Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Packing for summer fashion....a dilemma

So, I've been sorta freaking out as I finish up packing for my upcoming trip (flight's tomorrow AM!). I totally don't consider myself fashionable by any means and this first trip to the UK sort of has me worried about my selection of clothes. I'm a jeans and t-shirt with FLEECE kind of Northwest gardener that doesn't go out much or spends that much money on clothes.

The Chelsea Flower Flower is regarded as the official start of the summer social season. Minus the extravagant preview party where all the famous names and wealthy citizens of London parade themselves lavishly through the show gardens, going to Chelsea still means being seen!

So, here's an example of being dressed up for me. It's plain, uninspired, and I can't, for the life of me, keep a collar in check. This was at my cousin's wedding in December and I'm posing with my other cousin, Christina.

Riz and Ting

I had an intervention of sorts a few months ago when I went to a club with family and they were somewhat baffled by my outfit of choice. Again, it was plain, dark, and potentially warding off any potential for meeting a cute date. Hahhaha

So, we went shopping and came up with a argyle vest ensemble that seemed to work with a pair of dress shoes or converse.


I've been trying to consult with other friends and colleagues over there, but I still feel like I won't be up to the level of sophistication almost everyone I've met that's from the UK seem to be.

But you know what, I'm a horticulturist; I making peanuts, and I'll pull off whatever I can pull off with what I have. I still feel an itch to go and get a few things though:

Maybe I just need a bit of color and not be too afraid about wearing it. Accessories would be nice (I really need to learn how to tie a tie on my own without referring to a YouTube video or having someone else do it for me!)

How sad, a "Next Generation Gardener" who can't dress himself for what may be the grandest flower show he'll ever attend! Now if I can look like this guy and pull off something like this....hmm...better than having my body painted like the models above.

I'll let you know what I come up with.


  1. OMG...I think if you showed up looking like Mr. Purple people would stare, and not in a way that made you feel good. Oh and the argyle vest ensemble is pretty great..although I think you should just be yourself...relax and enjoy the show. We are all expecting big reports!

  2. I'll try not to loose too much sleep with those big reports. LOL! Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Riz:

    Put your money where your heart is..... into plants! I am always slightly suspicious of well dressed horticulturalists - I often think they must have a moonlighting job somewhere else, and besides, if you're anything like me, whats the sense of dressing up to the nines when you have perpetually soil stained hands and dirt under the fingernails! Nonetheless, have a great time at Chelsea.... knock em dead!