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Homme invasion of the wardrobe

Some men are taking up more closet space than their wives, thanks to vanity, inspiration from male style icons and buying clothes in bulk

Published on May 25, 2014 11:56 AM
 

To stem her husband's tide of new clothing purchases, Ms Suriati Sukor periodically rotates his clothing stacks in their shared closet.

"I put the clothes where he can see them, so he will stop buying new clothes," says the housewife, 45.

Her husband, Mohammad Nazri Asnawi, 34, sheepishly agrees. "If not, I will forget I have them, and when I am out and I see something that catches my eye, I'll 'top up' my collection," he says.

Mr Nazri, who runs his own recruitment business, takes up about about 80 per cent of their closet space with his jackets, shirts, jeans and football jerseys; leaving the rest for Ms Suriati's staple of jeans, blouses and baju kurung.

 
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“He gets more excited when he dresses up and goes out, so I may have to buck up.”

MS JOANNA LIN, a housewife who is married to Mr Lambert Chen, on her husband who occupies about twice as much closet space as she does


"I will forget I have them, and when I am out and I see something that catches my eye, I'll 'top up' my collection."

MR MOHAMMAD NAZRI ASNAWI on why his wife, Ms Suriati Sukor, needs to rotate the stacks of clothes in their wardrobe


"He is very hiao, but I'm okay since it is his own money he is spending anyway."

MS NIZAH HAMID on her husband, Mr Mohammad Suhaimi Mohammad Suadi Ong, spending $200 a month on clothes and occupying a portable closet in the hall as well as half of their shared closet space. "Hiao" is vain in Hokkien