MONICA VERALLO is a mainstay host of GMA 7’s Unang Hirit. She loves traveling and exploring new places, trying out new things, and living a life beyond boundaries

Another year has come and yes, that means another year of fashion, glamour, and style. Looking at all the forecasts as to what trends will rock the fashion world this 2014, seems like the year will be a mix of the old and the new.

While we wanted to give all these forecasts in just one article, we’ve decided to make it a two-part special to better highlight each of the items. For the first part, find out what clothes are going to give your year a kick-start.

Beauty&Wellness - Pastel Power


Soft and dainty are just some of the words to describe the colors that will reign the first part of the year. Pastels such as Plac
id Blue and Violet Tulips are going to make statements particularly for women (Pantone). However for some designers, a mix of pastel and bright colors are going to make waves too. So whether you want to go pastel all the way or prefer a mix with bright, you’ll surely find something out there.

Beauty&Wellness - Crops is (still) HotCROP IS (STILL) HOT

This should be a good motivation to lose all those unwanted holiday pounds. Crop tops (of whatever design) are still as hot this year. So make sure you don’t throw away that gym membership and start making your abs as sizzling as this item.

SBeauty&Wellness - Shine in SheerHINE IN SHEER

Like the crop top, sheer still makes noise this year. Sheer tops, skirts, dresses… all of which remain to be fashion-forward piece this 2014. For those who have accumulated a couple of sheer pieces from the previous seasons, you definitely got the value for your money.

Beauty&Wellness - Catchy Contrast - Collar Button - DownsCATCHY CONTRAST-COLLAR BUTTON-DOWNS

This menswear-inspired shirt gets a different look with contrasting color and/or textured collars and cuffs. Looking chic in your workplace has never been easier, not to mention that no-need-wardrobe-change transition from office attire to night out outfit. Just don’t forget to swipe on that red lipstick.

Beauty&Wellness - Hello, Wide-Leg TrousersHELLO, WIDE-LEG TROUSERS

A lot will be delighted to see the comeback of this classic fashion piece that has penetrated almost all eras since the 60’s (okay, careful here ‘cause you might just reveal your age). Be meticulous in choosing a pair though as this one is quite tricky unless well, you have a supermodel body. Make sure to look for a pair that’s leaner on the flare and has a higher waist to elongate your frame.

Beauty&Wellness - Cool in SportyCOOL IN SPORTY

Even the most feminine designers and girliest boutiques are seen offering sporty apparels in their early 2014 lineup. Sporty jackets, jerseys, and shorts, among others get a revamp and are expected to be hits especially to those who prefer to be on the edgier side of the fashion spectrum.

Beauty&Wellness - Timely Tea-Length SkirtTIMELY TEA-LENGTH SKIRT

Midiskirts made a huge impact last year, particularly in the last quarter. While its influence still lingers in the opening of 2014, a new kind of skirt called the tealength has emerged with it. Tea-length is actually that space between midi and maxi. It is best worn when paired with a crop top to offset the length. It’ll make you look taller!

Beauty&Wellness - Play with PleatsPLAY WITH PLEATS

This sporty technique is all over the place in the opening of the year. From skirts on the street to more fashionforward dresses on the runway, pleats will surely make great impressions. Wearing any pleated piece is a good start to get it on the 2014 fashion trends.

VitalSigns Issue 59 Vol. 3, January 1-31, 2014