Individual style

Individual style

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Do you like to wear the same clothes as your friends or do you like to dress differently? Adapting clothes and creating an individual style is very popular in the UK.

Have you noticed that many of the clothes on the high street look the same these days? So how do young people manage to express their individual style? We interviewed some young Brits in different parts of the UK.

Use your imagination

What can you do if shops don’t sell the clothes you want? How can you get the clothes you want if you don’t have much cash?

Young creative people in the UK have always come up with ways to express their individuality through their clothes. Punks cut up their clothes and added zips and safety pins, Goths love wearing anything black and skaters buy chains from hardware shops to hang from their trousers. You don’t need money - you need imagination.
Alexi, an art student from Aldershot

Customised T-shirts

Printing your own T-shirt is the easiest and most common way to customise clothes. You don’t have to actually make a T-shirt. You can buy a cheap T-shirt and add an image of your choice.

I used to make customised multicoloured T-shirts for my friends using fabric paints. They looked a bit messy but sort of cool. Slogan T-shirts can be a cheap way to be individual. A couple of years ago, my mate Simon made a T-shirt with a picture of Obama dressed as Che Guevara. He still wears it in fact. It looks great!
John, 25 from Cheshire

Make your own clothes

Everyone knows that students don’t have a lot of money. That doesn’t have to be a problem if you’ve got a bit of imagination (and a sewing machine!).

I used to make clothes sometimes when I was a student. Once I found a pair of trousers that I really liked but I didn’t use to have much money in those days so couldn't afford them. I did a little sketch in a notebook, bought some fabric in the same colour and copied the trousers using my mum’s sewing machine. I went back to the shop wearing my homemade trousers to see if they were the same as the ones in the shop. In fact they were much better! I loved it when people didn't believe I had made them myself.
Corinne, 31, from Dundee

Second-hand style

Buying second-hand or ‘vintage’ clothes is a fashion option for many young Brits. Aylish and Helen recently made their own clothes to get individual styles.

I bought a second-hand T-shirt and skirt, then dyed them black. Then I painted on a design in the shape of a red spider’s web. Cool and very Goth. I also cut up an old pair of leggings to make some long fingerless gloves.
Aylish, 15, from Suffolk

I like to make or adapt my own clothes because I know that they will fit and that they’ll look good. I really love using vintage clothes and changing them. I can make skirts shorter or longer, for example. Sometimes I just change the buttons to give clothes a new look. I buy stuff like jackets, trousers and dresses in second-hand shops. By adapting these clothes you can be sure you will always have something original as well as cheap.
Helen, 26, from Nottingham

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What are you wearing today? Do you feel inspired to get creative with your clothes?

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SamCanova's picture
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Today took since a pants, a blouse, a sweater and a huaraches. And no I don't feel inspired as well dressed because an exhibition I have to come dressed like.
Everyone can have new clothes recycling our or family when you need it, re-use and help to the environment is a form of respect it. cut our clothes and give you a new style is having clothes new.

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imaginaryfiend's picture
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I think that people should try to have a new style, not settle for clothing that is sold in are, especially young people since they must be creative and original.
use clothes that you like and treat of break them paradigms of them people,
without import what the other people think of them because has a great future by front

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AleEli's picture
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My opinion of this article is that the reality is that since, as many teens do not have much money to buy clothes and the solution or the easiest way to get clothes are inventing or creating because it is one of the easiest ways to have clothes, it is also important the imagination to style clothes are nice and you feel comfortable

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Dariols1234's picture
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I think that young people believe that everything that clothing is to be costly and that's better.
clothes can be done better and only with personal designs themselves and are not expensive and you can have ideas and make your own clothes and can look very good.
to make this possible must have a lot of imagination and creativity.
reading this makes me want to make my own clothes.

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Danger's picture
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I normally use a urban style because always caps and shirt of different colors, the style for somebody people is very important. The people like different fashions in the world as the people in Mexico use different clothes, some times is for ideas that have the people, I think that the best style is the style each person. The style can is different colors and different combinations

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erisan's picture
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The article is creative are examples of different styles of clothes, for example, we can decorate our clothes to a style very different and thus give a touch of our personality. In a ocassion I modified my clothes because it was very small, I cut the hem of my jeans, it was an short, but in a month the clothes left to stay

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Deathlock's picture
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I think that follow the fashion it´s too expensive, and I think that there are another expenses that are really more important. I consider, like the text says, we can create our own style in based to the money and imagination that we have; it’s really good reuse clothes because we are saving the planet and we are feeding and incrementing our imagination and our own personality. A

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JCHG's picture
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I think that the peolple thinks the clothes are more beautiful or valuable if we buy it in a store, I think that the clothes are more value if You make it or decorate it but the thing of most importance is that all the wear likes you and that you like how you look in the street and in the world.

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taquito's picture
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I believe that is good do your own clothes, because it can see the imagination, the creativity, etc. I also believe that sometimes in the shops of clothes not this the garment that you want, is difficult find, because believe is good idea do you own clothes.
I believe that in our country lack of ideas, but will try of do it.

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Break's picture
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Today I’m wearing a blue shirt, a white trousers with a black belt and black shoes. Today I’m feeling great because I’m wearing my favorite clothes. I like to have fomal clothes but sometimes I use other clothes. Sometimes I like to experiment with clothes because I have my style and It’s funny use different clothes when I go out with my friend.

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FerchuuzAA's picture
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In my opinion, I think that each style is unic and different so that it isn't not neccesary because all people and specialy the guys we have much imagination and this is the more important.

Also exists more ways of be happy, for example buys articles of second-hand that help to create own style, these in most interest because our design and ideas.

