#OOTD: 12/3/15

Tonight I’m hitting the town with my best friend and housemate to celebrate his 20th birthday.  The club we’re going to plays a whole host of rock, metal, alternative and punk/punk-pop music.  With that in mind, I decided to dress like an extra from a 90s pop-punk music video.

Outfit of the day
If you squint at the crowd scenes next time you watch a punk-pop music video, I guarantee you’ll see at least three different girls wearing this outfit.

Shirt: Select
Crop top: New Look
Shorts: ASOS
Choker: The Vintage Room

Now I know this outfit is a little ambitious considering it’s only March, so if you’re not willing to brave the cold with bare legs then the shorts can easily be substituted for skinny jeans.  Bonus points if they’re acid wash and have ripped knees.

I also know that there will be plenty of my readers that don’t like wearing crop tops.  They’re still a work in progress for me – it took about 20 attempts until I took a picture where I was happy with how my tummy looked.  If you can’t stand the thought of wearing one, substitute it for a band t-shirt or a monochrome tee.

Any colour of plaid shirt will work well here: I went for a vibrant blue this time, but to get the full 90s effect more muted, earthy colours will work wonders.

When I head out I’ll be wearing my favourite black ankle boots, as pictured in my Christmas haul, and my faithful old leather jacket.

What do you think about this outfit?  What are some of your favourite 90s wardrobe essentials?  Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook!

Currently listening to: A Little RespectWheatus

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Top 10 collar tips: my new favourite accessory

One of my favourite pass-times is rooting through men’s clothing shops to find styles, cuts and accessories that you wouldn’t find in the women’s section.  Last time I visited Topman, as well as picking up my new favourite checked shirt, I also purchased some collar tips.

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At £7.50 the tips were a little pricey, however considering how often I wear them out, I think they were good value for money.

Collar tips are a nice alternative to wearing a necklace if you’re wearing a collared shirt or blouse – dress them up with a chiffon blouse, or wear them casually with a denim shirt.

Here are my top 10 favourite collar tips available at the moment.  Once my student loan comes in, I will seriously be considering picking up a couple of pairs of these.

  1. Triple spike collar tips via Ebay
  2. Little devil collar tips via Etsy
  3. Dark grey chain collar tips via New Look
  4. Deer collar tips via Ebay
  5. Reclaimed eagle collar tips via ASOS
  6. Dancing couple collar tips via Etsy
  7. Cross drop collar tips via Topman
  8. Angel wing collar tips via Ebay
  9. Mountain collar tips via Etsy
  10. Western collar tips via Topman

What do you think of my choices?  Let me know on Twitter or in the comments!

Currently listening to: WolvesThe Blackout

Review: Thunder Apparel

I wasn’t expecting to be back with another fashion review so quickly, seeing as I’m a poor student and my altrocklife fashion week cost me a significant sum.  However, my family were very generous to me this Easter, and I find it difficult to resist clothes shopping at the best of times, so here we are again.

My brand of choice this time around is Thunder Apparel, an independent brand formed in 2011.  I ordered my Tiger Tee on Easter Sunday and it slid through my letterbox this morning, which I was extremely happy with.  Speedy shipping is what gives me strength.

One thing I noticed that struck me as odd, however, is that my package did not contain an invoice.  I don’t know if this was an error or the general practice of Thunder Apparel, but if I’d wanted to return my t-shirt I probably would have run into difficulties, even though I did get an email confirmation of my order from both the brand and PayPal.

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Anyway, back to the shirt.  The print looks awesome, and the shirt is great quality.  There are a couple of white patches in the print, which I expected due to the style of printing, but they don’t detract from how much I love the shirt.

Plus, the neck hole is a great size for my head!  If you’ve read my previous t-shirt reviews, you’d know that shirts with neck holes that are too small are a major issue for me.

If you’re on Twitter – and frankly, who isn’t – you should definitely check out Thunder Apparel’s Twitter page.  Whoever’s in charge of their account is absolutely lovely, so make sure you say hi.

I would definitely recommend shopping with Thunder Apparel.  I had a really great experience, and I can’t wait to shop with them again.

Want this shirt but don’t know what to wear it with?  Check out my Polyvore for ideas.

Currently listening to: (I’ll Grab You By The) Neck Of The Woods (live performance) – We Are The Ocean

Review: Drop Dead Fuun Koneko Shirt

Now, before I begin I’m well aware that if you’re into alternative fashion but not Drop Dead, then you’re already a minority.

The independent fashion brand, formed by Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes, has been around since 2004, and its popularity started to boom along with the band’s.  Nowadays if you see BMTH live, it’s a dead cert that at least 50% of the audience will be wearing Drop Dead clothing.

It’s almost become a mating call for fellow BMTH fans.  I remember as I was approaching the ticket tent on the Friday of Reading Festival last year, one of the wardens pointed at me, ripped open his high-visibility jacket to reveal a Drop Dead shirt and pointed at mine excitedly, shouting “Are you a Bring Me The Horizon fan?  I’ll see you in the pit later!”

(I didn’t go anywhere near the pit, to clarify.  I’m a punk rock princess, I can’t deal with having my personal bubble invaded.  But the sentiment was nice.)

Anyway, currently Drop Dead are clearing out some of their old lines, meaning permanently reduced prices.  Hello, I’m living on a student budget, this is a DREAM COME TRUE.  I snapped myself up a Fuun Koneko Shirt, and let me tell you, it’s amazing.

Photo of my Drop Dead Fuun Koneko Shirt
No photo taken in a student’s bedroom would be complete without a messy wardrobe.

The chiffon is such great quality.  The shirt is soft to the touch, and the stiffened collar means I don’t have to worry about it flopping out of place over the course of the day.  None of my other chiffon shirts have this feature, so I’m pretty impressed.

Also, who could say no to the design? It’s super cute, and easily recognisable to fellow Drop Dead fans.

Once again, shopping online at their website was a seamless experience.  I ordered it on a Wednesday with standard shipping, it was dispatched on Thursday, and it slid through my letterbox on Saturday morning.  Perfect.  I even got a couple of stickers along with my order, which is always a bonus.

A photo of Drop Dead stickers, a leaflet and clothing label.
Too bad there’s nowhere appropriate I can stick the ‘Suck-A-Fuck’ sticker. Sigh.

My only bug-bear with this shirt is that I should have bought a Large, rather than an X-Large.  It’s a perfect fit everywhere except the arms, which are too long and the cuffs slide over my hands easily.  But, that’s my own fault.  Considering I own a Drop Dead vest in size X-Small I should have known the X-Large would have been, well, too large.  But when you have a bust like mine it becomes habit to buy a size too big, just to make sure the twins are contained.  And I definitely didn’t want to have to deal with bulging shirt buttons, so the too-long sleeves are a sacrifice I’m willing to make.

So, if you’ve been meaning to buy something from Drop Dead but don’t trust online shopping, trust me on this: you can’t go far wrong with this brand.

Currently listening to: Homesick [Acoustic Version]A Day To Remember