The pre-teen years
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.