Utility Jacket: Cutting the girlishness

Though I admit I can be such a girl sometimes — yes, I’ve even been called out on acting like a big baby — but, growing up, I’ve always been such a tomboy and I mean I look veeeeery awkward in a dress. But puberty and a few boyfriends (HA, like they were many!) came and went, I learned the true value of a girl in a dress and the whole deal about being a girl. The whole thing is a wee bit overrated but, yea, there’s a certain allure in embracing your femininity. I reckon, I just needed to find a balance.

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Challenge for the day: Cut the girlishness of wearing a frilly white dress.

A frilly white dress from Hidden Agenda (a fashion store I came across at Harbour Town, Melbourne, VIC) is something that I’d wear. I love wearing white and I’ve always wanted to own a white dress. It’s just intimidating to maintain since if you’re not careful enough, it can get ruined in the wash.

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I do <3 this new dress. Even when it was soooo windy out on the jetty that day, the fabric is heavy enough not to cause too many inconveniences on propriety. It would be interesting to do a Marilyn though. Er, or not. It's too short anyway. Anyhoo, because of the sale going on that day, the dress only retailed for AUD$ 50.00 (roughly around Php 2,150.00) even when it's on the new arrival rack, originally priced at AUD$ 59.95 (roughly around Php 2,600.00).

P.S. You should see the dress my sister got from Hidden Agenda as well! Now, that’s a dress I can’t wear the way she can, haha.

Solution: Break it with a ute.

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This Utility Jacket aka ute (pronounced as ‘yoot’ lol) from Sportsgirl had haunted me from the first day I saw it sitting quietly in a new arrival rack. I was undecided about getting it because (1) it will be bulky in my luggage come the time I have to pack, (2) styling out of a suitcase here, I don’t have my full wardrobe to enjoy wearing it during my stay, (3) I keep telling myself “It’s summer! It’s summer in Oz! And you’ll go back to a tropical country!”, (4) the idea that a jacket had short sleeves was subjected to light mockery in my head, and (5) I had to seriously ask myself if it’s worth paying AUD$ 99.95 (roughly around Php 4,300.00) for.

You can guess what happened next.

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Oh yea, wearing the Chick Flick Twistband that day has its advantages. It helped add a little something to the look — tied it all together somehow — and seeing that, like what I mentioned earlier, ’twas very windy, it helped with the hair bit. Not that it had the power to keep my hair in place, haha. Ah, well. It made my look all the more interesting, methinks.

Dress Hidden Agenda
Basic Topshop
Utility Jacket Sportsgirl
Sandals Jeffrey Campbell
Bag Mango
Headband Chick Flick
Sunnies RayBan
Necklaces Aldo, Lee Hwa Jewelry
Earrings Heirloom
Studs Target
Ear Cuff Sportsgirl
Rings Sportsgirl, Chick Flick

All photos were taken by Shai Coggins for StyleManila.com. Thanks, sis!

xo,
Sasha <3

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