However It does make blending into a crowd a little difficult...
I've posted this photo before but I'll re-post it because I don't think I explained the story behind it:
I got spotted by a 'talent scout' for a clothes show modelling competition. It was for Suzuki Streets Ahead and they were looking for 'fashionistas and creators of cool'. Me? A fashionista? Really?????? I think it might have been one of those day when I was accidently 'on trend' or something, because when I turned up for the next round of the competition... there was honestly dead silence when the Birmingham public were asked if I should go through to the catwalk show =P I got free tickets for my trouble though so the humiliation in front of a couple hundred people was worth it, besides not one person I knew was there so no one saw me looking like an idiot on a stage whilst a 'celebrity stylist' tried to tell people how to dress like me 'well, really, without the hat, its a quite wearable look, you can get tights like those in any high st store... urrrmmm... where did you say your shoes were from?'. It wasn't the same outfit but thankfully I managed to escape without any pictures that time! Although I did like it so I'm sure I'll wear it again sometime and take photos for you guys.
So I went to the clothes show and what did I buy there? Another top hat. The one I'm wearing in the picture is a collapsible silk one so I can't wear it in the rain or any other risky situation! The clothes show one was cheap enough that I can wear it out clubbing and not worry about it getting wrecked.; if it gets a bit battered I think it'll just add some whimsical charm.
I never thought it would happen again, but yesterday I got stopped by a photographer who wanted to take my picture because he 'noticed the hat'. He gave me his card and said he'd email the pictures, so I hope he does (although his flickr page doesn't exist so I'm not holding out too much hope...). He was quite cool looking himself in a 'I'm an old steampunk geezer' type of way.
I hope I get some pictures to share with you, although I do wish I'd bothered to dry my hair before leaving the house now =P
Have any of you ever been stopped and asked for pictures?