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GapFit High Rise Colorblock Sport Compression Leggings.

Just because we are urged to stay home doesn’t mean we should let ourselves go.

We should aim to look and feel good not only because we see other people, but for our own feeling of wellbeing.

This pandemic has put life’s priorities in perspective. With the realization that life is precious and fragile, more and more people are celebrating love and appreciation for family and loved ones in the most intimate ways.

These past few months of lockdown have seen tons of creative ideas and rediscovered talents taking center stage, all of which were applied to celebrate special moments in virtual format. As we mark a new period in our lives, where gatherings are made through video calls, we must remember not to sacrifice individuality and self-expression.

Armani Exchange mens logo tee.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF RUSTANS

One way to ensure that we keep a sense of normalcy when attending online events is dressing up for it, the way we would have, before the pandemic began. Here are curated fashion picks for your next virtual celebration. After all, this is as good a time as any to shine at the big (or small) screen.

Dreamy frocks

Stun the waist-up crowd with beaded bodice pieces from Adrianna Papell and choose from a variety of silhouettes like a V-neck cut that elegantly elongates the neck and accents the collar bones, or a more classic and conservative choice like the boat neckline.

One can never go wrong with a Marchesa Notte piece. Opt for a romantic look with a 3D Floral Embroidered Hi-Low Gown for that dramatic flair or be flirty and playful in a polka-dotted pink ruffled dress. Spring themed weddings call for statement printed pieces much like the orchid vert gown with an elaborate popover ruffle or a Bellervie printed floral fitted jacket with a waist-accentuating belt from Badgley Mischka.

Halston gives you options for the classic look with choices from a minimal embroidered black gown set off by a timeless column silhouette to a striped structured gown that captures both femininity and edginess. Make your special day even more memorable with immaculate white dresses from Tadashi Shoji that will look timeless in photos. Tadashi has a plethora of options for Bridesmaid, too. Let the bride spot you easily with beautiful gowns that pop with color, or perhaps even rock a metallic paisley printed gown.

Multi Color Checker Lace Patchwork Top and Multi Color Checker Lace Patchwork Skirt.

Comfy chic

Graduates have a lot to celebrate, so why not enjoy the moment with a playful beaded piece with flutter sleeves from Adrianna Papell? Swish your way into merriment with a Halston pleated metallic dress that exudes a youthful and flirty vibe or choose an abstract ruffled LBD for a more classic style.

Need a last-minute outfit for your mom or dad’s 60th birthday? Have a splendid celebration with Tadashi Shoji’s Arisu Obi-Inspired Dress is subtle yet refined, while the Zatlyn Metallic Illusion Dress exudes a more glamorous approach.

If your style is more laid-back without compromising fashion, go Boho Chic with embroidered and patchwork choices from Vivienne Tam. Get creative with pieces that you can definitely reuse on many other celebrations, online or in person. From multicolor cotton woven patchwork pants and skirts, to a colorful flower power printed top, you will surely make a lasting impression with these pieces of unique style.

Regardless of the fact that people won’t be able to see your ensemble waist down, dressing up for yourself is always a good idea.

From lingerie to loungewear

Calvin Klein Underwear bra and knickers.



Whether you are working from home, getting active to stay fit, or lounging around and catching up with your favorite streaming shows and movies, it is always a good idea to dress the part in comfy yet chic outfits.

Basic but definitely not boring, Armani Exchange statement tees in cotton and breathable fabric are daily style staples that can take you to your home office desk to virtual meetings. Complete the look with light jackets and textured bottoms for a more polished look.

Save your decision-making brain power with go-to polo shirts and one-piece dresses from Lacoste paired with reliable rubber slip-ons in bold colors. Not one to compromise comfort, go for the more laidback fashion of Superdry. The latest collection elevates the classic white shirt with its old school cool vintage vibe, complemented with denim duds and neon hues on prints and slides.

For the no-fuss woman, the sleek and monochromatic designs of Calvin Klein require no thought as the must-have wardrobe essential. Opt for ease and versatility with Calvin Klein Underwear’s assortment of bralettes that can be paired with a blazer if you mean business or a workout wear to keep you active in between meetings. Keep it stylish even during weekends and bedtime with soft cotton tank tops and stretch shorts.

PLEATED metallic dress.

Pair your basics with pretty lingerie pieces from Women’secret if you want to add a hint of sexy sophistication to your everyday looks and ensembles. From lace bralettes you can wear with just about anything to bodysuits that add a sexier vibe to any outfit, don’t be afraid to mix and match your closet staples with something new.

For exercise buffs, the GapFit activewear styles are perfect for your home workouts whether you’re doing your usual routine or joining classes online. GapFit is exclusively available at Gap.com.ph.

The SSI Group’s At Home Concierge Service The Specialist commits to bring customers an alternative shopping option as we adapt to the times. Find your ideal lingerie and loungewear with the plethora of brands from the SSI Group.

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