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The jour­ney to per­sonal style is no dif­fer­ent from learn­ing how to ride a bike; each fash­ion faux pas akin to a bump, bruise or the oc­ca­sional bad fall. In­door cy­cling in­struc­tor and en­tre­pre­neur Yessa Yu-Caparas knows this anal­ogy full well. And while she has the bik­ing part down pat (her stu­dents at Elec­tric Stu­dio will agree), it’s her own style story that’s quite the ride. “I tried to run the race of fast fash­ion be­fore and em­braced each in­com­ing trend,” she says of past years. “It was hard to keep up. I had too many clothes to get rid of at the end of each cy­cle, which is why I de­cided to get off the band­wagon.”

Yessa then ex­plored new cloth­ing ideas be­yond the dic­tates of the lat­est trend re­ports. Through­out the process, she has also traded gen­er­ally ac­cepted it­er­a­tions of la­dy­like dress­ing for tai­lored mas­cu­line pieces, un­con­ven­tional tex­tures, and anti-fit sil­hou­ettes. In the end, she has de­vel­oped a cloth­ing phi­los­o­phy that she de­scribes as “mod­ern and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic.”

Of late, it’s her mul­ti­ple wed­ding rites and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing cel­e­bra­tions (check out #PacYes2015 on In­sta­gram) that stand out as her big­gest style mo­ment. “I had fun play­ing dress up! I wore off-white silk sep­a­rates by Martin Bautista for the wel­come din­ner, and a gor­geous back­less, bead-less and lace-less wed­ding gown with an ar­chi­tec­turally de­tailed jusi train by Ivar Aseron for the big day.” The bride, true to form, kept it frou-frou-free.

More than her new wardrobe or an affin­ity for the un­con­ven­tional style of Man Re­peller Le­an­dra Me­dine, Yessa owes her sar­to­rial evo­lu­tion to a stronger sense of self. “The more com­fort­able I be­came with my­self and when I ac­cepted that it is good to break away from the mold, it just nat­u­rally trans­lated to how I dressed,” Yessa re­flects. It must be true, then, that beau­ti­ful things take time.

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