Fashion Q&A: How Has Your Style Evolved Through The Years? | Clozette
Whether or not you keep up with the latest trends, fashion is undeniably a part of everyone's life. Similar to how the decades defined certain fashion looks, we all have those OOTD stories that easily bring back memories like photos in a photo album. And just like anything in life, we have to remember that it's a learning process. Even our favourite fashion icons and celebs have had their fair share of cringeworthy yet fun-to-look-back fashion moments too!

That's why we decided to take notes from our stylish Clozette Ambassadors to see how far they have come in their personal style journeys. From outrageously loud neons and butterfly barrettes to chic monochrome ensembles and minimalistic chokers, sit back, relax, and keep on reading as we revisit their style evolution and find out what fashion tip they want to give their younger selves.

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Faye Balogo



"[Before] I really liked wearing girly pieces with loud prints and flamboyant colors. Today, purposeful minimalism and monochrome simplicity gets me more excited."
Grace Myu



"My style then was on the very girly, "pink" side - think Princess Barbie or Elle Woods from Legally Blonde *laughs*. As the years passed, I tend to wear more muted tones (black, white, grey, denim) as I believe [that] it made matching clothes easier for any occasion. I guess [looking back], I wouldn't change my style [too much]. I would [just tell] my younger self that instead of splurging so much on fast bargain pieces, I should invest in key pieces so that they would never [go] out of style."


Kas Perez



"I didn't have a particular style when I was younger, until I got introduced to fashion blogging. I would say that I simply wore whatever suits my mood. So to my younger self, always think outside the box! There is no harm in being different. Be confident and beautiful with what you wear!"


Aggy Nuguid



"Way back in college, I used to wear my 'safe clothes' which are plain tees and denim shorts or jeans — basic, simple, and plain. I was not [someone] who would experiment and try different colours and styles. But everything changed when I attempted to wear girly, flirty, [and] preppy clothes. I'm glad [that by exploring another style], I'm now not afraid to show my cheerful and bubbly personality [with] how I dress up!"


Everest Seah 



"I found my personal style through lots of experimenting when I was younger. My style hasn't changed much since 5 years ago, although now I select quality over quantity [when it comes to shopping and styling]. [All I can say is that] be brave and experiment with different styles. Don't stick to a certain style just to fit in."

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How has your style evolved through the years? Let's talk it all out in the comments below!
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History repeats itself-- whether or not this statement makes its way into your own personal philosophy, it does prove true when it comes to fashion. Trends and styles that were considered 'rad' and 'mad cool' back in the 80s and 90s are some of the looks that we found ourselves raving about all over again. And from one to two trends sported by our favourite celebs, these 90s fashion pieces have once again taken over the fashion world by making their way back into the runway... and into our hearts. 

Curious as to what these trends are? Keep on reading to find out which of your current fashion favourites are simply a blast from the past!

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Denims



We can say that denims never really went out of style. But somehow, 2016 seemed to be the year for the sturdy twill fabric's return. From classics such as pants and jackets, to fresh looks with dresses and button-downs, denims simply take the crown for being our casual go-to fashion piece.
Crop tops



Before Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, and all our fave style icons gave us "abs envy" with this fashion trend, crop tops used to be the go-to top to complete the 90s sexy school girl look. From Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" music video to Liv Tyler's "Empire Records" movie look, it's no wonder why this iconic fashion piece is making its waves once again.


Chokers



Remember the time when we used to wear stretchy, plastic chokers around our neck to match our sparkly butterfly barrettes? And as if the cringe isn't enough, remember when we actually thought it was cool? Don't worry! We're all together on this one. As if to give us a second chance, chokers are back in the game looking more chic and stylish compared to the ones we used to wear back in the 90s. Along with grunge-y throwback trends that made its return to the runway, from red carpets to street wear, this accessory truly came back better than ever.


Hoops and chunky earrings



Step away, studs! Bigger is better once more with hoops and chunky earrings. With bolder fashion trends taking the spotlight this year, it's no doubt why these babies are making its way back into our OOTD ensembles. And with nudes reigning over the latest makeup looks, going a little flashy with your accessories is a liberty that's more than acceptable to pull off.


Combat boots



Besides the sexy school girl look, the 90s fashion scene is all about that "too cool to care" attitude. Sounds familiar? That's because 2016 has proven to be the year to break all the existing stereotypes, especially in fashion. And what better way to "kick" things off (pun intended) than highlighting these androgynous pair -- the combat boots. A little bit of "badass" and a whole lot of "practical", this 90s favourite has gone a notch higher from being patronised by alternative fashion lovers to being paired up with even the preppiest of looks.

