By Mariel Cornel – Polydeux


After growing up in uniforms and having the way I look dictated by others, I never saw myself being well versed in fashion. Fast-forward to adult me; I’d actually want to be buried with my closet or better yet, laid down in a casket of expensive furs.

Being a fashion blogger, you’re evidentially forced to thwart yourself into categories. What are you? Who are you? How would you describe your style? My immediate response is that it’s ‘eclectic. It’s day and night. I can dress bohemian one day and street the next.’ It’s a completely acceptable answer. I mean, who else could sound more put-together than someone using the term ‘eclectic’?

Polydeux (Mariel) by Justin Querbal

Polydeux (Mariel) by Justin Querbal

But the fact of the matter is my style has changed a lot since I’ve formulated that answer, which I will continue to swear by even if it’s not true.

I read somewhere that to really find your sense of style: You. Must. Experiment. And so I did. I’ve been harnessing my tom-boyish wants and I’m exuding it via unisex and street wear inspired ‘fits.  At the same time, I can’t let go of my infatuation with heels and short skirts.

Mariel is street style personified with her harness and high-waisted ripped skinnies. (photo: Justin Querbal)

Mariel is street style personified with her harness and high-waisted ripped skinnies. (photo: Justin Querbal)

That’s why I become a frequenter of the minimalist chic theme. There’s something about become a fervent explorer of the neutrals palette that can open up so many different possibilities. You’re no longer focusing on the print or color of an outfit, but the way textures work together when strategically worn. Fashion isn’t limited to being just a visual art. It caters to all the senses.
— Mariel on ‘minimal chic’ collection

By combining the two ends of the spectrum, I realized that both encompass a similarity: juxtaposition. If there’s anything I love most, it’s texture versus clean lines. The texture of hard leather against smooth fur gets me weak.

The key to an effortless outfit, as I’ve learned, is that a little goes a long way. Less is definitely more.