Have you heard?
Ayala Malls recently brought top UK High Street fashion brand Miss Selfridge to the Philippines. Hooray! J
For those of you who’ve never heard of the brand before, it was born in 1966 as the teens line for UK department store giant Selfridges. In 1999, however, it was acquired by the same company that owns Topshop, Topman, and Dorothy Perkins.
Although originally intended for teens, Miss Selfridge carries a selection of trendy clothing that can appeal to both young and old. This season, their collection includes the following: Going Out (Evening / Party clothes), Urban, Petite Wear, Neon Tropical (their take on this season’s Hawaiian and neon themes), and A Brighter Shade of Pale with a selection of clothing in this season’s favorite pastel colors.
This week, I was given the opportunity to drop by their flagship store at Greenbelt 5, hear about their latest collections, and come up with my top picks for the rainy days.
1. Going Out in Style
The rain shouldn’t stop you from going out in style. If you want to avoid the chill though, opt for dresses with thicker fabrics and later top it off with a warm coat or jacket. I’m sure that inside the party venue, it’ll be warm enough to take off your coat and show off the sexy party dress you have under it.
My top pick is this tiger print skater dress, which I think has both attitude and style. No need to be trashy when going on a night out. Using a classic – cut dress, you can still make a statement with bold prints.
Nevertheless, if you want something more neutral, this black peplum dress is currently Miss Selfridge’s best seller. Despite it being in the usual black, its sweetheart neckline, partially sheer top, and peplum hem give it a wow factor.
2. Layers and Contrasts
Since we don’t have autumn or winter here in the Philippines, the rainy season is the best time for us to be creative when layering our clothes. A useful tip I learned about layering is to mix items that contrast and the same time complement each other. For example, I fell in love with this tutu dress from their Petites collection. As soon as my eyes landed on it, I fell in love.
However, I think the cut-out details are more appropriate for summer. Even the Philippines, rainy days can get chilly and especially in an air-conditioned office, I’ll probably shiver to death if I wore this on its own. To address this issue though, I’d probably pair this with a leather jacket like the one below. Make sure the jacket fits you well for a better over-all look. By doing so, I am able to contrast the girly, puffy dress with the toughness of the jacket and as a result, make the outfit more interesting.
3. Colors and Sparkles
Nothing can be gloomier than overcast skies and constantly pouring rain. Sometimes, bad weather can be such a downer. Colors and sparkles are a great way to dispel the gloomy mood and bring in some sunshine through your clothing.
Take for instance this beaded and sequined asymmetrical sleeve dress, which is coincidentally the most expensive item at Miss Selfridge costing about PHP7K+. Wear this to a party and you are guaranteed to be a show stopper all night long.
For day wear, on the other hand, this pretty yellow dress will surely brighten up your day. Pair it with tights and a cardi if want to be warmer.
4. Whichever Shoe Fits
Because paths and floors are often slippery during the rainy season, flats may be more practical as a choice of footwear. I don’t know about you but I really hate it when my feet get wet when it’s rainy. Hence, close shoes for me are a must.
Check out Miss Selfridge’s selection of flats:
If you’re not the flats type of girl and you’re just as comfortable wearing heels, don’t worry because there’s an entire selection specifically made you.
Last but not the least, let’s not forget about the accessories. An outfit is incomplete without accessories, agree? For the rainy season, scarves are probably the best accessory that you can add to your outfit as not only does it keep you warm but also, you can use it to protect yourself against a mild drizzle in case you forget your umbrella.
My top pick is this printed coral scarf you see below. The color is adorable and not to mention very trendy.
Neutral accessories like these gorgeous bags are also perfect for the more subdued mood during rainy season.
As I end this post, I hope that you guys are having as much fun as I am dressing up this rainy season. Like I said, it’s the perfect time to experiment with layers and be more creative with clothes.
Oh, and if you enjoyed this post, watch out for more upcoming entries like this one as I’ve recently partnered with Style 360 Blog to give you reports on latest trends about the hottest stores in town. 🙂
Have a great weekend, everyone!