Chances are you've got a lonely pile of heavy outerwear gathering dust in your closet, waiting to see the light of day again since your last cold-weather travel. Before you send them to the back of your wardrobe, let us convince you that there is definitely a way to style a coat even in our tropical climate. Below, five foolproof formulas to incorporate it into your daily look:


Zara coat, P3,995, Greenbelt 5

LOOK 1: Velvet camisole + cropped denim flares + block-heeled loafer mules
The slip top and jeans combo make a vibrant, textured, and summer-ready pairing perfect for tucking beneath an otherwise sombre coat.

Topshop camisole, SM Aura

Sfera jeans, SM Makati

Dorateymour mules,

LOOK 2: V-neck knit dress + pleated mini + stiletto sandals
Styling tip: Wear the gold mini under your ribbed dress! Let its pleated hem peek out for a makeshift ruffle detail that gleams as you strut.

Dorothy Perkins dress, SM Mega Fashion Hall

Bershka pleated skirt, P1,395, SM Mega Fashion Hall

Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals, SM Aura

LOOK 3: Black turtleneck + paper bag waist shorts + mary janes
Keep temperatures down by choosing a thin cotton turtleneck instead of a chunky knit. The ruched waist and ribboned flats add feminine flair!

H&M turtleneck, P899, SM Mega Fashion Hall

River Island paper bag waist shorts, SM Aura

Zara flats, P3,995, Greenbelt 5

LOOK 4: Ruffled linen top + midi slip dress + brogues
The key to not overheating is keeping your fabrics light and your prints dainty. Layer a floral midi dress over a breathy ruffled top, then pair with some masculine brogues for contrast.

Vero Moda top, Greenbelt 5

Pull & Bear midi slip dress, P1,795, SM Mega Fashion Hall

Alexander Wang Matilda shoe, $687,

LOOK 5: Bandeau + culottes + slip-on sneakers
A coat is the perfect solution to balance out a hubadera ensemble! Tailored, grid-print culottes and knotted kicks make sure you step out looking classy.

Forever 21 leather bandeau, P1,099, SM Megamall

Mango culottes, P2,995, Power Plant Mall

Stradivarius slip-on sneakers, P1,990, Shangri-la Plaza

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*Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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