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?


youaretheonlyone29's picture

I'm wearing a crop top with denim jacket and short jeans. The weather was so hot like a big pan was on fire (: I have just been to a mall with my friends cuz our exams was over =))) Anyway, I'm watching Civil War right now. Fantastic ;0

23 users have voted.
HadiaSABAH's picture

I am wearing a quarter sleeved tunic with a cute belt and white skinnies, and jimmy choo flip-flops.YES ofcourse i'm inspired with my clothes because they are classic.

29 users have voted.
Ken's picture

I wear a school uniform as usal. Hm..., feel inspired?? noope, actually! On eeekends, I try to chose clothes that i get inspired...!
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34 users have voted.
AndriiS's picture

Today I wore brown pants, a black T-shirt and sneakers. I don't feel inspired to get creative with my clothes. Sometimes I like to experiment with clothes.

34 users have voted.
cklj's picture

Today I am wearing jeans with my trainers and a brown blouse. I don't feel inspired to get creative with my clothes, because I'm in school today and I think it's better to be simple dressed in school, plus I'm so lazy today. But I often feel inspired to be unique, well dressed and different from the others.

99 users have voted.
justcricketforme's picture

I'm wearing a "Keep Calm and Beat the Aussies" red t-shirt and a pink skirt with a blue coat with my hair tied in a poytail. Today I'm wearing an "un-Zainabish" outfit because my usual outfits are jeans, a t-shirt related to cricket and my California hoodie or my blue hoodie. My outfit today is like this because my Mum forced me to. I just managed to smuggle this t-shirt underneath. I make my clothes combination myself and even write stuff on it. This t-shirt is one of my works. I made my roundneck jumper like this for the Ashes 2013-14. My style is very different from my friends. My friends are usualy in shalwar kameez, long shirts or skirts with hair lose and open. I feel proud and inspired of my style.

89 users have voted.
Natalija's picture

Today I am wearing a black pants, a pink pullover and my boots wit heel. I'm feeling great and I think I have created my own style. I like to have the modern clothes, but something that none has. My BFF says that my jewelery can be found in museum and that none could wear earnings as mines. I find it compliment. I have my own style, but it's a classic style. I like Kate Middleton's, Grace Kelly's and Audrey Hepburn's style and they are my model role about fashion. Blair Waldorf also has a great sense for fashion. I like to wear coats in red, pink and blue color, cardigans, headbands, heels, dresses. I don't like to wear sweaters and trainers, I wear it only for weekends, while running with BFF.
I have a girly style and I feel excellent in my clothes.

138 users have voted.
RehinaParker's picture

I like to wear sportive clothes at school ....... I dont mind too much what i wear at school but make difference when i go out with my friends.......

139 users have voted.
Fairya's picture

I'm wearing a red dress and multicolored tights whereas my friends wears the clothes of the last fashion.
I think everyone has his style !!!

152 users have voted.
Sizar Torres's picture

I was very interested to read this fascinating article, thanks.
Well , in my city ,especially in University students care a lot about clothes and fashion, and they buy expensive clothes from Europe and Turkey.My relatives in Britain say that they can't find such beautiful clothes in their cities.
But the problem is that they are very expensive, for me I have to pay for car and Education ,and sometimes my monthly money is just enough for buying two trousers and two blouses, meanwhile I have to use this money to pay for coping papers and buying notebooks as well as paying for cars and also going out with friends to shops or cafes .
It is a good Idea to buy second hand clothes , sometimes you can find very beautiful clothes, but I'm afraid , I'm not sure if the first owner was sick or not..that is my problem with second hand clothes..I'm good in painting I'll try to make my clothes as you mentioned.thanks for this useful way.

165 users have voted.
bookworm's picture

today I'm wearing a shirt and jeans. Classical shirts is my passion. i have a lot of different shirts: white, light blue, dark blue, yellow, pink and many others. I even don't mind wearing a man's shirt. i just wear a belt on my waist and it looks creative.

157 users have voted.
Dandelion's picture

I have been at home the whole day so there has been no need to change clothes. I am wearing T-shirt and underpants which I have on whilst sleeping :) To better understand, the weather is hot and therefore such a combination and not pyjamas.

I have never been thinking too much about what to dress to look hot or cool. Usually inspiration comes with people I come across. But I really hate when I see sb wearing something very beautiful and I have never seen it in the shops. Where the hell do those people buy the clothes?

I am not such a big fashionista as I put on the first thing I spot in the morning, but I have my own style of dressing. My style is rather sporty and casual than formal, but I do not despise dresses or skirts.
I do not like when my parents try to buy me something and thus suprise me. Then, I have to pretend I like it just not to let them down. Damn, especially my grandmother often vitis second-hand shops, where the clothes are really cheap and she buys everything that catches her eye. I do not have any problems with wearing vintage clothes but how can I explain her that we have different opinion on clothing? I have tried it so many times... nothing seems to work.

166 users have voted.
marimarimari's picture

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157 users have voted.
guardian_angel's picture

I'm wearing a blue flouncy blouse and darkblue jeans. I try to find my own style but it's hard to deviate from the current fashion without being excluded.

170 users have voted.