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Individual Style

Dicembre 2013
I giovani e la moda formano un binomio indissolubile. E basta poco per farsi un look personalizzato: accessori a basso costo (come le catene e le spille da balia dei punk), abiti di seconda mano rivisitati e un pizzico di creatività!

di Sally Trowbridge © British Council

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Speaker: Justin Ratcliffe, Mark Worden, Rachel Roberts (Standard British accent)

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 asked some Brits in different parts of the country. Alexi, for example, is an art student in Aldershot. He says:

“Young people in the UK have always come up with ways to express their individuality through clothes. Punks added zips and safety pins, and skaters buy chains from hardware shops to hang from their trousers. You don’t need money – you need imagination.”


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 one and add an image of your choice. This is what John, a 25-year-old from Cheshire, does:

“I used to make customised, multicoloured T-shirts for my friends using fabric paints. They looked a bit messy but sort of cool. A couple of years ago my mate Simon made one with a picture of Obama dressed as Che Guevara. He still wears it in fact. It looks great!”


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, as Corrine, a 31-year-old from Dundee, explains:

“I used to make clothes sometimes when I was a student. Once I found a pair of trousers in a shop that I really liked, but I 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 loved it when people didn’t believe I had made them myself.”


Buying second-hand or “vintage” clothes is a fashion option for many young Brits. Helen, a 26-year-old from Nottingham, is a good example. She says:

“I like to make or adapt my own clothes because I know that they will fit and that they’ll look good. I buy stuff like jackets, trousers and dresses in second-hand shops. You can be sure you will always have something original as well as cheap.”

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A 25-year-old. Un 25enne. In inglese, si può dire John is 25 years old, oppure, più semplicemente, John is 25, ma si può anche descrivere John come a 25-year-old. E quando si sa che John ha più o meno 25 anni, ma non si sa con esattezza, si può descriverlo come a twentysomething.