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As a teenager I went to the Venice Carnival. I made a mask out of a paper plate, got a metal coathanger and bent it into horns around my head and draped a black tshirt over that. At the time I thought I looked really cool, but thinking it over...

Tell us about your own oh-so-cool fashion innovations.

(, Thu 24 Aug 2006, 14:24)
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A couple of years ago, the local ale house was having a fancy-dress new years party. Undecided on whether or not to go in fancy dress or not, I eventually decided that I would, in home made punk regalia. I took a tatty old black T-shirt and set to the hems with pinking shears to make it look spiky. Before proceeding to paint the back of the shirt with 'THE CLASH' on their trademark orangey-red star.

After doing so, I tore bits of it stuck a shite-load of safety pins in to make it look 'authentic'. This was followed by setting about an old pair of school trousers and making them dead tight, I could barely get my size five feet (they have since grown) past the knees, let alone the bottom. Then I stuck another load of safety pins in them, whilst wearing them, because I couldn't take them off.

Then I stuck green food-colouring in my hair and made sort-of mowhawk.

Welcome to spacktard city.

I still keep the shirt though.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 17:45, Reply)
Denim vs. robot film critic
In the early 1990s, long after the rightful demise of denim jackets and before their unwelcome return, I found an old faded one in my closet and wondered how I could "rescue" it.

I remembered all the ones people had customized with band logos and album covers back in the proverbial day, and wanted to do something similar but different.

So, I removed the sleeves, which were torn anyway. I then got out my set of sharpies, and drew an obsessively accurate illustration of this picture of Tom Servo from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" on the back in nine or ten colors of permanent ink.

I loved that damn thing, too. Not only did I look a sad old 80s throwback, but I looked an absolute nerd as well. And since it was well before the peak of MST3k's popularity, I was constantly asked what the hell that gumball-machine-looking thing on my back was.

To this day, every time I see a denim jacket in goodwill, I have to suppress the urge to buy it and do this all over again.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 17:39, Reply)
Bit out of season
Normally there's nothing wrong with putting on a panama hat, a pair of swim trunks, and some big sunglasses, and going out to drink orange juice in the yard.

I needed to add a pair of boots to the outfit, though, since there was a record-breaking blizzard going on at the time.

Click for whole set

No apologies for girth or body hair.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 17:22, Reply)
Aged around seven
Tweed suit. Double-breasted. With tie. Every fortnight. Philharmonic concerts. With parents.

Fortunately, this ritual did not put me off classical music. It did put me off tweed.

(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 16:09, Reply)
look how non conformist i am!
once i was gonna get a mullet as a sorta "hey look isn't this ironic people, aren't i fab?" kinda statement, but before i had a chance to grow my hair, suddenly mullets came back into fashion, worn by hipsters and former Jay Z fans who were getting into the "new rock revolution" and "best band since Nirvana, the Vines" ((c) NME). So i decided against getting the mullet and decided to go for the ultra non conformist haircut by splitting my hair down the middle and having the right side cut short and the left side left just above shoulder length. I cringe thinking about this non assymetrical haircut now, but suprisingly it went down really well with most people.

also when i used to work on a brain sapping supermarket checkout i had long messy hair (i'm a guy) and was constantly embarrassed by mums telling their children to "give your sweets to the lady so she can scan them".
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 14:58, Reply)

About 1988 - I got my mum to take-in my tracksuit pants, so that it looked like I was wearing leggings.
I was a chubby l'il fucker, too, so it looked like I had blobby, grey sausages attached to my fluoro-t-shirted, rotund body ...

Almost-grunge-era: wore spray-on jeans in bright red and green ... also had an 80's perm (it was 1991)...

Grunge era - bought a couple of flannelette shirts from K-mart, wore them with some cheap-arse looking, "faded" K-mart jeans, that I ripped myself, accessorised with a purple tea-cosy hat ... doesn't sound very grunge, and I was probably mocked by all and sundry ...

Uni - purple Docs, full-length, purple velvet skirt (home-made), cheesecloth shirts, op-shop cardies in purple hues, bright-pink, purple and white paisley dress, full-length, with bell sleeves ...

About 18 months ago - ripped, black tights with Converse sneakers, mesh or cheesecloth tops (or both together!), too-small, bolero-style cardies, ratted hair, bright green eyeshadow and tit-length, dangly earrings.
(Ok, I wore business wear, with my hair in a French twist & everything, to work, this was just for going down the shops etc...)

