We’ve actually been recession-dressing even before the economic downturn hit us! It already is an innate art form that we’ve learned to master. From rummaging through ukay-shops and inheriting fabulous finds from our parents, we proudly sashay in these timeless classics. But this doesn’t mean all we wear are hand-me-downs, we scour the malls for the best trendy pieces—be it sulit buys or items we have patiently waited to go on sale.
SM Girls’ Teens Wear Merchandise Manager Pia Abad proudly showed me her latest collection to beat the recession blues. Her love for fashion is a definite plus not only to the powerhouse department store, but to us stylephiles as well. She and her team have made fashion so much fun and affordable for us ladies. Check out what amazing buys we found, all affordably priced and not more than P599.75! A lot of their items are designer-inspired (and locally-made, too), and have been given a twist for a more youthful and playful vibe.
Tube dresses in neon colors fit our tropical climate.
This shirt is a perfect mix of rock, neon and '80s.
Black goes gothic chic and semi-dominatrix. I love the PVC-ish looking leggings. The Venus neckline of this little black dress is sooo sexy, too!
One-shoulder tops are so IN right now, thanks to the Hollywood A-listers who wore them at the red carpet awards earlier this year.
Zippers-galore in this bomber jacket brings us back to the '80s.
This ombre dress is such a steal—it costs less than P600!
*Photography by Noel Pabalate of Manila Bulletin.