Dressing Veep Leni

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The now-famous color block dress. Photo from Reuters.

It’s an exciting time for Philippine politics—we have another woman in office to be formally inaugurated on the 30th of June, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo. The simple laywer from Naga is suddenly thrust into the limelight and as early as now, her wardrobe is starting to be critiqued and talked about. Case in point: when she was proclaimed by Congress as winner of the VP race, she wore a black, white and beige color block shift dress, her signature yellow tops absent, causing a stir within the public on the sudden change. She simply said she only had two yellow dresses and basically grabbed what she had in the closet for the event—yup, just like you and me when getting ready for work in the morning. Leni also mentioned that she stays away from colors that don’t complement her morena (dark) skin tone. Her concerns are normal, like any other woman out there who wants to look good and presentable before facing the world.

Now that she’s a full-fledged public figure (and being female at that), her appearance will constantly be criticized—whether good or bad—because that’s the way the world works and with social media being ever the watchful eye, it’ll be all over computer screens and phones in a nanosecond. I’ve stated my desire to be of service to my VP to the universe and while I wait for my fate ( I believe that if it’s meant to be it will happen), I’ve put together looks that I believe are appropriate for a woman in position. These are ladies who are both well-known and under the radar who all share the same fashion philosophy and give importance to dressing for the occasion: be it a state dinner, a visit to another continent, meeting important figures or simply eating out or doing errands. Shallow as it may sound to some, how we promote ourselves is just as important as the work we do. Leni is no different; and while it may be a delightful bonus that she makes the best-dressed list, presenting herself well is also a reflection of a proper and civilized society (yes, that would be us). Feel free to critique my choices, I won’t mind.

P.S. I added some yellow to the mix for good measure.

Photos from Pinterest

MONOCHROMATIC – wearing one shade head-to-toe equals instant elegance and looks put-together as the FLOTUS knows so well.

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How cute it would be if she matched with her daughters?

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PRINTS – there are ways to wear print and still look Palace-appropriate. Keep accessories minimal as the outfits are already busy.

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SEPARATES – a nice break from wearing dresses and can look just as chic.

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A model poses on the runway at the J.Crew Fall 2012 Presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 14, 2012 in New York City.

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CASUAL –  because like us, she should enjoy weekends and holidays, too. Plus, fancy outfits don’t belong in her provincial advocacies.

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EVENING – go-to black or vibrant colors both work. It’s all in the fit.

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