Vintage-loving couple ‘born in the wrong era’ reveal they’ve not bought any new clothes for six years but admit they look a bit ‘overdressed’ at the supermarket in 1940s fashion
- Anne and Danny Shearer, from South Lanarkshire, share mutual love for vintage
- Pick up 1940s and 1950s clothing for few pounds in charity shops and on eBay
- Anne, 52, sports bright-coloured outfits while Danny, 57, wears tweed jackets
- Wear time-warp attire for all occasions, even to supermarket, chemist and B&M
A glamorous couple ‘born in the wrong era’ claim they’re regularly stopped in the street by people wowed by their ‘time-warp’ wardrobes.
Anne and Danny Shearer, from Roberton, South Lanarkshire, share a mutual love for vintage-style clothing, and regularly pick up classy 1940s and 1950s-style clothing for just a few pounds in charity shops and on eBay.
It’s not just the pocket-friendly prices of the stylish clothing that appeal to 52-year-old college lecturer Anne and 57-year-old college manager Danny, but also the more ethical and sustainable nature of shopping in this way.
Anne and Danny Shearer, from Roberton, South Lanarkshire, say they were ‘born in the wrong era’ and share a mutual love for vintage-style clothing
The pair wear their time-warp attire for all occasions, meaning they end up ‘overdressed’ when visiting the supermarket, nipping to the chemist, walking in the hills or even popping into B&M for some paint (pictured)
The bargain-hunting duo are so committed to hunting for pre-loved treasures that they even factor in time on their travels to browse through second-hand rails – and were even scouted by a fashion photographer on holiday.
Striking snaps show the couple out and about decked out in their 1940s-inspired finest, with Anne sporting brightly-coloured outfits with smart matching accessories and Danny in beautifully-cut tweed jackets.
The pair wear their time-warp attire for all occasions, meaning they end up ‘overdressed’ when visiting the supermarket, nipping to the chemist, walking in the hills or even popping into B&M for some paint.
Anne said: ‘It took a bit of getting used to the attention to begin with, particularly where I live.
They regularly pick up classy 1940s and 1950s-style clothing for just a few pounds in charity shops and on eBay
It’s not just the pocket-friendly prices of the stylish clothing that appeal to 52-year-old college lecturer Anne (right) and 57-year-old college manager Danny (left), but also the more ethical and sustainable nature of shopping in this way
‘The nearest town is a place called Biggar, it’s very much a farming area so me rocking up with my full-on 1940s gear to go to the chemist does get a few looks.
‘I was definitely born in the wrong era. I adore the style and fashion of the 1940s and early 1950s and that comes from my gran, Marie Boyes.
‘She was 93 when she died and right up to that age she was always very glamorous and incredibly put together.
‘She used to show me photos of herself and that sparked my interest in all things vintage.
In April 2019, the couple travelled to Paris and visited the Eiffel Tower dressed in full-on vintage when they were approached by a photographer who asked if they were there for the photoshoot. A couple of days later, they met with him and he took photos of them and Anne put the one of them and the Eiffel Tower up in her dining room
Anne said that she didn’t have the confidence to dress the way she wanted until her early 40s, and then decided eight years ago to wear her vintage clothes every day (pictured: Anne shopping at a vintage fair)
‘I didn’t have the confidence to dress the way I wanted to until I got to my early 40s.
‘About eight years ago I made the decision that I was going to wear vintage every single day and I have done ever since.
‘Shopping in charity shops makes me happiest, it’s not even the fact it’s a bit cheaper, finding unexpected gems is the real thrill for me.
‘In the last six years I made the decision not to buy anything new at all and I haven’t – though I draw the line at underwear.’
Some of the gran-of-one’s favourite charity shop finds include a scarlet dress suit she picked up for just £1.99 and a black velvet dress she snapped up for £16.
Anne and her husband of 13 years Danny are always immaculately turned out and she admits they’re regularly overdressed when out and about.
Whether it’s running to the shops or heading to work, Anne claims they’re regularly stared at by people in the street (pictured: Shopping at Morrisons wearing a blue vintage outfit)
Anne said it took a bit to get used to the attention they received for their colourful outfits at first, adding: ‘The nearest town is a place called Biggar, it’s very much a farming area so me rocking up with my full-on 1940s gear to go to the chemist does get a few looks’
Anne’s fashion is inspired by her gran, Marie Boyes (pictured), who died when she was 93 and ‘always very glamorous and incredibly put together’. Anne said that her gran showing her photos of herself sparked her interest in vintage clothing
Whether it’s running to the shops or heading to work, Anne claims they’re regularly stared at by people in the street.
Anne said: ‘Very often we’ll go somewhere and be completely overdressed.
