Alex / by Cathy Carey

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1. Name/Age/Occupation?
Hi I'm Alex, I am 29 and work as a photographer.

2. Tell me about one thing you're wearing.
The jacket is a sample from the Centered range in Dunnes Stores. The fit is great, it has loads of pockets and a waxed finish which is perfect for unpredictable Irish weather. I kind of love it and wear it everyday.

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3. What influences the way you dress?
Stylewise its a mixture of influences from my brother, friends and the internet. I find it very difficult to spend money on clothes, so I currently do 95% of my shopping in sample sales. There is a competitive and fast paced nature to the sales. It is basically shopping on steroids, your surrounded by people frantically grabbing what they can. I've seen women jump through rails of clothes, so you can imagine you don't have a chance to hem and haw about an item. You are buying things based on snap judgements and instinct.

The environment plays a big part in my wardrobe and recently I find myself actively avoiding clothes that are produced from animal products. I generally try to keep my purchases to a minimum and get really good use out everything I buy. I read somewhere that producing a single cotton t- shirt uses around 2600 liters of water and jeans use double that. When you gauge the impact that has on the planet it is quite staggering.

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4. Do you think you can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress?
To an extent but it really depends on the person and how much they want to share or hide. Some people dress to project a lifestyle, their aspirations and things they are passionate about. Others don't appear to give it a moments notice. Fashion is used to profile people all the time. I've been stopped while walking by the Gardai on three separate occasions in the past couple of years. I'm convinced it was because I was wearing a hoodie. Ultimately people choose to express themselves in so many different ways, I try not to read too much into their outfit.

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5. Last question... Fashion or function?
I really admire people who dress well, especially those who make it look effortless. But I'm far more driven by functionality. What I wear has to keep me warm, dry, comfortable and to be flexible when moving around. Constantly tucking shirts into trousers and bursting the seams of pants just doesn't work for me.

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Hope you enjoyed this week's interview, thanks to Alex and to Gavin for the lovely answers and pictures! Be sure to check out The Daily for regular updates. Until next time! 

Cathy