WHether the month of June will bring on the rain or more of the sweltering heat is yet to be seen. But for the world of fashion—and perennial style icon Sarah Jessica Parker—summer needn’t end so long as there’s a hot dress and fabulous accessories for the wearing.
SJP’s unforgettable on screen looks as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City hardly went by the seasons but basically by how she felt. From frothy ballet skirts to nameplate necklaces, to an array of unconventional masterpieces, she pushed style boundaries in her own light–hearted way.
In real life, her fashion sense continues to amaze stylistas around the globe, and fortunately for her Filipina fans who are hooked on summer dresses, the pool, sandals and sunny accessories, no matter what the weather, the SM Store is happy to share its ultimate endorser’s thoughts dressing for the tropics.
On summer dressing
“I’m a big fan of dresses for summer, especially in places like the Philippines where it’s really, really warm, and it’s humid. It’s a perfect oppor-tunity to wear lightweight summer dres–ses that don’t stick to your skin.
“I don’t wear maxi dresses, but I think that’s a really nice option for a lot of young women, who I know like them. And in our country, they’ve gone through a big resurgence.
“I like a shorter dress, like to the knee . . . I think it suits me. But I think the beauty of living in a contemporary society is that length is up to the consumer. I think whatever makes her feel good. So I really like a light summer dress.”
“I like a one-piece. I always have. I think they’re old-fashioned and chic. And they’re coming back, which I’m really excited about. And people are doing beautiful one-piece bathing suits again so I think that’s great.”
On summer footwear
“I think it’s really hard for me because while I love heels, they can feel too hardy and too heavy in the summer. But you know, there are occasions where a heel—you know, a strap–py sandal with a real heel—can feel really nice in the summer.
“So because the world of flip-flop has come such a long way, and they now have like an actual dressy flip-flop—you know an evening flip-flop—it’s made it acceptable to wear a flip-flop to dinner. And I think now it’s really nice for women, especially in tropical environments where heels might seem hot and weird and odd, it’s really nice that a flip-flop is now an option.”
On summer accessories
“What I like about Asian countries is that women really use umbrellas, parasols. And you guys have the most beautiful options for parasols and umbrellas in the world. I noticed that when I visited other Asian countries.
“In the States, we’re more accustomed to hats. But when I was in Taiwan, I got beautiful parasols so there must be beautiful ones here in Manila, right?”
“I like bright-colored, light-weight canvass bags with a beautiful weave. But I like bright colors for summer—bright pinks, and yellows, and marine colors.
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