Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: Myself & David • Location: Te Rere Bay, NZ
Ok, cat outta da bag, I am guilty of breaking many style rules despite being the most obedient person under normal circumstances. People give me side eyes or just blatantly express their unwarranted hatred towards my sense of style when I don’t dress according to the norms and I’m here to share with you guys the 5 style crimes I commit on a daily basis… that you probably should, too.
First of all, you should keep doing you but I’m not saying you should literally break every single dressing rule in existence because a flashy floral suit at a funeral is most definitely not going to end cute for anyone. It’d get you more than a side eye… perhaps a black eye. If you’re lucky. Anyway, here we go:
Too much denim is never enough for me… I have worn double denim accessorised with even more denim and I honestly do not understand what the fuss is about? Can someone explain this to me? 第一，我爱丹宁配丹宁。很多人觉得这个搭配很‘过’，我不但不觉得它‘过’而且好很有味道… 偷偷跟你说，我曾经穿过三重丹宁捏！
2. I don’t own a lot of what others would consider must-haves.
Even though I do have my personal fav items that I cannot live without, I just don’t believe in buying everything the society believes a man who cares about his attire should own, especially when they’re really not that necessary. Say for someone who lives in Malaysia, a tee, a pair of shorts and some shoes fit for walking is all you need – everything else is optional. I mean, I don’t even have a suit… need I say more? 第二，我没有其他人认为是必俱的衣服。我认为所有人都应该先了解自己的喜好后再跟据这些条件来买衣服，而不是盲目追寻和拷贝大众的穿着。
I turn up at job interviews in my leather biker jacket and when I’m not wearing a heavy cotton tee on top of yet another tee in the blazing summer heat by the beach, I go hiking in my brogues – not my most sensible life decision but hey, there’s no place for sensibility in fashion!! 第三，我的穿着和场合往往不搭。我穿机车夹克去面试，穿布洛克鞋去远足，在夏日中穿个双曾厚厚的T恤去走沙滩…
Keyword: visible. I do wear liners, or trainer socks, or invisible socks, or dinky socks… whatever you label them, they’re great. 4. 我爱隐形袜。广东话所谓的“着鞋唔着袜”虽然是很多人都啃不下的骨头，不过它却是我最喜欢的调调。
5. I don’t follow trends.
Finally, I don’t consider myself ‘trendy’ as such because my style is not influenced by trends… although it’s easier for me to say because menswear generally doesn’t get too carried away with the whole ‘trend’ thing. We tend to recycle the basics that are always in anyway, apart from the odd ones like the currently trending souvenir jackets, which I actually really dig. 第五，我不崇拜潮流。我也并不觉得我很‘时尚’。和女装比起来，男装并没有所谓的‘潮流’… 某些颜色或许在某个季节会比较受欢迎，不过我们穿的都还不是那几样。所以对我来说不跟风其实不难。
Those are it. Do you share any of them? Are you my partner in crime? 😉 If not, what other style rules and regulations do you not comply with when you put together an outfit? Let me know! 记得让我知道你犯过哪些时尚的罪哦！别怕，我不会举报你滴…