Ending the decade in style

A visit to friends today. I decided to finally take the plunge and wear my three piece leather suit for the first time out and in its entirety.

I paired it with my iridescent purple shirt and a very handsome purple floral tie. I have to say purple is a colour I do really like!
My tea was served in a very “apt” mug it has to be said… Mini me approves!

In case you want to see the outfit in the whole, I grabbed a picture.

First steps in leather.

I see nothing wrong with a leather suit… Indeed I’ve owned one now for a lot of years. This is my latest – the waistcoat and trousers are from Higgs Leather (specially selected leather, not the cheaper option).

I was asked recently about my starting out in leather; well one of the first men I really appreciated it on was back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The TV programme was Bread and the character was Joey.
For the first few years Joey was played by Peter Howitt (yes, Sliding Doors, that one).
However I preferred how Graham Bickley wore it from season 4 onwards. He was playing the same character, but he wore it as more of a suit with a waistcoat and shirt, although he mostly wore it with a blouson style jacket.
The trousers were pleated style, as was fashionable back in the day.

I saw this programme on TV back in the day and always wanted to dress like Joey, although I never wanted his hairstyle! Even then I realised how bad it was. It wasn’t until about 2008 that I finally got my full suit.

Who wore it better?

Although it’s an absolutely terrible film, this guy was the one who made me realise that three piece suits could be leather.

I saw him in it when he was in the audience at a celebrity comedy event – the host commented on it and he said it was costume from “Spice World – The Movie”.

Of course I admired him in it very much and decided that I would own such an item.

Well it took me a few years, but eventually I did “the look”.

I’m not quite sure who suits it better though?

Lifestyle change is the key.

I’m hardly the perfect advocate, but you know when you see those photos online of before and after? Well these are mine.

It’s just over 12 months since I began my lifestyle change from an unhealthy fat potato with plantar fascitis & knee pain to become what you see on the right.

It was the photo shoot for the covers band on the left which horrified me. I looked disgusting! I was enormous and in an ill fitting suit which at the time I actually thought looked quite good.

Now I can shop at normal shops, delve into the middle of the rack, and when I see something really unusual like the PVC suit from ASOS I can actually buy it off the peg.

It’s not a diet that did this; it’s a lifestyle change. Less food, more exercise. For me it’s about the high fat foods. I now have them as occasional treats and only then as a small portion.

This photo was the shoot taken with my folk band a few weeks ago. The transformation is unbelievable!