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April 2012



D.I.M.D.I: High waisted shorts

This is the round and full face of yours truly circa 1997 in New York City.

Although it doesn’t look like it, it was actually taken at the end of the best summer of my life.  There was a boy involved, fresh air, swimming, drama, comedy, travel, NYC ~ Great times.

The photo is here not to scare you into never having bleached hair or blue nails but to, of course, discuss the attire.*  At the time I was wearing one of three pairs of jeans that I owned.  A black low rise boot cut pair that I bought that summer, a baggy boyfriend pair {chopped into shorts and took to Zimbabwe 2012} and these ~ High waisted, straight leg blue jeans that I had had since I was 14.

Back in 1992 high waisted was not high waisted but was simply normal.  Low rise, ass crackers, as I like to call them, hadn’t been invented and we were were safe in the knowledge that our knickers and backsides were covered even if we did bend over to put a pair of Buffalo trainers on.

I loved this pair of jeans and always kept them to see if I could fit back  into them after weight yo yo’s, just like my Mum’s ‘pregnancy jeans’.  A pair of jeans she kept and after each baby {of which she squeezed out three} would try on to see if she had returned to her former size. {FYI I could fit a forearm into them in my teens!}

Anyway, come 2004 my ‘ass size testing’ jeans weren’t being worn and I wanted them to worn! I CAN’T STAND WASTE!!

Feb 2005 ~ Took the jeans in so they were tapered, patched up the knees and dyed them dark blue.  BINGO! High waisted jeans before their comeback after their demise after their introduction.  Always one step ahead my Shoelets.

Aug 2010 ~ Nearly didn’t make it to the theatre one night as was stuck in the jeans ~ 1992 they were purchased my friends, no elastic in sight.

What to do?….MMMMMMmmmmm.  The top of these jeans is AWESOME and I do hate to give up on an item with so much history…

March 2012 ~ D.I.M.D.I time {mark 2 for this pair}

Firstly I cut them into shorts and unpicked them to let them out….

….Bleach bath to take the colour out of them….

…with the ‘legs’ that I’d cut off I pinned and then sewed the extra material into the unpicked seams to give me extra ass space…

…I cut the beauties even shorter for maximum tannage on the pins and found myself with a pair of high waisted jean shorts!

Happy, comfy, stylish, African days…Did it myself didn’t I?

Ohhhh…And…and I changed two tyres on a jeep in these shorts ~ Ass covered the whole time.

{reworked hat, ray ban sunnies, american apparel t-shirt, reworked shorts}

*recognise the shirt too?  Check here….15 years after it was gifted it’s still being loved….

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion



April 2012



Looking for change

{found fleece, topshop scarf, vintage jacket from nyc, gifted vest, lee jeans, wedges from nyc, leather bag from cyprus}

Between the downpours and the grey skies of yesterday I found a small window of sun and I snatched it to take these piccies.  Obviously, the rules are, day one back from your hols you wear white and get as much skin out as possible.  Having transferred said skin from 27 degrees to 10 there was a strong possibility that this was not going to happen.  It did however make me look at my wardrobe with fresh eyes and you know me My Shoelets, I do love a challenge.

Having lived off the same set of clothes for 2 weeks when I get back to Tiny Wardrobe and am faced with a plethora of vetements I am always looking for change.  In Africa-ca-ca I was flowing, big prints, bold colours.  On returning I’m reaching for some a little subtler. A looser top, a smaller print, edgy and ‘covered’ {dang i was cold yesterday!} but still TRYING to be springlike.

I’m getting out my spring/summer jackets today and am looking forward to dreaming up different outfits for this year.  I’m not sure what they’ll be but I have a few little ideas brewing in le brainage.  Shoes and bags are a priority this season and I can’t wait to look at what I already own and mix it up to make it current and exciting.

What’s your plan for this upcoming season?  Let me know?  Do you like the sportswear look thats coming in?  Clogs a plenty for y’all?  Will you be joining me, Burberry and a whole continent with 2012’s love of African print? Are pastels welcomed into your inbox or are they sent right to spam?

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Colour blocking, Inspiration, Outfit city, PANTS!, Wardrobe work


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