At What Point Did You Feel Like You Got Life Figured Out? | Clozette

Life is crazy, but that’s what makes it fun. One day you want this, then the next you don’t; the only constant thing about life is change. We change interests, we change friends, families, mentors, and the list goes on.

But there comes a point in all our lives where we achieve clarity – we realise what we want to do, who we want to be with, and what type of person we want to be. It’s a moment that comes whenever it pleases, though, when it does, it’s again life changing.

So if you’re down on yourself because you feel like you’re “failing” in life, don’t be. Below are the words of wisdom and encouragement we picked up from members of #TeamClozette as we interviewed them to get their take on figuring life out, as well as the advice they would give to their younger selves!


Lystra Aranal (INSIDER Editor)


“I still don't think I have life figured out yet. I thought by the time I turn 30 this year, I would have everything figured out and live life all happy and settled; but I'm honestly still stumbling through life – though maybe with a little more finesse. And I guess that's okay. It keeps life interesting. Life is really less about having everything figured out and more about embracing the journey life brings, both the bad and the good. Good days are great; but it's those bad days that build character – so that you can look back on those bad days and laugh them away. Laughing is so hard when you're having a bad day, but if you can somehow muster a giggle and turn your day around, then you've made it in life!

I would tell my younger self to not be afraid to put myself out there and take risks and fail. I think the feeling of being scared to fail prevents a lot of people from constantly trying new things and discovering new skills.”

Kersie Koh (Creative Director)


“I was 25, and I had already been working for 3 or 4 years when I started to know myself better – what I was good at, what I really enjoyed, what I didn't want to become, what kind of future I liked and felt I could achieve. I remember updating my bucketlist at that point, and I'm over 40 now and I'm proud to say that I'm almost done with my list!

My life motto has always been to ‘not be afraid to be afraid’, and when it comes to venturing into unfamiliar territories, it's to ‘always take care of my heart’ and be happy so that I won't have that much regrets in my life choices. If I could give advice, beauty advice, to my younger self, it would be to not be lazy and wear sun screen!”

Becks Ko (GlamAsia Editor)


“Will there ever be a point in time when I feel like I've gotten my life figured out? I don't think so – but isn't this what life is about? If I could, I'd tell my younger self this: Take lots of chances, welcome the ups and embrace the downs, and never forget to experience life with an immensely open mind.”

Jessie Loy (Associate Business Director)


“Life works in strange ways sometimes – I was about 26 when I figured out what I didn't want to be and what I did not want to continue doing. Since then, it has been a journey of self-discovery. I wouldn’t say I’m 100% sure of what I want to do at this present moment, though I’m learning to enjoy the process and go with the flow. The younger me would have been more skeptical, and I would have liked to rectify that much earlier so I could truly embrace what life has in store for me.”

Carissa Chee (Campaign Manager)


“To be honest, I haven't quite gotten life figured out yet (I wish I had!). For now, I'm still exploring life with the many trial and errors which may or may not lead to great outcomes. Be it good or bad, the experiences will definitely make for a good learning experience and self-exploration journey.

If I had to give my younger self some advice, it would be to strip away those self-doubts, take a leap of faith, and get down to making the various decisions without having to fear the outcomes. Be courageous, adventurous and go with the flow.”


Got any advice for those who are still trying to find their way in the world? Share your life tips and hacks in the comment section below!



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Walking into the office sporting your best power dressing OOTD is exciting. Your demeanour and outfit makes you appear strong and independent, capable of achieving your dreams.

However, when you’re a working girl, the struggle of waking up early in the morning just to plan your day’s outfit is real. You want to be able to show off your personality, without looking over-the-top, or like you didn’t put in any effort at all, right?

So if you’re stuck in rut trying to figure out how to plan your next “work-fit”, here are our 4 tips on how to choose the perfect looks without having to sacrifice your beauty rest!


Plan ahead of time

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Extend your beauty sleep on weekdays by planning your outfits ahead of time! You can hang them in your closet in a chronological order, so this way, you won’t be rushing every morning and you’ll wake up calm and relaxed.

Take note of your office's dress code

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Working in a place without uniforms is an opportunity to bring out your personality. But you should always remember to take note of your office’s dress code when planning your ensembles. You can use it as a guide to avoid looking “inappropriate,” and if you’re having trouble putting your outfits together, you can always go with neutrals as they’re safe colours that still look sophisticated and elegant!

Put a twist to your look

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Forget about a typical pantsuit and rock a denim one instead! It will instantly make you look chic and professional, but with a youthful and modern twist.

Add a personal touch

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To give your “work-fits” more oomph, try adding personal touches to your look such as bright heels or bold accessories or rocking different prints together. There are numerous ways on how you can make your outfit look unique, so just trust your instincts, go for it, and confidently flaunt it!


Got any more tips on how to keep your work outfits on top of their game? Share them with us below, and don’t forget to snap and share them with the Community too!


(cover photo from @fashionexchangeintl)

Last Thursday, 7th July 2016, the Grand Marriott Ballroom was packed with fashion enthusiasts and lovers, designers, editors, and international buyers for the first ever Fashion Exchange International.

With the goal of promoting and selling ready-to-wear fashion labels for distribution overseas, its four partners, Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, Robby Carmona, Valerie Lim, and Henry Chan all saw an opportunity to connect local talent to the international audience by creating this fashion marketing and brand management platform.

By partnering with Samsung Electronics, it enabled and encouraged the audience to capture their chic experiences, as well as see and understand what it takes for a product to go from “raw” to “rack”! Plus, in addition to homegrown talents such as Rosenthal Tee, Proudrace, Aranaz, and the like showing off their best pieces, a stellar lineup of Filipino fashion designers also showcased their latest collections. 

So keep reading below to check out some of Ivarluski Aseron, Rajo Laurel, Francis Libiran, and Dennis Lustico’s latest pieces, as well as their inspirations behind each collection!


Ivarluski Aseron

“I found The Broad museum a fascinating and mesmerising sight during a recent trip…as a fashion designer, I hoped to translate those architectural details to my collection. By employing tailoring techniques with a straightforward palette, I evoked the museum’s qualities – a piece of art that captures your attention from afar, and when you get up close, you can better appreciate its beauty.” - Ivarluski Aseron

Rajo Laurel

“The collection that I am showing for Fashion Exchange is called ‘Magpie+Memphis’. It's really based on my memory as a teenager. I wanted to capture that sense of wonder, abandonment, courage, and joy...[with] the music of the New Wave as the starting point for the collection…This is, in a way, a personal fragmented walk down memory lane, answering questions like why I do what I do and what I love about it.The fusion of all these memories and emotions is what the collection is all about." - Rajo Laurel

Francis Libiran

“The collection that I created for Fashion Exchange International makes use of my signature Art Deco detail. I drew inspiration from my fascination for lines and structures. Being true to my design aesthetics, my creative team and I designed a collection of wearable art pieces through different detailing techniques such as embroidery, laser-cutting, custom felt appliqué, digital printing, and quilting.” - Francis Libiran

Dennis Lustico

“The Japanese culture is an endless well of inspiration...The colours and textures are often unexpected and seemingly random, but their manner of putting the elements together still results in a harmoniously beautiful creation…With that as my inspiration, I used hand-applied beads, sequins, and embellishments in my collection; together with a mix of fabrics (such as thick mesh, medium-weight satins, lamé) and techniques (like beading, cutouts, layering).” - Dennis Lustico


Want to know more about the designers and brands that showcased their collections at Fashion Exchange International? Then click here to find out more!