Growing up I was never remotely interested in fashion, or designer labels, or clothing in general. Other kids at school would talk about what trainers they had or how much their parents had spent on their shirts and I’d be sitting there in my checked M&S shirt and jeans wondering what the fuss was all about!
As I moved into my late teens not much had changed. My only lurch towards being a follower of fashion what when I bought my first pair of Doc Martens (bizarrely from our local potato shop!), a variety of Levellers and Nirvana tops and a burgundy cardigan! Not exactly the height of fashion, but I knew I looked good 😎 – even if no one else did…
It was shortly before I started uni that I invested in my first ever designer item – a YSL shirt in the sale at Matalan. I felt very flash – £12 worth of flash to be precise! It wasn’t a planned purchase, but it looked nice and it was cheap and I knew one of my friends had bought it a few months before for about £30 in a proper shop, so it was worth it just to see the look on his face!
Into university I headed, and for some reason I went back to rocking the checked shirts, but this time coupled with chinos in a variety of fetching shades. Here’s me, with hair, at age 18. Look how happy I was, enjoying my 8 hours a weeks of lectures and socialising every night.
However, it was towards my first term of university that everything changed. More precisely it was meeting my ex-girlfriend in my first term at university that caused everything to change, following a joint trip to the local shopping centre!
It transpired from that shopping trip that there were shirts out there that weren’t covered in checks and t-shirts that didn’t have the logo of a rock band on. Who would have known?!
Cut 23 years later to 2020 and my wardrobe was so packed with Ted Baker shirts, Jack & Jones trousers and Puma trainers that I could barely close the doors! Cue sticking a load of designer shirts, t-shirts and jeans on eBay in a bid to recoup some of the money I’d spent on them all. How times change…
Of course, there is a world of difference between checked shirts from M&S and a wardrobe full of designers labels. But there is definitely a middle ground in there somewhere, where you can be unique and follow your own personal style but without breaking the bank whilst you’re doing so!
If you fancy something a bit out of the ordinary and don’t feel like blowing your monthly salary on the high street, it’s well worth checking out pixels.com. They are the world’s largest art marketplace and print-on-demand technology company and have a massive range of clothing of all description.
They allow artists and creators from across the globe to upload their work and set their prices for a wide range of print-on-demand products. There are over ten millions images available, so you can pretty much get whatever takes your fancy on a t-shirt or other garment for a reasonable price, which goes directly to artists and creators across the globe. Pretty handy!
Here’s a handful of the literally thousands of t-shirt options…
So whether you are a dedicated follower of fashion, someone who likes to stand out in a crowd, or just someone who likes to look good there’s something for everyone. And given my fluctuating weight during lockdown, I may need to invest in a few new bits myself to make up for the ones that no longer fit.
Now, what to choose…