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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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.