What We Wore

ESSAY from Issue #4

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rom mods to punks; ravers to grunge; new romantics to sports casuals; style tribes have always played a large part of the UK identity. Never more so than in the deep throes of youth when what you wear says everything about you. But with high street stores now co-opting youth subcultures before they’ve even had a chance to develop, how are today’s youth carving out their own identity? Nina Manandhar, author of What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style, looks back at how culture has affected personal style and how in our digitally connected world, global influences are shaping the style choices of today’s youth.