By total fluke, our trip to the Isle of Wight coincided with their annual International Scooter Rally. We found ourselves surrounded by fashion from another era – the 60s, to be precise. Parker jackets, Fred Perry shirts, winkle pickers, blonde beehives… There’s a great article on British Mod fashion here. Though, bless, the 60s are a long way behind us now and some of the rally’s sharply styled working class heroes were looking decidedly middle class, well fed and crinkly around the eyes!
I always get a little flutter of anxiety around groups of people dressed in a very prescribed way. I think it’s because I don’t particularly like conforming and even conforming with a rebellious undertone is too much conformity for me! (I say I don’t like people dressing in a prescribed way, but I was willing to be snapped with my future husband in his navy uniform! Strange. He still hasn’t presented me with an engagement ring. I expect he’s saving up for the honeymoon cruise.)
In other news, my latest Guardian blog post on sewing summer dresses came through with some fantastic reader comments around the topic of the cost of sewing. Indeed, the comments are much more interesting than the article itself! Which led me to think… Do you read a blog post for the main piece, for the comments, or both? Do you skip reading comments or fast forward to them? I think the best blogging is a conversation and I love it when a piece takes off in an entirely unexpected fashion. Blogging is a living, breathing creature, the author a mere conduit.
Good for those times when the author has a holiday-numbed brain, useful for nothing other than rambling!