Style Files: Lauren Laudico

This stylish 19-year-old goes for comfortable chic.
  |  Nov 7, 2009
photos courtesy of Lauren Laudico
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Name: Lauren Francesca D. Laudico
Age: 19
School/University: Poveda, Ateneo De Manila University

Comfortable chic. My style ranges from tomboy to girly. Most of the time it's all about comfort—ballet flats, polos, boy shirts, poofy high-waist skirts, breezy dresses, and skinny jeans. But when it's party time, I trade in my flats for some nice funky, comfy heels, and a dash of makeup! But really, if I'm told to come in theme—I come in theme.

My shopping haunts. I love walking in Jellybean stores because of their bright colors and different types of comfortable clothing. I could walk in there everyday! I love shopping there because their products are affordable. Landmark is my favorite "one time, big time" shopping mall. I usually shop there twice a year for school! When I am given a chance to fly to Hong Kong, I usually shop in H&M, Cotton On, and Maple (found along Li Yuen Street in Queen's Road Central). I'm all about the bargain, cheap thrills, and rare buys! When the SALE sign is up, you know where to find me.

Fave fashion designer. No one does it like the whimsical Betsey Johnson. Though I don't own any of her apparel, I love her designs, color combinations and dresses.

Always worn. I'm not particularly big on accessories besides the scapular my grandmother gave me, but I'd have to say ballet flats or sneakers. These types of shoes are very comfortable for my feet and can make a statement of its own depending on what color of shoe I'm wearing and with what outfit.

Style inspiration. Believe it or not, my older brother—his style just upside-down. I try to imitate his outfits like graphic and statement t-shirts, jeans or slacks, polos, and sneakers in a more girly way. Having graphic and statement tees of my own, I usually pair it with a black high-waist skirt and a pair of flats or sneakers-tomboyish and girly all at the same time.

Fave style icon. Heidi Klum for her elegance and never-aging beauty and poise. Throw her a long red evening off-shoulder dress while she's pregnant or a pair of jeans; she's your ultimate Barbie doll! But I also like Katy Perry's look—colorful, playful, flirty, and flowery patterns. Super 1940s with a hint of the new millennium!

Blog and magazine schooled. The magnificent uproar of fashion blogs and fashion magazines, but more than anything, it would be my personality—laidback, tomboyish, yet girly and happy. I'm always on the lookout for nice outfits, safe and playful trends and try to mesh it with my personality. That's why it's called personal style after all. :)

In my closet. Colors and prints—I'm a big fan of black and whites, but just recently I've gotten into colors like pinks, reds, blues, and yellows. I'm a bit OC with color combinations. That's why I try to find shoes in different colors so I can easily mix and match! I'm currently on the look-out for nice red suede close-toed heels. My favorite color combination is red, black, and white!

Never ever. Foam-wedged thong slippers—I'm not a big fan of them, especially the white ones.

My stylish three. Jeans—ultimately the best bottoms for anyone, style, and comfort-wise. You have skinny, flared, straight, bootcut, torn, boyfriend jeans, elephant jeans, the list goes on and on. No matter what decade you're in, a pair of jeans will never go out of style.

Killer Heels—they rule the runway, let's not pretend. Though some of us may have a hard time pulling 3-5 inch heels off, we can't get enough of them. They come in so many styles that even sneakers have given 3 inches a chance! Plus they can totally change a day outfit to a night one. No girl could turn into a woman without owning a pair of heels.

Little Black Dresses—everyone has one. Having one in your closet can definitely save a night-out with the girls, a date with your boyfriend, or even a formal family event! It's practical and classic! I don't think this trend will ever go out of style because it's a fashion life-saver.

Vintage hand-me-downs. Besides a pair of pearl earrings from my mother of course, my grandmother, Mamaling, left me an off-white classic vintage mini dress by her half-brother, National Artist and local fashion designer, Ramon Valera. It was made particularly for her daughter, but it was passed on to me.
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