‘In the beginning, when we first got together, I was probably not as confident, but Danny doesn’t care – I’ve learned that from him.
‘Danny’s a beautiful dresser, he wears lovely, traditional clothes and he’s always very smart.
‘A lot of clothes that he wears are nice things he’s had for years and they’ve almost come back into fashion again.
‘He’s not a jewellery person but he likes nice tie pins and cufflinks, one thing he absolutely loves is an overcoat.’
The couple also attract attention while on their travels, with thrilled holidaymakers begging to have a quick snap with them.
The pair always make time to go to charity shops and second-hand stores when they go on holiday, as they are so committed to hunting for pre-loved treasures
Anne’s husband of 13 years Danny wears beautifully-cut tweed jackets in his nod to vintage fashion
Anne said: ‘We get people coming up to us saying they love our outfits and taking photographs of us all the time.
‘We’ll just be out, quite often on holiday abroad, and we get people stopping us.
‘I think the funniest one was in Italy, we had a whole family asking ‘can I get a photo taken with you?’ it went on for about half an hour.
‘The very best one that ever happened was in Paris in April 2019. We were dressed as usual in full-on vintage and we were at the Eiffel Tower.
‘Danny was taking pictures of me and a photographer came over and asked ‘are you two here for the photoshoot?’
‘When we said no he asked if we minded if he took our picture.
‘He took a photograph of us there and then and then we met up a couple of days later and went to a few locations with him and did a photoshoot.
Anne even dresses up in her vintage clothing for Zoom meetings with her students as she doesn’t feel like herself unless she’s ‘properly’ dressed and has done her hair and make-up
Anne regularly snaps up 80s-style garments and transforms it into authentic-looking 40s clothing, with the help of a seamstress pal who lives up the road
‘I’ve got the Eiffel Tower picture of us up in the dining room.’
Despite the attention they attract wherever they go Anne refuses to tone down her style, insisting on dressing up even for Zoom meetings.
Anne said: ‘I only ever wear jeans or joggers in the house, I wouldn’t go out in them, I’ve still got to be dressed properly even when I go to the supermarket.
‘Even when I was doing Zoom calls with my students I still got dressed and did my hair and make-up because I don’t feel like me otherwise.
‘I just feel happier if I look a certain way, I don’t even feel like me if I’m not dressed in vintage clothes, I don’t feel like myself.’
Anne regularly snaps up 80s clothing and with the help of a seamstress pal transforms items into authentic-looking 40s’ gear.
Anne said: ‘Although the 1940s is where my heart lies and that’s my favourite style, I do like some of the styles of the 1950s.
‘A lot of my stuff is actually 80s, there were a lot of 40s-inspired designs around then that you’re able to machine wash and they don’t cost as much.
Anne said that her heart lies in 1940s-style clothing, but she does also like some pieces inspired by the 1950s
Anne also gets a lot of her vintage cardigans and jumpers from her mother, who is an avid knitter and makes the clothing for her (pictured: Anne shopping in vintage gear at Morrisons)
‘Quite often I’ll go into a charity shop and pick something up and it screams 80s but you can take it away and alter it a bit and you can style it in such a way that it becomes 40s.
‘I’m not handy with a needle and thread but my neighbour who lives two doors up from me is a seamstress and she’s amazing.
‘The other secret weapon I have is my mum who is an avid knitter. Both Danny and I have got a multitude of vintage-style cardigans and jumpers from her.
‘In normal times if I had any time at all I would look in charity shops, I would go every couple of weeks because if you leave it too long you can miss out.
‘We always factor in a bit of time even when we go on holiday to visit charity shops, it’s quite a big part of what I like to do.’
A welcome by-product of the couple’s love for all things vintage-inspired is that buying second-hand is also both economically and environmentally friendly.
Anne said: ‘Both Danny and I never throw anything out, we use things until they need to be replaced.
Anne said the values of the 1940s don’t appeal to her and she has never had any desire to be a stay-at-home wife, instead it’s just about the style
Anne and Danny are very economical in their approach to their clothing, never throwing anything out and keeping it until it needs to be replaced to avoid fast fashion
‘There are so many things wrong with fast fashion on so many levels, we’re very economical in our way of living.
‘What I love about charity shop shopping is that it gives clothes that otherwise would be discarded a new lease of life.
‘I’ve never had any desire to be a stay-at-home wife, it’s not about the values of that time that appeals to me, it’s just the style.
‘If I could hop into a time machine somewhere in the 1940s it would probably be to the post-war era as I’m very much inspired by ordinary people’s style.
‘I do love the glamorous Hollywood style but that’s not real life for me.
‘If I come across an ordinary person who just looks fantastic, that’s the style I like best.
‘Hopefully when my one-year-old granddaughter is old enough I can teach her the joys of charity shop shopping too.’
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