Britons 'feel most comfortable with their style' from 33

Britons feel most comfortable with their fashion choices from the age of 33. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Britons feel most comfortable with their fashion choices from the age of 33, a new study suggests.

Around 40% of the nation admitted to looking back in embarrassment at their fashion faux pas from their teenage years, according to a poll carried out by Marks & Spencer and Oxfam’s Shwopping initiative.

Women, on average, said that 24 was the age when they were most uncomfortable with their style.

One in five also admitted to owning fashion disasters from the past, with flares, shoulder pads and shell suits topping the list.

One in five admitted to still owning fashion blunders from the past. Credit: Adam Blenford/Press Association Images

The survey also found the following:

  • 25% confess to hoarding fashion disasters to use as fancy dress costumes.
  • 38% Brits only like and wear half of the clothing in their wardrobes.
  • 21% of men are using celebrity Instagram pictures to find their style inspiration.
  • 34% admit to throwing unwanted fashion choices in the bin.

When asked why these fashion blunders are being made, 40% of men admitted to copying characters like Jim Royle in the Royle Family, by wearing what is comfortable.

Ricky Tomlinson plays Jim Royle in the Royle Family. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

One in three women said it was because they tried too hard with trends, such as crop tops, despite being the wrong body shape for them.

The survey is part of an initiative by M&S and Oxfam that urges Britons to adopt a ‘buy one, give one back’ culture when they shop in a bid to stop one billion items being sent to landfills every year in the UK.

The retailer is holding a 'One Day Wardrobe Clear Out Shwopping' event on October 3, where they will be asking people to bring old clothing into stores.