Wearing embroidered jeans (NOT from K-mart, probably Target instead), geisha-style tabi socks, and a t-shirt with collar and cuffs attached. (Kinda tacky, but makes me feel professional.)
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 13:39, Reply)
I also love rocky horror, I've seen it twice, the first time I didn't make much of an effort, the second time I went as Janet, my costume consisted of:

White Bra
White Knickers
Labcoat (A friends, which I 'loaned' but still possess it and it comes in handy since Im a biochemistry student)

The best bit was afterwards we went to Jillys rockworld in Manchester with other friends in fancy dress as:

Columbia- gold sequin waistcoat loaned from a stall in Afflex, gold bowling hat and tap shoes (She use to take dancing lessons and did a nice tap dance in the theater)
Magenta- Who got offered a fiver for her services!

I got too hot in the end so took off my lab coat and wondered around the club half naked.

Fun times
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 13:10, Reply)
I still think I looked pretty sharp
11 years old on the end of school year outing to Thorpe Park.

My style icon was Vyvian from The Young Ones.

So I turned up wearing a man's denim shirt (that I hoped to pass off as a denim jacket)from a jumble sale with the bottom 6" and the cuffs cut off as it was too big.

And le piece de resistance? A length of plug chain stapled from shoulder to shoulder.

Said jacket was confiscated by a teacher. I asked if it was because I could use the chain as an offensive weapon? "No, you just look like a berk"

Said by a man who was the spitting image of Derek Smalls & wearing a Norwich football shirt
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 13:02, Reply)
Care in the community hats
a teacher of mine wore upon a couple of occasions a hat as bambooshoot described "a knitted hat with earflaps and pompoms attached to the earflaps" but she went several steps further

Piggy Ears
small curly tail

she also held onto the pompoms as she walked along

she resigned the following summer
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 12:50, Reply)
Chipshop Chic
In an exam that i had finished before the allotted time, i decided to go through my pockets, and found several chipforks (its impossible to just take one, isnt it) and proceeded to stick them in the back of my friend's ponytail- that little bit of compacted hair inside the actual band. she didnt notice for ages and even when she did she left them in. I'd love to be able to say several other friends decided to do it and spawned a new fashion, but no.

I suppose it must have looked like a chav version of those chopsticks oriental people wear in their hair.

Thank you,
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 12:44, Reply)
Care in the Community hats
As apeloverage commented:

"my friend wears what his girlfriend describes as 'Care in the Community hats'."

I happen to have one of those. Basically it's a hat exactly like the one shown (earflaps and everything) but with much more pronounced kitten ears. And it's knitted. And has huge pompoms on the end of the strings hanging from the earflaps.

I happen to like this hat (I have no fashion sense whatsoever) and decided it was the perfect hat to wear to the Premiere of Clerks II on last Friday night.

Unfortunately, upon seeing Kevin Smith (who was outside signing autographs and the like, and was only about 2 feet away), I loudly commented to the guy I was with "He's so close I could poke him!". I was, after all, somewhat excited

Kevin Smith looked scared.

I still continue to wear the hat, especially at the most inappropriate times. Like when in a restaurant. Or at the cinema. Or at work.

Kids, take note. Fashion is a way of life. If your hat demands you be "Care in the Community", you've got to go for it.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 12:05, Reply)
From about '84-'86 I WAS Sonny Crocket
Espadrills in the rain-sodden North were not terribly practical, neither was the array of pastel t-shirts. Jesus.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 10:59, Reply)
I've taken to not wearing a tie with my suit thinking it makes me look all continental.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 7:36, Reply)
I design...
I design band logos for a bit of extra cash....

This means I walk about in shit fruit of the loom t-shirts with fucking wank logos on for free.

Shame they're almost always pink (#FF00CC). Yeah...
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 6:00, Reply)

red John McEnroe head sweat band is my most treasured possesion. I wear it with pride, I wear it with love, I wear it on me head, I wear it to absorb beads of sweat on a hot summers day, but most of all, I wear it safe in the knowledge that it'll never go out of fashion.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 1:57, Reply)
I wear a gay neckscarf
and you can all fuck off
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 1:46, Reply)
I generally look like a tramp.
I try my best not to but consider the following. I own all of these :

1. 2 pair of blue jeans all ripped to shit at the bottom and falling to bits.
2. Band t's lots of them all faded and covered in holes.
3. A purple full length coat that now smells / looks like something has died in it.
4. A collection of ill fitting stretched jumpers in colours that time forgot.
5. A brown jumper, but brown as in poop brown.
6. Boots that i stole from work and all the leather has started to peel making the look rugged (read shite).
7. Long hair that i dont brush and a big goatee style beard.

