Of late I find myself oddly fascinated by A-line skirts and dresses. I swear, girls get all the cool clothes. Sailor-stripe tops catch my eye, as do polka dots. I wonder if there's a culture shift involved, since I'm spotting old tin robots on TV more often. I've liked them for years, but they're popping up more often now. Ditto for 40's and 50's stylings.
I might be able to pull off 50's era biker stylings. I've got a couple of leather jackets, one of which is mildly appropriate. It's a little more Indiana Jones than Black Rebels Motorcycle Club. I'd really like to get a Rocketeer-style jacket. That's not 50's, but it's still a style I like. Also, that'd make one hell of a Halloween costume.
My budget hasn't included much disposable income in the past few months, so my usual thrift store wardrobe supplements haven't been coming in. I want to get back into the habit of raiding my favorite shops on off-days. Most of my favorite clothes have come from thrift stores. You can get some really unique items that way, plus I don't feel bad buying clothing that was made overseas if it's secondhand. At least that way my money goes into the local economy, instead of going toward a multi-national corporation.
Despite my normal preference, I'm looking for more long-sleeve shirts. Not sure why. I usually give in to our lovely Florida weather and rock the short sleeves. You'd think I'd want as little material as possible, now that I wear an undershirt, a back brace, and then another shirt over that. My wardrobe has a distinct lack of white shirts, in either the short- or long-sleeve variety. I've got two white shirts that are much too large but extremely comfortable. Apart from them, I have some old undershirts that have probably been with me since the end of high school. Also, I'd like to get another pair of suspenders.
I found a nice black corduroy jacket about a month ago. At $5 it was a great deal, and it fits me well. Now I just need the weather to cooperate. At work I sit in the coldest section of the building, so it wouldn't be ludicrous for me to wear a jacket. I already keep my oldest, roughest thrift store leather jacket (also a $5 find) draped over my chair. Unfortunately it smells a little funny after spending last summer in the trunk of my car.
Maybe I'm focusing on my wardrobe because my plans to become Cool Biker Guy were so thoroughly thwarted. I've had several setbacks over the past few years, but back surgery has been by far the most effective. I'm not supposed to ride a bicycle right now, let alone a motorcycle. It'll probably be another year and a half before I can even consider it. Maybe longer.
One thing I'm looking forward to is the new apartment with Andy. I think we'll co-habitate well. We're both looking forward to using the 3rd bedroom as a studio for I Am Nerd
and for my occasional photo shoots. We're hashing out the living room décor, but so far Asian and retro seem to be winning. Think Blade Runner, but cleaner and with less rain. Also hopefully with fewer killer androids.