Cholo

Pants & shirt, Felipe & Sons (bespoke); cardigan, Uniqlo;  jacket, Dean & Trent; shoes, Vatic.

Pants & shirt, Felipe & Sons (bespoke); cardigan, Uniqlo;
jacket, Dean & Trent; shoes, Vatic.

You can say Cholo is my long lost (fashion) sibling. Upon meeting him a few years ago while still writing for The Philippine Star, my fashion radar immediately went on red alert–the kind where a fellow fiend senses a kindred spirit in their presence. I don’t remember him wearing anything spectacular, logo-ed or out of the ordinary but he had a way about him that spoke louder to me than his outfit that day: a quiet authority on all things cool and on-trend without looking trendy. I rode on his pickup truck once and saw several white t-shirts hanging behind the driver’s seat.  Somehow it just looked so effortless–a.k.a. cool–a reflection of his straightforward and consistent style. When I got to know the soft-spoken, witty and talented fellow next to me, I was hooked. He was one of my first photographers when I launched SOS, generous enough to do it pro bono, even travelling to the shires of Alabang to shoot. It was just natural to include him as one of the aspirational features to inspire and teach all the “short and stocky” (his words not mine!) men out there how to dress around this body type. I don’t recall the clothes looking this good when we were styling the looks so imagine my delight to see it worn, expertly shot and modelled by this #CuteAsianTito, as he fondly refers to himself. If only all Titos know their bodies this well and dress like it’s nobody’s business, it would be a perfect world. At least for Cholo and me.

Photos by Patrick Palisoc. Grooming by Joyce de Dios-Ignacio. Hair by Hyatt Laurel.

Pants, undershirt and long sleeved tee, Uniqlo; shoes, Lanvin.

Pants, undershirt and long sleeved tee, Uniqlo; shoes, Lanvin.

Keeping things simple: the color scheme, accessories and most importantly the silhouette instantly makes you look slimmer. No baggy oversized garments allowed!

Shirt, Uniqlo; pants, bespoke from Felipe & Sons; shoes, Vatic.

Shirt, Uniqlo; pants, bespoke from Felipe & Sons; shoes, Vatic.

Go Monochoromatic: dark hues equals ten lbs. lighter while always being wary of fit. Enough said.

Shirt, pants & jacket, Uniqlo; shoes, Vatic.

Shirt, pants & jacket, Uniqlo; shoes, Vatic.

Jacket, Lacoste; shirt, Polo; pants, bespoke from Toppers; shoes, Lanvin.

Jacket, Lacoste; shirt, Polo; pants, bespoke from Toppers; shoes, Lanvin.

But embrace color too: in the right way and shade, color can become the focal point of an outfit. Choose one that’s bright enough to go well with neutrals and your skin tone. Cholo is under warm, making the orange jacket complement beautifully.

Jacket, Uniqlo; shirt, Polo; pants, bespoke by Toppers; shoes, Lanvin.

Jacket, Uniqlo; shirt, Polo; pants, bespoke by Toppers; shoes, Lanvin.

Copped pants: works so well with the vertically challenged, men and women alike. The sliver of flesh in between the shoe and the hem should be just right to create a slimming and lengthening effect. Again, it’s all in the fit!

Top, Uniqlo; pants, bespoke from Toppers; shoes, Vatic.

Top, Uniqlo; pants, bespoke from Toppers; shoes, Vatic.

(Horizontal) Stripes: everyone’s got to have this wardrobe staple but the kind of stripe can make you look wide if it’s not the right type or color. Choose one where the gap in between isn’t so wide, in a dark shade to make it streamlined and slimming.

Jacket, Zara.

Jacket, Zara.

Shirt, bespoke from Felipe & Sons; pants, Uniqlo; shoes, Common Projects.

Shirt, bespoke from Felipe & Sons; pants, Uniqlo; shoes, Common Projects.

White shirt: another wardrobe staple no man (or woman) should live without. If you can’t find the perfect fit, go bespoke as Cholo did in several of his pieces here. It’s worth the investment and looking like a million bucks? Priceless.

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