Closet Confidential: Amanda Wong

 
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We hung out with Amanda on a lazy weekend afternoon and peeked into her wardrobe.

Amanda lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and is a Senior Strategy Manager at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company. She loves dogs (is literally obsessed with them), often quotes The Office, and climbs challenging mountains (she summited Mount Kilimanjaro!)


Closet Overview: 

Given your busy, on-the-go lifestyle, how do you store all your garments?

I have two sections for my closet and additional storage under my bed to house my clothes.

I have two sections for my closet and additional storage under my bed to house my clothes.

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How do you keep everything organized?

I store formal and special occasion dresses on the right side.

I store formal and special occasion dresses on the right side.

I typically wear these pieces to weddings or holiday parties!

I typically wear these pieces to weddings or holiday parties!

In the middle section beside the formal dresses, my green storage unit houses my pyjamas and t-shirts.  To the left of the storage unit, I keep my tops. I organize them by keeping the most formal ones first.

In the middle section beside the formal dresses, my green storage unit houses my pyjamas and t-shirts.

To the left of the storage unit, I keep my tops. I organize them by keeping the most formal ones first.

In the left section of my closet, I hang fancier skirts and pants. For anything that can be folded, I keep it in my black storage unit.

In the left section of my closet, I hang fancier skirts and pants. For anything that can be folded, I keep it in my black storage unit.

Underneath my skirts and pants, I have a small rack that stores dressier shoes.

Underneath my skirts and pants, I have a small rack that stores dressier shoes.

And finally, I use this storage unit under my bed for my jeans.

And finally, I use this storage unit under my bed for my jeans.


Wardrobe HIGHLIGHTS:

What is your current favourite clothing item?

This top is my current favourite piece. I got it at the 2018 Aritzia Warehouse Sale for 50% off! I love how elegant and timeless it is. I also worked hard to find this gem - literally digged for it!

This top is my current favourite piece. I got it at the 2018 Aritzia Warehouse Sale for 50% off! I love how elegant and timeless it is. I also worked hard to find this gem - literally digged for it!

What is your go-to outfit?

This is my go-to ensemble. I can wear it to the office and it works for happy hour, or any plans I have afterwards.

This is my go-to ensemble. I can wear it to the office and it works for happy hour, or any plans I have afterwards.


CLOTHING CONSUMPTION:

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What are your clothing consumption habits (eg: how often do you buy new clothes, what’s the process, etc.)

I limit how often I buy new clothes and what I’m buying. A few years ago, I used to buy items for special events but I don’t do that anymore. I re-wear items in my wardrobe, borrow from my mom, or friends. When I get new clothes, I tend to go to my staple stores and browse around. I have an idea of what’s missing or what gaps I have in my closet and aim to get those items. I also find it helpful to clean out my closet and look at what I have. When I cleaned out my closet earlier this year, I realized I have a lot of solid colour t-shirts and don’t need more of those.

What retailers do you shop at?
A lot of my clothing is from Artizia. I also shop at Zara & Uniqlo, but I make sure what I buy is good quality and will be worn numerous times. Lastly, I purchase staple clothing items from Club Monaco and J Crew.

What’s your favourite clothing brand & why?
Probably Aritzia. I like that the brand originated from Vancouver. Artizia also has a great variety of clothes - comfy casual pieces and good work attire. Plus, the garments are high quality and last a long time. The designs are also timeless and never really go out of style.

What process do you follow when you purchase new garments?
After seeing a garment I like, I look at the price, think about how many times I’m going to wear it and calculate the cost per wear. I often pretend like I’m shopping with my sister and I can hear her asking me questions like: ‘where are you going to wear this?’ ‘how many times are you going to wear it?’, etc.


CLOTHING DISPOSAL:

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How do you get your closet ready for different seasons? 

I usually switch over my wardrobe twice a year - once for spring/summer and once for fall/winter.

How often do you purge your closet? 

I usually purge my closet every three months. One thing I started doing was not buying more clothing hangers. My goal is to keep the same amount of clothes in my wardrobe, meaning every time I buy something, I know something has to go. That way, I ensure everything I own my wardrobe is worn and it forces me to consciously think of this when I want to purchase new things.

How do you get rid of things you don’t want? 

I typically remove 8-10 items from my wardrobe every time I purge my closet. I start by giving things to family or friends. After that, I give it to Hunter & Hare, a local Vancouver consignment shop. I like that they go through the clothes I give them and give me back what they can’t sell. With any leftover clothes, I donate it to the local women’s shelter.


huge thank you to Amanda FOR LETTING US INTO her WARDROBE!

If you want to get in touch with Amanda, you can find her on Instagram @amandanwong.

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