Im 24 and i look like a tramp most days. I have no shame..

I also have a nice pirate shirt that in no way makes me look like a twat, or a 14 year old goth wannabe.

Length/girth joke??? Im too busy burning my wardrobe!
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 0:18, Reply)
Springy boots and hair wraps
I have worn giant ski boots with springs on them round the office with no ill effects, but got disciplined for wearing a smart big hairband on account that it was a 'bandanna'. When I queried the policy on headgear on account of a big black woman wearing a full-on pillow-sized hair wrap, I was told that was ok because it's an 'ethnicy tribal thing'. She's from Lewisham!
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 0:05, Reply)
I wear a full-faced, Venetian leather orange and blue mask with bells on every Midsummer Nights Day. Just for kicks, like.
(, Sat 26 Aug 2006, 0:02, Reply)
Worryingly pissed jeans
I keep seeing blokes in jeans that have been 'splashed' with bleach for a distressed effect. Trouble is, there's always quite a lot of it in the crotch region, making them look like they piss peroxide.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 23:59, Reply)
White fro
I'm white and have a vintage sheepskin hat that looks like an early Michael Jackson afro. It's strawberry blonde, the same colour as my hair, and black people chase me down the road trying to get a look at my follicles.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 23:57, Reply)
Need I say more?
These were just 3 weeks ago...

I gathered my pals together and Called it "The Gathering of Cats. I told people to arrive looking as they pleased.

{{GggrrrooWWll}} The one wearing the full on cat costume happened to have it lying around at the time. It was not rented. She likes to be a cat.

(That is me all the way to the left)

Yes, I chose the venue; a bowling alley.

Now that's what I call a nice piece of tail!

No where near Halloween, and the freaks took over the bowling alley.. They had no idea we were coming.. Caught a lot of stares.. And we all suck at bowling.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 23:50, Reply)
First day at new job...
and I couldn't decide what to wear.

I wanted something business like, yet feminine. Sexy, yet serious.

I decided on a black pleated skirt, just above the knee, the sheerest black tights I could find, stub toe faux crocodile shoes with a three inch heel, a medium cut top which would offer just the slightest peek of bra strap if I leant forward.

It screamed 'I'm flirty, yet independant and assured.'

I felt proud as punch on the bus that first morning.

All the other blokes on the building site thought I was just odd.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 23:37, Reply)
Whilst on a train to France, my friend and I were bored, so we decided to be scarf-terrorists. Pics of her coming later, but here's one of me. We walked up and down the train like this, looking like complete 'tards. Such fun.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 22:54, Reply)
Adolf Hitler European Tour 1939-1945 T-Shirt
On the reverse - British dates cancelled.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 22:30, Reply)
uneducated friends
im a massive rocky horror fan and try to dress up whenever the occasions sees fit whether it be a fancy dress party or going to see the show
so far been frank n furter...then magneta (piss easy to make) however i now am columbia with a complete handmade gold sequins jacket which is my baby.....cost a fucking fortune in sequins and if i had known i probably wouldnt have bothered

now some of my friends are entirely into the whole rocky horror scene and refer to it as that tranny film, so imagine there delight when me turning up at a 70s fancy dress party in little more than my underwear....well a corset and suspender belt and the fuck off high heels to boot, they hadnt a clue what i was there as......they actually thought i was elvira and half way thru the night i gave up correcting them and got pished, imagine my delight when the dj played the timewarp...i fucking rocked showing them how to do it
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 21:50, Reply)
in the 1990's

i also used to wear a top hat from time to time, and those fucking round coloured glasses (until oasis made them fashionable, by that point it was bug-eyed oakleys)
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 21:40, Reply)
ahh middle school
Black and gray tight striped long-sleeve shirt with a dark gray torn-up t-shirt two sizes too big, plus bondage trousers at least 5 sizes too big. Hair teased out, as I had no idea how to handle curly hair without looking like Cyndi Lauper on crack. All that, and panda eyeliner.
(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 21:05, Reply)
I had a pair of denim jeans which I went a little hard on the bleach when going for the bleach-marks-look, and subsequently they fell apart where the bleach had damaged the cotton.

So, I had some very heavy red satin left over from a photo shoot, and decided to line my jeans with strumpet-red heavy satin. I cut and sewed them by hand. they looked odd, and all my mates called me all manner of things involving satin female knicks, but fucking hell, they felt fantastic to wear!

(, Fri 25 Aug 2006, 21:02, Reply)

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