Reader Question: Closet Updates for Mom in Hong Kong


When I read lovely reader Erin’s question about needing closet updates for her new home in Hong Kong I was intrigued and baffled. I definitely hit the interweb for a little research to get me going in the right direction.

“I’ve been following TME for awhile now and refer to your posts often when I’m looking for a new look or I’m stuck on what to wear. It’s the best! My family and I just recently moved to Hong Kong (like 2 1/2 weeks ago) and I’m feeling like I need to spruce up my look a bit. Do you guys have any tips for a mom of three young ones on how to put something together while living in Asia?  I love everyone’s style on TME team, but find I most often go for Laura’s looks as they tend to fit me the best.”

When perusing Hong Kong street style photos I mostly saw comfortable city-chic looks with a bit of a French vibe. Read: clothing with clean interesting lines, walkable footwear and hints of feminine details. I kept this in mind and choose pieces I’d like to wear myself, since Erin said she typically identified with my style sense. And I have to say that though I started out having no clue where to start, this turned out to be a really fun project to take on.

The Options

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Hong Kong is a pretty temperate city that can get fairly warm but doesn’t get super cold. I tried to keep that in mind with fabric choices here and wanted to offer colors that would work together and would work well with other pieces Erin probably has in her closet. Yeah, I know. Two pairs of black pants. I figured our friend probably has jeans in her closet if she and I identify with a similar style. Ha. I wanted to give some true update suggestions here and offer some pieces with versatility and style.

Outfit 1: Everyday Errands

Scarf: H&M Woven Scarf – I chose a woven scarf (with a cool updated print) because it doesn’t get very cold in Hong Kong. Light sweaters and scarves seem to be the way to go and of course a scarf is a great accessory to add interest to any outfit.

Bag: Rag & Bone Small Leather Field Messenger – Love the color and size of this bag for everyday use when out running errands in the city. Here’s a less expensive option, too.

Tee: Topshop Side Snap Tee – Love the snap detail on this and the boxy modern cut. I love mixing stripes with other prints. It’s easiest to mix when the stripe is a thinner stripe on a lighter color background, like this one.

Pants: H&M Cotton Chinos – Chinos are back and so comfy. Sharpen them up with the modern fit of the shirt and chic sneakers in a bold solid color that aren’t too casual.

Sneakers: New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – I love that these have a chic vibe and almost an oxford look, but are super comfy for traipsing around the city. The oxblood color and the matching laces are what give them that sleek look.

Outfit 2: Dressing Up & Events

Sunnies: Rayban Icons 50mm – I love the green tint on these lenses with this color palette and the round shape is definitely a current style.

Sweater: H&M Chunky Sweater – This color is just gorgeous. I chose a cotton knit sweater so it would actually be wearable in the warmish Hong Kong climate.

Skirt: H&M Patterned Skirt – I’m in love with this print. The colors are subtle but obviously the monkey is not at all. Dying over it. And I’m loving it with the feminine kitten heel boot. I think a vibrant city is definitely somewhere you can rock a bold print and easily get away with it. But again, I love the subtle colors in this print that allow it to be easily mixed with a variety of tops.

Boots: Sam Edleman Kinzey Pointy Toe Bootie – I’m in love with this style boot for a winter alternative to a heel, but in a walkable height. On my wishlist.

Outfit 3: Polished But Comfy For Work or Brunch

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Medium Julian Backpack – You know we all love these backpacks. This new color has me drooling. So gorgeous.

TopH&M Sheer Top – Love this sheer top that can go work or brunch with a simple cami underneath. Be daring and wear over a black bra under a moto jacket or blazer for date night. Love the sleeve detail.

Pants: H&M Pull-on Pants – These look comfy but stylish and very versatile for office, everyday or dressing up.

Oxfords: Johnston & Murphy Becca – Love the pewter color of these as a great but fun neutral (a tiny bit more subtle than a gold or silver) and love the comfy sole.

Shop City Chic Closet Updates

I think many of these pieces would work for any of us wanting some chic but wearable wardrobe updates (except the monkey skirt? No. I LOVE the monkey skirt) I find myself coming back to many of these pieces and wanting to add them into my closet rotation.

I hope these suggestions help, Erin! Thanks so much for writing in and giving me this fun challenge. Best of everything in your new home city that I’d love to visit someday!



Be sure to follow me on Instagram @elletrain to see daily outfits, puppy pics, and of course, Sienna’s dance moves. 

Hong Kong skyline photo credit: barnyz


  1. This just made my day! Thanks for taking this on, Laura! The high heat and humidity have finally gone and the cool breeze is making it easier to play around with outfit choices. Looking forward to trying these!

  2. When we lived in Hong Kong is when I started following TME a lot more closely. Had done for years, but now I’m glued! Really helped me with styling it up when I went into the city. Thanks TME team!

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