Here's the thing: anyone can be fashionable. Just buy the current trend, wear it like your fave celeb does, and you're all set. But being stylish is a whole different ballgame. Being stylish is not as easy as buying a pair of tassel earrings or rocking streetwear clothing because it's what's cool today. Being stylish is all in the mindset. Scroll through our little cheat sheet to see if you've finally come to your own stylish self. 


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1. You plan ahead but you can also adjust when something comes up.

You've probably heard the tip of planning what you're going to wear the night before so your morning routine will go on flawlessly a million times already, but while it does work, sometimes things happen beyond your control. When your itinerary for the day changes, you're confident enough to know that you can whip up a new look in a flash and carry it with class. 


TRY: Quickly change up your look with this two-way stole in black, P990, available at Uniqlo.

2. You always have a backup.

Sometimes the outfit that you've prepared might look better in your head than in real life. When this happens, you know which piece in your wardrobe can upgrade your entire look. 


TRY: Instantly look more polished with this wide-sleeved coat in beige, P3,490, available at H&M.

3. You dress to impress no one but yourself.

Some people have the misconception that they have to dress up in order to impress others, but stylish women always, always dress for themselves. After all, you very well know that style is an extension of yourself and a great avenue to show off your personality.


TRY: Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with one-shoulder bow-ruffled jumpsuit in mustard, P3,995, available at Mango.

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4. You're not afraid to repeat. 

Fashion girls are afraid to wear the same outfits and be labeled as an outfit repeater, but stylish women? They really don't care about what other people think--especially when they have found a style equation that works for them.


TRY: This skirt with sunburst pleats can take you from casual mornings to more dressed-up evenings, P5,950, available at Harlan + Holden.

5. You've reached that level of classy-cool.

When it comes to the clothes on your back, you're not afraid to take it one notch higher for that extra touch of sophistication. You don't really go for trends unless you know that it can reflect your personality and can go very well with your timeless pieces. All the ladies are stocking up on tassel earrings? You take the classic route and opt for pearls instead, and you know you look fabulous.

TRY: Paired with pearls, this classic white top with statement sleeves spells chic, available at Dorothy Perkins.

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