5 Best Style Investments I've Made So Far
或許是這個年紀、這個階段。又或許是因為這兩三年的工作崗位，讓我能奢侈地接近設計、幸運地觸摸各種布料。以至於對於自己的衣櫃與穿著更加苛刻了。看著過去一路來堆積如山的快時尚 — 扎皮膚的毛衣、不合身的大衣、還有好幾款穿都沒穿過的連身裙，太長的褲子。越翻眉頭皺得越深，我想，這就是所謂「衝動購物症候群」吧。現在，購物比過去謹慎多。在帶去結帳或是放入網路購物車前，都會歷經思考。這件單品，能帶給我什麼，能跟我現有的穿著有怎麼樣的搭配。與其買很多件質感有待加強的單品，不如慢慢存投資一件好的、經典能夠賠上自己好幾年的。買東西買的聰明，就是投資。意外地，秉持著這樣的購物精神，反而更了解自己穿什麼好看。也學會把時下流行的潮流，稍作修改，變成適合自己的樣子。
Maybe it’s that time of my life, a particular chapter that I woke up one day and looked at my wardrobe — couldn’t help but frown at the piles of low quality pieces, including lots of the DIY projects that aren’t in the right balance. Jackets that were only worn once, knits that were too harsh on my skin. Point is, for the past two years or so, I’ve been learning to find ‘quality pieces’. Not that I can afford a designer bag every month, but when I add something to my wardrobe, I make sure they are viewed as an ‘investment’. I don’t want to own ten different shirt, when I only need two that would last me years. Surprisingly, this shift of attitude had help me see fashion differently. Understanding trends, and tailor them to work for you, not for you to work for them.
So welcome to the most obvious post I’ve ever written — a list of 5 best wardrobe investments that I’ve ever made. In other words, 5 things I’ve worn a thousand times, and still lasts pretty well.
一直覺得襯衫是所有上著中最難物色的品項。目前來說，我覺得法國品牌 Equipment 的絲質襯衫，是我最喜歡的。不管是質感，或是版型，都非常出色。喜歡他們自然地垂墜度，面料親膚之餘，又不會太柔軟，失去襯衫該有的俐落感。看似簡單日常的單品，越難做得好，而好的襯衫，真的一穿就知道。這幾年，我搜集了許多不同印花、顏色與設計的 Equipment 襯衫，不過最常穿還是這件黑色的經典款，分享給你們
I feel like shirts are one of the hardest category, at least I definitely struggled. In my opinion, Equipment really is the master of shirts, the quality is amazing and the fit is perfect (with or without bust). It’s not too revealing nor is it too conservative. I do have them in a couple of colours and prints, but my favourite has gotta be this classic black one (bought almost 3 years ago and still going strong). They don’t require lots of ironing, but since it is in silk so I do dry clean them.
牛仔褲呢，絕對是一個我可以拉出來單寫一篇的品項（笑）因為我擁有的件數也非常多。OK 掐指一算，從大學到現在，至少試過超過15個品牌。不過，現在的衣櫃中，只有 RAG & BONE 這個品牌。來自紐約，在丹寧市場來說，算是中價位的。布料的延展性非常好，厚度也夠，但不至於太硬挺難以行動。目前衣櫃丹寧褲共五件，從 BOOT CUT 、SKINNY 到現在流行的 STRAIGHT LEG 都有。不過呢，我最喜歡也最常穿的其是這件中腰男友褲，直筒的設計，捲起褲管套上靴子非常好看，也有點復古的樣貌。
If I could do a separate post with denim I would, because the amount of denim brand I’ve tried is just…embarrassing. Denim is my favourite kind of clothing of all. And I’ve tried at least 15 brands since Uni. That being said, nowadays, I wear Rag & Bone exclusively. I love how they are able to keep the stretch while still making the denim thick enough. I have 5 pairs of jeans from them at the moment, all in different cut, wash and designs. This Mid-rise Rosa Boyfried is my favourite. It’s a classic straight cut they produce all the time, so if it’s way over your budget, I reckon wait for their sale period or use your first time subscriber discount.
