Formal Rubber… Not everyone’s thing.

I recently chatted about my love of formal wear with someone who didn’t share my passion. I suppose it’s got to be your thing, in the same way as catsuits are some people’s thing but not so much mine.

I’ve had this suit a long time. It doesn’t fit me anymore, and I have to use bulldog clips to make it look good, but hey it’s my look… Apart from it isn’t!

Ray Cokes did it first (although he skipped the waistcoat and opted for the jacket instead) but the trousers are similar and the shirt is the same colour.

Full disclosure – I didn’t actually see this outfit before I chose mine, it’s just an amazing coincidence, but have you ever seen someone wearing an outfit that you felt the urge to copy?

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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.

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.