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Day 204: The Sky Brooded, The Colour of Lint

It is winter and lots of black creeps in. It is also Melbourne. We are known for our propensity to wear black. Well, we know. I am not sure how internationally aware people are if this Melburnian trait. The trend for colour in the last couple of years has done a little to sway us from our tradition, but, through winter particularly, it is waves of dark clothing that predominate any crowd. No-one really knows why? I think our collective consciousness channels a combination of beat-generation Audrey, Coco Chanel on a dark day, and Lisbeth Salander. Some people blame it on the weather which some comedian over here described in a 'weather report' as "Morning spring, possible winters clearing, followed by brief patches of summer before a partly autumn afternoon. A top of thirteen and twenty-one and nineteen degrees'. Which would be slightly funny, if it wasn't true.

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But the reason I am clapping on about black is because there is something I do not understand. And maybe some of you sciencey people out there can explain. Why, if, like in Melbourne people wear lots of black, whereas, in other places, like Sydney, they don't (because too much black on all that fake tan makes for a rather tigerish appearance), is everybody's washing machine lint the same colour. That slightly blue-grey colour. If it's the combined colour of all colours in the universe that end up in a washing machine, how, with everyone's wardrobe being different, can it always be the same. I have friends in high places. I am talking about friends with spectophotometers (machines they use to colour match things and make them into paint formulas). Contact me by email and I will give you my address (if you promise you aren't strange) and you can send me a sample of the lint in your washing machine (belly-button lint not accepted). When I have a good sampling, I will visit my friend and colour match the samples to see if they all come to the same formula. And then we can put this whole question to bed. Because it is bugging me.

The Outfit
Dress: Op-shopped
Jacket/Cape: Op-shopped
Belt: Op-shopped
Shoes: Irregular Choice (they started the outfit as inspiration for both Trend Spin's 'Bow' theme, and Spy Girl's 52 Pick-Me-Up: Shoes First theme)

Photographer de Jour: Moi

Who wore it better?

Putting a link on with:

Style Elixir's Friday Fab Favourites


Spy Girl's 52 Pick-Me-Up


  1. Well, MY lint comes up different colors depending upon whether it's the lights or the darks. Since my sheets are brown flannel, they go with the darks and my darks' lint is a warmish dark grey. My lights are a cool light grey. Then there was the day of the pink lint when I threw some red chambray in with the lights. Not just the lint turned pink -- argh! Clearly, I study my lint. Some could call me a lint gazer. I know of artists that use lint in their art (yes, I have been tempted) and it is not all the same color. OK, enough!

    LOVE your bow shoes. They make a grand statement on 52 Pick-me-up this week. Thanks for linking up!

    1. That certainly is an artist's eye. I have (believe it or not) actually recieved some lint samples and they are all very different - there you go, I am re-educated lint-wise :)

  2. Great post! Those shoes are fab.

    Thank you for linking up with Friday’s Fab Favorites!

    Lauren xx


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