Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes
Dress to express
Anna Yeo (20, British), exchange student at UCM, describes her style as “lots of different patterns and colours”.
“My style in clothes suits my personality: lively and a little strange. But in a good way. I buy everything second-hand, except for my underwear, ha-ha. It is better for the environment, but also much more fun. I always went to charity shops in the United Kingdom. People can take their old clothes there and the proceeds go to a good cause. Items are sorted by colour and then there are crates stuffed full of clothes in the centre of the shop. That is where I find the nicest and most unusual stuff. A lot of vintage, because there are clothes of people who have died for example. Stuff from shops like that is often a lot cheaper than from ‘normal’ shops, and that is also part of the search and hunt game.”
“Until I was seventeen, I didn’t have the courage to wear what I wanted. What I wore was so boring. One day I just thought ‘fuck it, I’m just going to do it’. I wear the most varying colours and patterns mixed together. I don’t care if it doesn’t match. Just wear it, it will work. It actually gives me more self-confidence to do so. I feel like more of an individual, no longer swallowed up by the masses.”
“Jewellery is the most favourite part of my outfit. Where rings are concerned: the bigger the better. Most of my rings have a story attached to them. I bought this one during a trip to Croatia with a friend, where we went to a nudist beach for the first time. Very awkward at the beginning but also very liberating. Most of my bracelets are made of crystal; I went through a crystal phase back home in Bristol. Either to protect me or for good fortune. I wore them last year during the exams; they went well.”
Skirt or dress?
“This dress is actually a long skirt, but I wear it like this so that you can see the tattoos on my legs better. I have a total of five tattoos, two of which are on my legs. A friend pricked those two in by hand. That makes them personal and it has meaning for me. I love how the ink looks on my skin. Eventually I want to be completely covered.”
“I have always had long curly hair, but when I came to Maastricht, I wanted something different. I started cutting rather impulsively. That didn’t look good. So, I used a house mate’s beard trimmer and shaved off everything. I continuously dye the front in various colours: white, lilac, blue and dark purple. I don’t have any regrets, but I will let it grow back again. Without dyeing it; I want it to grow back healthy. I am not looking forward to the phase in-between short and long, when you can’t really do anything with your hair. I might just wear crazy wigs or fun hats.”