A glam couple ‘born in the wrong era’ claim they’re regularly stopped in the street by people wowed by their ‘time-warp’ wardrobes – but end up being ‘completely overdressed’ when nipping to the supermarket, chippy or even B&M.
Anne and Danny Shearer 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.
The bargain-hunting duo are so committed to hunting for pre-loved treasures that they even factor in time on their travels to paw through second-hand rails – and were even scouted by a fashion photographer on holiday.
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 hubby Danny, but also the more ethical and sustainable nature of shopping in this way.
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, from Roberton, South Lanarkshire, said: “It took a bit of getting used to the attention to begin with, particularly where I live.
“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.
“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 Anne 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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”