記得艾薇兒十年前帶起的 OVERSIZE 西裝外套潮流嗎？我記得很清楚，因為就是她讓我從此以不一樣的眼光看待西裝外套。在我眼裡，它不再是一個只適合上班族的外著，仔細挑選過，也可以很時髦。我總共擁有三件西裝外套，一件米色、一件復古格子，以及照片身上這件黑色的。它屬於偏寬鬆版型，肩膀上有薄薄的襯墊（但還是被我拆掉了），我特別喜歡白色扣子所帶來的對比。
可以正式、可以休閒；不管是搭配高跟鞋、群子或是像我一樣配直筒丹寧褲與靴子，都行。如果想入手一件中等價位但有質感不錯的西裝外套，非常建議到 RAG & BONE 看看（這不是業配唷，只是我自己存粹很喜歡他們家的東西）。在款式與顏色上都非常多元，推薦給你們。
Who remembers the Avril Lavigne blazer trend 10 year ago? I did, because I was obsessed. Oversized blazers have been in my wardrobe ever since I started paying for my own clothes. These days I have streamlined my collection in to three; a cream one from Fendi, a check on from nevenka, and a black one from Rag & Bone (I swear this is not a sponsored post). I love the three of them equally, but this black oversized blazer with white button is the most versatile of all.
You can easily dress it up with pointy heels or a skirt, or style it with straight leg jeans and boots for a causal effortless look. Of course, a lot of high street brands do them, but if you want to invest in a mid-price piece that will last you for years, Rag & Bone is a great brand (make it a drinking game…).
要我介紹五款最喜歡的單品，黑色皮靴一定會在清單中。這雙 LOUIS VUITTON 是我第一雙設計是品牌靴子，厚底高跟，所以即便是八公分，就算走了一整天的路也不會痠痛。入手快三年，即便我這個粗魯人，依舊維持得很好。黑與白對比色，實穿但還是一有一定的造型感。除了方靴頭外，沒有明顯的 LOGO 也是愛它的主原因，畢竟我實在不是個印花人。這雙靴子看似簡單，卻是我所有鞋款裡面最受路人愛戴的。就當我虛榮心作祟吧，每次穿它出門都被稱讚地喜孜孜的（笑）同款的可能找不到了，但每次在他們櫃上依舊能看到類似的設計，所以我想大家耐心找，還是可以找到心儀的。
You lot know I love my boots. I can wear it all year round, even in summer sometimes. These Louis Vuitton Boots are my very first designer black boots. I reckon you if you are planning to invest in shoes, it’s better to start with something easy to style and classic like black boots. I love how they are quite low key, since I’m not the biggest fan of logos. They are quite high (8cm), so they elongate your legs really well, but the platform design also makes it extremely comfortable to walk in. That being said, I’m someone who is really use to high shoes, so do bare that in mind.
擁有一支好的手錶，對我來說，是某種成長的象徵。 比起圓形的，我更喜歡方形的錶面，感覺更復古、優雅些。CARTIER 的美洲豹系列，是我關注很久的款式。於八零年代誕生，至今依舊讓許多人深深著迷喜愛著，這就是經典腕錶的魅力。兩年前，決定要打包行李搬回墨爾本後，我在台灣的機場買下了這支玫瑰金色的 PANTHEÈRE DE CARTIER，當作對自己將來的期許。因為我手腕是偏細的，所以買了小型款。不帶鑚的設計，除了價錢是我比較能負擔的以外，也好搭配些，低調卻不失質感，是我最愛的風格。雖然買下這它後拮据了好幾個月，但自從擁有之後真的是天天配戴，算是回本了吧（笑）。我有信心，即便過了二十年、三十年我依舊就會這麼戴著。知道每個人都有不同的預考量，所以還是在底下找了一些類似款給你們。
There’s just something special about having a piece of a luxury watch. I love a square watch design and how it comes with a vintage vibe. This Panthère de Cartier watch is something I bought for myself when I finally decided to settle down in Melbourne. And if I’m honest, it caused a shed load. I had to be extremely strict with my budget for a couple of months after splurging on this piece, but it is worth it. I have a pretty thin wrist, so I went for the small model. A model born in the 80s, and still looks fantastic at this current time — there is nothing more classic than that. I know this could be way over most people’s budget, so I found a couple of similar designs below.
Blazer. Rag & Bone
Denim. Rag & Bone
Boots. Louis Vuitton
Photography by Annie Chen