A little time in PVC.

I have a soft spot for PVC. It’s very wearable. No faff (unlike latex). You just slide into PVC jeans like you do regular jeans and you immediately look like a rock star. Especially when you then wear new rock boots with it.

The top is a two layer mesh top I bought about 15 years ago in Hereford.

Latex in the heat

If you’re a latex wearer, what’s your tolerance? We’re all every different, that’s true, but some fans of rubber can tolerate some phenomenally high temperatures and still remain dressed in full latex gear.

Me, on the other hand, I tend to wuss out once the temperature goes above about 24°C.

Over the last few days the temperature has dropped from the high twenties back to a very reasonable 21°C and as such my latex is back out of the wardrobe.

This look is my oldest outfit – it’s from late 2013 and early 2014. I bought the pieces as I could afford them and it’s a latex business suit. I don’t own the jacket, sadly, but perhaps later this year I might refresh the whole outfit.

Sadly it doesn’t really fit me anymore! I’ve lost a lot of weight.

What’s your fetish?

Most of you are here because two guys with a mutual love of shiny clothes is has piqued your interest – that’s pretty obvious. But what is your fetish? We’d love to know.

Personally I’ve got black jeans in latex (left), PVC (middle) and leather (right). Each has it’s own benefits and flaws – latex is reasonably comfortable but does not breathe at all and so is totally unsuitable for this really hot weather we’re experiencing at the moment.

PVC is slightly more breathable but has the major flaw that it’s quite noisy to wear.

Leather on the other hand is very easy to wear, but doesn’t have the shine of PVC or latex.

What’s your favourite? Please comment below.

Shine on you crazy diamond.

From being a really young kid I was always interested in shiny fabrics and materials. Leather particularly fascinated me and as a young teen I aspired to own a pair of leather trousers.

My parents didn’t have much money and so buying such an item was both brochure prohibitively expensive; and as my mum always said “silly” because I was growing very quickly and an expensive pair of leathers would soon no longer fit me.

She was right.

Skip on a few years and I started earning my own salary. I was also fully grown (apart from the obvious weight issues I carried for a number of years, and to an extent still carry) and I finally got myself into some leather. Latex and PVC both came much later, but since my late teens I’ve been wearing leather; and in public I can date exactly when I came out as a leather wearer.

But that’s for another story.

Formal PVC

I’m a big fan of suits, as you’ll discover if you follow the blog. Shiny formal wear has a special allure for me – and it rocks if you wear it onstage!

Here I am backstage at a gig with my covers band.

Here I am at a different, earlier gig, wearing the suit.

I think it’s important to point out that wearing PVC onstage, whilst incredibly cool looking, is hotter than Satan’s armpit! If you do decide to wear this kind of outfit onstage make sure your set isn’t too long, or that you have plenty to drink.

Also be prepared to hand wash your PVC after the gig. PVC gets rather smelly if left unwashed.

Latex on the BMX

Both Dan and I are big cycle fans. I’ve got a few bikes; mostly folding bikes, but I’m a big fan of BMX bikes. This is my Tall Order Ramp BMX.

Normally I’d pop a wheelie or a few bunny hops, but not in £150 of latex jeans! The slightest fall could cause untold damage to them.