Day 7: Suit & Tie Challenge

January 5, 2011

Well I reckon I absolutely breezed it in.

The only struggle I have had with completing the challenge of wearing a suit and tie everyday is getting into the pants of toady’s suit. The same suit whose fly I caused to reupt a few days ago.

So far the new one is holding up and doing the double task of containing my beer belly.

Someone today suggested I try wearing ‘normal’ clothes. I’m not even sure what that means. She suggested I dress like her or another work colleague.  As SHE is a fully blown denim aficionado I reckon that means a week of wearing  …..



Anyways, for my last outfit for this particular challenge I am wearing this…

Smooth moves in the office are hard to do seamlessly when your pants are very very tight


And the tie is special too. It’s made from some incredibly slippery material and the knot keeps sliding down, but it IS designer…

Pierre Cardin's smooth fabric tie is slippery when wet

See you all in Parkes! I’m heading out there tomorrow for the annual Elvis Festival and will be competing in the world record attempt for The Largest gathering of Elvis Impersonators.

Elvis impersonating? Another feather in my hat I hear you ask? I’m going all out… fake sideburns, a quiff and a leather jacket. As I only decided to participate yesterday I haven’t had time to source an Elvis jumpsuit which would be my (and anyone’s) preferred Elvis attire.

So adios, Elvis has left the building….



Day 6 : Suit and Tie challenge

January 4, 2011

There’s  one day of the suit and tie challenge left to go.

And the suit recycling is coming thick and fast.  I’ve been looking in the charity fashion boutiques but a suit that fits is not something you come across every day in the op shops.

My suit gathering has taken decades and I only own the ones you have seen, plus the amazing yet incredibly revolting denim suit with lace patterning only seen during the denim strip tease, which raqO kindly and generously donated to the Year of Denim.

Anyway, mentally I am preparing for an exciting road trip to Parkes for the Elvis festival later this week, where I can guarantee I won’t be wearing a suit, although I MIGHT be decked out in sideburns.

Day 6 Suit and tie challenge

True blue top to toe, tie to tit

And for once I have a decent photo of my tie, thanks once again the the professional photographic stylings of Mr Toby Zerna …

It's light blue, dark blue with flecks & a subtle red stripe, PLUS it's washable! Thanks Holly Green tie designers

Day 5: Suit & Tie challenge

January 3, 2011

It maybe a public holiday here in Australia but that’s no reason to let dress standards slip.

So yes, I am well suited up today. Although I like to dress it down with a collared t-shirt and sneakers.

This is the suit that had the fly blow out. It has now been repaired now but too much Christmas chub means I can’t quite fasten the waist button if I also want to breath.

Never fear, I say. Don’t let a little Christmas pud hold you back!

Day 5: Suit & tie challenge

Everybody's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed (wo)man

By the way for all you tie aficionados out there, today’s’s little ripper is a brown and orange checked seersucker made under the label of Grand Park. I washed it as it was quite revolting with food stains and then I had to iron it!

The suit is DEFINITELY made in Hong Kong, it says it inside. The nice lady who repaired the blown out fly told me it was a ‘Cheap suit’. But it looks worth every one of the 2000 cents I spent on it.

Day 5 suit and tie challenge

If you can't read it the label says Yangtzekiang Garment Mtg.Co.Ltd

I don’t think the fluoro work lights give a good indication of the weave of this nicely tailored suit…

Day 5 suit and tie challenge

The suit may be 'cheap' but I like the cut of it's jib

Day 4: Suit & Tie challenge

January 2, 2011

It’s a Sunday, but the news never stops! So I’m here at work and the challenge continues!

But it is Sunday and the office is always super casual, so I have gone with my pantSUIT as today’s fashion challenge choice.

Sydney has put on amazing weather for the beginning of a new year and my pantSUIT is not really made from most appropriate material for a perfect Sydney summer’s day. Luckily the office has icy air-con otherwise I would quite possibly be bringing in the new year with a nasty case of thrush.

Steaming in my polyester fake patchwork denim polyester suit

Day 3: Suit & Tie challenge

December 31, 2010

I was knocked off course this morning when I put a suit on and the admittedly rather tight fly blew out. Yep, it ripped apart in a busted zipper  explosion.

So I had to get back into yesterday’s suit, with a snazzy new (old) tie and a different shirt giving the  entire outfit a completely fresh look.

Take a look…

Day 3 Suit and tie challenge

Nice carpet square arrangement as photographed by Mr Toby Zerna, pro-photographer and all round nice person

Get a closer look at the tie. It tells the story of Swan Lake, or is that Leda and the Swan?

Swan Tie, Day 3 suit and tie challenge

My swan-like physique is the perfect backdrop for the Swan Tie

You all have a happy new year, keep on being super fashionable and highly intelligent by reading this blog.


Day 2: Suit & Tie challenge

December 30, 2010

So easy!

Today I have gone for a more straightforward office look. In fact my colleagues gave it a resounding rating of three fingers! That’s good right?

Chirpy and Dick give my suit a peace sign AND the bird

This suit has no label, so it’s no challenge to yesterday’s ICU, made in Sydney, Earth red spectacular. However, I suspect it’s a Hong Kong made suit for a small man (I’m no giant) as it fits me too well.

Same place, same pose, different suit, different hair (note the denim shoes)

With a suit it’s all about the detail. The well tailored, the nice collar, the oh-just-so vent, the broken pale blue zipper replaced with a brown one (truly), and of course the shirt and tie combination.

Well today was all about the tie. Innocuous from the front, the public side, racy when flipped (aren’t we all?).

Behind this tie’s late 1970’s geometric exterior beats the heart of a girlie tie…

The saucy secret that lies hidden within my tie

Anyways, almost halfway to $100!

A new challenge

December 29, 2010

Well who’d have thought it?

Somebody has issued me with a new sartorial challenge: Wear a suit and tie every day to work for a week. And they’ll pay me $100 if I do it.

So yes, I am prostituting myself for filthy lucre, anyways…

What a fool! This person is well aware of the Year of Denim. Were they thinking I couldn’t possibly wear anything as dull and boring as a suit? Well if that’s what they thought they were wrong….

Week of suit & tie: Day 1

To kick it off I thought I should start the challenge with not quite my most ghastly suit, but it has to be close

red ICU zoot suit

Watch out media tycoons, I'm dressed for success and I'm much better red than dead

Can you believe I bought this incredible slice of fashion for a mere $8??

I KNOW! it’s unbelievable the bargains out there. The label on this suit is also amazing…

ICU red suit label

And it's even made in Sydney! 100% viscose!