Young George Michael talks to No. 1 magazine about his style and fashion preferences, published on May 21, 1983.
I’ve always been clothes-conscious, ever since I was a soul boy in ’77. I was the first to wear dungarees in Bushey. Everyone called me a sissy. And I was the first boy at school to wear pegs.
I don’t spend much on clothes at all and I really hate shopping, I tend to borrow things from friends and then wear them so long that they don’t want them anymore! On Top of the Pops I wore all other people’s clothes.
My favourite pair of jeans I bought off one of the girls in the group, Shirley for £10. They’re from Chelsea Girl. She wants them back now, but she can’t have them! I’m hoping short jeans will still be okay to wear in the summer. I’ve worn them all through the winter and frozen, so I’m not going to give up now!
I’m definitely going to have to rectify my shoe situation, the ones I keep wearing at the moment are really worn out — I got them from Dolcis for
It looks so tacky if you’re wearing good clothes and grotty old shoes. I’m waiting for the new summer stock.
T-shirts have got to be white for me, and if I’m wearing long trousers the socks have got to be white as well. I get my socks from Marks and Spencers — my mum buys them for me, in bulk!
I usually buy leather jackets second-hand, they’re cheaper and they look older. But that’s as far as I go with second-hand things. Shirts and underwear I tend to buy as originals!
I did get some old 50s suits from a second hand shop in Watford called Zoo Rider, and Flip’s always a good place for things like that.
Andrew and I always try to dress casually in a kind of easily-copied style; whenever we go on stage we like to wear things that match in the same way. We’ve got to think up a new style for our new single – ‘Bad Boys.’
I tend to look better in more casual stuff. If I’m going out and want to impress a girl, then I wear a nice jumper and a jacket, and make out I’ve got lots of money, even though I haven’t!”
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