Lean green jeans

12 08 2018

I bought a pair of jeans a while back which I folded up and kept for later, perhaps at the time I didn’t think I had the right clothes to go with them.

But pulled them out today and tried them on, to find that I love them.

They’re a straight cut jean in what looks to be a pale blue in the photo, but is actually a pale green, which is a lovely change from the deep blues of most jeans, and a nice touch is the unusual yellow stripe down the outside leg.

There’s no zipper, just metal buttons on the fly which cannot be done up in a hurry, so you wouldn’t want to be escaping from a house on a hot evening… for any reason.

Unlike most of my jeans, these are slightly baggy, which I find to be quite nice, they are certainly comfortable. I’ve teamed them with a white t-shirt and my blue cord top which I reviewed earlier.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d like these, but I really do.

The legs can be turned down at the ankle if you don’t like the cropped look. That’s how they come to you, and I’d take it as “Serving suggestion only”.

ASOS Double Pleat Jeans in Ecru with Side Stripe. $48 Aussie Dollars.

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Not Quite Right

1 08 2018

I’ve been reviewing some of the clothing I’ve bought from ASOS lately, and most of the items have been perfectly decent. Those which, in two cases, just didn’t fit properly, were easily returned to ASOS via their brilliant free returns policy.

If for any reason you’re unhappy with a product, you simply hit Return on the app and ASOS will send you a return sticker via email, which the Post Office can scan straight off your phone and print out. 

This is stuck to your bag, and the lot goes back to the company without any fuss. Your money is refunded a few days later.

However a pink sweatshirt, which pleased me at first, ended up going a bit droopy after a single wash.

I have a Bosch front loader, I usually select the quick wash, and use Eucalyptus wool wash, so nothing drastic.

The issue was with the neck, which went wonky like the neck of an old t-shirt often will. 

It had another minor issue in that it’s called a sweatshirt, implying that it was probably thicker, but was about as thin as a regular t-shirt. But something light for the warmer months would be ok, so I wasn’t too fussed about that.





Sky blue

30 07 2018

Navy? I loathe it.

It’s a shame it’s so over used when blue can be such a pretty colour.

ASOS currently has this gem on offer, it’s a very soft cord jacket by ASOS themselves.

It feels wonderful to wear and not too heavy, perfect for early spring days which are almost, but not quite warm enough.

The colour is bright and cheery.





Minty fresh

30 07 2018

My problem with Menswear is colour, far too often colours are confined to the ordinary, black, grey and bloody navy.

Frankly as a person who loves bright colour, the situation is an annoyance.

Well, I went looking for a denim jacket, something in a colour which hadn’t been seen before, and I found it.

While browsing ASOS I found this beauty by Bershka in mint green!

As it’s a fairly standard denim jacket, you probably know how it feels. They don’t really keep you warm, they’re more of a fashion statement than anything.

So why not lose the blues and stand out from the crowd?

I found that it goes very well with a pale pink jumper underneath.

Edit: While wearing it I discovered how deep the inside pockets are, I almost lost my phone in one.





Self branded

23 07 2018

When the time is right, a person can sometimes find a preference, and announce it to the world.

Maybe they’re gay or perhaps bi, or trans.

It is their own decision and nobody, not you nor I can make it for them, perhaps it’s one of the loneliest times in a person’s life, and perhaps it is one of the most difficult they’ll ever make.

None of us can look inside and analyse who a person is, because we cannot see them in their entirety. Much of that which makes up a person is hidden from view. It is rare that someone should bare their souls to us, but wonderful when it happens.

We should never brand someone with an identity, it’s none of our business.

Keep that in mind when you assume someone is gay, or bi, lesbian or trans…

…or cis.

Wolfie Rankin.





Deepest green

18 06 2018

Another new jacket has landed at my home, this one a deep bottle green, though in truth it’s practically black.

It’s a bikie’s jacket in cord, and looks like something Michael Hutchence may have worn during an INXS photo shoot. It’s deliciously droopy and bad to the bone. Just add your favourite enamel pin to the lapel and you’ve scored.

I found it much more comfortable to wear than a normal denim jacket, since it’s heaps softer and warm on a cool day.

There’s enough pockets to stash everything, all zipped so that things won’t fall out when throwing it over your shoulder.

I have to say that I wasn’t sure about this one, but loved what I saw in the mirror. 

At just over $60 Aussie dollars you can’t really go wrong here.

It’s by ASOS and sold only at ASOS.

Wolfie Rankin.





Dad’s antics

10 06 2018

Mum was often cross with Dad, He was bought up in a very poor family, times were hard and you did whatever you could, and in some ways, even though he grew up, been in the Army, and went to Melbourne to Marry Mum, he never quite got over certain behaviour.

While having a hot toddy and English Muffins with Jette at 4am, I thought of this one story which took place years before I was born.

Dad came home with this satisfied look on his face like a dog who’d found a massive mouldy bone somewhere and bought it home, only it wasn’t a bone, it was a huge rug rolled up under his arm.

“I was given this rug luv, it’s a bit stained but you can wash it and it should come up alright”.

It turned out the rug had come from a home where a bloke was either murdered, or committed suicide, his blood was all over the rug.

Somehow it just didn’t matter to my Dad, it was a free rug, that was all.

Mum was horrified and made him get rid of it, he probably grizzled about it but did as she asked.

The things you remember at 4am.

Wolfie Rankin.