Adjusting My Capsule Wardrobe In Hong Kong
It’s been two weeks since my move to Hong Kong, and everything has been going rather smoothly. My apartment is right in the centre of Wan Chai, and is large (for Hong Kong standards!), bright and quiet. I live on the twenty-second floor and have an incredible view of the skyscrapers near Central on the left, and the mountains near Victoria Peak on the other side. I have a beautiful yet tiny balcony on which I drink my morning coffee, and a desk with the same view on which I work and write. Every day the weather is warm and balmy, and I live above a local wet market, where I do most of my groceries and practise the little Cantonese I know (my course is starting next week). I eat fruits for breakfast and for dinner I usually try out the noodles and beef briskets in the tastiest local eateries right in my street. University life is commencing next week, and am looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar yet simultaneously heaps of new faces on campus.
Long story short, a real writer and student retreat! My move has so far been successful and I am adapting quite well to the daily life of Hong Kong. The only thing that – as expected – is definitely in dire need of adaptation, is my wardrobe. Arriving in South East Asia in the middle of August has shown me summer weather at its finest: bright sun and perfect temperatures, but also a strong dose of humidity.
Changing from a cold and windy climate into an always warm one requires some adaptation and curation. Clothing-wise, this means I have to adapt in a couple of ways.
Warm weather capsule wardrobe adjustments
– Switch my long sleeve shirts for short sleeve ones
– Switch woollen trousers for silk trousers or linen ones
– No more boots, opt for ballet flats or slides instead
– Forget about jeans, it’s way too humid and warm
– Lightweight materials are best; think silk, linen or thin cotton
– Who needs jackets when it’s warm all the time? A light cardigan for air conditioned spaces is helpful, however.
Simple, smart and breezy
Therefore, I now need to think light and breezy when it comes to clothing. However, I would like to adapt my wardrobe by making the smallest amount of adjustments as possible. A good start would be to switch my long-sleeve silk and linen shirts for short-sleeved ones. Thus, last week was spent looking into sleeveless silk and linen tops. Since Everlane is introducing international shipping next week, I am interested in this white linen top and the white silk version. They also carry silk tank version, which seems like the more chic and smart option. All three pieces seem to be versatile, simple and warm-weather-proof.
As for trousers, I have purchased these light Uniqlo trousers in black and, surprisingly, beige. The warmer weather has motivated me to wear lighter colours all of a sudden and the sleek fit of the trousers was exactly what I was looking for. Also, the beige smart trousers would combine well with the aforementioned white tops. If they prove to be very wearable I might buy a navy version as well. I might look into a pair of shorts, such as these silk shorts by Grana. I have, however, no experience with the brand, but their silk line seems to be lightweight and suitable for warmer climates.
When it comes to shoe wear, there is no need to invest in anything at the moment. I am switching between my K. Jacques sandals (see review here), my Repetto ballet flats (review here), and my Castaner espadrilles (and review here) for nights out.
I am a little sad that the weather currently is too humid to wear jeans (I might have become a jeans girl after all after purchasing my A.P.C. jeans nearly two years ago). On the other hand, I enjoy wearing smart trousers, and the current humid climate makes me have to put in a little effort in dressing again, which is something I definitely missed doing in Amsterdam.