The recently released 8-year late sequel to One More Chance showed fans how their favorite Star Cinema couple had gone from college sweethearts to ex-lovers to husband and wife with a shared business. This evolution of Popoy and Basha’s romance came with equally evolved careers, conflicts and, not any less importantly, wardrobes.
Basha the doormat vs. Basha 2.0
In the start of One More Chance we see our heroine looking perpetually harassed—as much a victim of wardrobe malfunctions as she was of a suffocating relationship—in awkwardly cut dresses, accessories that did more harm than good, poor color combinations, and her signature Hair in the Face.
Perhaps this was a look that was intentionally meant to reflect the rut that Basha was in at the time, but we have to admit that even as she was reinventing herself post-breakup, she still had quite a bit of work to do in the style department.
Basha 2.0 was constantly wearing pants, wedge heels and wide head bands and she was very experimental with color. Other than that, it’s difficult to say what look she was going for. It was definitely not “Working Girl” or “Woman on Top” considering she decided to wear a hoodie covered in what looked like Dippin’ Dots to a job interview.
Of course, if we have to cite anything that really defined the look of Basha’s reinvented self, it was that hairdo reminiscent of Mars Attacks! that made us wonder what she was hiding underneath her hefty coif. For those of you who didn’t already know, that hairstyle was a wig. (Thank goodness!)
Popoy’s many layers
Meanwhile, Popoy from 2007 was just as amateur in his dressing style. In his first appearance, we see our main man dressed in a black short-sleeved button-down layered over a black t-shirt with dark jeans and white sneakers. The look improves significantly when he gets rid of the button-down to reveal what might have been his best outfit in the entire movie.
The problem with Popoy’s many layers is either his button-downs don’t look like they’re meant to be layered over anything or the alternative hoodies just look too scruffy. Again, the whole thing was probably intentional but luckily for John Lloyd Cruz, no wigs were involved.
Gonzales + Gonzales
Fast forward 7 years later and we see how the couple has shifted to more mature clothing choices which suit their more adult selves perfectly.
The palette is definitely darker for both characters in the sequel. That’s definitely not to say that prints and bright colors are fashion faux pas, but since the color and print combinations from One More Chance were very hit-and-miss, the neutrality of A Second Chance’s costumes were a breath of fresh air in comparison.
Basha’s professional dressing style also deserves major points for keeping it classy and effortless—the exact opposite of her former self that always seemed to be trying too hard.
In A Second Chance, audiences are treated to a rare glimpse of Popoy and Basha in a transitional phase, post-wedding but pre-seven-year-itch where Basha is seen in a bright pink top, printed headband, hair away from her face, and Popoy in a bright green hoodie. The colors are pleasant against the background of a sunny day and do not assault the senses like most of their other outfits from that period.
That green shirt
However, speaking of assaulting the senses, we spotted a major dilemma from A Second Chance which, if you were paying any attention at all, you must have noticed too. It’s that green shirt that Popoy was always, always, wearing.
Yes, it was his work uniform for their startup design firm, Gonzales + Gonzales, but do people really wear their work uniforms that much? If anything, it certainly shifted our view of Popoy from “college boy” to “daddy”—perhaps that, too, was intended—but seriously, even to the bar for drinks until 3 am, Popoy?
A wig improvement
On the other hand, Bea Alonzo must have been delighted to find big improvements in the wig department. She may not have had her real hair on all throughout the film, but each hair look was pretty convincing. The light brown look with the bangs was especially pretty.
Perhaps the evolution in the way that Popoy and Basha dressed was, in a way, a part of their growing up. You have to admit that, like much everything else, it was better the second time around.