Dare of the week: GO VINTAGE

Oh how I looooooove vintage!

Actually, I’m being a bit poncy by saying ‘vintage’. The truth is that I simply love to discover awesome stuff that’s unlikely to be spotted on another chick while I’m pushing the little ones on the swing at the playground. And, I love to buy that awesome stuff for about the same amount as it costs me to purchase my skim flat white with half a sugar (see, there I go, being all poncy again!).

One of my all-time favourite things to do is to rifle around antique shops, second-hand stores, op shops, flea markets and garage sales for unique style treasures. It’s the thrill of the hunt, the delight in the find, that shiver of pure luck, and the poncy smugness I feel when someone compliments me on an item I discovered on a rack at Vinnes and bought for $4.

Ok, so this is a Paris flea market, not the local Salvation Army, but it looked more glam. Poncy, I know. 



Yet in spite of my long history with ‘vintage’, it wasn’t me who came up with this week’s fab dare*. It was actually suggested by my twitter buddy Caralee Caldwell who, besides having one of the coolest names around (don’t you think?!), was inspired after stumbling upon a vintage store called Retro Metro last week in Bris-Vegas:


…and with the kids grabbing for the keyboard, I hastily typed…


…but before she could answer, Natalie jumped in (which is why Twitter is so fun!) with this…


…and within seconds Caralee replied…


…and I mused…


…the Prada reference just making me look even more poncy given the only ‘Prada’ I own was bought at a market in Shanghai.


The dare: wear something ‘vintage’ every day for a week

The rules:

As in life, age is but a number, but let’s just say that it’s got to be at least 20 years old.

That said, if you genuinely feel the vintage vibe from something that’s sub-20, then it still counts ;).

If you’ve never shopped vintage, or in a thrift/charity store, this is the week to get going. And it’s a Double Dare for you. Shove $10 in your pocket and go shopping. Tips here.


We’d love to hear the back-stories of your fondest pre-loved finds, and see photos of you wearing them too – it’s part of the fun! Share it around on Facebook,  Twitter, or in the Comments section below.

Are you in? Or are you ‘chicken’?

baby hanger1 Could you wear black eyeliner all week? I DARE YOU!


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  • SOOOOO Excited! I love the 50’s and I got a vintage inspired skirt for my birthday yesterday – I’m about to put a photo up! xx

    • Ooooh those photos on Twitter were GORGEOUS! Totally suits you, and no wonder you looked so stoked! Happy Birthday! x

  • Anon

    ok…this one has made me feel uncomfortable. An I the only one that finds ‘vintage’ icky? You know, its second hand clothes…eeew

    • I’m sure there are some that will agree with you Anon. But that’s what laundering in for 😉 

  • Anon, I know you’re not alone, my mother has always felt the same way.. but it’s not a feeling I share. I love history, and a vintage garment has a legacy.. I love being a part of seeing things getting resued and loved, and not ending up in landfill somewhere. 

    if the garment is laundered well and has been kept in good condition there’s nothing “icky” about it. Personally I find a new piece of clothing that has been made by sweat shop slaves (who might be children, even) a lot more “icky”. 🙂

  • I think that using the word “poncy” gave this post a very vintage vibe! I haven’t heard that word in a long time….

    • Ba ha ha! It’s time it comes back. Like 90’s fashion 😉

  • I have a  pair of ’70s jeans that I found in a charity shop. I have worn them a couple of times and they are just fabulous! I can’t even get them up over my knees these days. hooray to skinny days.
    I am loving the 20’s and 30’s fashion at the moment and have found a fantastic beaded ’20s evening gown. I haven’t worn it yet but one day I will.

    • Oh they all sound so fab! 

  • Erin Smith

    Oooh this sounds like a challenge I could go for, but I am a little worried that my collection of vintage gear may be a little much for day wear 😉

    • Please, tell me you didn’t throw out that jumpsuit and dress???! Awesome! 

  • Anonymous

    I looove vintage but have a favourite saying, “Just because it is old, doesn’t mean it’s 

    • Great shopping tips Bron!
      And as I’m pushing 40 I might use that motto for myself…! x

  • DAY 1 VINTAGE DARE : 70’s bag bought on ebay for $15. Reminds me of one my mum used to have. 

    • I vividly remember my mum’s one too.  Lots of modern interpretations out in the shops of that style.  If only she’d kept those gorgeous 70s knee high brown leather boots!  They’d be MINE now!

  • I do love my vintage but find it hard to find genuine vintage in good nick that’s not hundreds of dollars. But most days, I do wear the modern interpretation of vintage, ie, opshopped, second hand, eBayed, marketed! Lots of my clothes, however, are vintage inspired. Will that do?!

    I love the 50s and early 60s but am not into the 70s, 80s or 90s. I have a few modern 20s and 30s interpretations too.

    Yesterday I wore vintage Ferragamo heels, rescued from Vinnies, rejuvenated with lots of baby wipes, antiseptic gel, tinea spray, shoe polish, and reheeling. Hard to tell how old as they look 50s but are probably 80s or 90s?

    • What a find! 
      Yes, I totally count opshopped, thrifted, market items as vintage. Love it!

  • Today I am wearing an opshopped Joseph Ribkoff red and white polka dotted jersey 50s style (esque, as I like to say, wiggle dress). Probably not very old but looks it!

  • Rosalie

    Not sure if i can continue this for a week but i have just transfered my handbag to an old tapestry one found in the back of a wardrobe after my beautiful and treasured nanna passed away in August – no idea how old it is but i am 39 and i have never seen it used… So probably old and certainly treasured more than words can say!

    • Oh Rosalie that sounds divine. Am sorry to hear about your nanna. Lovely to have special things to remember people by. x

    • Got too hot, so changed into Simona black and white gingham shirt dress (50s) with red elastic and leather and plastic Metalicus belt (80s) and Wittner black patent wedge sandals (40s esque!). Hair in curly bob with clip (40s) using Batiste hair powder (Renaissance era). Now that’s vintage! 😉

      Rosalie, love that you are using your grandmother’s bag x

  • Day 2: Feelin’ all swishy in this pretty dress and cowboy belt picked up from Lifeline last week! 

    • Nice!  Love the tough belt with the pretty frock.  Perfect on this high humidity day too x

  •  Day 3 #VintageDare 70’s hawaiian frock 

  • Day 4: Bally bag purchased on Ebay, and vintage leather belt. No pic today, whoops!

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  • Last night I was given a gorgeous vintage beaded bag for my birthday. My friend said ‘it will look great in NYC’!

    I also enjoy buying Vintage dresses – ones that have a modern twist. I have bought some great ones recently. I will see if I can wear them this week and take photos. Perhaps I will wear my new dress on my actual birthday – it’s about 30 years old too. 

    • Oh that sounds divine – and the dresses! I can never seem to pull off dresses so well, especially vintage shapes. Would LOVE to see your pics. x

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