Day 364: Tuesday 27 April

April 27, 2010

Today I look back at yesteryear for denim inspiration. Yes I am going the other way from contemporary fashion. I have turned my back on the skinny leg jean and instead have embraced the bell bottom like there’s no tomorrow.

While there IS a tomorrow here on YoD and a day after, and another day after and a day after that, after that day (Friday) there is NO YEAR of DENIM! Although I MIGHT have to embrace a LIFE of denim…

I had promised some special edition blogs this week that somehow have yet to occur. The final day there is an extra special photo shoot with guest blogger, and I also have a small treat planned for tomorrow and maybe the day after that too.

So chin up, here’s today…

Showing off some op shop handi-crafts, my flares and my new bag

Top: From way back before the dawn of the Year of Denim comes this incredible slice of vintage denim.  It’s mine

Bottom: Bell bottoms are the new skinny legs, you saw it here first. No more will you have to look at men’s skinny legs I predict

Accessory 1: Denim cap sent down from QLD in the early days of YoD. I still like it and will be keeping it

Accessory 2: My mum made me this denim bag from stripy denim I was given waaaay back with plans to do a little sewing. Once the sewing machine left the building I was stranded. Luckily Mum stepped into the breach and whipped this up for me. Thanks Mum. For everything

Don’t forget the end of YoD on Saturday night…

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Day 357: Tuesday 20 April

April 20, 2010

Today is a significant date. There are only 10 days remaining in the Year of Denim. TEN DAYS!!!!

I need to be making the most of these last days. Wearing my most loved denims, or most hated. Because after next Friday I need never wear stone-wash jeggings, jackets or over-alls ever again. I can stop being concerned with my appearance as I won’t have to take a picture of me and blog it.

Although I could still if I wanted to. Do I want to? I don’t know.

A pensive pose as the Year of Denim grinds to a halt

Top: Knockout stretch denim suit style jacket. It’s too small!

Bottom: They were here decades before the Year of Denim and they’ll be here decades after, Landlubber flares from America, from the 1970s

Accessory: Little denim hand bag. Tiny


Day 342: Tuesday 6 April

April 6, 2010

Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work I go. You can tell by my serious outfit/ facial expression I mean business. I’m TCB, AOK.

Year of Denim

I'm ready, ready for anything except fun

Top: Hillcrest brand, Made in Australia of sanforized cotton, vintage denim jacket. At least I think it’s vintage because A) it’s made in Australia and B)It’s unique style ain’t nothing I’ve seen before

Bottom: Dragstar denim high waisted flares. Always triky for me to wear as I don’t really have a waist

Accessory: Denim bag with red piping, one of the early YoD denim purchases


Day 337: Thursday 1 April

April 1, 2010

It’s no joke, my holiday is about to end!

Only 2 more days of beauty, birds and bats, surf, sand and sunshine. I’ve got nothing in the April Fool’s bag so I’m playing the blog very straight.

After one day of rain and finally some surf yesterday, now it’s all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops and more surf.

This was the sight I saw walking onto the beach last night

The end of the rainbow is Hat Head Bowling club

The dogs loving the last of the light on the beach

Off to Crescent Head soon so I’m dressed like a retiree in old man’s denim shorts. They are virgin too!

Year of Denim

Me in old man pants outside Ammaboolah

Top: Chambre vest getting some heavy duty wear

Bottom: Top Gear by Crystal old man style denim shorts. Nice!

Accessory: Pale denim cap. Nasty

When I bought the pants the groovy tag was still on them…

Top Gear slacks style denim shorts


Day 322: Wednesday 17 March

March 17, 2010

Day 3: Week of Skirt, skort and dress

It’s another beautiful autumn day in Sydney, but unfortunately this morning I have to go to work. I HAVE to. I WANT to.

Why would I want to go to the beach? It’s so unpleasant, so sandy, so sunny, so much WATER that you can SWIM in. So much space in which to FROLIC. So many beautiful fish to LOOK at, and people to PERVE on.

Yes, going to work s a much better option. And really I couldn’t wear the today’s outfit to the beach. It would be both too hot (in temperature AND in sexiness) and too fashionable.

Year of Denim: Day 322

Marrickville's fashion week gets off to a stunning start

Top & Bottom: Original 1980s Calvin Klein denim shirt dress. How do I know it’s original? Ms E.Wild, who sent me the dress all the way from the U.S of A, claims to have worn THIS dress to a Billy Idol concert circa 1989. That’s how I know it’s providence. That and the label…

Year of Denim: Day 322

I bet Calvin Klein doesn't make his denim shirt dresses in the USA anymore

Accessory 1: Big wide denim belt. I think RaqO gave it to me. RaqO, was it you?

Accessory 2: Chanel (real or not, who’s to say?) bag, donated by the gorgeous Nettie. Congratulations on your up-coming nuptials!

I like this dress so much I’m sticking in another detail…

Year of Denim: Day 322

Even the buttons are branded


Day 275: Friday 29 January

January 29, 2010

Gee it’s easy to spend money if you try.

I have decided that the Year of Denim deserves better documentation and have purchased a new bigger, brighter, heavier, larger, more expensive, digital camera.

Of course the battery has no charge so I can’t actually break USE it today. But stay tuned for a noticeable improvement in image quality. But then again, this is a web page so there will probably be no difference at all.

The blog entries will stay as low brow as normal, so no need to worry about whether you will need a dicyionary book to check words with in order to read YoD.

Today’s look harks back to the good old days of peak denim wearing (in my mind), of the 1970s. Back when everyone rocked the double denim because let’s face it it’s a rockin’ good look!

Marvin Gaye, very good looking in double denim

And it wasn’t just cool good looking black folk who could give the double denim both street and fashion cred. Check out these celebrity whities and tell me how awe inspiring their denim outfits are…

The legendary Frank Sinatra blasting fashion outta sight in a pale denim suit as Australia's own Olivia Newton John struts in a patchwork denim ensemble

The legendary Frank Sinatra blasts fashion outta sight in a pale denim suit as Australia's Olivia Newton John struts in a patchwork denim ensemble

While I have aimed high today, somehow I don’t know that I am quite as significant culturally as those denim celebrities. Maybe once I have attained the one year landmark of constant denim wearing I too might have my own Wikipedia entry…

Does my _ _ _ _ _ _ look big in this camera? Taxi gives a rat's arse

Top: Once again in a Dragstar vest. That label is getting a heavy workout this week

Bottom: Ahhh, old favs, Landlubber vintage denim high waisted flares. Lovely if only the waist wouldn’t roll down

Accessory: Glamour Girl denim cap. I’m pretty certain it’s a 1970s original all the way from Japan


Day 226: Friday 11 December

December 11, 2009

At last! My Christmas spectacular is complete. Almost.

I still have a 10m strip of blue rope light to position artfully and I have to ‘install’ my crocheted nativity scene somewhere.

This year I have incorporated something very special. And it’s all courtesy of a great suggestion from Fatty Boomsticks in Tokyo.

Kanga + jeans + rope light = art

Is that a giant pair of rope light jeans I hear the world ask. Why yes, I respond, it is. They are a little abstract but I believe on the level of a pictograph you’ll be able to figure it out.

On to today’s gurn and get-up.

Sunshiney gurn and everybody's laughing

Top: Not worn much lately, Joe’s Jeans jacket

Bottom: Vintage denim, Landlubber flares. Aaaahhhh lovely

Accessory: Nameless, brandless denim shoulder bag. Much loved

Gurn: Low key lip gurn

Here it is up close and horrible

Sunshine on my gurn makes me happy