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My Tastes in Fashion: A History

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I was looking through old photos the other day, reminiscing on times gone by. Something I noticed, however, was how much my fashion choices changed throughout. I recall trying out a few different styles and giving up on them because of where I livedย (small island community = zero confidence), but I’d never really reflected on it. I knew I didn’t wear many skirts or dresses as a child, and so as a teenager I tried desperately to wear as many as I could. There was even the whole 50s/60s style I attempted to pull off for a while… Anyway, for your amusement, here is a history of my style tastes.

 

The pink dungarees stage

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It seems like in most photos and videos of myself aged 2/3, I’m in these dungarees. My mum says I was never put in skirts or dresses so I “had freedom to run around”, so this fashion statement was often made. Also normally matched with Smarties-themed Doc Martens (best footwear EVER)!

 

 

 

 

The (double) denim stage

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First off, I haaaate this photo – if I’d thought I’d come to use it in a post 16 years later, I’d have held that ice cream cone a little bit further away from my face.

As a child growing up in the late 90s/early 00s, denim was a way of life. Double denim even more so. I can’t really take credit for this ensemble as I was still at an age where my mum picked out my outfits, so cheers mum…

 

 

 

The “2009” stage

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Why did everyone think it was acceptable to wear long, short-sleeved hoodies? AND THOSE BELTS?

 

 

 

 

The “I’m too quirky for you” stage

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You can’t see it, but I have a purple streak in my hair in this photo. It matched my purple and black striped fingerless gloves. Yeah, it was that stage.

 

 

 

 

The “I was a 14 year old when high-waisted shorts came back into fashion” stage

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Kind of speaks for itself. Also known as the “time with the really girly wardrobe before I moved onto the “everything-Manchester-City stage”.

 

 

 

 

 

The everything-Manchester-City stage

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These photos are pretty bloody unfortunate, huh? Without focusing too much on the other aspects, I went through a stage of just constantly wearing Manchester City hoodies, joggers, shirts… AND YES I NOTICE MY EYEBROWS. I had a no makeup day because it was the game against QPR where we were fighting to become the Premier League winners. This is also one of the very few photos from 2012 where I’m showing my teeth, thanks to those god-awful braces.

 

 

 

The tea dress stage

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Loved a tea dress at 16. Teamed up with a cardigan and brogues preferably – I 100% wasย notย a Superstar trainers and ripped jeans teen! I’m sure there’s better photos of me in those outfits, but I can’t find them at this moment in time… (Sorry mum, I tried my best to cut you out this one)

 

 

 

 

The “I’ll just wear heels everywhere” stage

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The time that put me off heels forever. I bought my first pair of Converse shortly after this photo was taken and I’ve never looked back since – This was me waiting to get a train to Edinburgh to visit THE ZOO. I hadn’t been since I was like 10 and had forgotten how uphill a lot of it was. They don’t actually look that high in this photo looking back, but it was not the best experience in chunky heels and a mini tube skirt. (The Thomas the Tank Engine balloons are a long story too)

 

 

 

 

The “I’m too sensible for this” stage

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Complete opposite to the “heels everywhere” stage, I have come to realise that you can never go wrong with a good jumper. I was 20 in this photo so I’ve either had this epiphany upon arriving at my 20s, or I’ve finally acknowledged how cold Scotland is. (Also note, the stage in my life where this floofer appeared)

 

 

CURRENT: the “I don’t really know what stage this is” stage

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I say “current”; I’ve since managed to grow out that fringe. But yeah, this is pretty much the style I’ve settled on of late. Given my now-proven track record, I wouldn’t say it’s the worst I could’ve gone with?

 

 

 

 

Anyone else had these stages – or any other memorable fashion phases? Let me know!

 

 

whathannahwrote

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35 COMMENTS

  • JESSICA CARTER

    Awwhhh this is cute post! Lol I bet it was a lot of fun writing/making it!!๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I’m *still* in the pink dungaree stage! ๐Ÿ˜‚If I could find myself some cute, well-fitting pink dungarees I would probably wear those all day everyday. I skipped the heels everyday stage, although I definitely thought about wearing heels everyday because I am so short.

    Cute post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Please let me know if you find any hahaha! I need to find a size 10 so I can rock the look at 21 :(((( x

  • Louise

    What an interesting post! Iโ€™ve definitely been through most of these stages as well haha. Iโ€™d definitely say Iโ€™m currently in the โ€œI donโ€™t really know what stage this isโ€ stage right now but it seems to be working for me ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • aysemervedemirblog

    This is such a great post and a different type of blog post aswell Iโ€™ve never read one like this before! Ayse x

  • itsallzara

    How cute are the first two photos though!? Aw! This is such a good idea for a post it was fun seeing your fashions xx

    Itsallzara.co.uk

  • Nikki

    It’s fun to look back over your life/fashion with old photos. I think I went through a couple of these myself when I was younger.

