I’ve seen photos of those it-girls wearing leather harness things over their clothes, like a necklace and a belt all connected. Do they sell them for real people?
Hard Ness, Tai Hang
The Dictator rules: No. They only sell them to girls classified “it”. What do you think? The only reason high-profile women have been seen in hard-to-wear body harnesses is that retailers are trying to sell them. That doesn’t mean mere mortals can or should wear them. Indeed, if you hear people sniggering, you’re not being paranoid. They are definitely laughing at you. For the uninitiated, we are talking about leather contraptions with straps extending from the neck to the torso.Ann Demeulemeester’s minimalist version in black leather for spring-summer 2016 (on sale in Hong Kong for HK$2,000) would be a good place to start. Black & Brown offers affordable options, including the leather body harness with back-ring detail and waist belt (HK$688; asos.com). Giuseppe Zanotti has gone all out, making his in a curlicue design of brass and Swarosvski crystal-studded leather (HK$11,600; www.luisaviaroma.com). Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere has elevated the concept for autumn-winter 2016, presenting a patent leather bra/harness – yours for a mere HK$24,400. So, how should you wear your harness? With juxtapositions, like the layering shown on the Vuitton runway with pretty dresses topped by harnesses. We also recommend using one to spruce up the casual, plain white tee (Read on).
I’m always on the lookout for the perfect white T-shirt. Have you seen it?
Perfect T, Central
The Dictator: Seen what? Your crazy eyes staring down T-shirts? Thankfully, not yet. I have, however, seen my fair share of white tees. I don’t know how I am supposed to divine what constitutes perfection for you, your body type, your age, your style and current wardrobe. Do you prefer capped or normal sleeves? Do you live in fear of your bra showing through your shirt, or do you intentionally display your lingerie? Oversized or slim-fit? Round or V-neck? Who cares. Here are some white T-shirts I’ve admired recently. For basics, I prefer brands such as Everlane, where you’ll find more T-shirts-with-a-twist than you could have imagined existed: high-neck, scoop-neck, V-neck, U-neck, drop-shoulder, oversized, box-cut, pima cotton, linen and so on (HK$120 and up). Or try Grana, which sells a variety of cuts and necklines in pima cotton, linen or silk (HK$117 and up). French label American Vintage also prides itself on reinventing the basics, and makes T-shirts its business, too, including but by no means limited to its cap-sleeve, slightly see-through cotton tee (HK$400). It should be no surprise that Los Angeles is the home to several luxe T-shirt brands. James Perse, for example, makes a loose-fitting, V-neck cotton jersey (HK$750; Lane Crawford), cotton slub jersey circular shell (HK$1,100), and cap sleeve, jersey shell (HK$1,200). Club Monaco’s is made from a super-fine cotton modal, but what really sets it apart are the fold-up cuffs on the sleeves (HK$750). Just find the one that works for you. Others worth trying: Industry of All Nations, T by Alexander Wang, Theory and Gap.