To some, accessorising might come in the form of glitzy jewellery, hype bags and ostentatious kicks – but to Woei Wong, the ultimate accessory remains her candy-coloured hair. “To me, the most important outfit you can wear is the one you wear to your hairstylist – because it helps envision the perfect hairstyle for you. My stylist Calvin, from Hairloom, once got his inspiration for my hair from a pair of colourful Vans I had on,” the 32-year-old senior account manager shares.
And Wong, who moved to Singapore from eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak in 2015 to join local creative agency GOVT, certainly isn’t colour-shy. While her tresses have gone through transitional changes (her hair is currently canary yellow), she maintains a tightly curated and low-key selection of clothes that she rotates strategically – a capsule wardrobe of sorts. Part of the line-up: oversized blazers, graphic T-shirts and the occasional playful earring.
“Every night before work, when I’m planning my outfit, I ask myself, what can I modify with the things I have in my wardrobe?” – Woei Wong
“I think at some point I just stopped following trends. I started buying things like T-shirts, jeans, pantsuits – things that will serve me for a long time and I know I will wear. Right now, I buy much less but it’s quality over quantity,” she adds. Wong, who veers on the side of a fashion essentialist (just don’t expect monochrome), is big on conjuring up new outfits and combinations from items she already has.
These span a mix of high-low buys and colourful finds from labels like Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Zara as well as from vintage thrift stores in cities like Berlin and Tokyo. “Every night before work, when I’m planning my outfit, I ask myself, what can I modify with the things I have in my wardrobe?” she shares. Her go-to for ideas and to make the most of her wardrobe? Pinterest.
The result is a quirky-cool medley of oversized, structured pieces that Wong often layers to create fun, playful looks – paired with either a red lip, or a bold set of door-knocker earrings. While all items are subject to rotation, there’s one item that Wong isn’t planning to get her fill of anytime soon: her ever-growing collection of Converse shoes.
Says Wong: “Converse is very wearable and it’s so easy to style. I am obsessed with classic high Chuck Taylors because they truly go with everything.” So obsessed, in fact, that Wong’s already picked out to the pair she’s wearing to her next hair appointment – her sunflower yellow pair. Something tells us Wong’s going to rock an even brighter shade of yellow dye for her next mane makeover – and we can’t wait.