  • captaineverland

    Love this post! I think at least 90% of us definitely went through that “OMG, what were we thinking by wearing that?” stage. It makes us cringe but it’s amazing to look back and see how much we’ve changed right? ๐Ÿ™‚ xx Ain

  • Rabia

    This was such a fun post to read!!

  • Lena Dee

    Lol awww this is such a cute post. Over the weekend I discovered some old photos and boy is it amazing how much you grow as a person and how you find your style throughout the years ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think youโ€™re so cute! I had a stage where I wanted to wear heels with everything too ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ’•

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  • Bexa

    This is a really fun post Hannah! You were a cool kid, I wish I had a pair of smartie Dr. Martens he he ๐Ÿ˜. Iโ€™m pretty sure I must have gone through similar phases as you, I was forever changing my look. I love your style now! Great post ๐Ÿ’• xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  • CarlyTamara

    I relate to every single stage! It’s so funny looking back.

    Carly // http://www.prettystyleofliving.wordpress.com x

  • glowsteady

    I literally think I had those exact shorts when I was around 15/16 ๐Ÿ˜‚ . The little pink dungarees are too cute x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      I believe they came from New Look! The leaders of the high waisted shorts trend! x

  • I love the pink dungarees, I’d actually love some for my toddler! It’s funny how your style changes when you look back. I had so many chunky waist belts in 2009/2010, but now just look back and think “Why was that even a thing?” haha. #TeacupClub

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      I’d ask my mum where she found them, but I think they’ll be out of stock 20 years on! They seem to have come back into fashion though so surely there’ll be some somewhere – I loved mine! Oh God exactly! I still have some of mine for absolutely no reason at all, and when I try to put them with an outfit I’m like “this looks so stupid” hahaha

  • andthenzen

    I relate to this too much – I rememebr those high-waisted shorts too well, and the fingerless gloves through the โ€˜emoโ€™ stage.. Weโ€™ve all had some questionable fashion choices over the years, I dread to think what my version of this post would turn out like.. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Hahaha it’s so interesting! You don’t even consider them as “phases” at the time, I definitely didn’t realise I had an emo stage until recently haha!

  • The diary of Ellie

    I love looking at how fashion changes!

  • Melanie Fraser

    what a really fun way to look back and share old photos! Iโ€™m sure if I looked back at mine there would be some real horror looks ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Great post thanks for sharing

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  • Gracie

    I love these kind of posts, love looking at how the fashion changes through the years ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Zoe Jackson

    What an awesome post. You’ve definitely gone through more style changes than I have. I went through a blue dungaree and space boots phase when I was three and personally I think it was my best fashion movement to date! ๐Ÿ˜

  • Charlene McElhinney

    Um yes girl! You are slaying the double denim look! And I gotta get myself a pair of pink dungarees now after reading this!

    Charlene McElhinney
    http://www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Let me know if you find any! I might bring the look back 20 years on hahaha

  • perrinevautour

    This is a great post idea! I don’t know if I would be as courageous as you to do the same thing though lol

    Perrine
    http://www.ola-banana.com

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Hahahaha I forgot people I know in real life read this blog now – I’ve had quite a few comments on my eyebrows and braces! :|||||

  • Fran

    I love this post, its so different and fun. Also, all your old photos are giving me nostalgia, especially the double denim phases

  • Sophieexoxs

    So many of these styles are so relatable throughout the years! Especially the high wasted shorts stage at about 14 ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • insidemegansmind

    This is such a cute post! I can totally relate with the whole 2000s fashion ‘trends’ that were going on. I feel like my style has changed quite a lot within just the last 5 years or so, but mostly because of my lifestyle. I would dress up all the time in high school, but now that I’m in college I constantly fall back on t-shirts/sweatshirts for comfort. I also remember when skinny jeans were just coming into trend and I swore I’d never wear them…oh how the times change. Great post!

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      I’m the total same – university caused me to start wearing trainers, which I’d never ever do before haha!

  • Katie Henry

    I loved this! I love looking back at my clothes and thinking how awful I looked๐Ÿ˜‚ I love some of your looks though x

  • Hannah

    This is so weird to read because we went through similar styles – just shows how much fashion has changed over the past few years! xx

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Aw that’s so funny! Fashion twins! xx

  • Hanna Mai

    Loved reading this! It seems like a fun post to write haha

    • whathannahwrote
      AUTHOR

      Aw thank you! It was certainly interesting going through all my old photos hahaha!

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