Jodi Sta. Maria has recently started exploring the world of fashion by travelling to Sedona, Arizona as the Philippine representative to the launch of H&M Studio's Spring/Summer 2019 collection, which ran for over a week, and started on March 11.
In an interview with PEP.ph, Jodi admitted that the travel part was one of the main reasons she went for it, and though she has been in show business for more than two decades, fashion, to her remains an uncharted territory. "It's something na parang I'm exploring only now," Jodi told PEP.ph last March 19, during the Swedish clothing brand's exclusive preview of their latest collection.
As much as she enjoys dressing up, the 36-year-old actress revealed that her choices have been "safe" and quite predictable. She would even get overwhelmed by prints.
"It's a good thing lang din to realize na puwede ka palang magsuot ng something... Kasi I found these [prints] intimidating, and parang sabi ko nga, 'Sizey, this is so not me,'" she said, referring to her friend and stylist, Patricia Coronado.
She continued, "Because I'm the white-shirt-jeans-type of lady. Yung print on print... parang medyo nakaka-overwhelm. Pero later on, once you get the hang of it, parang masaya rin pala."
Her ultimate style inspiration? Audrey Hepburn.
She added, "I'm really into classic, sophisticated...That's the kind of style talaga that I like."
While she wouldn't consider herself too conservative, her top fashion considerations is, "Nothing too revealing." She revealed, "Since now, this has been opened to me, I'm willing to try out other pieces as long as, wala masyadong ma-expose. I mean, that's my consideration talaga. I'm okay as long as walang magsho-show na cleavage or everything is secured."
This is also why she's grateful to have Patricia, who already knows what Jodi does not and will not wear, and what she is comfortable with.
Referring to the skin exposure of an outfit, the celebrity stylist told PEP.ph, "Alam ko kapag hindi secured, nararamdaman ko na sa kanya na, 'Sizey, hindi secured? Okay, game, may gagawin tayo.'"
Another no-go for Jodi is any fashion piece that's too loose on her; she wants to feel the clothes on her skin.
The actress explained, "Feeling ko it's gonna fall off or pag mag-move, baka mag-nip slip.
"Parang takot ako sa mga ganun, so talagang maraming fashion tapes."
For every trip, Jodie would plan not just her itinerary, but also her OOTDs. "Sometimes, ire-research mo na kung ano yung backdrop para ma-match mo na yung outfit."
She would also consult Patricia for official events abroad. In fact, her outfits for each day would be put in separate resealable plastic bags.
Jodi said, "That's what she does kasi super matiyaga si Sizey. 'Day One 'tapos may note dun, 'Pair this with earrings,' ganun."
She has been to a number of countries, but what would be her dream travel destination?
"For me, every destination is a dream destination. I don't want to have biases sa mga countries," she explained. "Whenever I go to a country, I will always consider that as a dream destination. And talagang super na-e-enjoy ko talaga. And I really cannot compare. Because each country has its own beauty."
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.