How to get the look of photographer BJ Pascual

Play with proportions

“If the pants are loose, I’ll wear a fitted top, and vice versa in terms of silhouette. It’s all about creating the illusion of length.”

Reach new heights

“I love the power of height, so I wear boots with a little heel and sneakers with lifts. Even if it makes me just an inch taller, it has a huge impact on my confidence.”

A little flair never hurt

“I’m never without a few matte silver rings and bracelets. It gives just a little more flair to so many looks.”

Hall of fame: The people and time periods that inspire BJ Pascual’s personal style

Everything ’80s. “I grew up on Jem and the Holograms and everything new wave. The colors, the big shoulders, the high-waist pants — they all inspire me.”

David Bowie. “He broke style conventions without putting a label on his preferences or orientation. I love his interpretation of rock ’n’ roll.”

Robert Mapplethorpe. “Everything about him and his work, including his personal style, are iconic to me.”

This article first appeared in the June 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Gabbie Tatad

Photographed by

Regine David

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