Commuters in Manila are some of the most patient people in the country. With the metro’s traffic situation, getting from one place to another is an everyday challenge. But heavy traffic is just one piece of the puzzle: there are other obstacles you must face before you get to your destination, like the unpredictable weather, wearisome queues, and long waiting times for trains and cabs.
So how do you make your travel experience suck less? By injecting comfort and fashion in your commute
, of course! This is what Straightforward
, a homegrown brand based in San Juan, aims for with their chic yet comfy clothing line. In this article, we’ll show you some of the items that you should bring to keep in fashion as you commute to work
or school, so keep reading!
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An everyday bag that can hold all your essentials
Ready to retire your old backpacks? Try tote bags.
Prepare for your trips by putting travel essentials in your everyday bag. An ideal commuter bag should be spacious enough to contain all your items, and it should also be easy to carry and stylish. Such bags are not so hard to find.
One pick is Straightforward’s daily vegan leather two-tone tote bag, which is designed to carry necessities such as umbrellas, water bottles, glasses, and even small work documents. If you want to stash your phone and money in a secure place, the bag has an internal pocket where you can keep your valuables.
Another plus point for this item is its sophisticated design, not to mention its color schemes that are easy to match with any outfit. The bag comes in three variations: tan and brown, ivory and maroon, and ivory and black.
Straightforward’s tote bags are chic and big enough to carry your must-bring items.
If you aren’t bringing a lot of things, make your commute hassle-free by bringing a small bag instead, like Straightforward’s classic tote bag. It’s also perfect if you’re into simple designs, as it comes in solid colors like maroon and blush.
Keep your personal belongings closer with a crossbody bag.
For men, a crossbody bag is not only practical but also in style. It’s a convenient pick for those who want their hands free as they travel. Since crossbody bags are strapped to your torso, choose a piece that is lightweight. Keep an eye out for bags made from sturdy materials that could withstand the daily grind. Also make sure to pick one that can easily be adjusted so you can wear it or take it off easily.
Straightforward’s resilient fiber commuter bag is easy to fasten because of its reversible straps. When it comes to the aesthetic, the bag is every minimalist’s dream with its sleek design and its simple exterior with multiple pockets.
Comfortable clothing with durable and breathable fabrics
The fabric is what sets apart quality clothing from inferior ones.
It’s a fact that wearing comfortable clothing can make your commute bearable. Here’s a tip: look for clothes made from high-quality fabrics. These will feel better and will last longer as well. Made from long-lasting materials that will move with you as you go, Straightforward’s pieces are great wardrobe investments for these very reasons.
Look fab while waiting for your cab.
Besides the quality, also consider something in a comfortable design. Commuting in the Philippines takes so long, and you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a traffic jam wearing an uncomfortable top or pants. For example, this satin ribbed knit button down dress that drapes perfectly over your curves is ideal for commuting on a warm day.
The model is wearing Straightforward’s premium waffle ringer tee in mocha brown.
Biologically, men sweat more than women. So for the guys, consider clothes that would let your skin breathe. Choose pieces made from cotton, linen blend, or chambray.
The premium waffle ringer tee from Straightforward is made from waffle fabric, which is usually made from woven cotton or microfiber. Waffle woven fabrics are known to be very absorbent and they allow air to flow through the fabric, hence making it faster to dry.
Say goodbye to sweat with this cool and comfortable tee.
The Japanese chambray Mandarin collar tee, on the other hand, is made from chambray—a material known for being lightweight and for its ability to keep you cool even on the hottest days.
Versatile pieces you can mix and match
The model is wearing lux linen blend minimalist top in nude and linen A-line skirt in blue.
It can be hard to think of your OOTD every day, and it could take some time to assemble an outfit that would look and feel great. Save those precious minutes deciding on what to wear for your commute by planning your entire outfit for the week. When you prepare your clothes beforehand, you’ll have a shorter prep time in the morning and you could leave earlier.
You don’t have to buy many clothes to do this. Mixing and matching will go a long way, so it helps to stock up on versatile and basic clothing pieces. One of Straightforward’s greatest features is that they provide minimalist basics. Take the combination of the lux linen blend minimalist top and the linen A-line skirt pictured above as an example. Both pieces have classic designs, and though they go well together, could also be paired with different items in your closet.
Black is a classic color that could go well with everything.
Another tip is to choose clothes in neutral colors since they are easier to pair with other items. Neutrals have a chic and modern appeal and are versatile when it comes to styling for various occasions. Straightforward’s movement twill chinos in black are useful for work, special events, and casual hangouts. In addition, the pair is made from movement twill, an innovative fabric which gives a relaxed and sleek fit—just what you need for a long commute.
Sometimes, it’s easier to sacrifice style so you could travel easily, but this does not have to be the case with Straightforward’s collection of commute-friendly pieces. With these, you take on the traffic not only comfortably but also in great style.
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Location of Straightforward Branches:
Within Metro Manila, Straightforward
can be found in the following malls: Alabang Town Center, Ayala the 30th, Fairview Terraces, Glorietta 3, Market! Market!, SM Mall of Asia, U.P. Town Center, Vertis North, and Robinsons Manila. Meanwhile in Visayas, it is available in Ayala Center Cebu.
You can also shop online at Straightforward’s website: https://www.shopstraightforward.com/