Summer is over and the rainy season is upon us. This is as close as we can get to transitional weather, a term used by Western countries when the summer months turn into balmy fall temperatures. In our neck of the woods, however, there’s only hot, humid and rain but that doesn’t stop us from shifting our fashion choices from light sundresses to a moody palette consisting of more structured pieces. If you work in an air-conditioned office like most corporate folk, layering is a necessity to keep you comfortably warm; same goes when watching a movie with blasting aircon. So technically, we can dress as if we had four seasons; it’s just a matter of where and when.

That said, we rounded up the latest trends for the second half of the year. Remember: You can always adapt to trends but you should never lose yourself in the process and don't get too serious about it! Fashion should be fun!

Enjoy this visual feast!


Photo credits (L-R): Seek the Uniq, Marc Jacobs, Roksanda

Tiered dresses

Various versions of this feminine trend are sprouting around town, from full-length dresses worthy of a pre-nuptial shoot to more casual counterparts ideal for an afternoon affair or cocktails with your significant other. Pair with square toe sandals or a pointy kitten heel to keep the look current. 


Photo credits (L-R): Zara, Christian Siriano, Preen

Puff sleeves

Nothing makes a basic outfit pop more than a statement sleeve, and there’s no shortage of this whimsical trend in stores and online. Pick from a crop top, wrap around or a knit cardigan and style it according to your lifestyle; works for both the weekend and evening, depending on what you choose to wear it with.


Photo credits (L-R): Celine, Uniform, Balenciaga

Statement necklines

The neck is getting plenty of attention this season with dramatic details that instantly elevate closet staples like long sleeved button downs, cotton blouses and sleeveless shell tops. Whether you prefer to wear it the sensible way, or go the playful route, there are a myriad of looks waiting to be revealed with a little creativity and inspiration around. If you are a minimalist, a scarf can go a long way—take a cue from Celine.


Photo credits (L-R): Agnona, Margaret Howell, Zara

The New Minimalist

Pinays swear on the minimalist trend as evidenced by endless Instagram feeds paying homage to this easy breezy way of dressing. The nod to ‘90s fashion paved the way for this comeback trend (that never actually leaves the fashion radar, TBH) with the abundance of basic slip dresses, ribbed t-shirts and high waist pants free of accouterments. Accessories are kept to a minimum or none at all, save for the simple thong sandal or slide.


Photo credits (L-R): Mango, Max Mara, Plains & Prints

Color Pop

As much as we love a muted, low-key color palette, there are a bunch of adventurous and experimental individuals who live for color in their lives. The brighter, the better! And worn head to toe at that! Red paired with pink, an orange and yellow suit with matching inner top and sometimes, even shoes in the same shade are regarded as cool and trendy ATM. So reserve that navy and black suit in the closet for more conservative affairs and let lose with a more cheerful and loud version the next time you’re attending an event.


Photo credits (L-R): JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior

Big belts

Nothing is more slimming than a wide belt to cinch your waistline to Dita Von Teese levels, no matter what body shape you own. Always abide by the rule that highlighting the waist is key to appearing more feminine and creates curves when there is none. Have fun with animal prints, embellished, textured and even shiny leather to add flair to your minimalist looks or be extra and pair them with printed frocks for a more playful vibe. In other words, throw those fashion rules out the window!


WORDS Anne Bella Arguelles​