Last weekend we were at the “biggest expat event of the year” the British Women’s Association Annual Fashion show. I rested more than a week just so I could recover from sickness and I already had my white BCBG Max Azria dress and matching silver BCBG pumps all ready till Fab Ted BBM-ed me in the after noon “Long dress?” Oh no!
There are black tie affairs and Black Tie Affairs. Not all of them with women wearing long gowns – especially in the Philippines wherein the casual culture and tropical heat encourage short “formal” dresses. But Fab Ted, who attended this posh event last year as well assured me that most of the women wear long gowns to the BWA Fashion Show. So I pulled out some options and consulted him by sending some snapshots via BBM. I’ve never attended this event so I’m not sure how fab people dress, but I don’t wanna go overboard either.
Forgive the quality of my mobile phone pics and all the girly stickers – nothing makes me feel more girly than getting all dressed up for a fab black tie event!
- Very simple black gown with a see-through cut-out at the waist which was floor length but I had it cut shorter so that I could wear it more often. not as flattering as #2
- My first option the BCBG dress with matching shoes deemed to short
- My Dita Sandico Ong Filipiniana gown turned modern long gown notice I wrapped it different in the picture above and below? So many possible looks!
- Another Dita Sandico Ong Filipiniana gown turned modern – this style is a bit more matrona don’t you think? J-Mat in the house! (Junior Matrona – LOL!) I also felt like it was overwhelmingly massive with the fishtail train of my skirt. Click here to check out how I used this wrap as a Filipiniana.
Ended up going with #3 since it’s a more young and fresh look! What do you think? I did my own hair (starting to get the hang of it!) =D I had the perfect hot pink Aranaz bag made with local Filipino materials – my favorite capiz shells and wooden beads. I wore gold Kate Spade stilettos and brass bangles which are reproductions of a Philippine tribal bangle. The women of said Philippine tribe (sorry I forgot the name) wear the bangles for life and add to it until it covers most of their arms!
The best thing about the Dita Sandico Ong wraps is you can wear them in inumerable number of ways… you just have to be creative! And the change totally transforms the outfit as well. They aren’t actually designed as Filipiniana gowns but it just depends on how I style it. I love that this makes em super practical as well! I mix and match the different tops and bottoms then I style the wraps the way I like!
My entire gown is made of banana fiber and I was so proud to wear items made not only by Filipino designers like Dita Sandico Ong and Amina Aranaz, but also made with Filipiniana materials. It also got the stamp of approval from my super fab friends and it makes for great conversation starters – I got a few people asking me throughout the night if they could touch my wrap. LOL! According to Olivier the Fab Frenchman: “I want to touch eet! Eet eez so eenviting!” =D
Check out how crazy versatile and the many endless ways one can wear a Dita Sandico Ong wrap below!