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

Discussion

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

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fjpr 12 October, 2016 - 16:33

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 12 October, 2016 - 16:31

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 12 October, 2016 - 16:30

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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cesdog10 12 October, 2016 - 16:22

In this respect we can realize that you do not need money to create our fashion all we need is a little imagination, just and personally think that everyone has their own way of vesturio and based on tastes and his apariecia form, or simply follow a sect, a band or anything else related to dress and clear those personal tastes.

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juan12345 12 October, 2016 - 16:21

I think in my city students are very concerned about clothes and fashion, and buy expensive clothes. The text gives us some alternatives to dress cheaply and with a unique style. I think the dress not really define your personality, we should not judge a person by the way they dress. fashion has become a stereotype and sometimes harms people.

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Juliohh25 12 October, 2016 - 16:21

It's a good idea to customize your own clothes because it happened to me I meet people with the same shirt and is uncomfortable.
When someone wants to be original it is not possible to buy clothes in different places, for this we must turn to create your own clothes or merge.
This has advantages as it is to save and develop your creativity.

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ArkylusPrime 12 October, 2016 - 16:16

I think every person regardless of their tastes and preferences is free to dress and change your clothes as you see fit, and we should not always be at the expense of others because it is our life and live it as we want, also I think it's time to eliminate the stereotypes that society does for the way one dresses and preferences we have.

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luis261199 12 October, 2016 - 16:12

I think that the individual style is very cool and we can do our clothes for different forms but in this time, we prefer use the new clothes, we prefer to buy the clothes that all buy. we follow the fashion because we want to see us outstanding.
In my personal opinion, I prefer buy my clothes in the fashion shops, because I like garments there.

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youaretheonlyone29 11 May, 2016 - 15:46

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

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HadiaSABAH 11 December, 2015 - 15:12

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.

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Ken 15 September, 2015 - 21:24

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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AndriiS 15 September, 2015 - 15:02

Today I was wearing brown pants, a black T-shirt and sneakers. Sometimes I like to experiment with my clothes.

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AndriiS 15 September, 2015 - 14:55

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.

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irinamozol 15 September, 2015 - 13:45

Today i'm wear blue skirt, my favorite and green blouse. I don't feel inspired to get creative with my clothes

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JuliaGlu 15 September, 2015 - 13:28

I'm wearing jeans and one of my favorite white T-shirt. It's very comfortable. But I don't think I really can do good clothes for myself ))

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cklj 6 March, 2014 - 09:51

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.

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justcricketforme 12 December, 2013 - 08:41

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.

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Bora F 9 March, 2013 - 21:29

i like the way who i wear and i like my style..i don't care about people opinion....//////

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MALINE 9 March, 2013 - 03:53

I´m wearing a purple striped sweater, my favourite! and black jeans and a nice scarf.

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Natalija 8 March, 2013 - 14:02

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.

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RehinaParker 4 March, 2013 - 16:53

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.......

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Irini Real Madrid 31 January, 2013 - 17:50

Today i am wearing white trainers blu jeans and white blouse.I dont want that my friends has the same clothes as me

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