#1: Something New

Ever since moving last November, my closet situation has been kind of an invisible disaster. Pre-move, after decluttering and ferrying bags of discards to Value Village, I thought I had a solid, edited wardrobe that I'd be happy to live with for a while. Nothing in, nothing out. Now forward to post-move and I’m adjusting... Continue Reading →

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#45 The Sweat Skirt

Quietly and a bit suddenly, the past few weeks have ushered in overcast days, chilly evenings, and autumnal breezes here in Canada. The turning point was when I put away my portable air conditioner; from then I knew summer 2020, however strange it was, had officially concluded. With the changing weather, I’ve been slowly switching... Continue Reading →

Check-in #4 (August)

On Shopping Since May, my essentialist attitude towards shopping, spurred by worldwide events, has eased a little and I've found myself thinking about acquiring new things. It's a blessing that just as I was experiencing more twinges of dissatisfaction (read: boredom) with my summer wardrobe the weather has shifted and I’ve been able to bring... Continue Reading →

#44 The Not-so-Basic, Not-so-White T-Shirt

For years, it seemed like I always had a "basic white t-shirt" on my wish-list. It was a never-ending pursuit for just the right one; I’ve cycled through my fair share of them – oversized ones, fitted ones, v-necks, round-collars – all these different versions that I thought would fill this essential role, but turned... Continue Reading →

The 5-Year Wardrobe Plan

What will your wardrobe look like in a year from now? How about five? Ever since I was a kid, I always loved thinking about my "dream wardrobe", from collages of magazine cut-outs to folders of saved images. To me, it's more than just indulging in materialist fantasies — it's a form of creative release... Continue Reading →

#43 The Lady-like Skirt

The colour beige is one favoured by trend-followers, minimalists, and Jane Goodall alike, but has little presence in my wardrobe, aside from this skirt. I bought it secondhand at a time when I thought silky vintage skirts were going to be my summer uniform and I was buying up all the ones I could find.... Continue Reading →

Some Style: Examining Capsule Wardrobes

The capsule wardrobe is a concept that’s been around for decades, but has seen a solid boost in popularity in recent years. It’s a movement entwined with others, like minimalism and slow fashion, that seem to respond to the spectacularly privileged issue of overconsumption and its ensuing effects: decision fatigue, overspending, and climate change –... Continue Reading →

#42 The Roomy House Dress

When the weather is sizzling and a permanent layer of sweat has settled onto my flesh, the only thing I want to wear is a billowy sack dress. First, let’s take a moment to discuss the magical freedom of a roomy, summer house dress. In east Asia, where I grew up – and anywhere that... Continue Reading →

#41 The Skirt That is Secretly Pants

One of the more unique pieces in my summer wardrobe, these black and white pleated culottes are almost always mistaken for a skirt. “Oh, I like your skirt,” somebody will compliment, to which I will kick up my leg, while fanning the pants like feathers of a peacock. “Surprise!” This pair of skirt-like pants has... Continue Reading →

Wardrobe Insights: Age

What is the average age of the clothes in your wardrobe? As a statistics nerd, I can tell you mine: 2.34 years. The average piece of clothing in my wardrobe is younger than the bourbon on my shelf, purchased in more recent time than Brexit. They are babies with simple vocabularies and a reputation for... Continue Reading →

#40 The Repurposed Kid’s Dress

We are currently in the midst of a heatwave, with no forecasted relief in sight. Living in an apartment that currently sits at a sweltering 31°C means that each day has become a challenge to beat the heat by employing a variety of tactics which include: cold foods, thick blinds, fighting the cats for the... Continue Reading →

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