It seems to get warmer and warmer…Manila has just reached the upper 30s (degrees Celsius) and it seems more and more unimaginable to stay outdoors for long periods of time, and not just from noon till early afternoon, but increasingly from as early as 9am.
I used to think that for the sake of fashion, a certain level of discomfort is negligible. A jacket here and there, maybe a scarf, and if I feel brave, then a blazer. But when it has come to the point that it is even hard to think under the heat, fashion becomes less of a concern. All that my mind is registering is my body’s plea to the nearest air-conditioned room.
Of course, that is not always possible, and, in these days of severe drought and strained energy supply (my apologies for the technicals), more expensive. So is there a solution out of all of this? A style eureka that will not be constrained by the apparent boredom that single layered outfits seem to suggest?
The answer is both yes and no, since layers are indeed possible for boiling tropical summers and dressing in one layer doesn’t always have to be unexciting. These pictures I have snapped around the capital attempt to prove that point. (Sorry guys, the women of Manila definitely have one over you).