To say that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's pageant style was dazzling would be an understatement—exquisite gowns handcrafted by top Filipino designers, an on point makeup and hair game, a queenly grace that made her shine amidst the pressure—she was a vision of perfection on that stage. But even before captivating the universe, Pia has already been turning heads not just because of her innate beauty, but also because of her polished style. Did you know: The newly-crowned queen actually dabbled in writing beauty stories and styling editorials for a national broadsheet?
We took a walk down memory lane to compile Pia's chicest beauty queen-off duty ensembles, all of which mirror her chameleon-like fashion sense. Here are four style rules to learn from our Binibining Pangkalawakan 2015:
1. Dresses will save you on those days "when you've got nothing to wear." They instantly take your femininity to new heights and look fantastic with or without accessories. You put one on and go—but while they're basic in the sense that you don't need to spend much effort in putting together elements, they're guaranteed to make you look pretty whenever, wherever. Pick a silhouette that accentuates your assets (bodyhugging numbers are great to give off the illusion of an hourglass figure, while lean girls would totally look effortlessly chic in loose pieces).
2. You can never have enough black items in your wardrobe. Just like dresses, the color black is versatile and even better, low-maintenance (stains won't show so you can move freely) and makes you look slimmer. Pia surely trusts black to make her look gorgeous, be it when she visits the Miss Universe headquarters, indulges during dinner, or appears on television.
3. Looking sloppy at the gym isn't necessary. While you're there to work out, there's no reason you should forget your style sensibilities. Athleticwear now comes in a variety of prints and colors, so go on and enjoy mixing and matching separates, layering, and experimenting with sports bras, tops, shorts, joggers, and shoes.
4. Remember to keep it classy when donning cropped tops. The ultimate rule? Pair them with conservative bottoms (no short shorts, please!) and forego the bling for easy sophistication. Pia wears hers with jeans and knee length or midi skirts.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/piawurtzbach