Meet Issy Allen, the 18-year-old student who loves vintage clobber (Picture: @allen_issy/ Mercury Press)
Issy Allen may not have been alive in the seventies, but that hasn’t stopped her from loving the decade.
The 18-year-old student from Fleet, Hampshire, has built up a seriously groovy collection of vintage clothes from the era, inspired by her adoration of the time’s rock music.
So rather than the outfits of fast fashion you might expect from a modern teen, you can spot Issy in bell bottoms, flares, and floral print co-ords in shades of brown and orange.
‘Everyone at school used to say I listened to “dad music” and they thought it was a bit weird,’ said Issy.
‘In hindsight, I did, as it was my dad Richard, 54, who introduced me to 80s rock music.
‘I started off listening to Def Leppard and Whitesnake then moved on to The Beatles and I’ve been hooked ever since.
‘As I grew older, I started to wear 70s clothing.
‘They make me feel more connected to the music and kind of like a rockstar.’
Issy’s unusual style turns heads when she’s out in public, but she’s far more comfortable in seventies threads than in modern pieces.
That’s despite some of the fabrics being a bit itchy.
She’s spent around £2,000 on her collection of sixties and seventies threads (Picture: @allen_issy/ Mercury Press)
‘I get a lot of younger people stare at me when I’m out but I don’t mind at all,’ she said.
‘Vintage clothing can rather impractical and I do struggle sometimes because the fabric is itchy.
‘I do receive a lot of compliments, which is amazing to hear.
‘Some people say I look very Jimi Hendrix, which is cool.’
Issy started buying her 70s clothes aged 14, and has so far spent around £2,000 on her collection.
She says she’s more comfortable in retro clothing – even if some of the fabrics are a bit itchy (Picture: @allen_issy/ Mercury Press)
She’s often sent kit from clothing brands to promote online, but also manages to find bargains at vintage kilo sales for £10 to £15 a pop.
And, of course, she’s got the hair to match her old-school aesthetic.
‘A few years ago, I just asked the hairdresser to make my hair look a shaggy 70s style and she came up with this,’ the student said. ‘It’s layered and I have bangs.
‘I just flick the ends of the layers or curl them.
‘I have tried to do 70s makeup but it is a bit tricky as a lot of eyeliner is involved and I haven’t got the steadiest hand.
‘I think people should wear whatever makes them happy’ (Picture: @allen_issy/ Mercury Press)
‘My makeup is a mix between 70s, 90s and contemporary, which is a bit odd.
‘I do love all of the bright colours from the 70s though, my favourite eye shadow shade at the moment is yellow.’