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There's a reason why the iconic white t-shirt is a staple in every girl's closet. It's relatively inexpensive, easy to find in stores, and can be dressed down or up depending on your mood. If you're still on the lookout for that perfect white shirt, here's a guide on what kind of tee suits your body type.


Apple Body Shape


(Photo from: zalora.com.ph)


You have an apple-shaped figure if you have broad shoulders, full bust and tend to gain weight on the waistline. The goal is draw attention away from your waistline since it's already full. Opt for a more loose cut like flowy and a-line shirts. A crew neckline matched with some subtle frills on the sleeves are nice details that emphasise the upper part of your torso instead of your waistline.


Banana Body Shape


(Photo from: uniqlo.com)


Banana-shaped babes are characterised by having narrow shoulders, small bust and a waistline that has little to no definition. Since your shoulders, bust and waist are more or less the same in measurement, you should look for a shirt that gives volume. Like those who have apple-shaped figures, you'll also benefit from loose shirts that give the illusion of volume rather than tight-fitting ones. A v-neck will look good on you as it will give those beautiful collarbones some love. 

Pear Body Shape


(Photo from: zalora.com.ph)


Gals who have pear body shape tend to carry weight on their hips and bottoms. To create balance, look for a white shirt that will highlight your upper body. Tees with arm candy details are a very cute way to do this. In terms of neckline, any will do.


Hourglass Body Shape


(Photo from: forever21.com)


The hourglass shape is said to be the most coveted figure because of its overall balance and symmetry. Flaunt your curves by wearing a tight-fitting tee with a modest neckline to maintain balance. If you're not into figure-hugging tees then you can choose a looser silhouette; just be wary of anything that'll give your upper body too much volume as this will make your figure look disproportionate.


(Cover photo from: Limmariane) 



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Spring is coming to an end but we're still not over the floral trend that came with it. To relish our love affair with flowers on clothes, we're taking inspiration from these floral outfits from the Community. 


Floral Halter Dress with an Interesting Slit


(Photo from: awfullyamanda)


Sweet Floral Empire Dress


(Photo from: Claireaudreylim)



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Our “I Am Her” series feature the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.


When asked to picture a fashion designer, what may come to mind is a very flamboyant person who is dressed in a very flashy manner. However, once you meet Gabbie Sarenas, all those stereotypes will be forgotten. She's dressed humbly yet still very stylish and talks in a low but confident voice. It's a rare thing to meet someone who has accomplished a lot at such a young age and still remain humble. 


Fresh from presenting her Pintuho collection at Vancouver Fashion Week last March, Gabbie shares with us what it takes to break through the fashion industry.



The Pintuho Collection presented in Vancouver fashion week last March.


Fill in the blanks: I am an entrepreneur, a designer, and I am __________.


I would think I am a sleeper. 


Why did you choose to venture into the fashion industry?


At first, I went to a normal school. When I reached majors, my heart wasn't into it. I didn't want to make any effort to learn it because for me to like something, it has to be something that I'm interested in. It was like all reading and by the book and it was not suited well for me. So I quit and I worked a little bit in the art industry. It took me six months to convince my parents to let me study at SoFA (School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute) because both my parents are doctors and had their hesitations. So they finally agreed and I really enjoyed my stay, finally I graduated. To answer your question, it's because I really like clothes.  As you progress you're looking for a purpose on why you're [making] clothes in the first place, what your purpose is and your main goal. Others may have advocacy for differently abled people or advocacy for artisans. There are different types of purposes, so for me, I don't want to say my purpose yet but so far this is what I like to do and because I really like romantic things in my work. 


Your brand is know for its homage to the culture of the Philippines, what made you advocate for it?


Back when I was in Paris learning how to couture the French way, my professor asked me where I was from. So I said I'm from the Philippines. He then asked me why I wasn't doing couture my way. I replied, "Well I'm here to study French couture." Then one day, I was having trouble with a 1950s French garment, he approached and said, "You know why it's so natural for us to do this? It's because the technique was passed on from generation to generation." Then it got me thinking why the French are like that. Well, maybe it's because couture came from France and that's what made them successful; it was passed on from generation to generation. So why aren't we doing the same thing? So that's one.


Another is, certain aspects of Filipino culture are romantic, which is my aesthetic. The first collection that I came out with was actually targeted towards the millennials, to know and understand the culture of the Philippines in a contemporary way because usually, when we think of pinya (a traditional type of fabric used to make the Filipiniana, the national dress of the Philippines) we think of it as formal wear, something you wear for special occasions only. For me, I want to at least change that thinking. You can wear it in a different way and incorporate it in everyday fashion.



The main idea of my work is to have heavy embroidery. The idea is that when you look at the clothes they would be like storybooks. So what I do is I research and pick words from various languages in the Philippines that will match my collection. Like my Pintuho Collection, Pintuho is translated as 'Homage' in English. I chose it because the collection is an homage to the Filipino culture. And my new collection, the Pagtanom, is a Visayan word for planting (Note: Visayan is a group of languages spoken in the Visayas, a part of southern Philippines comprised by small islands). If you read the embroidery, it's the prayers for a good harvest by the Visayan farmers. My creative process actually varies; it depends on what comes to me. Sometimes the words come first, sometimes it's the collection. 

What were the challenges you faced as a young designer and how were you able to overcome them?


There are a lot of hardships that make me feel nauseous just by thinking about them. It's easy to start, but maintaining [the momentum] is hard. People will love you, but then how do you keep it that way? Aside from that, being an entrepreneur [is challenging]; running a micro-business, I do things myself as much as I can including finances and logistics. You're the delivery guy, the one who irons the clothes — everything. It's all you. There are times when I just want to sleep because it's just too tiring. But you have to be reminded of your passion and you have to always be in competition with yourself. If you're not prepared for the less glamorous parts of being a designer, you're gonna crack.


 

There were also times when I was stuck in a rut. Like when I was invited to the Vancouver show, there was a great pressure on me. I felt like I have to present a better collection from the last one. And the last one was actually really good; it was highly loved. So how do you top that? I went out of Manila and sought solitude because when you're here, you're thinking about the business and the rush of everything. So through that, I got some ideas.


My advice for anyone who wants to pursue fashion design is, own your unique style. Most importantly, you have to work twice as hard. In the creative field, if you don't work hard, you don't get paid — it's a business. Another one is to study, because while there are other designers who did not study — for example, Yves Saint Laurent. They made it big, but if you don't study it will take you a longer time to succeed. You have to learn the business. 



You’re the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to make that happen every day?


My clothes are very simple. I love wearing white and in fact, my outfits are just routinely used. You'd definitely see me wearing the same outfit twice. Aside from that, I love comfy pajamas.


Share with us your Clozette essentials.


I have a beauty stash; I have a humongous skincare arsenal. Skincare is life! It's my only vice, from toner to essence. It's very, very important [to me]. I have too many; I can't choose between any of them because all of them are important. But if I must choose, there's this jelly pact that I bought in the States, sunscreen, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, my vitamin C serum and my lip tints. 






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