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FizzyT, April 15th, 2015

This is almost too much good weather, I want to be outside constantly. I suspect, from the open windows and dreamy faces around me, that I am not alone.

I love that our kids t-shirts are soft and pure cotton and that we have an amazing range of colours, fonts, templates and styles. The best thing ever is to get a random child (preferably a willing one) and get them to design their own t-shirt. Whether it’s an image they’re created or one of our templates that they’ve chosen the colours and text for, it’s a kind of interactive fashion that everyone can enjoy. Best of all, with our 3D design technology, you can see exactly how the finished garment will look. How awesome is that?!

FizzyT, March 17th, 2015

With the Easter holidays coming up, it’s time for a lot of people to snatch that last bit of snow and bung the kids on the slope, going for a leisurely ski, or a high octane snowboarding session. Alternatively, it’s a great time to go for a brisk (cheap) walk or clear the garden (free and unappreciated).

Whatever you intend to do this Easter, if you need to keep warm, you’ll be wanting one of our Peruvian knit hats. I can’t get enough of them. Truly a sickening variety of colours, embroidered with your own text, or something from our template selection, and super super warm!

Best of all they have long, flappy ear bits (that’s the technical term) which keep your ears warm whatever you’re up to. My essential spring purchase!

FizzyT, January 26th, 2015

So, I like to think I’m fairly unshockable in a kind of ‘seen it all before’ sort of way. Lada Gaga’s meat dress prompted nothing more that a faint wonder if it was going to be casseroled afterwards, Miley’s twerking gave me nothing more than a twinge of indigestion, I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so jaded nothing actually affects me, or because there hasn’t really been anything truly original since David Bowie looked all androgynous and everyone fancied him.

Anyway, this may have all changed as Rick Owens new menswear collection featured a selection of po face cheekboned Adonis-like creatures wearing what I can only describe as penis ponchos. Diaphonous and drapey, the creations were elevated in their sartorial sauciness by a carefully placed hole in the middle of the garment. I’m afraid the only word for it is a knob hole, Well, that’s two words, but you get me, right.

Bell-ends a swaying, these picture perfect specimens brought a whole new dimension to the slightly monotonous world of menswear collections. Not sure if they’ll catch on in the real world, but you know how fashion trickles down. Oops, wrong expression! Coming to a pop up store soon. Hmmmm.

FizzyT, January 23rd, 2015

I do love a bit of totally out there fashion. Clothes that deliberately set out to make you look really, but really odd are completely fascinating. You might almost start to wonder whether the whole clothing industry is having a big laugh at you. Take Moschino’s homage to MacDonalds as a perfect example. Bright red and yellow numbers, emblazoned with an ‘M’, basically the colours of a really squishy squeezed zit. And all the class of a fast food joint, yet with the price tag of a small London semi. A perfect way of making you feel better about not being able to afford designer togs. Just buy a MacDonalds instead and say you’re accessorising. Job done. And lunch.



FizzyT, April 18th, 2014

Tomorrow’s cinema rerelease of James Dean’s iconic films has prompted a bit of a white t-shirt retrospective.

Embodying the new postwar youth, Dean shrugged his way nonchalantly into the stratosphere, sporting a mega hair do, denim n leather and what was to become the most classic piece of daywear ever invented. The t-shirt.

From what had previously been an item of underwear, the white t-shirt, gorgeously smudged, became the teenager’s rebel attire. Way before Madonna sported her bra in public and shocked the world, Dean perfected the underwear as outwear genre.

And oh how good it looked. If there’s one piece of clothing that hasn’t dated in over 50 years, it’s the simple white t-shirt. Classic, and cool.


FizzyT, April 1st, 2014

It’s that time of year when hope appears. And for hope, read sunshine. Suddenly things are looking better, people are less grouchy and less pasty and it’s time to finally think about a summer wardrobe. Amongst other things.

Printed tees aside, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a classic white t-shirt, and T by Alexander Wang from Net a Porter is a firm favourite. Nicely draped, semi sheer soft cotton, little pocket detail and slouchy enough to layer for that perfect in-between seasons look.

Net a Porter is on the pricey side, and I’m sure you can find something that costs less than this, but there’s something about buying into a bit of luxury that just makes it all worth while. Isn’t that right Mr Bank Manager!

FizzyT, March 24th, 2014

Am I the only person who finds Marks and Spencer’s newest ‘LeadingLladies’ campaign really irritating? Nothing about the women they’ve chosen; an inspiring bunch, every single one of them, but to be using them as an advert for clothing is something that really grates.

From the pseudo ‘best friends’ days of Dannii Minogue and Twiggy, to the now more ordinary looking high achievers, M&S is somehow trying to sell the idea that they cater for the great and the good, thus reassured the rest of us can shop there. It almost makes us their friends…to think, we might realistically be wearing the same knickers as Emma Thompson, or Annie Lennox’s pantyhose….what a bond.

Sorry M&S, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels deeply patronised by this. At least with Rosie Huntingdon Fluntingdon Wuntingdon it’s very clear that in real life she would never let an M&S gusset anywhere near her waxed to the extreme, supermodelly bits. She’s only in it for the cash. Also, that if we step into her pants, our legs will most definitely not grow as long and as willowy as hers. Or that our lips will swell up and resemble an excited vagina. More’s the pity.

So I just bloody wish they’d stop the pretence; these women are amazing, inspirational, and yes, some of them are even (gasp) black. But they’re not like us, and they never will be. So cut the crap and just wave an unattainable supermodel at us. Please?


FizzyT, March 7th, 2014

God, I’ve always wanted to try out a fully facially hirsute extravaganza. But without that stubbly in between stage, or actually having to grow an attached cheek and chin merkin (hormones would be needed). So this hairy hat by Snorgtees fulfils my deepest, darkest, most strokable fantasies with the huge bonus of being able to remove it once the novelty has worn off. Perfect for a bit of furtive fumbling, and ideal to turn you into an instant birdwatching type or ZZ Top fan. Surely every woman should have one……..beard envy is thing of the past girls!!!!!

FizzyT, March 3rd, 2014

I must confess that having made sure Cate Blanchett win her Oscar for having the best dressed breakdown in screen history (possibly history period), that the next thing to do was to check out the frocks. The awful ones.

Throughout history, there have been some terrible Oscar offenders; Celine Dion in her back to front tuxedo, Bjiork in that swan, Cher in anything. Consdiering the money and expertise at their disposal, the fact that they can still manage to humiliate themselves sartorially, like I did through the whole of the 80′s, is a source of complete pleasure.

Kelly Osbourne….we’re watching you……

FizzyT, February 19th, 2014

It’s the year of the tomboy…a tentative hooray? The Guardian and London Fashion Week says so, with boyfriend dick chic on show. Cara Delevigne’s influence on current London trend is maxing out, bomber jackets and beanie hats abound. Her ‘antics’ with new girlfriend Michelle Rodruigez have garnered inches upon sartorial column inches and austerity food blogger turned voice of the people Jack Monroe are all pall bearers and wearers of an androgynous style all coming under the moniker Tomboy.

Great news for girls everywhere though, as Tomboy tailoring means baggy and bold, a perfect look for slobs and lovers of comfort everywhere. Order your slogan t-shirt two sizes bigger, hang out with attractive, similarly clad females and stick out your tongue at every available opportunity. That’s it! You have nailed this season’s look. Awesome!