Thursday 10 November 2011

Nirvana—the grunge band which made dressing like a construction worker in flannel shirts and blundstone boots a fashion statement.

Erm ... wearing my father's shirt and sunnies ...
and thinkin' I look cool?
So what was the deal with flannel? It looks like a picnic table cloth. Why was it so cool? Did it make people think that they could eat off themselves? Did it inspire some sort of kinky agenda?

"Hey baby, wanna fry a snag and rest it on me chest? While you're at it love, git me a beer, and lick that mustard off this button. It don't look too hot."

"But dear, that's coz I spread the mild one on ya."

Actually, I still like flannel, and if I owned a flannel shirt I'd probably wear it with a decent pair of jeans. Something kinda wholesome about it, isn't there?

As for blundstones, I prefer good old army boots to those now. Mind you, I don't have my army boots anymore either. Replaced them with boots that look like army boots but are so soft you might as well call them Hush Puppies.

I think I'm getting old ...

Do you still have any clothes from your past? Do you wear them?


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  1. Being from Seattle, I can say that I think the flannel got popular because many of the musicians had lumberjacks for fathers, and they just borrowed their shirts.

    Smell ya later.

  2. Flannel is back...I see it on racks everywhere. I'd kept a dashiki from the '60's for decades, then, when my niece became a retro hippie, I gave it to her.

  3. You look great in your sunnies, which must be Aussie slang for sunglasses.

    But tell me, how does one fry a snag? Over here, one snags a fry.

    Page 56!

  4. Sweetie my past was a whole lot longer ago than yours was...but I can remember my navy pea jacket which I loved, clarks wallabees that I practically lived in and one pair of honey coloured leather braided strap sandals that were to die for.
    page 150

  5. Love the photo Jessica, here in the UK check blouses, shirts and coats are all the fashion so you look just great.

    Have a good day.

  6. What do you mean "thinkin' I look cool"? You do look cool.


    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

  7. Gee! Are they really back in fashion? So it's back to the 60's and 70's.

    Well, up north in Maine, USA, the home of loggers- where I use to live, everyone wears them!

  8. I do have some older clothes and proud to say they all still fit. I'm from the Pacific Northwest, so yes, flannel shirts were always popular there.
    We just got back from Oregon and your package had arrived. Looking forward to listening to your CD.

  9. Sorry, never liked flannel. And I have concert t-shirts that are older than you, Jessica!

  10. Plaid flannel hides dirt really well.

    And we wore Doc Martens up here in the wintry north. Chic.

  11. I still dig flannel...although I don't own any. Hmmm. Maybe I will have to get a new shirt. :-) I so love these old pics of you! Last year I bought a pair of leg warmers for my Halloween costume...and I have been very tempted to wear them a couple of times. Have a great day Jessica!

  12. Aw, it was the whole Nirvana thing! I think you look pretty darn adorable.

  13. I just bought your eBook and hit the LIKE button on top (I hear it helps with the ranking.) Lots of luck, Roland

  14. Love it! Yes, I had plenty of flannel shirts and rocked the black boots during my junior and senior year of high school.

    Overhauls were another strange fashion trend here. You won't catch me wearing those though!

    Exited for the Chart Rush tomorrow!!!

  15. I like flannel; its soft and feels good against the skin. I never think of eating when I see it on a person. Well - if the guy is eye candy . .

    Something about flannel reminds me of lazy days on a sofa, kids and favorite man all sprawled together in a cozy mess. I think of chilly, rainy days and just hangng out together. my favorite food on a flannel day is a hearty stew - one of the few dishes I cook extremely well.

    I think I could listen to Nirvana during my day with the family and stew :) "Come, as you are . ."



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