|Basics are widely considered as wardrobe staples due to their practicality, versatility and affordability. They now come in more styles and with surprise details, like the Polo T-shirt (above), with a "twin tip" stripe detail around the collar. PHOTO: Charissa Tan|
average monthly allowance for a Full-time National Servicemen (NSF)
falls between S$500 to $650.
if you're like me, serving in my first year - S$480 – after the
recent S$60 increment for all NSFs.
here's what I think - an income, no matter how high or low, does not
translate to how well-dressed a person can be.
good doesn't need to burn a hole in the pocket.
is not money that makes you well-dressed, it is understanding, said
late fashion designer Christian Dior.
buy on impulse even when the item makes your heart stop.
the piece on its practicality, versatility and of course, price.
often can I wear it? Can it be worn with what I already have? And
will it leave me skint at the end of the month?
my priority for what I put on my back is longevity.
means seasonless clothing that I can wear any time of the year, any
year and never look out of place (or like a trend-victim).
fashion is the latest development in the democratisation of the
industry, said creative director, editor and writer Sameer Reddy on
American news website The
is an evolution that has given rise to the fast fashion of stores
like H&M and Topshop, he added.
significant clothing-type that constitutes seasonless fashion?
of these include:
well-fitted Oxford shirt, preferable in a neutral colour like white
|An all-black shirt can look very severe. If you have to wear one in that colour, go for a patterned-mix like gingham. PHOTO: Kenny Loh|
Oxford shirt is extremely versatile, it's tighter weave and thicker
feel makes it easy to dress up or down, day to night, and for
virtually any event.
a pair of chinos.
in the 19th
century for military use, these pants are extremely utilitarian and
since the introduction of innovative shapes and well-tailored cuts,
chinos have transformed into an everyday clothing piece that's
can be worn many times a week, go into tough washing and hardly
succumb to wear-and-tear.
given the many fits now from regular to slim and even carrot which is
looser around the thighs and tapered at the calves it won't be hard
to find one that suits any individual's body-type.
comfortable, low maintenance and can be worn with anything.
the nature of the job we're in restricts this item for most of the
week, it's good for the weekend.
check the content label of the T-shirt before making a purchase.
is important for a T-shirt to be 100 per cent cotton, not acrylic as
it will create a prickly sensation on the skin.
from H&M and Topshop/Topman, Japanese fast-fashion powerhouses
Muji and Uniqlo also offer a variety of good-quality basics at a
Japanese are known for creating well-made, fitted and structured
products with an understated appeal.
has also collaborated with top fashion designers Jil Sander and
Undercover's Jun Takahashi on collections to bring luxury to the
masses at an affordable price.
collection has incorporated each individual designer's aesthetics,
from Sander's minimalist approach to Takahashi's urban-utilitarian
premium-quality cotton T-shirt at Uniqlo starts from $16.90,
full-sleeve shirts from $34.90 and chinos from $69.90.
the most important factor for anyone's wardrobe is fit.
don't have to spend a lot on what you're wearing, but a well-fitted
clothing can make anyone look like a million bucks.