Now is a great time as any to refresh your wardrobe, and we suggest you begin by stocking up on new basics. While closet essentials are used as your base (which you can mix and match with the rest of the trendy pieces you'll eventually buy), this doesn't mean you have to resort to buying plain and boring items. The goal is to revamp your look with updated classics that will provide you stylish, no-fuss options throughout the year.

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Fancy footwear

Your footwear should be given as much attention as your clothes and accessories. Whether you like sneakers or are more inclined to wear heels, make sure you choose shoes and sandals that have unique elements.

TRY: Charles & Keith crystal fringe detail mules, P2,799, Power Plant

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TRY: New Balance 574 Classic Metallic Patch, P4,495 in New Balance stores in Glorietta, Trinoma, ATC, BHS, Robinsons Ermita, and Festival Mall Alabang

TRY: Zara Lilac pointed heels, P2,795, Greenbelt 5

An oversized blazer

Because suits are now a beloved closet piece, make sure that your blazer can ride and go beyond the retro trend. The trick is to choose oversized ones that have pronounced shoulders and patterned prints.

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TRY: Zara check blazer, P4,295, Power Plant

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TRY: H&M Floral blazer, P3,490, SM Megamall

TRY: Mango flecked wool-blend suit blazer, P7,495, TriNoma

A floral dress

Reach for maxi dresses with relaxed silhouettes so you can easily pair them with your existing contemporary accessories and shoes.

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TRY: Stradivarius dress, P1,895, Glorietta 2

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TRY: Mango vintage-style dress, P2,995, Glorietta 2

TRY: Love Bonito Mariposa knot floral dress, S$51.90 (appox. P2,000), at Love Bonito

A sparkly top

Shine even more by incorporating metallics and sparkly pieces in your wardrobe rotation. Even just choosing a shiny tee will instantly update your jean-and-heel outfit.

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TRY: Proudrace four arms sweater in Lurex, P4,590, Miz and Moxie

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TRY: Yves Camingue, ruffled sleeves top, P4,999, Miz and Moxie

TRY: Topshop lettuce sleeve top, P1,185, Robinsons Manila

The reworked shirt

While button-down shirts will forever be a classic, there are many ways to make them look modern. Explore different necklines, sleeve shape, and button details.

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TRY: Mango Mao collar shirt, P2,295, Power Plant

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TRY: Seektheuniq Modena Buttoned Top in Cinnamon, P1,980, Seek the Uniq

TRY: C/MEO Collective Love like that shirt in White, P12,300, Shop LCP

A structured purse

Polish off your looks with bags that have a strong, structured silhouettes.

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TRY: Longchamp Amazone Matelasse Shoulder Bag in Burgundy, Rustan's Makati

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TRY: Charles & Keith boat top handle bag, P2,199, Greenbelt 5

TRY: Charles & Keith geometric structured crossbody bag, P4,999, Greenbelt 5

A printed midi skirt

Midi skirts are possibly the new slip dresses. They're easy to layer and versatile enough to mix and match with anything in your closet. Go out of your comfort zone and reach for skirts that are printed. Try some that have animal, paisley, or geometric prints on them to really make a statement.

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TRY: Zara snakeskin print sequin skirt, P3,295, Greenbelt 5

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TRY: H&M skater midi skirt, P2,690, SM Megamall

TRY: Love Bonito eral printed flare skirt, S$41.90 (approx. P1,620), Love Bonito

Cropped trousers

You'll find officewear a whole lot more enticing to wear beyond your workplace once you get the hang of wearing cropped trousers. Explore various prints, styles, and fabrics to elevate your look.

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TRY: Bershka plaid cropped trouser, P1,495, Glorietta 2

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TRY: Stradivarius twill trousers with chain detail, P1,695, Shangri-La Plaza

TRY: Jill Lao Sheena slim velvet trouser, P7,000, Seek the Uniq

Shorts

Whether you have a penchant for bike shorts or bermudas, one thing is for sure: You're already on your way to a fashionable year. Patterned pairs make a cute match with blazers, bike shorts are the new leggings in the athleisure department, while bermuda shorts are your new casual go-to.

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TRY: H&M patterned shorts, P1,690, SM The Block

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TRY: Zara cycling-style bermuda shorts, P1,495, Glorietta 3

TRY: Undo Touza linen bermuda shorts in Scarlet, P1,795, Seek the Uniq

Minimalist necklaces

Minimalist necklaces are still a match. Layer them for a chic Parisian vibe, especially when you use them to complete your tee-and-jeans OOTD.

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TRY: Promod double-strand necklace, P500, TriNoma

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TRY: Parfois golden delicate necklace, P790, SM North EDSA

TRY: Modern Myth Label fragment pendant necklace, P1,750, Modern Myth Label

Trench coats

Trench coats can be worn in a tropical country like ours--the trick is to choose lightweight or sheer ones so you won't feel too covered up. Remember that a third piece is sometimes what you need to complete a look.

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TRY: Stradivarius bonded trench coat, P3,995, Glorietta 2

TRY: THE____EDIT Elise sheer trench coat, P3,999, Zalora

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TRY: Chloe Edit Light trench coat, P2,999, Zalora

New denim

We're looking at this fabric in different washes, with different add-ons (like patches, exposed stitching), or even deconstructed and raw treatments. 

TRY: Stradivarius colored mom jeans, P1,995, Glorietta 2

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TRY: Promod wide leg cropped jeans, P745, SM Megamall

TRY: Carl Jan Cruz oversized cuffed jeans in edition 3 denim, Carl Jan Cruz

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