In an effort to stay #woke, we rounded up four kids whose androgynous styles don’t subscribe to stereotypical feminine or masculine fashion. Our subjects say that they don’t conform to traditional gender distinctions when dressing up and they use their clothes to express themselves.
In so many ways, it inspires others to be who they want to be. We think that makes their style even more vibrant and free. Just like a skincare routine, each person is different from the other. After all, not one routine or rule is ever applicable to all.
JAN DABAO, 20, @cnioblast
Upon your first look at Jan, you will see a friendly girl with long wavy (somewhat unruly) hair and a huge smile on her face. She’s bubbly when talked to, and she gives off a friendly vibe. Her style, as she puts it, is very vibrant. As an artist, Jan is unafraid of colors; which explains why Hawaiian tito polos and floral prints dominate her wardrobe. There are no restrictions when it comes to dressing herself or otherwise. Jan is also a part-time nude model in The Life Drawing setup, an art workshop opened by her friends.
As an artist, Jan is unafraid of colors; which explains why Hawaiian tito polos and floral prints dominate her wardrobe.
Three must have wardrobe items: A sleeveless shirt with florals, denim shorts, and a polo.
What’s in your everyday bag? Art materials, my notebook (because I’m an art student), my medicine box, a laptop, my vape, and my Japanese lesson plan.
Beauty/skincare routine? Not much, I don’t really wear makeup.
Trends you’ll never do: Jerseys, baggy clothes, and snapbacks.
Trends you want to try: A fanny pack.
Art is life: Jan lugs around her art materials everywhere she goes since she thinks that inspiration can come out of anything.
ANGELICA ALVAREZ, 18, @angelicazeravla
If you’ve ever watched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and loved it, you will adore Angelica’s style. She’s like a walking fashion time capsule. For someone who’s just 18, she has a good grasp on the 80s and 90s sports and streetwear. Menswear is more her vibe, and being a modern tomboy that exudes “cool girl” is her style. She customizes denim jackets and jeans like it’s second nature to her, and we have to say, we’re not really surprised. She’s knows that trend like the back of her hand.
Trends you’ll never do? Super feminine clothing like lace and florals.
For someone who’s just 18, Angelica has a good grasp on the 80s and 90s sports and streetwear.
Three must have wardrobe items: Oversized sweater, a patched denim jacket, and long socks.
What’s in your everyday bag? I usually don’t bring anything, just my phone, wallet, my glasses, and a pen.
Beauty/skincare routine? I don’t really wear much makeup, but if needed just an eyeliner and a lipstick.
Beauty product I can’t live without: Eyeliner
The simple life: Angelica doesn’t bring much when she’s out, just basic necessities.
JV LIBREA, 20, @jvlibrea
As a fashion design and merchandising student from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, you can say that JV is the embodiment of chic. His style is very much inspired by Parisian fashion so he goes for monochromatic, clean, and tailored looks. While his style is very “serious,” he’s actually the complete opposite, thanks to Taft’s Happy Thursdays, and The Bellini Bar, a pop-up bar he co-owns. But what makes him stand out is his confidence with his outfits. While some people scowl at him for his fashion choices, he stands with confidence, just as any of us should. Everything he wears is for himself and we think that’s a good lesson for everyone to learn.
JV’s style is inspired by Parisian fashion, which is why he goes for monochromatic, clean, and tailored looks.
Three must have wardrobe items: White shirt, a good pair of jeans, and a statement pair of shoes.
What’s in your everyday bag? My Chanel perfume, Chanel lip balm, Glossier eyebrow gel, mascara, a lippie, Kiehl’s moisturizer, card case, wallet, and my phone. Sometimes a beauty blender.
Beauty/skincare routine? Sunblock, and moisturizer always.
Beauty product I can’t live without: Perfume.
Trends you’ll never do: Chokers.
Trends you want to try: Intense prints.
JV’s advice: Leave everything behind, just not your kikay kit.
JAN ONG, 21, @ongiel
Contrary to popular belief — or maybe first impressions — Jan, as tall and as #fashyown as he is, isn’t intimidating. People know him on Twitter to be the cute and funny guy who cracks crazy jokes, but for him he’s just himself. Standing in his black joggers, and a long gray sweater, he explains that he loves looks that are comfortable, stylish, and very streetwear-oriented. His style may not be as crazy as his online persona, but it does speak loudly over how he is in person: relaxed, sure, and interesting.
Jan explains that loves looks that are comfortable, stylish, and very streetwear-oriented.
Three must have wardrobe items: Black joggers, a navy blue shirt that fits well, and a button down.
What’s in your everyday bag? Baby wipes, wax, my medicine box, spray alcohol, phone, wallet, my contacts, and mints. Scent is everything.
Beauty/skincare routine? I used to do eight to 10 steps, but it wasn’t sustainable so I simplified it to: anti-acne medicine, moisturizer, sunblock, skin exfoliation, a face mask, and derma.
Beauty product I can’t live without: Sunblock and acne meds.
Trends you’ll never do: Shutter shades (laughs), but I’d say the mandals trend. I can tolerate it but I don’t feel comfortable baring my feet.
Trends you want to try: An oversized shirt worn with joggers, and an oversized shirt tucked inside skinny jeans.
Keeping it clean: baby wipes, alcohol, sun block, mint and wax are what Jan needs every day to keep him going.
*This article was edited on December 15, 2015 at 1:00PM.