#OOTD: 22/06/15

Hello altrocklifers! First of all I’d like to apologise for the slightly misleading post title: today’s outfit of the day is not the outfit I wore today (shock horror!).  Instead it’s the outfit I wore out to my super early birthday bash last week, and it’s honestly my favourite outfit in my wardrobe right now.

Shirt, clutch bag, boots: New Look
Shorts: Drop Dead
Necklace: Become Antique

Unfortunately, due to the club’s logo being photoshopped over the bottom half of my outfit, you can’t really tell what I’m wearing, so let me break it down for you:

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I’m so glad I bought these shorts, as they’re now one of my favourite items of clothing.  Up until last week I struggled to find a top to match them with, but this outfit is a solid back-up.  I wouldn’t normally wear so much black in summer, but I think the Drop Dead shorts are best suited to monochrome, and they were the feature of the outfit after all!  The gold touches on the clutch, necklace and buttons of the shirt, as well as the glittery thread running through the shorts, helps to keep the outfit from blending into the background.

What do you think of this outfit?  How would you style these shorts?  Let me know on Facebook or Twitter.

Currently listening to: Jet Pack BluesFall Out Boy

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Review: Drop Dead’s Fangz Crop Shirt

As much as I love the brand Drop Dead, its clothes are usually out of my price range, and I’m sure many of my readers can relate to that!  Unfortunately as an unemployed student it’s extremely difficult for me to splash out on clothes from independent brands such as Drop Dead.  That’s why I always make the most of flash sales, such as the sale Drop Dead held the weekend before last.

I was super tempted to pick up a pair of their Peace Walker Boots, which I absolutely adore, but unfortunately there wasn’t quite enough knocked off the price for me to be able to consider them.  Instead, fuelled by my new love of crop tops, I picked up the Fangz Crop Shirt for the reasonable price of £24 (+ shipping).

I was surprised by how baggy the top was, actually; Drop Dead tends to run small, especially in women’s clothing, so I expected the size 12 Fangz top to fit a little more snugly.  It’s not too baggy to put me off wearing it, though!

altrocklife modelling the Fangz Crop Shirt
Apologies for the dirty mirror – I’ll get round to my spring cleaning eventually!

I really love this top: the detail of the embroidered fangs is a really nice feature.  The collar is reinforced, which means it won’t end up crumpled and misshapen in the wash.  I also like the sleeves being a little longer, almost elbow length – they help protect the world from seeing my flabby upper arms.

I wore this top out for my friend’s birthday on Friday night, and paired it with denim shorts and black heeled boots.  However, it could also easily be worn as part of a casual outfit.  If I was wearing the Fangz Crop Shirt to uni I’d pair it with high waisted jeans, a chunky cardigan and ankle boots.  It’s (gradually) starting to get warmer now, so when the sun does eventually decide to come out I can see myself wearing this shirt to the beach over a swimming costume with my favourite sunglasses.

Once again, Drop Dead hasn’t failed to impress me.  I’ll be keeping my eyes open for their next sale, and who knows, maybe some day I’ll be able to afford the Peace Walker Boots!

Currently listening to: Youngerletlive.

Review: Memphis May Fire, KOKO London

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or who’s read this blog will know how obsessed I am with Memphis May Fire at the moment.  I reviewed their latest album, Unconditional, about a month after I picked up tickets to see them play at London’s KOKO, and all that did was fuel my excitement even further.

Before the gig I headed to Drop Dead, as the band were holding a signing.  Unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of the signing itself, but check out the Challenger booklet the band signed for me!  They were lovely guys too; if you ever get the opportunity to meet the band, then please take it.

A photo of the Memphis May Fire 'Uncondional' album booklet, signed by the members of the band.
Of course Matty signed his name right over the album artwork. Of course.

I may have queued for an hour and a half to get into the signing, but it was so worth it.

After the signing I ate some dinner and then headed to Camden.  The issue with this was that I ended up at the back of the queue, meaning by the time we got into the venue the opening act, Cytota, was already nearly finished.  I wasn’t too sad about that, though; from what I heard, I didn’t rate them very highly.

The next support act was FACT, and to be honest, I’m not sure what to think about these guys.  I could hardly hear the vocals and lyrics over the music, which could have been down to mixing issues, but either way it made the set difficult to enjoy.

Then came The Word Alive.  I really enjoyed these guys.  They had a lot of energy, and their sound is right up my street.  I’ll definitely be buying their next album, Real, out in September.

And then, Memphis May Fire took to the stage.  These guys were absolutely awesome.  Matty’s vocals were clean, and the band’s overall performance was polished and well-rehearsed.

Their best songs were probably Be Careful What You Wish For, The Rose and Prove Me Right; the entire crowd was jumping and full of energy.

My highlight of the night, however, was their performance of Miles Away.  Matty’s vocals were enchanting, and when the entire crowd joined together to sing Kellin Quinn’s section the atmosphere was amazing.

Their encore of Prove Me Right and Legacy was the perfect way to end the night on a high note.  I had high expectations for this gig, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

Currently listening to: Alive In The LightsMemphis May Fire

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