Monday, April 9, 2018

FASHION | 9 Instagram accounts for your buttoned shirts this summer

halfwhiteboy - tropical print shirt

Recently I featured 5 local indie brands on Instagram where you can score swim shorts this summer. Now your OOTD wouldn't be complete without a nice summer-themed shirt, right? I know you can go shirtless on the beach and all but you can't be a total showoff all the time, now would you?

So here are 9 local indie brands on Instagram where you can get a new batch of buttoned shirts for summer. Because we also need to cover up sometimes.

Pasadya Manila

Pasadya Manila only started sometime last year and it looks like business is good because they've been steadily outfitting celebrities like Piolo Pascual, Nico Bolzico, Kean Cipriano, and more. Their IG account also shows women wearing their pieces, which, by the way, are lovingly named Constancia, Josephine, Amelia, David, and Narra to name but a few. Their prints are very tropical, dominated of course by florals, although they also feature stripes and other patterns.

Shirts are priced at around Php 899 or so. They also sell at The Park at Shangri-la Plaza.

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Littered with florals and leaves, Lawud's shirts are as tropical that they can get. Based on their IG posts, the brand seems to be projecting an indie type of cool that's both suited for the beach and in the city. Their shirts are also sold at hipster retailers like Purveyr Post in Bangkal, Makati and Kendo Creative at the Cubao Expo.

Shirts sell for Php 850 online and about Php 950 at their partner stores.

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Tai' Lorde Clothing

Ditching the loudness for subtlety, Tai' Lorde Clothing opts for small patterns against solid colors instead. Having only launched this year (March, if I'm not mistaken), they still have few designs on offer, though. Nonetheless, their shirts are on the lower pricing end, which should be a plus.

Shirts retail for Php 599.

The Ilustrados

In addition to the usual buttoned shirts, The Ilustrados has what they call Cubans. They're still buttoned shirts but with a more open collar. As to prints, they're not limited to florals. They got paisley, ethnic-inspired, stripes, and minimalist patterns--plain ones, too. Based on shipping info on their website, items are usually made to order, so it takes a little longer before you can wear them. But they do have ready-to-wear pieces at their HQ in Katipunan, QC and at Glorietta 3, Makati.

Shirts are priced at Php 990 apiece.


This brand sells everything from shirts to shorts, bags, watches, and various leather goods. As for their shirts, Locals is more on small repetitive patterns although they've also thrown in a couple of loud tropical prints for summer.

Prices vary from around Php 650 to as high as Php 980 per shirt.

RVL Clothing

RVL Clothing offers yet another wide array of printed shirts (t-shirts, too) that can safely take you from city to the beach. Their designs are comprised of both loud florals and small repetitive patterns like aeroplanes and sailboats. You can also score their shirts from Treats and Pieces at Eastwood Citywalk.

Buttoned shirts are priced at Php 799.


Not only are they about shorts because Hovermen also offers buttoned shirts, though primarily in plain, solid colors. However, they've just recently released a collection of both plain and printed Cuban collared shirts--just in time for summer.

Shirts go for Php 650 apiece.

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Closet by Basics

Except for their recent summer shirt releases, Closet by Basics shirts are mostly plain and if printed, are confined to small repetitive patterns. Their product line also consists of t-shirts and shorts.

Shirt prices vary from about Php 649 to Php 750, depending on the style.


ERB and CHET is probably one of the earlier ones that have used Instagram as an online selling platform. They have expanded quite considerably and today they have at least two physical stores: at Eastwood Citywalk and at the Venice Grand Canal Mall. Their choices of prints have remained eye-catching to this day--and they're not all florals, providing a wide range of options for the man who's averse to having flowers on his shirt.

Buttoned shirts retail for Php 999.

Anything we can add to the list? Let's all support local!

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