six years ago.

Having emerged successfully from her weight-loss journey earlier on, she admitted in her 2011 profile that she was a late bloomer in terms of fashion, didn't read fashion magazines and considered men's shirts and jeans her uniform for a while. And by the time she headlined the Best Dressed list, she was only shaping her personal style four years in and beginning to have fun with fashion.

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Aside from the fringe dress (incidentally, a key local trend in 2017) she wore on the cover and the peplum skirt (a silhouette that women were to wear for two to three more years) she wore on the inside pages, Iza shaped her fashion identity through dresses that hugged her figure and rock-inspired accessories that stood out when worn against basic, nondescript pieces.

"These days, I've become more plauful via my accessories, bags, shoes," she declares. She emphasizes how her Louboutin acquisitions from when she switched networks—serious investments in the artista world—add to the fun of dressing up for and behind the camera. "I've also incoporated monochrome pantsuits," she adds, taking inspiration from her mom's penchant for color-coordinated blazer-and-trouser sets. She also swears by the athleisure and anti-fit options in the market, raving about the comfort of running errands in stylish workout clothes and "the pure joy"—her own words—of wearing loose clothing on days she feels lazy.

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However, Iza is also quick to point out how social media has changed how we consume fashion and the discipline necessary when wielding one's purchase power. "It has changed so much from 2011," she observes. "Social media increases our desire to acquire and Instagram can bombard you with the It shoes and bags left and right. It's crazy!" She admits it's easy to go overboard—classy Loubs are a bida/contravida's best friend, as it turns out—but insists, "If you are not careful, you will consume way more than you can handle."

More than designer pumps or the latest figure-friendly trends, though, Iza mantains that confidence is at the core of her sartorial expression. In her 2011 cover story, she declared, "Confidence is the most important thing a woman should have when dressing"—a style rule she holds on to more than ever these days.

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She is aware, too, that confidence takes more than clothes—especially on days she does not feel a hundred percent. "There are and will be moments when you'll feel you're not on A game, for which prayer, meditation and working out will do your mind and body good," she attests. "Or if you don't have enough time, quick motivational self-talk and your best smile will do the trick. And lipstick—it's always a good idea!"

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This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine December 2017-January 2018 issue.

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