Should you build a capsule wardrobe? 你可能也需要一個 “膠囊衣櫥”

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“膠囊衣櫥” 如膠囊濃縮你的衣櫥,留下經典百搭的基本款單品,來組合成各種不同的搭配,以適合任何場合。擁有一個膠囊衣櫥可以幫助你更快地選擇穿什麼,同時也有助於減少快時尚所帶來的浪費。

詞彙:fashion 時尚

Do you ever struggle with choosing your outfit in the morning? If you have a full wardrobe yet still feel you don’t have anything to wear, you might want to build yourself a capsule wardrobe!

So, what is this? Put simply, a capsule wardrobe is a small selection of items of clothing that complement each other, and are therefore interchangeable. Key to the capsule wardrobe is solid basics, like plain tops, and, ideally, neutral colours, because they make combinations easier. Think about the versatility of a simple pair of denim jeans. They can be combined with trainers and a t-shirt for a casual look or a blazer paired with heels, or loafers, if you want to look more sophisticated. Fashion bloggers also talk about timeless classics – picture a luxury black handbag that will suit any occasion and won’t go out of style.

But why might it be beneficial to build a capsule wardrobe? Well, by limiting your choices, it can become much easier to choose what to wear, but there is another advantage too – it can reduce the amount of fast fashion. Fast fashion refers to clothes which are trendy for just a short time, so are quickly replaced by newer trends. This results in cheap and poor-quality clothing which has huge environmental costs as waste goes to landfill, resulting in an increase in pollution. According to UK clothes waste charity TRAID, the average garment is worn just 10 times before being disposed of. So, having a capsule wardrobe with long-lasting and high-quality clothes should help reduce this, even if it means paying more in the first place.

Fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue, says ‘building an excellent capsule wardrobe takes time and patience’. But, if you want to reduce waste and have some extra time in the morning, it might be time to start building!

詞彙表

outfit 全套服裝
capsule wardrobe “膠囊衣櫥”,極簡主義衣櫥
complement 為…增色,相互補充
interchangeable 可互換使用的,可交替的
basics 基本款
plain 樸素的,素色的
top 上衣
neutral colour 中性色
combination 搭配
versatility 有多種用途
trainers 運動鞋
casual 休閒的
blazer 正式的西裝外套
pair 搭配
heels 高跟鞋
loafers 樂福鞋,平底便鞋
sophisticated 成熟高雅的
timeless classic 永不過時的經典
suit 適合,適宜於
go out of style 過時
fast fashion 快速時尚
trendy 時髦的
trend 潮流
garment (一件)衣服

測驗與練習

1.  閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Why are denim jeans a versatile item of clothing?

2. Why are solid basics and neutral colours key to a capsule wardrobe?

3. True or False? Fast fashion refers to clothes that stay fashionable for a long time.

4. What happens to fast fashion after it is thrown away?

5. According to TRAID, how many times is the average item of clothing worn before it is thrown away?

2.  選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. Her _______ is so sophisticated. She must work in fashion.

outfit                          classics                      fast fashion                 basics

2. Sarah wore shiny high _______ to the party. She looked very glamorous.

blazers                       bloggers                     heels                          trends

3. I’ve used this handbag for 20 years and it still looks new! It’s so _______.

interchangeable         fast                             long-lasting                 trendy

4. I buy a new coat every few months because they _______ so quickly.

suit                             complement               go out of style              pair

5. This _______ always looks good on you – blue jeans and a basic white t-shirt.

trainer                        combination                versatility                     blazer

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Why are denim jeans a versatile item of clothing?
Because they can be easily combined with other items of clothing for different looks.

2. Why are solid basics and neutral colours key to a capsule wardrobe?
Because they make combinations easier.

3. True or False? Fast fashion refers to clothes that stay fashionable for a long time.
False. Fast fashion refers to clothes which are trendy for just a short time, so are quickly replaced by newer trends.

4. What happens to fast fashion after it is thrown away?
It goes to landfill, resulting in an increase in pollution.

5. According to TRAID, how many times is the average item of clothing worn before it is disposed of?
The average garment is worn just 10 times.

2. 選擇意思恰當的單詞或詞組來完成下列句子。

1. Her outfit is so sophisticated. She must work in fashion.

2. Sarah wore shiny high heels to the party. She looked very glamorous.

3. I’ve used this handbag for 20 years and it still looks new! It’s so long-lasting.

4. I buy a new coat every few months because they go out of style so quickly.

5. This combination always looks good on you – blue jeans and a basic white t-shirt.