Meet Kimmi Siu-Dewar - the lady with a larger-than-life personality
Anyone who meets Kimmi Siu-Dewar is likely to spew something along the lines of "I can't believe you already have two kids." The self-professed tiger mama doesn't shy away from form-fitting clothes, crop tops, and other risqué OOTDs. This comes with good reason: Kimmi is basically all muscle. In the spirit of the time-tested adage, we say, "when you've got it, flaunt it."
The extroverted Aussie gal opened up her Manila home and showed us what styling prowess really means. But don't take our word for it - we've got more than enough pictures (and words) for you to see for yourself.
Sweet but bold, and sometimes risqué, is how we would describe Kimmi's style
Describe your daily uniform.
I need to dress accordingly to my day and night ahead. What meetings I have and if there are events. And it also depends on my mood and the weather. Luckily it's always tropical weather in Manila, so I wear a lot of skirts and dresses made from natural fiber fabrics to stay cool. They're also easy to take from day-to-night.
Sneakers and slip-on flats have always been my favorite since my job requires a lot of walking around. However, I recently discovered block heels, that has been a welcome addition on my shoe rack, to give me that extra height and confidence in corporate meetings.
I run around with a huge work tote that fits my laptop and document (and a shawl for fierce aircon). Inside my tote, I carry a clutch or mini sling purse with all my essentials. This clutch usually becomes my evening bag or lunch date bag!
Oh, and earrings. I feel naked if I don't wear statement earrings!
Kimmi can't do without her statement earrings
This Aussie gal's choice of footwear is as colorful as her personality
What are three staple items in your closet that you can't live without?
Only three??? I guess my top 3 go-to's for when I pack to travel are:
1. Silk dresses (long, short or midi) - block colors and print!
2. Leather pieces - to me they are trans-seasonal! Whether it be a mini-skirt, leather jacket, leather leggings or camel shorts, leather will always give your OOTD an extra edge. Looks great with silk pieces all the time!
3. Cotton shirts - as long as they are 100% cotton, you can't go wrong. Think white t-shirt or a black t-shirt. Then think collared structured business shirts. Your boyfriend's oversized collared shirt you wear as a mini dress, or one you tie in the front with your leather skirt, you can even belt it if it's extra long, or tuck it in a midi-skirt. It can be loose or tight, buttoned up or buttoned down!
In Kimmi's book, straight lines and polka dots are meant to be mixed together
A classic Chanel purse is a staple for any stylish lady
What is one thing you’ll let yourself splurge on?
Great luggage/suitcases. I've traveled around the world too many times to see my suitcase destroyed once it arrives on the conveyor belt. Don't scrimp on this, it protects ALL your belongings and saves you from tears and wasted time at the airport. And more often than not, it does some serious mileage when being pushed around from airport to your next destination.
We can't get over Kimmi's embellished headband
Nude ankle strap sandals provide grounding for Kimmi's eclectic look
Less or more? Why?
More is okay. You can always take something off if you don't feel the vibe en route.... but it's always too late to go back and get that item!
If you could design a piece of clothing, jewelry, or footwear for Seek the Uniq, what would it look like?
Happy, bright and comfortable.
Which style icon would you want to have lunch with?
Giovanna Engelbert over champagne, cheese and caviar.
How to own the Strazo set look: wear it with tie-up sandals and a statement bag
This mom-of-two is not afraid of crop tops
If you could ask one thing to that style icon, what would it be?
"Can I please have a sleepover in your wardrobe?"
Favorite fashion hack.
Never be afraid to use stick-on (nipple or boob ones) to give you oomph and confidence and a touch of extra sexy!
If your style had a soundtrack, what would it be?
The cardio/work out playlist on Spotify. Nothing puts me in a better mood than that!
Three words: urban Coachella chic
Always on the go, Kimmi likes to balance her effeminate looks with a pair of sneakers
What are some of your biggest fashion regrets?
None. It’s all about living, learning and becoming more confident with who you are and what you wear to express yourself.
Fashion pet peeve?
Kimmi has perfected the art of perfect proportion dressing
Apart from earrings, Kimmi loves her statement bags
Have you ever lost sleep over a piece of clothing or accessory? If yes, what was it?
Anything I miss on sale!