This was Alden Richards’ reaction when he learned that he’s one of Garage’s best-dressed men this year: “Seriously? Best-dressed ako? Ang galing naman. I’m just an actor, but I’m very happy about that title.”

Perhaps the surprise is due to his awareness of the style he tends to go for: streamlined, neat, far from loud—matched with a standout accessory. “You dress plainly, then pamatay ‘yung sneakers or watch mo,” Richards explains. He cites fighter Connor McGregor as a style inspiration, “except for the screaming brands or logos [on his clothes]. I’d love to borrow his watch collection: Patek Philippe, Audemar Piguet, Rolexes that are out of this world…

Floral-printed shirt from PAUL SMITH. Three-piece suit by AVEL BACUDIO.

Pero hiram lang kasi I wouldn’t be able to afford his Patek that’s fully studded with diamonds,” he adds.“That costs the same as the [putting up] a fast food franchise.”

Richards’ proudest fashion moment happened in Las Vegas, when he and his team attended the 2018 New York Festivals to receive the silver medal award for his work in the GMA 7 docudrama Alaala: A Martial Law Special. He recalls, “I was wearing this all-black Valentino suit with a black turtleneck.” It doesn’t mean, though, that suits are the only kinds of outfits that make him feel good. “I feel stylish whenever I wear tracksuits.”

 

Long-sleeved shirt from PAUL SMITH. Suit jacket and trousers, both from HOLLYWOOD 1/2 MISTER HOLLYWOOD at ASSEMBLY.

With his Street Dapper King 2018 title an acknowledgement of how much he has grown in terms of personal style, Richards encourages more guys to put more thought into how they present themselves: “Ako, I don’t really mind what other people think of me because we all have our unique selves. But in a way, when you dress properly, people do respect you; first impressions are made when people look at you physically. Ako, whenever I see someone, tinitingnan ko din ‘yung relo o sapatos nila kasi interesado ako doon. Dressing up is not bad at all.”

Photographer: Dookie Ducay
Grooming: Kusie Ho
Stylists: Edlene Cabral and Yzza Hablado