What does “dressing your age” really mean? Tessie Singson aka Lola Androgynous challenges the notion that fashion is only for the young and turns ‘advanced style’ to avant garde – with platform shoes to boot. The 65-year old fashion slayer shares with us how her Instagram blog started and her fashion philosophy that encourages personal expression.
On personal style: “My style is androgynous with a touch of kakikayan.”
“I wear mostly black and white with pops of bold and vivid colors. I also love wearing anything over-sized or loose-fitting so I don't feel restricted with my movements. I like anything minimalist and boyish paired with funky accessories like a statement necklace or over-sized earrings.”
Lola A wearing a black COS dress with (1) Elise earrings
On accessories: “I love both contemporary and vintage custom jewelry. My son JP and I are particularly obsessed with statement earrings. We just can't get enough of them.”
Lola A wearing a COS blouse and 5cm cropped pants with (2) Moor earrings and (3) Mayi earrings
On what a typical day looks like: “I usually wake up early at 5AM. Then, I prepare breakfast for the family while tidying up our home. By 9AM, I usually go to our car accessories shop in Quezon City with my husband to do admin work. And then in the afternoon, JP and I work on @LolaACloset if he's here in Manila. We usually schedule shoots twice a week for OOTDs for my Instagram.
Lola A plays around with mismatched earrings and combines the (4) Moor earrings with the (5) Mayi earrings
On how she became 'Lola Androgynous': “Fashion was already a part of my life in my younger years thanks to my mom who started dressing me up at an early age since I was the only ‘rose’ among the ‘thorns.'
Lola A wearing a white Uniqlo top with (6) Olive earrings
"My son coined the name Lola Androgynous since we wanted to use a catchy blogger name that has a good recall. I think both JP and I just enjoy fashion. We never really take it seriously.”
Lola A expresses her fun fashion sense through distinct accessories like these specs from Australian brand Le Specs
“I just want people to know that fashion has no age limit. I want to inspire women and even men to be themselves and be comfortable in their own skin. Dress to express, not to impress.”
Lola A also loves the unexpected when it comes to bags. Pictured here are Louis Vuitton's Epi Kabuki Mask Alma BB with a Celine net bag
One of her favorite pairs of shoes includes these platform Mary Janes from MM6 by Maison Margiela
On what inspires her: “My very supportive husband and family. And of course, my amazing and cool followers.”
Lola A wearing a white dress and black cover-up from Uniqlo with (7) Zarin Earrings
On what's next for her: “Working on a capsule collection with my son and a couple of emerging designers. Super excited with my upcoming projects!
Follow Lola Androgynous on Instagram: @LolaAndrogynous
Follow Lola A's Closet on Instagram: @LolaAcloset
(1) Elise earrings
(2) and (4) Moor earrings
(3) and (5) Mayi earrings
(6) Olive earrings
(7) Zarin Earrings