THE PRE-TEEN YEARS

The pre-teen years

Harriet
Stylist, writer and ELLE UK columnist from London.

The early Noughties were a period of change for me. We had just seen in the new Millennium, and – thankful that the whole world hadn’t ground to a halt with the widely-speculated ‘Millenium bug’ – we were entering a new decade. I can still remember that feeling, of something new. Of a new dawn.

There wasn’t one specific event that changed me in this time, but I remember those years as a real coming of age. My early teen years were such formative ones, with new friendships made, a new school, first boyfriends and an obsessive love of fashion and music.

Those early teen years were a time of discovery where everything felt new and exciting, and I was beginning to form my own tastes and opinions.

I customised all my clothes; sewing on patches onto just about everything I owned, turning old jeans into denim skirts, sewing lace trims onto cardigans and spending hours and hours making beaded necklaces, not dissimilar at all to these Nineties-style Mio Lanza ones.

I’m certain that those years have made me who I am today. People often claim that you don’t really discover who you are until you are in your twenties, but I disagree. Those early teen years were a time of discovery where everything felt new and exciting, and I was beginning to form my own tastes and opinions. Tastes that are still a part of me today.

 

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Perhaps it's the memory of the late nineties and early noughties that drew me to these beaded necklaces, as a reminder of the things I loved back then when I was first beginning to discover fashion. Or maybe it's just because the nineties are having such a revival at the moment that I was drawn to them. But either way, they are fitting in very nicely with my summer wardrobe of nineties slip dresses and knotted t-shirts - I haven't taken them off all summer!

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