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.