Archive for August, 2011

A seriously FAB look

Posted in My Dress Code with tags , , on August 29, 2011 by DbyDC


“I like your outfit,” my boyfriend told me today.

“Oh thanks,” I said.

“Yeah, I like the colours and the dotty lace at the bottom – makes you look like a FAB ice lolly.”

Dress, boutique on Portobello Rd (currently on probation, I don’t really like it but always get compliments when I wear it) / Jacket, Beyond Retro / Leggings and hat, both H&M / Boots, M&S (I took particular delight in telling this to one of the fashion girls at work last year. “Ooh, are those the Russell & Bromley ones,” she asked. “No, they’re the Marks & Spencer ones,” I replied. “Super comfy and about an eighth of the price.”)


Strike a pose! The perils of applying fashion rules to real life

Posted in Style Tips with tags , on August 24, 2011 by DbyDC

How not to wear your clothes: A very special look at what happens when normal women try to copy fashion models.

In public.

Why you shouldn’t cut your own hair

Posted in My Dress Code with tags , , on August 23, 2011 by DbyDC


On a whim I decided to cut myself a fringe. I’d seen a pic of myself rocking the fringe circa New Year 2010 and decided that girl knew what she was about. Unfortunately when it came to this girl it was another story.

Rather than a cool, calm, painstaking front-of-mirror sesh, I took to it like a five year old with pinking shears. Yes, I went too short and yes, I now look like an Icelandic cartoon character.

I also have an interview next week. Oh good.

Corduroy skirts are a sin

Posted in Style Tips with tags , on August 19, 2011 by DbyDC

DbyDC loves a witty retort, particularly when it comes in the form of unsolicited style advice. I like the way he’s risen above her ignorance and used the opportunity to dole out fashion tips. And best of all, his claim is as narrow and unsubstantiated as hers. It’s the perfect comeback.

Abercrombie and Fitch do something cuntish… for a change

Posted in Fashion News with tags , , on August 17, 2011 by DbyDC

Ever since LFO’s 1999 pop smash, Summer Girls, DbyDC has avoided Abercrombie and Fitch like the plague. The fact that three greasy lads with no musical skills and a surplus of sportswear liked A&F (or, more specifically, girls who wear it), always seemed reason enough to boycott the brand.

Incidentally it has since transpired that A&F are not only purveyors of overpriced trackies, they are also a bunch of bastards. First and foremost is their appalling employment record. It is well known that only regulation hotties need apply and the stories range from personal anecdotes of being confined to the stock room on a “bad hair day” to discrimination lawsuits. Now they have gone one step further in the battle to maintain their “aspirational” image and offered to pay Jersey Shore‘s Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear their clothes.

In an astounding display of snobbery, A&F suggested that the reality TV star switch to another clothing label. They said his association with the brand could have a negative impact on their image and have offered him a “substantial payment” in exchange for his compliance.

A&F is also concerned that Sorrentino’s endorsement of their brand would lead to it being associated with the sex, alcohol and general tomfoolery displayed in Jersey Shore. And apparently that might be “distressing” for the label’s fans. Right. Because Abercrombie fans are all chaste teetotalers.

Nobody, least of all DbyDC, is denying “The Situation” is a bit of an arse both in word and deed. But that’s why he’s exactly the kind of person to “aspire” to Abercrombie and Fitch. And frankly they need to grow up and enjoy the sales spike.

Far from preserving their wholesome image, all A&F have actually done here is cement their status as a glossy-haired pack of marketing facists.

I SHALL go to the (carny) ball

Posted in My Dress Code with tags , on August 16, 2011 by DbyDC

Hooray for Beyond Retro. Decided on a whim a couple of weeks back I wanted a ringmaster jacket for the autumn. Normally in these situations (plucking some obscure clothing item out of nowhere and deciding it is exactly what my wardrobe needs) I then spend the next six months searching for the imaginary item before eventually it becomes too hot or too cold to wear it any more. But not this year, people. No. As of now, 2011 is officially the year of me-looking-like-a-circus-freak.

Georgia May Jagger’s ‘Maggie Thatcher’ shoot

Posted in Fashion News with tags , , , on August 11, 2011 by DbyDC

Holy Bananas. DbyDC hasn’t been this creeped out since we heard brothel creepers were making a comeback. What were Harper’s Bazaar thinking? What was Georgia May thinking? What are you thinking? If you’re anything like me then right now you’re desperately trying to come up with something more intelligent than “eurrgh, WTF?” Let me know if you manage it…

[Thanks to @amberelliot for alerting us to this one]