At what age did you become concerned about the clothes you wore?
I’ve never been concerned about the clothes I wore in the past. I had my own sense of style and it doesn’t matter what other people think.
Did you get hand-me-downs or new clothes? Were any of your clothes made by hand? If so, by whom? Were you allowed to select your own clothes and assemble your own ensembles?
I didn’t get hand-me-down clothes, but there was a feeling that we had to make things last. My parents didn’t earn very much, and whatever we got wasn’t from the high end shops. I think I was more worried about the seventies style. I still don’t like wearing flowery dresses.
At what age did you start buying your own wardrobe? When I started earning my own money. I was sixteen and was earning the grand wage of £30 a week.
What fashion fads did you adopt? Ra-ra skirts, leg warmers, high heeled shoes, combined with a perm I cringe at my younger fashion style.
Did you have certain colors you loved to wear? Were you of the hippie generation of perhaps a child of the 1980s? What was the wildest or craziest outfit you ever wore?
I am a child of the eighties, and the colour I love to wear with that is red. It suits me, but I will wear any colour apart from green. I don’t know why, but green felt an unlucky colour.
What about jewellery? Did you have piercings? Were they done by you or by others? What jewellery fads so you remember? I used to have my ears pierced, but the holes have long since closed up. I don’t remember any fads as such. Signet rings were really popular when I was younger. I always wear a cross, not that I go to church, but we were brought up with that belief. The jewellery I wear now is more to do with who has given me it.
Now think about your hairstyles. What cuts did you sport? Did you ever color your hair? Did you try to alter your hair in any other way (cutting, ironing, shaving, curling)?
I had a perm for a long time when I was younger, I’m not sure it ever suited me, but it was fashionable at the time. I had long hair when I was younger, and when I was twelve I cut it shorter, in a more fashionable style. I regretted cutting my hair, but now I have it short because it is easier to manage.
How has your taste changed over the years?
Not really, but all I tend to wear now is leggings or jeans and jumpers (preferably longer and woolly). I can’t wear high heels, they hurt my knees. If I go out, I rarely wear a dress. Not that I look too bad in a dress now, but I feel a little self conscious when I do. I go for comfort over style. Although when my play is premiered in about a month I might buy myself a dress then.