Florence Welch was ''a cross dresser'' at the start of her career.

The Florence + the Machine singer used to wear all her male bandmates' clothes when they were first out on the road together, but insists it was only because she was too lazy to find female garments to wear.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''I was like a cross-dresser but really it was just out of laziness. At times I looked like a cross between Annie Hall and [TV presenter] Bruce Forsyth.

''I went through a period of a couple of years when I'd wear just anything. I was on the road with boys in the band and I'd just wear all their clothes.

''I'd grab a pair of their trousers and throw one of their shirts on.

''It never incurred to me it was odd or I may have looked strange. I was getting around on a bike and it was just easy.''

When her career took off, Florence then started spending her pay cheques on vintage clothes and establishing her current unique style.

She added: ''When I started getting paid for food, when on tour, I'd use that money to go to the local vintage shop and buy capes and feathers and it all just grew from there.''