I need to buy expensive brands to fit in
I feel like I have to buy expensive clothes and brands like Nike to be friends with everyone
Hey there! Welcome to Ask Alex, where you can open up and share your thoughts and feelings.
It’s totally okay to have these concerns about expensive clothes and brands like Nike at your age. It’s natural to want to fit in and be a part of the group. But remember, real friendships are based on who you are as a person, not what you wear.
You’re definitely not alone in feeling this way. Many young people experience the pressure to conform to certain standards. It’s important to know that your worth isn’t determined by the clothes you wear. Your uniqueness and individuality are what make you special.
There are many articles on the Childline website which you may find helpful, including www.childline.ie/do-you-struggle-to-make-friends-here-are-a-few-things-that-might-help/ and www.childline.ie/how-to-deal-with-peer-pressure-among-your-friends/. Spunout is another website that has a vast amount of articles on friendships. spunout.ie/voices/advice/friendship-tips is just one.
The Childline Team is here for you whenever you’re ready to reach out. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at www.Childline.ie. Remember, you’re never alone, and we’re here to support you and explore your options together.
Take care and don’t hesitate to reach out when you need to talk.
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