Spotted: Marivic Dar, the Mother of Re-Invention
This stylish matriarch loves to mix classic with modern.
A look at style ambassadors in our city who put it all out there, fashionably.
Yes, Marivic Dar is a fierce financial advisor for Prudential Financial, however, she’s also a fancied fashion advisor to her daughters, their friends and pretty much anyone who has met her. She wears confidence, respect and happiness well—her smile is her best accessory. Here she talks shop about Chanel, her closets and the best brand to represent.
How would you describe your style?
Classic, clean lines, but, fun. I used to wear all high-end—Chanel, St. John, Issey Miyake, but as time went on I got smarter and not everything has to be expensive. I mix Zara with Balenciaga, H&M with Louboutins. People can’t tell which is which. I have a pair of H&M pants, and I get asked all the time, “Where’d you get those.” I probably paid $9 for it.
What is your style motto?
Know who you are and everything will come together. I used to be in management, and I always told people you are your brand. Express yourself, let your inside dictate your outside. Then, when you put an outfit together, it’s magical.
What instilled your love for fashion?
I grew up in the Manila, we call it the Paris of Asia. There, when people go to the market or movies they dress up, jeans and shoes—not shorts and slippers. I told my husband, “When you meet my relatives you have to dress up.” He said, “Why, it’s so hot?” I explained, it shows respect. You took the time to look decent for the people you’re meeting.
How many closets do you have?
Ha! Well, we’re empty nesters, so I have many closets to fill since my kids are gone. Maybe six? My own closet changes with the seasons. For fall/winter, I have different textures and colors than my spring/summer wardrobe.
Do your daughters raid your closets for events?
Yes, they always come to me and say, “What should I wear to this?” Yasmin just went to the Emmy’s in San Francisco, and won an award. She wore all my clothes from earrings to shoes. But, once they wear something of mine, I feel like it’s abused. I tell them they can have it or I donate it.
Your piece de la résistance is …
I have one Chanel black dress that I love. It’s super simple, with a very low back and a boatneck top. It’s a showstopper, and when it hugs me, it’s heavenly. Oh, and I have an Issey Miyake that my daughter, Shaiyanne, bought for me for being a loving grandma. I wore it to dinner and as soon as I entered the lobby, a lady walked up to me and asked, “Where did you get that?” Couple months later, I saw the dress in a fashion feature (in HONOLULU Magazine), and I loved how it looked. It was amazing.