Stylist, crafting whiz, writer and all-round babe Kelly Doust sure knows how to put an outfit together. The Minxy Vintage author is one of the most stylish women we know, so we grilled her for Sydney vintage tips
“I started buying vintage as a necessity because it was affordable when I was a teenager,” says Doust, when we asked when her love affair with vintage fashion began. “Then I fell in love. Even when I didn’t have to shop like that I still did. I’m interested in crafts, because they are handmade and lovingly created and the same goes for vintage fashion. I like seeing the maker’s mark – evidence of the hand stitching and embellishments.”
So where does Doust suggest we make our first vintage pit-stop? "Definitely Rozelle Markets," she says. “It is a true and beautiful bazaar, and a place where you can hunt for treasure like at a great European flea market.”
"I also really like Cleveland Street store Dolly Up," Doust continues. “The owner, Erin Paige Hutchings, runs it with her grandmother, so she stocks great vintage clothes, and her gran does alterations.”
For furniture, Doust recommends we pay Redfern store Vampt a visit. And for a really expansive selection of all things vintage, she suggests making a note in our diary for the next Love Vintage Fair, held twice a year at the Hordern Pavilion. "People come from all over the east coast to buy and sell great vintage pieces,” she explains.
Imagining the Hordern Pavilion filled with wall-to-wall pre-loved fashion is a daunting prospect for Time Out's untrained fashion eye, though. So just how does Doust navigate the Love Vintage racks and what does she buy? “I always have items that I want in my mind and I like to make a list of things that I’m looking for so that I don’t feel overwhelmed when I look,” she explains. “For example, I’ll say, 'heavy knit in a light pink shade' and will then look for pieces that fit that description. You might look at something that is quite unusual in your wardrobe and you love it but you just don’t know how to wear it, so think about what would go with it and then find that specific piece.”
“I like to pair old things with new,” Doust continues. “So I’ll buy more basic pieces from a shop like Witchery and pair it with something unusual. And during the day I wear a lot of retro clothing [1970’s-1980s], but for night I love anything from the 1950s because it is flattering for my figure.”
Minxy Vintage, Doust's guide to wearing vintage clothing, is out now through Murdoch Books.