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Introducing the ULTIMATE beauty tool… Fotoshop by Adobé

Posted in Style Tips with tags , , , , on January 13, 2012 by DbyDC

Love this. I am actually working on a feature at the moment about the difference between how the body is represented in art vs how it is represented in media. But that’s a bit heavy for DbyDC so for now I’ll just go with… Fuck yeah!

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.


From dumb blonde to carrot top

Posted in My Dress Code with tags , , on November 21, 2011 by DbyDC

Last week I dyed my ash blonde hair copper-red. I always got told how nice I looked with blonde hair but who the hell wants to look ‘nice’?

People keep telling me I’m brave. I’m not. In no conceivable way does paying someone £70 to add pigment to your hair constitute bravery. DbyDC assumes you don’t need to examples of what actual bravery looks like?

Good. So we’ve established that dying your hair is not on a par with IED disposal. Here’s what it is like…

Bye bye blonde…

(Bravery accusers: note the safe environment. I have a gown on. I’m smiling. The hairdryer has been stowed safely. The woman in the background even has a cup of tea.)


And we’re off. No turning back now. Fine. That’s absolutely fine (shiiiiiititsreallydark).


Not at all sure about these bunches. On the plus side, this neck collar makes me look kinda sci-fi. That’s why I’m giving you the death stare – for the otherworldly effect. Not because I’m scared or anything.


Woohoo, fiery redheadedness here I come. Expect impulsive decisions, hot tempers, and general smouldering.

(Also, a steadfast conviction that there is a scientific explanation for everything, even when it’s a super paranormal and there’s, like, cryptoplasmic slime coming out of it and shit…)

Dear DbyDC: Should I shave my head?

Posted in Dear DbyDC... with tags , , , on October 19, 2011 by DbyDC

Dear Death by Dress Code,

I’m a white man with what can best be described as a ‘mop’ of very thick, unmanageable black hair. My girlfriend insists that the mop stays, but I long for the days when I could just ask the barber for a number 3 all over and walk out 30mins later, only £8 poorer and about a kilo lighter.

Sadly, she insists that the close cut look isn’t for her and so far I’ve obeyed her demands. Can you come up with a viable compromise, or do I just have to do what she says until one of us dies?



Dear Mop-Top,

First of all, are you Jason Statham’s twin brother? If the answer is anything other than “ohmygod, I literally get that ALL the time” then the chances of you looking good with a shaved head are very slim indeed. Let’s face it, even Becks looked a bit of an arse.

In terms of doing what she says, well normally I’m of the ‘fuck the haters, man, you make your own style rules’ persuasion but on this occasion it does sound suspiciously like she might know best. However, there’s bound to be a compromise. Have you considered going the other way and growing it so it’s actually longer than hers? That’d freak her out. Or what about straightening it? Again, I’m feeling shock and awe tactics are the way forward here.

Failing that you could always just get a trim every three to six months like everyone else.

Ta ra, DbyDC xx


DbyDC is now an agony aunt. Tweet me your dilemmas or drop me a line.

WARNING: May contain light mocking.

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.

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.

Get The Look: Grunge Roots

Posted in Style Tips with tags , , on September 16, 2010 by DbyDC

Elle.UK says…

“Ask your stylist to apply three different levels of lightener using a smudging technique. Your stylist should do this freehand for a natural, relaxed look.”

Please, please ask your stylist to use a freehand smudging technique. Also, if you could then pay upwards of £150 for a look that the rest of us manage to achieve through a couple of months of negligence, that’d make me really happy.