September in Minsk means that the weather is unpredictable outside. You can see a girl in a fur coat, and then a boy in flip-flops. CityDog, an online magazine about Minsk, stops random passers – journalist who likes Paris, a speech therapist in spats and a student dressed from the 80’s – on Minsk streets and ask them to explain why they wear what they wear.
I am studying crafts at the University of Culture: pottery, weaving and so on. I knit constantly during my free time and I hope to knit in the future as well. I always carry with me some knitting thread and I knit in the classroom or on the bus when I go on a long journey. Do people pay attention to it? No, only if I hurt their elbows when I knit, but I try not to offend them (laughs). Why do I not wear knitted clothes? Well, it is not yet the season for it and besides I have only just started to knit and I can only knit simple things at the moment, although I have knitted some scarves for myself, my friend and his mum.
I am a big fan of France, so I have bought the red cap from Paris. I am aware that these red berets are the same everywhere, but I wanted mine specifically from there. The rest of what I am wearing I have bought in the spur of the moment. My skirt is by Kira Plastinina which just happened to be the same colour as my beret, the denim jacket is from H&M and it was a gift from my godmother.
I believe that the colours that we wear is a reflection of our outlook , therefore red for me is not so much about confidence but it is just suitable for the direction I am going in and the activities I am taking part in.
Oh, I have already been stopped and photographed in Vienna once as well. Actually, I drive tourists around Europe, so I buy things wherever I go and it is pretty inexpensive. My favourite city is Potsdam, it is tranquil, very nice and almost no immigrants. I also strongly advise people to go to Switzerland because it is such a beautiful country.
It is my final year at the economic faculty of BSU. Yes, I plan to be an economist and I believe I have made a very conscious decision. The most important part of my outfit and my whole image today is of course, the hat. In fact, I really just love hats, but I had never dared to wear them before .As a teenager, when no one wears a hat, well you also do not wear a hat and then one day I just decided to buy one and I really liked it! I feel that wearing a hat is very comfortable.
I bought the shoes because of the inscription ‘I can always be myself around you’. My whole image if I was not wearing a hat and any outwear, is very similar to how my aunt used to dress in the 1980s, and she really had almost the same look- tied denim shirt and black high waisted jeans. I trust my aunt very much and appreciate her taste, so I have decided to copy her style.
Eugene and Alexei
Eugene: The decision to have this particular hairstyle was not spontaneous. I just thought that if you really want it then you just have to do it and not be afraid!
Alex: I cannot remember the exact date and time, but I have had this beard for almost a year. I have only been to the barbershop twice, but generally I try to groom it myself (laughs)
I do not usually wear fancy shoes and just typically live in my trainers, but when you are in the city center then you have to put a little bit more effort in and I try to dress a little more decently. The hat that I am wearing I have taken from a friend, I bought the boots a week ago and the pouch is my mothers, I have taken it from her but she does not know, she will definitely tell me off when she finds out (laughs).
My name is Lina, because I am Polish by nationality. I am learning to be a speech therapist as I like working with kids and I have always wanted to help them. I dress a little bit differently to everyone else and I often dress in black, because I like the colour, to me it seems beautiful. Almost everything that I am wearing I have bought in Grodno because I am from there but at the moment I am learning in Minsk.