Distressed jeans

DIY distressed jeans

Back in the day I had one pair of jeans that I wore to destruction. But if you don’t have the commitment to erode your trousers through years of chafing, you can get them off the peg – but they could potentially be one of your more expensive wardrobe staples. Using the DIY ethos of punk, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

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Fields' tweed bar

Smokin’ tweed

Before vintage was the new by-word for charity shop chic, there were jumble sales. Every Saturday I would crank the handle on my Ford Anglia and do the rounds of the sales, buying what is now colloquially known as DMC (Dead Men’s Clothes).

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The clothes rail starts to fill up

Making a Swish

There’s a joke that’s made on the Isle of Wight every March, when the clocks change, which is: “Don’t forget to put your clock forward – to 1952”.

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Vive le Rock

baby punk

Too young to be a proper punk …. but after school my friend Carol and I trundled up the Central Line heading for the Marquee Club … where I am sure we saw lots of famous punk bands but always had to leave early to trundle back suburbward.

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Glitter Gordon Jacks

Autumn Leaves and Shiny Shoes

Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons. A scorching summer day brings me out in freckles, or maybe some painful sunburn if I’m particularly lax about larding on the Factor Anorak. Winter is better, but I prefer mild and wet rather than those icy cold days.

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Helen from Wolverhampton holds her Wight Catwalk calling card

Ryde’s a-buzzin’!

As any resident of Ryde will not have failed to notice, each August Bank Holiday the Georgian town is invaded by scooterists. Back in the day, the town’s elders tutted and shook their heads at the supposed chaos these two-wheeled retronauts caused. These days the business association, hotels and restaurants welcome the visitors with open arms – and quite rightly too.

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