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angelnievesl123's picture
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The text is very important since it gives us tips on how to have the clothes that we want without spending so much money.
In addition to tips talks about new trends and life styles is important to know that our society is undergoing changes of fashion of which at some point we will have to adapt to the new technological clothing among others that will arise with the passage of time.

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abaraizabimaru's picture
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THE TEXT SPEAKS ABOUT THE CLOTHES AND THEIR FASHIONS, BUT IN SPECIFIC SPEAKS OF AS TO MAKE YOUR OWN STYLE, YOUR OWN FASHION, ALREADY IS THAT YOU THE IMAGES AND LITTLE BY LITTLE IT YOU START TO CREATE, TO PATENTING. I FEEL IS THAT TE'S INITIATIVE THAT ONE SAME SEA "SINGLE" AND SO MAY HAVE ITS OWN STYLE
THERE IS TO BE UNIQUE.

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melilove's picture
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This article is very good because express so easy and fun that is to demonstrate the individuality for people. Not is necessary to have much money, only is need creativity imagination and be your same and so can create things unimaginable that we define as person. It is amazing how simple ideas may represent your personality and with so few resources, it is very good that young people seek alternatives to define if same.

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patlanjr's picture
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I think that clothing is what distinguishes each person from another because it is your own style everyone dresses as you sit or depending on the occasion, there are many fashion styles so that each person can choose from all these.
but I also believe that clothes should not mark a social level or something like that.

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JULIOOOO's picture
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In my opinion I think that the solutions that the teenagers do for their clothes in U.K is the best idea because they have used their imagination for create new clothes. In this country the boys and girls don't buy new clothes because they re-use things that previously they had weard. Also I think that the this clothes that they use is the new fashion of moment in this place.

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ANGEl99's picture
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My opinion is that people commenting are students that don't have a lot of money, because still their parents give them money and they have good ideas to make clothes alone use imagination to created their own styles of clothes and as they tell with little bit money can buy clothes cheap and fall very well they same.

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MrImp99's picture
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I think that wear different is awesome because it reflects our personality. Also we can save money if we make our wear or we can customize it. Anyway we can buy “second-hand” clothes as jeans or t-shirts and we can cut or modify it. The individual style is a good idea an it allows use the imagination and our creativity.

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CesarChavez's picture
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First, I think that the imagination in our clothes is very important because we have to create our style and is better that we buy a expensive clothes. You can buy and designe our style with differents designs,
Also if you design your clothes is posible to include the future fashion, then the most important is that you recycle, reuse a reduce a lot of products and if you decided créate your clothes, you help to nature.

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elbetote's picture
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I think people, has a unique style and everyone thinks differently, and people want to get out than usual, then buy second-hand clothes and changed his style and design (punk, gothic, rock, and others) which is very interesting because they have different designs and coming out than usual, imagination is very important, because we are unique and the ideas are incredible

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Chary777's picture
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The individual style are in many places not only in UK, for example, in my country (Mexico) the people dress in different forms also many people follows some styles...
In my case I prefer create my own style following my likes and follow my imagination.
I think that the people should follow their own style and not someone else.

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carlossantana18's picture
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Hello, it is very interesting the reading and is impressive the imagination of youth today and although they don't have much money they made their fashion. The economy in many countries not to been very good and every time there are more devaluations and this causes that the money does not last much. why have to keep inventing new ways to make the money last longer.

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Jara123's picture
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I think that us needed have a personal style and don't follow the fashion actually because all the people are different and for example mexico is a country that are very influenced by the United States and other countries.
if each person have your own style, the cities will have been diverse and colorful.
in adittion to is most atractive for the other person that you will be unique and diferent at the all people.

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SamuelCarmonaHdz's picture
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This will be a good life proyect is more ineteresant because the teens non-addition to wear branded clothing.
They not you are interesant in what thinks or what says the people on them to them interesant is they was the clothes have will using and the clothes that will repair in the future.
these teenagers are a great example for us and should be more like them.

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MrX99's picture
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In my opinión it is a very interesting form of expression, because much of the designers of clothes only follows movements or fashion, but each person has his own style.
I think that in the future there will be a lot of diferents fashions, so I think that in a few years all the Young people will be designing his own clothes.

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RodrigoGonzalezSS's picture
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The people say that the clothes in the last years has changed, in my opinion I think that use clothe cheap or expensive no matter in the style of the people, because it is more of our own style, the form in that we think and we belive of world, the teen are change the fashion, The whole word should a own style.

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ArielMtz's picture
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I think that the clothes are an influence for all the people because the clothes are the things that you use everyday amd there are many styles of clothes and conbinations of them, also all the clothes are like a fashion or this clothes chase some styles of differents fashions.
the clothes are very important becasuse it are the way you express your self.

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fjpr's picture
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Hi Everyone!
Today I’m wearing a black vest with a blue shirt and a dress pants color black. I’m not feel inspired today because i have a exhibition in my school and i’m a Little nervous. But with this i’m not saying that i don’t have imagination, i have to make my own clothes because my girlfriend love it, well is not like i have to made, what really do is send the clothes to any place that stamped clothes but the desing it is from my imagination

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CarlosSantanaJr's picture
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Hello, just of register me in your page, and on the text of "Individual style" am in accordance with what the other people say,not necessarily is must of have money to have a good clothing is enough with have imagination and creativity to make your own style.Each who has a style different, what has is that one will feel comfortable with still same.

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manueljm24's picture
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Design your own clothes is wonderful. Customise your T-shirts is beautiful because you can use your own style and see you as you want. You do your own clothes makes you look as you want and you just need have imagination for know how do you do the clothes that you want like jeans, dresses and more clothes styles. Buy second-hand clothes is not very good, because sometimes already in poor condition.

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