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10 RULES OF STYLE

LIZ UY

The stylist and fashion editor reveals her rules for dressing as she becomes the latest curator of Shop With...

Interview by Jane McFarland. Words by Helen Wigham. Photographs by Mark Nicdao.

‘There really is no strategic formula to dressing. It’s all about wearing what you feel good in,’ says Liz Uy, as we discuss her impeccable style. The Filipino-born stylist and digital curator is speaking to The Style Report from Bhutan, the latest port of call in her packed summer schedule, which has seen her visit LA, Belgium, France and London in just two months. Uy is the latest curator of our Shop With... series, a role that sees her styling 12 looks exclusively for MATCHESFASHION.COM. ‘I had so much fun styling,’ she says.

Uy lists stylist, digital curator and fashion editor on her extensive CV; one that also includes running her established company StyLIZed Studio, where she leads a team of trusted stylists in her hometown of Manila. ‘My life as a fashion editor and stylist definitely helped in shaping my style. Having been exposed to various trends season after season, a sense of excitement when it came to trying and relating to trends came naturally.’ With a style that’s worth its salt in front of many a street-style photographer’s lens, it’s no wonder she’s so in demand. Describing herself as a ‘mood dresser’, Uy reveals her top rules for dressing.

1. FEEL GOOD
‘Getting dressed becomes easy once you shun typical conventions of what you should and what you should not be wearing, and just start wearing clothes that make you feel like your best self.’

2. COLOUR, COLOUR AND MORE COLOUR
‘I will never get tired of wearing colour. Anywhere from the ends to the middle of the rainbow spectrum, I’m all over it. Also, I always try to find an interesting mix of shades. Like pairing a mint-green dress with military green trousers. It wouldn’t hurt to know the tones that work well with your skin tone, too.’

Once you have a good pair of jeans, a beautifully cut blazer and loads of immaculate white shirts… you have the perfect setting base.

3. IT’S OK TO WEAR FLATS
‘Slides, slip-ons, babouches: I’m all about being on-point and totally grounded these days when it comes to shoes. They propose a new silhouette and transform even the most banal of ensembles to chic levels.’

4. IT’S ALL ABOUT LAYERING
‘I don’t often get to layer in Manila, so attending fashion week or when the temperature drops give me the opportunity to never not layer.’

5. HAVE BASICS
‘I’m a firm believer that once you have a good pair of jeans, a beautifully cut blazer, loads of immaculate white shirts, and lingerie to wear inside (and out), the rest is all about composition because you have the perfect setting base.’

6. MAKE IT FUSS-FREE
‘A shoulder or sling bag that carries just the essentials is my go-to. Sleek, no fuss, and offers a whole lotta swinging action.’

7. MIX STAPLES AND BOLD PIECES
‘My wardrobe is made up of an assortment of the basics to the most dramatic. A mix of everyday staples and bold pieces makes for a lot of dressing-up options, transforming each article of clothing into something else. Pure fun.’

8. CHANGE YOUR MIND WITH ACCESSORIES
‘The polar attraction is real with accessories; I can’t even choose. Sometimes I’m all about subtle stunners, the next I’m in love with bold, artisanal jewels. It’s this simple-versus-statement versatility that makes any accessory (bold or otherwise) the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.’

9. MIX UP YOUR SHOPPING HABITS
‘I’m both a considered and an impulsive shopper. While I value the idea of cost-per-use and investment pieces, I am never one to pass on a really good deal. Especially online.’

10. USE CONTRAST
‘I feel like my style has a lot to do with looking polished with a bit of a contrast. If I’m wearing something with a masculine feel, I contrast it by wearing something soft or feminine with it, then punctuate the look with coloured or printed heels and a top-handle bag.’

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