I love to dress up since I was young. My mom was one of the pioneers in Kota Kinabalu who opened a boutique at home to sell women’s clothing from Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She operated from the extension of our house for 3-4 years before she opened her very own boutique at Kompleks Karamunsing – the first shopping mall in KK! So when it comes to fashion, I was a fashionista since I was a kid.
When I was in primary school, my favourite brand then was Esprit. I was usually in Esprit from top to bottom. On days when it’s gloomy or during rainy days, I was very happy because I got to wear my Esprit sweaters. I had so many of them I wished it was a rainy day all the time!
When I was in secondary school, I wore a mix of brands – Esprit, Gap and some were non branded ones. And since my mom had a boutique then, I was free to take whatever I wanted from her boutique. So cool right????
When I was in college, I was somewhat trendy too. Those days, a pair of 501s, a pair of Doc Marten boots and red lipstick were my staple. When I think about it, I could have done so much better then cause I didn’t really know how to put makeup on my face.
I loved my university days in UK cause I got to wear different stuff throughout the year! – Trench coats, leather jackets, leggings, gloves etc
When I started work, it was about the same time Ally McBeal was hot on TV. I wore alot of suits – skirt suits and pant suits thanks to Ally McBeal.
As I progressed throughout my career, I began to lose the suits at work and opted for more casual pieces like dresses and wore more shirts without a jacket on. But always smart I must say.
Now that I work from home, although I don’t need to wear formal clothing, I dress up everyday even if my school run takes less than 30 minutes. Why? Because I am vain like that. My wardrobe has changed alot. I used to have lots of office wear but now, there are more and more smart casual pieces in there. I go for a hair cut once a month and if I can go for mani/pedis and if not, I do it myself. I put IZUMIO mask on my face at least once a week – and sometimes, I do it everyday and make sure I take my Super Lutein everyday.
I do all this not so much for my husband but more for myself. I don’t want to slowly slip into that comfort zone where I won’t bother about how I look. When I dress up and look good, I feel good too. Do I sound shallow? Oh whatever lah.
How about you?
Do you like to dress up eventhough it takes you 20 minutes on your school run? Do you make an effort to dress up during your off days?