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If you were a 90's indie kid and you're now approaching 40 what do you wear?

(64 Posts)
TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 11:24:03

I would love to still be wearing docs, leggings and baggy lumberjack shirts, with maybe a mini skirt for clubbing.

Sadly I am 2 stone heavier, 20 years older, haven't been clubbing for 5 years and would look a complete sight!

Can you still have an alternative style as you get older? If you do, what sort of things do you wear and where do you shop?

squizita Thu 20-Mar-14 12:03:26

35 ... combo of vintage (as work requires smart) with -60s/70s twist, tunic tops + leggings, band-tshirts and slogan t-shirts with jeans at weekends... both offer plenty of plaid opportunities grin.

I still have purpley red hair OF COURSE.

I have found the recent 90s trends bittersweet... yes, I can buy some items and re-live my heyday but some things (cropped fluffy jumpers) make me feel nostalgic and ancient! grin

rocketeer Thu 20-Mar-14 12:06:28

I wear dresses and tunics, quite vintagey and a mix of flat shoes and vans/converse!

TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 12:06:38

I keep thinking it's time I grew up and embraced clothes from Next.

Work clothes are a separate problem. I need a complete wardrobe overhaul but I just don't like any clothes in the shops. They all make me feel like my grandma!

Where do you get your vintage stuff? I know there are some great shops locally but it takes a lot of time and patience to track stuff down. Maybe it's time I tried a bit harder.

squizita Thu 20-Mar-14 12:20:41

I keep thinking it's time I grew up and embraced clothes from Next

LOL I'm waay to stubborn and think it's 'the man' (as in society not DH) trying to make older women vanish and become bland!! grin Bit of girl power there LOL!!
I use charity shops, designer outlets and the high street mainly.
I do shop in next, but not to look next (if that makes sense?) e.g. their flattering jeans + an indie top.

I love this woman's blog/attitude:

shoegazing Thu 20-Mar-14 12:25:34

I've tried to adapt the indie look I had in the 90's to suit my age (38) so instead of dms I now have some less bulky black lace up boots and some rather lovely biker boots, (I still don't do shoes) grin I wear a lot of dresses now instead of skirts, I like ones that flare out above the tummy (to disguise the jelly belly!) with black leggings/tights or over jeans, and more fitted cardigans instead of the 90's baggy ones. I still have lumberjack shirts but again more fitted. I have clothes from Apricot, Dorothy Perkins, Tk Maxx, H&M and the odd Debenhams Mantaray dress (you do have to hunt for the nicer ones amongst the dowdy shaped ones though, some great prints and they look fab over jeans/or with leggings and boots).

jonicomelately Thu 20-Mar-14 12:28:48

I still have a couple of pairs of docs that get an outing sometimes but usually I try to wear more classic stuff. I have a meeting today so I'm wearing a red silk Ralph Lauren top, skinny jeans, camel coat (the cut is quite similar to the grandad coats we all used to wear in the nineties) and a pair of pumps.

nilbyname Thu 20-Mar-14 12:34:47

This was me! WMy fist concert ever was to see Ride! Oh they were magnificent.

I now wear for casual-
skinnies, rolled chinos, boyf jeans
Breton stripe tops, l/s tops with some interest, like a sheer panel, or fine knit or something. Mostly Zara, h&m,
Converse, Hudson boots, wedge boots, brogues
Leather biker jacket
Barbour coat
Statement necklaces, some wrote cuffs like Stella and dot ones.

Work is a lot of dresses with boyf blazers

Out out is snazzier dresses, leopard print heels.

TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 12:42:15

What dresses are you all wearing? Can you post pic or links? I'm a bit scared of dresses, but I don't know why!

I have a couple of long tunic tops that I wear over skinny black jeans. They tend to be a bit shapeless and bland though, and I'd like to be a bit more adventurous.

Some really good ideas on this thread though. I'm going to make a real effort to overhaul my look.

squizita Thu 20-Mar-14 12:44:57

Love love love that DMs now do office suitable stuff!! smile

TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 12:45:22

shoegazing (LOVE the name!) I still don't do shoes either. I have a pair of Fly Yuna patent black shoes that I wear for work, but I am gradually moving up the food chain at work and I think I need to get something a bit more corporate and grown up looking.

I just can't bear pointy stilettos like my colleagues wear. All I can hear in my head is my auntie saying to me at 18 "Why don't you get yourself a nice pair of court shoes?" as I turned up for yet another family wedding in my cherry docs!!

TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 12:48:33

Squiz - cross post. I love them! I think I might treat myself.

Sadly they won't be any good for the posh days at work - see above post about pointy stilettos!

My boss is very label and fashion conscious and has already made a few comments about office wear. I'm second in command now, and I know she'd like me to be a bit more Kurt Geiger!

I think I might have to just conform to the corporate look and treat it like a uniform. I don't have to like it. It would be nice to be able to have my own style for work but still be smart enough for external meetings though.

HappyAsEyeAm Thu 20-Mar-14 12:50:31

I have moved completely away, and now wear boden and white stuff smile. I am nearly 39.

SkipandTink Thu 20-Mar-14 12:51:37

i get most of my clothes from Joe Browns catalogue - they do lovely tunic tops, amazing dresses in various styles, lovely knits and cardis and so on, I am addicted! Everything a bit quirky and different

shoegazing Thu 20-Mar-14 13:01:08

This is stuff I like drool

squizita Thu 20-Mar-14 13:07:34

*Titty they used to have a pair of killer slightly-kinky long boots with a thin heel. Wore them out to dinner. Next week several friends' DHs had bought them for Xmas (other colours) we're all old 90s indie fans, think many a hint had been dropped!

squizita Thu 20-Mar-14 13:10:35

Forgot this link ;) might boggle your bosses mind!

ArtexMonkey Thu 20-Mar-14 13:13:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OhBabyLilyMunster Thu 20-Mar-14 13:16:29

Band shirts
Tight flares
Pin up dresses

Hair currently jet black and white blonde. Fuck shopping at next!

TittyNotSusan Thu 20-Mar-14 13:26:39

I'm so glad I posted this thread. I think it's going to make me very poor though!

I am so overdue some new clothes. I buy almost nothing.

Happy I'm not going down the Boden route - I've been scarred by a very Boden friend who has put me off for life!

Skip I love love love that Pinterest link. Is that your page? I want you to be my personal shopper!

Skip Great recommendation about Joe Browns. How do the sizes come up? I'm a 12/14 with my top half being a 12 and my arse bottom half a 14.

Squiz It's almost worth buying a pair of those just to see her face! Mind you, I'd end up flat on my face in some of those heels so maybe not!

LiberalLibertine Thu 20-Mar-14 13:28:20

Yep, still in converse and boots smile I do have shoes (somewhere) but I have lovely feet due to never wearing stupid shoes, so not cramming them into anything uncomfortable now!

I wear combat trousers (3/4 in summer) and skinny jeans,t-shirts and crochet tops, leggings and tunic tops,I also love Joe Brown stuff,I don't think I look like a teenager, but if I do I don't care grin

Shimmyshimmy Thu 20-Mar-14 13:48:53

I don't think I'm alternative anymore, I like to think I'm still a bit edgy, can't do classic...too dull and grown up - reminds me of my mother's generation.

colleysmill Thu 20-Mar-14 15:00:10

I'm 35 and still stuck in the 90s if I'm honest so I'll be no help OP grin.

Work is restrictive re clothing so generally black trousers and jumper. I wear doc style shoes.

Outside of work: hoodies, boyfriend or flared jeans, flared cords, skinny t-shirts (preferably with band or slogan) and in winter long white or black top underneath. I wear cropped slouch style jeans in summer. I still wear my dad's leather jacket from the 60's/early 70's which I acquired when I was a teenager and my long cord coat in winter or an army style khaki jacket in the summer. There is usually some kind of hat involved and stripey scarf in winter.

Going out (rare!!) Flowery wrap round dresses (teamed with boots and tights) or short denim skirt if I can't really wear my normal atire. I'm more of a local pub girl than club/cocktails bar person though.

Shoes are usually converse, docs or biker style boots. I have 2 shoes with high heels with coordinated dresses for weddings/funerals/christenings etc

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 20-Mar-14 17:08:09

I just aim to look sexy in a non revealing way. Bare legs in hot pants and page 3 low cut tops look a but desperate at nearly 40. I go for tight jeans, biker and denim jackets, dresses etc. I might not be 20 but my body still looks fine being shown off in a calculated way. My legs are my best asset.

TheBuskersDog Thu 20-Mar-14 17:55:47

Can you still have an alternative style as you get older?

The thing is the lumberjack shirts, docs etc. look wasn't really alternative as loads of young people wore it, it was just the fashion at the time.

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