Autumn is here!

I have dragged the leather back out of the wardrobe. This next few days (ironically when I’m booked to go to Alton Towers) the temperature is set to drop into single digits.

At least I am going to Alton Towers though. It did look sketchy earlier this week with increased lockdowns. Now let’s pray they don’t lock down South Yorkshire tonight.

I have a possibly controversial view on masks though, especially having worked through this and always worn one at work.

My thoughts are that there should be nobody exempt from wearing a mask. Nobody. If you can’t wear a mask during a life threatening pandemic then sorry but you shouldn’t be going out in a virus infested atmosphere. You’re putting yourself at risk and you’re risking everyone else’s health.

My opinion is mostly reinforced by the ease with which you can buy an exemption card. Every Tom, Dick and Harry who doesn’t want to wear a mask just goes on amazon and buys an “I’m exempt from wearing a mask”, even if they’re not. It’s actual disgusting. It’s scummy behavior. But I expect nothing more from 80% of people as the human race really has gone to shit.

Hence it should be a blanket policy. Everyone.

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?

I refreshed my leather suit.

It’s been no secret I’ve had a leather suit for a number of years now. Indeed, almost ten years ago I was taking photos like this.

But I’d been noticing that my suit was looking old fashioned. Pleated front trousers aren’t really a thing these days, unless it’s a single tight pleat. Twin pleats are definitely old hat. Plus gaining and then losing weight has made it ill fitting.
So, a few months ago I decided to refresh it with a new pair of trousers and a new waistcoat. The jacket is absolutely fine and still looks good so I didn’t bother doing that.
I think you’ll agree it looks spot on!

New waistcoat coming tomorrow…

After my sheer delight at how smooth and soft the leather is on my Higgs Leather trousers, I’ve decided to order a matching waistcoat. My blazer isn’t too dissimilar so I’m not bothering with that, but it will be really delightful to have a new leather suit which not only fits me, but is as soft and comfortable to wear as any fabric one.

This is the softest waistcoat I own. Sadly it’s missing a button. It’s still not as good as the trousers though.

New Van; New Trousers

A week of new things. First my new van arrived on Monday. A Transit Custom in Blue Chrome. It looks amazing parked next to the Jag!

Then, on Tuesday my new leather trousers from Higgs Leather arrived. Of course I tried them on straight away! A great fit, if a little long.

They look really nice as part of a suit too although the very high quality leather makes my waistcoat look poor, so I’ve ordered a new one to match.

Earlier was the task of shortening them…

A job I’ve done many times. I always use Copydex. It doesn’t go hard, and it always stays up.