New Sensation

Ah, sweet youth. No matter whether you grew up sporting a fedora, penny loafers, poodle skirts, bell-bottoms, leg-warmers, skinny jeans, Madonna-inspired net shirts and rosaries, goth garb, a spikey mohawk, or even a wave that would put the Bieber to shame, you made a fashion statement, unique to you. Describe your favorite fashions from days of yore or current trends you think are stylin’.

Fashion and me don’t really go together. I tend to wear what’s comfortable which makes sense, although I do seem to have very few pairs of comfortable shoes at the moment somehow.

Let’s have a think…

Hair.

I discovered product after school because school would not allow you to use anything. I discovered a wax stick and had short hair at the time in a bit of messy do. One Comic Relief year there was a campaign for everyone to spray their hair red and it was around the time of Gareth Gates’ second place on pop-idol, so I did proper spiky hair and sprayed it red. Whereas Gareth tended to line up in a 4-4-2 formation, my funny shaped head allowed me to add an extra row of 4.

I created it using it a gel from Shock Waves that came in a pump bottle and then sprayed it with gel spray. I was genuinely going to try to find a photo of it because I know there is one in existence somewhere (it was a selfie taken in my bedroom when my bedroom was yellow) but I can only think that it’s on a desktop computer that I no longer have.

One of the things I remember about that do was trying to wash it out in the bath. I fully submerged my head, shook it around, ran my fingers through my hair and tried to scrunch it up but it didn’t move! It took so long to get out!

Shoes.

As I said, at the moment I seem to have very few pairs of comfortable shoes – they all seem to be wearing blisters except my trainers. I’ve loved adidas Superstars for years and pretty much all the trainers I have for not doing sport in are Superstars. I have loads, from normal white ones to “dusky rose” ones to special edition ones and I’m always gutted when a pair wear out and have to be retired. The good thing is that, last year, Superstars came back in to fashion!

The other terrible… Maybe not terrible… I don’t know. I’ve worn them twice in 7 years so maybe pointless. The other pointless shoes I’ve bought were a pair of brown brogues by Hudson. Not so bad, you might think. But they’re chocolate brown and have a really shiny brogue and I can’t think of any suitable occasion to where them. I think I wore them for two weddings with…

Suits

…my brown suit. Now, at one stage brown suits were fashionable. Unfortunately, not for very long. The other suit I regret buying was a purple Ben Sherman one while I was at uni. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, but the colour made it limiting. I used to wear it for work when the other guy in the department wore suits. I got it dry cleaned and they put a “permanent” fold down the front of the trousers for me that looked like they’d just melted them together with an iron. I retired that suit soon afterwards and found it in a wardrobe years later bubbling.

Other things… I have an Oakley cardigan than I only wear as a layer when going snowboarding – people hate that because it’s got blocks of white, green/blue (teal?!) and orange. I had a pair of maroon skinny jeans that I wore once. I still have a denim shirt that I can pluck up the courage to wear occasionally with the right jeans.

I don’t think I’ve ever been fashionable but I am learning to at least only wear things that actually fit, which I think is the most important thing!

Look at me now!
Like we’re on top of the world in my Fashion!

Fashion! by Lady Gaga

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