Wardrobe Stories

What’s in my bag? Why do you care?

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The first time I watched a “What’s in my bag” video on YouTube I got a distinctly dirty feeling, like I had just stumbled upon a friend’s porn stash. There’s an element of titillation, and an element of disgust. Sure, you want to see what your friend is into (the teasing possibilities are truly endless); but you’re also sort of revolted more than you can explain. And that is how I felt when I shakily directed my cursor to the play button before watching my first video. You know that you shouldn’t… and yet you know that you’re absolutely going to any way!

To this day, I have probably watched over 200 “What’s in my bag” videos. (more…)

Dressing the part: a work story

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NOTE: I did actually wear this to work, but it never made it to the Blog, so using this as a stand-in for today’s story time.

 

The other day my colleague and friend Chris mentioned that someone in the office had asked him “Has Grant been cautioned about how he dresses?” Naturally I was a bit stunned by this, because while I am never the picture of perfect corporate attire I am never grubby or what I would consider poorly dressed.

It turns out that the person in question had noticed that I have started dressing more corporately aligned, and wondered if this was because I had been told to? My friend thought that this was rather hilarious, and made the comment that I had probably just run out of clean clothes (thanks Chris, really).

What this has shown me (ridiculously, after seven years in the Public Service) is that as dry as the accepting and encouraging of diversity as it is; people are still paying attention to what I wear on a daily basis. It really is a strange realisation to have, because 90% of the time I am fairly confident in saying that I am dressing whole heartedly for myself. This however in turn begs the question: should I be? (more…)

Daily Outfit: National Op Shop Week – Day 5

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Thinking about what stories I could share with you for National Op Shop Week, I came to realise that I have been shopping at op shops for a very long time, and that by now a fair portion of my wardrobe comes from an op shop. I became an op shop patron while I was in high school, as it was during the mid 90’s and Grunge culture had really set in. (more…)

Wardrobe Stories: Braddon Tailors

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I have been lusting after a custom order from Braddon Tailors since I first met Pip Morgan, the founder of the label, back in March of 2014. Everything about that initial meeting cemented in my head that Braddon Tailors was something new on the Canberra menswear scene, and destined for great things.

This year I took the plunge and purchased my first piece from Braddon Tailors, just in time for Fashfest 2015. (more…)

Wardrobe Stories: MaterialByproduct Silk Scarf

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I received a text message yesterday from Susan Kelly of Department of the Exterior, informing me that my silk scarf from MaterialByproduct had arrived in store and was ready to be collected.

Unfortunately I did not get a proper chance to thank Susan for all her help, as I parked incredibly illegally to run in and collect the beautiful silk piece, dashing out of the boutique with the scarf wrapped in delicate white tissue and promising all sorts of artisnal fun to be had. I knew from the moment that I saw the amazing woven ribbon print that designer Susan Dimasi produced for MaterialByproduct’s contribution to Melbourne Now; that I wanted to own something from the collection. Now I do.

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