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What other "old" trends would you like to make a comeback? Let's talk it all out in the comments below!
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Ready to get your style back on point? Makeover series ‘How Do I Look? Asia’ is returning for its second season on DIVA TV to help women up their sartorial and confidence game this 29th August 2016. Helming the show is none other than the series’ original U.S. format host and current executive producer, Jeannie Mai! The vivacious personality will take on How Do I Look? Asia 2 and we cannot wait to see her sassy, always-on energy onscreen.



Behind Jeannie is an all-new glam team: Malaysian TV personality Marion Caunter, Singapore social media influencer Andrea Chong, L’Officiel Manila editor-in-chief Pam Quinones, and Indonesian creative director/fashion academic Diaz Diaz. Together, they will transform eight women into a stylish makeover success that celebrates their individuality. As Jeannie puts it, “Fashion is a business, it’s something you buy. Style is a personal love letter to your individuality.”



In May, we scored a sneak peek into the set of How Do I Look? Asia 2 at Universal Studios Singapore, where they shot eight episodes under a short span of two weeks -- crazy! At the set, we met up with Jeannie, Diaz Diaz, Andrea Chong, and the one-and-only Mama Mai -- Jeannie’s mum. If there’s one more thing we love about Jeannie, it’s her endearing relationship with Mama Mai. Watching the mother-daughter pair candidly interact with each other is precious comedy at its best. Ahead, we talk to Jeannie (and a little guest appearance from Mama Mai) about her take on the second season of How Do I Look? Asia.

What’s different about HDIL Asia 2, as compared to its U.S. format?


Jeannie: In America, we [shot the show] in four different locations. We managed to make an even better set here in one space. It’s so efficient, I’m so proud. My favourite part [about] How Do I Look? Asia is that you’ll see everything. When I’m yelling at the crew [asking], “What do you guys think about this look?” And they are [silent]. I’ll be like “No! I want to hear it!” There’s nothing hidden on this set. Things like that you’re going to see [them] “raw”.



Who was one of the most memorable participants in the show?

Jeannie: We have a woman who lost 40 kilograms and still lives in what we call the “phantom fat”. Most of these women still think that they are in their big body, so they still dress oversized. She did, [and] she still thinks: “I can get “fat” any day now, so I’m just going to live in this”.

I’m not a psychologist [and] I’m not a doctor. But what I can do is to give one glimmer of light to get her to see what I see in the mirror -- and hopefully that would make a change.


What do you like, and what do you not like, about the HDIL Asia 2 set? What would you like to change about it?


Jeannie: That’s a great question ‘cause I already have a list of what I want to change. I love the set way more than the one in the US. It’s all right there, so I walk less on heels. Number two: I want more snacks. More chocolate, different snacks [every day]. I love our breakfast! Our breakfast and lunch are Malaysian or Singaporean food, like Nasi Goreng or Mee Goreng. I love that, because in the States, you actually gain weight ‘cause it’s [always] fried eggs and fried sausages.



Who are you following on Instagram right now, since you’re so hot over Instagram?

Jeannie: Oh, good question. Who are you following on Instagram, Mama Mai?

Mama Mai: Who am I following on Instagram? I follow most people…

Jeannie: You’ve been following everybody who follows you? Don’t do that. We’re going to talk about that. I’m going to unfollow some people, because you don’t follow everybody on Instagram, mum. For me, I love Andrea Chong. She’s beautiful. Her stuff is amazing. I love Nicole Warne. I follow The Real -- my show. I like foodies, I follow a lot of “food people”.


Name at least one current fashion trend you’d like to send straight to the Ew Tube.


Jeannie: A current fashion trend… Okay, hold on, there’s a lot. I’m excited to pick one. Is it a fashion trend to pose a certain way? Or is that not? I hate these (starts gesturing cute poses). I think it’s so annoying. I do it for fun, like when you’re laughing at something. When girls are all like (starts gesturing again), I think it’s weird. I don’t think it’s sexy.



Which celebrity do you want to transform?

Jeannie: Oh god, I don’t want to transform her, because I think I’ll get caught into her spiral of cray-cray. But Bai Ling is really interesting to me. I will sit from afar and enjoy. I don’t [want to] change her. [To Bai Ling:] Keep doing what you do, because I love following you and watching. Like wow, you really did that.

What advice would you give women who are trying to find their personal brand of style?

Jeannie: Style is a personal love letter to your individuality. Start with your individuality. What kind of music do you listen to? What colours move you? What are the things that make you you? With that, start to decorate your style.

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