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#MetroSocietyBestDressedMen – JM Lagdameo Shares The Key To Dressing Your Age


JM Lagdameo attempts to feign ignorance when asked how he keeps his wardrobe on point, but throughout the conversation, he laughs and finally admits, “I would be lying if I said I didn’t subscribe to those foreign magazines before—GQ, Details. But I simply go through them, and without trying to look like anyone else. It’s always nice to look a little different from everybody.”

It’s a trait that JM has skillfully mastered throughout the years—his ability to effortlessly stand out in a crowd. But it’s not a conscious effort, he says, “Making a statement without it being loud—does that make sense?”

The classic yet casual dresser has traded in years of corporate dressing for more comfortable threads nowadays—but comfort isn’t synonymous to looking sloppy for JM. He also recalls how his wife, Iya Lagdameo, would tell him to dress his age. “I think I can name a few style tips that came from her, but they all tend to lead to, ‘You’re not that young anymore, so you dress accordingly.’”

But dressing his age does not necessarily mean he is dressing old. ABS-CBN Sales Consultant Philip Cu-Unjieng says, “JM has that uncanny sense of mixing the classic ensemble, with something that’s personalized or marks him as an individual. He tends to tweak conventional and classic pieces to stay hip.”


“JM has tamed his style into a studied elegance.” – Raul Manzano, editor-in-chief of Metro Society and host of Metro Channel show EIC on The Move


JM adds, “I think over the years, I’ve learned what to try and not to try on. I guess I was more daring when I was younger, and when you get older you figure things out. You learn what you can or cannot do, and the fashion rules that you don’t need to follow. Perhaps the best thing I’ve learned is to ask yourself where you’re going to be, where, and plan it out. There’s a time and place for everything. Dress without making it look like you’re putting effort into it. If you know that you put some thought into it, that’s very much enough.”

At the end of the day, Kate Paras, fashion editor of Metro titles and editor-in-chief of Metro Weddings, says that what JM does best is “regal dressing with key pieces that punctuate his every outfit: turtlenecks, statement blazers, and stunning shoes.”



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Read the full story of the #MetroSocietyBestDressedMen inside Metro Society magazine's April 2018 issue, available in newsstands and leading bookstores nationwide. 


Text by Maita de Jesus | Photographs by Doc Marlon Pecjo | Grooming by Cats del Rosario | Styling by Dane Barroso, Princess Villones, and Jowi Guzman of styleList inc. | Shot on location at Discovery Primea