I couldn’t live without a really good vintage white tee. Whether you layer them or wear them alone, they work for every season. I have a pretty solid collection of burnt-out, distressed crew-neck styles – some with fraying collars, rips, tears. The more distressed, the better. I also swear by a cashmere overshirt. I got the cashmere Robin shirt from The Row and it’s easily one of my favourite pieces I own. It’s black, not too thin or too thick, and I can wear it with gym clothes, running errands or to dinners and events. Money well spent!
I love utility pieces. Army-green cargo pants are a favourite – they break up a more polished outfit and make it feel less stuffy. I got a pair from Wallace & Barnes a couple of years ago, wore them every day and was able to get a second pair right before they sold out. Ralph Lauren, Loewe and Buck Mason make great ones too. I also like utilitarian footwear that’s practical for the likes of chefs, medical workers and backpackers.
The only thing I’m buying on repeat at the moment is hoodies. I have about 20 on rotation. I like a cosy, luxe look. I’ll use one as a scarf if it’s freezing, layered under a cashmere overcoat with a technical pant and boots, or with board shorts during warmer seasons. It’s never too cold or too hot for a hoodie.
Boots are one of my favourite luxury items. Prada and Bottega are currently on rotation but Frye, Blundstone and Merrell also have great silhouettes – I tend to go for a chunkier shape. When Hedi Slimane was at Saint Laurent I did get a couple of the jodhpur boots, but you can’t wear narrow boots without skinny jeans and they’re just not very cool right now. I’ll save them for the next time I wear a slim suit.
A Cartier chain is my most recent purchase. I wanted a simple chain that I could wear everyday and wouldn’t feel like too much of a statement. The only branding is the Cartier logo at the clasp – it’s really discreet. I went for yellow gold, but it’s also available in white and rose gold. I’ve also worn a vintage Saint Christopher for years. I don’t wear much jewellery, but if I do, I want something I can’t feel on me – something small and subtle like a thin chain with a small charm or two.
My favourite piece in my wardrobe is a white Ocean shirt from 45R. It’s a boxy, shorter cut, cotton poplin shirt with a chest pocket that’s smaller than normal but typical of 45R. I’ve never actually worn this shirt – I’m holding out for the right time.