Hi! Welcome back to Wear is She Wednesdays, a series that highlights one special girl each week to let her shine! Every Wednesday, we feature a different “she,” and get the scoop on her style, what makes her tick, and how the heck we can learn to be as awesome as she is. Today we’re asking the question everyone wants to know… Wear is Maggie J?
WEAR IS… MAGGIE J?
Meet Maggie, a digital creator, world traveler and baguette bag rocker. Her whimsical sense of style is enough to make you swoon, but sweeter than her endless stream of candy colored clothes is the girl wearing them. Between her flawless wardrobe, open heart and laid-back personality, she’s the type of girl you’re almost jealous of until you realize she’s the nicest and instead decide you should just be internet bffs.
Maggie is an absolute joy to get to know, so keep reading for her thoughts on following your passion, leather shackets and New Zealand thrift culture.
Hi Maggie! Please introduce your wonderful self!
Hi guys! I’m Maggie, my friends call me Mags. A lot of people when they first meet
me joke that I have the same name as this brand of instant noodles –Maggi but hey!
My name has an extra ‘e’ at the end.
I’m currently in my final year of architecture and writing my thesis. I’m based in
Auckland, New Zealand at the moment, but I call Singapore my home.
1. How would you describe your personal style?
I would say my style is somewhat retro vintage and comfy street. I could never
describe my style precisely because it feels like it’s a blend of everything, but if I had
to choose some keywords, it would be 90s, vintage, street wear, indie (I love me
some plaid pants and oversized sweaters). I prioritize my comfort above all else, so
my “style” is pretty much me trying to balance looking cute but staying comfortable
100% of the time.
2. Who or what are your current biggest style inspirations?
So many people from Instagram and Tik Tok currently! Ever since I started my
fashion account, I get so much inspiration from the people in the fashion community
on Instagram. Some of my go-to for inspo are:
I never thought I would get fashion inspo from Tik Tok but there’s actually so
much amazing content there! My faves are @tzeshinn, @the.navarose,
@sarahmtimet, @ambikadhr. Of course, @bestdressed is a forever style inspo.
3. How did you discover your personal style or are you still discovering it?
I only really started to be interested in fashion in my late teens. I had to wear school
uniforms Monday to Friday back in high school, and any time outside of school was
meant for studying (being the good Asian kid that I am) and co-curricular activities,
so fashion was never really on my mind. A lot of my early style inspirations came
from watching Youtubers such as clothesencounters (Jenn Im), tothe9s (Ricci and
Cassie), TheLineUp, IAMKARENO. I loved watching their styling videos and I pretty
much learnt all I knew about fashion then from them.
Being at University, and surrounded by creative minds in my major definitely helped
me to step out of my comfort zone after high school. I’m constantly admiring what the people around me wear and how fearlessly bold they are in expressing themselves.
The thrifting culture here in New Zealand also pushes me to experiment with styles
more. There’s not many international labels here compared to other countries, but
the availability of op-shops and the fact that I’m a broke college student means
thrifting is great for experimenting!
My style is still evolving (and I’m sure most people’s do) and so I’m definitely still
discovering new things I like. Just this year, I’ve really gotten into wearing more colours, whilst in the past I pretty much only wore black, whites, and yellow-brown tones.
4. What’s on your thrift list right now?
A leather shacket, a cute bucket hat (I used to hate them!) and shoulder bags –I
have so many but never enough.
5. What’s your go to midnight snack?
I would sneak out of bed and cook myself some Shin Ramen (yummy spicy Korean
instant noodle) and a soft-boiled egg if I’m feeling extra hungry –which coincidentally
is what I’m feeling right now.
6. And the bonus question I like to ask everyone before they go: what’s something you’re really proud of right now?
Being asked to be interviewed for this blog (thanks Veronica)! And starting my fashion content Instagram @melodramaggie. I’ve been deliberating for YEARS whether to start an account or not, mostly because I was worried about what my friends and family might think.
But this whole pandemic really put things into perspective for me, and I thought to myself, “if not now, when?”. So if you’re reading this and wanting to start something you’re passionate about – JUST DO IT. There’s no better time than now.
Where else can we find you, Maggie?
@melodramaggie on Instagram is where I’m at right now, I want to look into starting a blog / online thrift store because I love collecting vintage pieces (but not
necessarily wearing them myself –ya feel?) So follow me on Instagram and stay