In this post I’m wearing a 7-year-old blazer, my eldest piece in the wardrobe, hands down. 7 years, really? You might ask, and in complete contrary to the 7-year-itch in marriages, I still love it as much as I did back when I was only 19.
Come to think of it, I have moved 6 times since, across provinces and cities, each and every time I threw away / donated something that I didn’t need any more, but this blazer always stays close to my heart, establishing itself as a trustworthy and timeless go-to piece in my closet.
Therefore this has inspired me to write something on how to recognize a keeper garment from a sea of clothes racks so that you will not regret not having bought it afterwards.
So here are the 4 signs that this garment will stand the test of time:
- It fits you (check the shoulder, waist, sleeve, rise, length, etc) just right, without being lock-tight or too loose (note that even oversized garments are named loose FIT). If you can adjust the look of it by buttoning/unbuttoning or zipping/unzipping, even better, as this will leave enough room for your future body change.
- It has a classic neutral color i.e. black, grey, khaki, beige, navy blue, camel, oxblood, etc. No matter what Pentone Color Institute forecasts for the next year, the above are the perpetual colors you should beware. I did not accidentally leave out white – chances are white often demands high maintenance and may not be the original color after several seasons of wearing/dry-cleaning.
- It has a timeless structure without too much ornament or trendy add-ons. Examples: blazers, trenches, tailored-trousers, pea coats, wrap coats, etc. Negative examples: lace edges, obvious bow-ties, excessive fringes, you get it. I’d also like to point out that even though certain types of garments are classic and timeless, they apply best to certain age brackets, for instance, I would advise against putting a considerable amount of dollars into a duffle coat if you are under limited budget. Not that sophisticated women don’t look good in them, it’s just that it should not be on top of your investment list unless you are still in your early 20s.
- Its fabric consists of considerable amount of natural material i.e. wool, cashmere, alpaca, silk, genuine leather, cotton, etc. The best basics that can stay in your wardrobe for years and so on are mostly made from 100% natural material, yet some pieces can be wallet-unfriendly enough i.e. an 100% cashmere coat for us to turn to blended material, which is also worth investing so long as the natural material accounts for a major proportion. I am no expert in textiles but I do know that natural fabrics can breathe and have life in its own right, so they are definitely worth your pennies (they last longer and are indisputably more comfortable than polyester), start from blouses and knitwear if you want to hold on before spending a fortune in a Maxmara cashmere coat or an Acne leather jacket.
Here they are, my ultimate savoir-faire in choosing a staple piece that will stand the test of time. If you follow these rules, I guarantee that whatever you buy will not collect dust as some other clothes of yours probably do, and that it will eventually become part of your go-to outfits, bringing out the best of you!
- 它很合身，很合你的身。记得检查肩、领、腰、袖、裤长等等。合身不等于紧身或是贴身，你穿上它之后应该有足够的余量活动身体各部位，然而又没有多余的布料让你看上去像是穿错了别人的衣服。就算是oversize款，它有个别名也叫loose FIT，不同号码间一定有分别。如果有纽扣或拉链可以改变造型的话，就更好了，这样可以保证在未来的几年内，只要你的身体尺寸变化不太大，都可以继续穿著这件衣物。
camel blazer: Ochirly (similar here)
belt: Levi’s (similar here)
pants: Mark & Spencer
heels: Gioia dell’ aqua (could not find it online but here is a similar model)