An Odd Boy: Alice through the looking glass

I wore a dark maroon velvet smoking jacket, a high collared dark blue satin shirt, and grey-green elephant-corduroy trousers. I sometimes wore Levi 501s flared out with Levi denim insets. My brother and I used to buy a pair each and a third pair – the largest size available in the shop. We’d unpick the large pair and use the fabric to make our inset ‘sails’. The bottoms of those Levis were larger than the waistbands – and they swirled well whilst dancing. They were practically culottes.

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