WE understand that in times like these, one would like a little bit more of protection. But this does not mean that style has to be abandoned.
One must keep in mind that full-body PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) should be reserved for frontliners due to the equipment’s actual necessity in their field, as well as safety guidelines in donning and doffing them for which they have received training. What follows is a list of a few designers and brands that have come up with protective outerwear that suit civilian needs and lifestyles.
We must note that these are not medical-grade and are only suitable for everyday tasks. We also urge people to research on how to put on and remove protective outerwear properly, to avoid contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).
Local brand Kamiseta is releasing a line of protective clothing that come as either waterproof tracksuits, 1950s-inspired shirtwaist dresses, or else wraparound numbers. They cost between P795 and P995. To shop, visit kamiseta.com.
Stylist and designer Bianca Cordero usually makes formals for both men and women. Since there is no need for these days, she has pivoted to designing waterproof coats and jumpsuits suitable for both men and women. We’re particularly entranced by a trench hoodie with a zip-up mask with large pockets (perfect for shopping), as well as a frilly coat made in clear plastic. To shop, visit her Instagram @biancacordero.
Another local brand, Bayo, has a collection of protective outerwear also made of water-repellent fabric. The texture of the tracksuit is akin to piña, but the collection also includes two hooded trench coats. All pieces come with two free face masks. Although currently sold out, one can still check out the pieces at styleshops.com.ph.
Designer Lian Martin, who was once found making draped and high necked ternos, now puts that skill to use in making hooded waterproof jackets. The jackets have huge pockets and come in black (although they are customizable), and have an oddly flattering shape suitable for both men and women (thanks to a very slight flare around the hips). Each purchase comes with a free 3D mask. To shop, visit @lianmartiin.
Former racing ace and now designer to the stars Mark Bumgarner is known for his softly feminine creations. The same care and attention to design is not lost in his vision for protective outerwear. Called The Armor Project, the line is made up of jumpsuits, track separates, and even dresses. They come in many prints and designs (yes, even floral), and have the look and feel of those jumpsuits worn by aviators in the 1930s and ‘40s, and can be styled with versatility. For inquiries, visit Mark Bumgarner’s Instagram @markbumgarner. — Joseph L. Garcia