What I Wore Each Day in the Philippines
Before I left for the Philippines, I shared exactly what was in my backpack and now I’m sharing exactly what I wore each day! This was not a "fashion blogger” trip and I wasn’t focused on capturing daily outfits as much as I was being present in our experiences. Fortunately, there were some awesome photographers in my group that took more photos than I realized! So here you go!
Day 1 - Travel Day
Free Label Andie Bra/Crop Top | The only bra I’ve flown in for the past two years. Comfort level 100.
Free Label Black Boxy Tee | Easy, comfy and durable. This shirt is a staple in my closet and goes with literally everything.
Vetta Black Pants | Classier than leggings, more flexible than jeans. Winners all around.
West Daily Overcoat | Perfect for those frigid airplanes and terminals.
Sseko Convertible Tote | All day everyday, baby. This bag is my ride or die.
Allbirds Wool Runners | No socks required and easy on altitude-swollen feetsies.
Day 2 - Touring Manila
Vetta Striped Top | Breathable in the midst of stifling humidity and always a go-to even at home.
Encircled Tencel Shorts | Also breathable and comfy as can be but classier than wearing athletic shorts.
Sseko Platform Sandals | This was the only day I wore them simply because my slide sandals were quicker to put on, but these were amazing for a full day of walking.
Sseko Convertible Tote | I’m gonna save us the trouble of talking about this on each outfit. I used it every single day of this trip (just like I do at home!) and it was the perfect companion.
Mohala Sunglasses | Because sun, ya know?
Day 3 - Ethical Factory Workshop and Silk Worm Farm Tour
Encircled Tencel Tank| So cool it almost feels like you’re topless! The dark green color makes it low-maintenance and hides scuffs and dirt.
Everlane Jeans| This was the only day I wore jeans because it was just too hot for them, but longer pants were a good idea as we trekked through humid farmland that was home to the vegan silk worm factory.
Sseko Crossover Slides| My hero shoes for this trip, wore them practically every single day.
Mohala Sunglasses | Again, a daily go-to.
Day 4 - Road Trip + Surfing
Matter Pants| Comfy for a half-day ride in the van and chic for hanging out at the cutest zero waste beach cafe and shopping from sustainable local brands.
Matter Tank| Matchy matchy with those cute pants! This cotton tank is easy-breezy and always looks great!
Sseko Crossover Slides| Shocker, I know ;)
Altar Swimsuit | The only swimsuit I packed for this trip was just perfect. I love that I can tie it more than one way and that the tie isn’t behind my neck (that always bothers me for some reason) but rather wraps around my waist. It’s also the first one piece swimsuit I’ve found that fits my long torso perfectly due to the adjustable top.
Day 6 - Flying to Cebu + Hanging on the beach
Again, I missed the chance to take an outfit photo as we flew from one island to another, but I wore the exact same outfit as the previous day, only with my striped Vetta top.
We were supposed to be out on a boat this day, snorkeling and exploring out at sea, but because of typhoon warnings no boats were allowed to leave shore. When life hands you lemons (or a typhoon)… buy a day pass at a locally owned resort and hang out on a beautiful beach with a private island! We relaxed and swam in the warm water (a few of us were attacked by invisible baby jellyfish) and had some wonderful conversations.
Later that evening the storm really did start to hit and a few of us (ironically the same ones who were stung by jellyfish) got temporarily stuck in an elevator when the power went out. #memories
Day 7 - Touring Cebu + Visiting Anthill Fabric Gallery
Light Blue Tank Top| I haven’t given much attention to this tank top on the blog before, so I’ll take this moment to say the fabric is absolutely perfect for travel. It’s a technical silk that lets go of wrinkles easily. It’s also easy to care for - I accidentally spilled a ton of makeup on it and the glob of foundation came out after just one wash. You can’t even see a mark!
Encircled Tencel Shorts | These shorts (and their longer counterparts, the matching pants), really were heroes on this trip. If you’re traveling anywhere hot and tropical, I highly recommend them.
Sseko Crossover Slides| Yeah, yeah. I love them!
Day 8 - Flying back to Manila + Road-Trip to Tagaytay
Free Label Andie Bra/Crop Top | I wore this with the higher neckline in front to be an appropriate crop top for travel.
Anthill Blazer | I don’t have a link to the specific item (if I did, I promise I would share it with you!), but I purchased this at Anthill Fabric Gallery which we visited the day before. It has a detachable striped collar which easily snaps off or on (I wore it off in this outfit).
Girlfriend Leggings| These are the same leggings I’ve had for three years and they keep going strong!
Sseko Crossover Slides| Obvi.
Day 9 - Visiting a Beautiful Refuge
Black Tank Top| This top is another oldie-but-goodie, and it’s been in my closet for a few years now. The silk is durable and I’ve washed it a hundred times!
Encircled Tencel Pants | Told you these pants were heroes on the trip! Perfect for playing with kiddos, eating a picnic off banana leaves, and sitting on the floor while I learned from some of the strongest women I’ve ever met.
Day 10 - Hiking Taal Volcano
Free Label Andie Bra/Crop Top | I am so glad this was the bra I chose for the day because I ended up ditching my tee in the intense heat of the hike.
Free Label Black Boxy Tee | The perfect tee shows up again!
Encircled Tencel Pants | I never would have imagined that I’d choose these pants instead of leggings for hiking, but I did! They were much cooler than leggings (totally necessary in the oven-like temperature of the volcano island) and so easy to move in!
Alice + Whittles Boots | Up until this day, I was regretting the space I used to pack these boots. However, a few minutes into our hike up Taal Volcano and I knew they were the right choice. They have enough traction to grip muddy slopes, keep ankles protected from the bugs, and they look pretty sleek if I do say so myself!
My conclusion is that I could have probably packed a little less for this trip (specifically in the category of shoes), but everything I wore was just perfect for the climate and activities. Check out this post for what I learned about ethical fashion during this adventure, and stay tuned for an upcoming post about zero-waste travel!
Huge thank you to Jordyn Saunders for most of the photos in this post!