The way of the thrifter
Thrift is in, says 'Cheap Date'. Laura Tennant flicks through the new bible for bargain-hunters
Sunday 29 June 1997
Neologism is the cornerstone of style journalism, so Kira Jolliffe, coiner of the word and editor of new mag and handbook for thrifters Cheap Date, must be feeling pretty pleased with herself. Thrifting is all about the pleasure of second-hand clothes and getting things cheap. "Second-hand clothes, by stint of their uniqueness and sheer mass, force the mind's distinguishing processes and imagination, making buying more creative," as the editorial puts it. "Let's all bother, be brave, express ourselves and look sexy. Be free." God, it's sooo post-modern. Go out and pluck that neglected fitted rayon shirt from the margins, challenge the hierarchy of style, reverse that suffocating dualism of "good" and "bad" taste.
Readers of the grungy, Generation-X, home-made press will be familiar with The Idler, now rather grand and important but once produced from a bedsit by a team of two. Cheap Date is a kind of little sister. Not only is Jolliffe the former music editor of The Idler, but the mag itself is produced by little sisters, including Minnie Weisz (cf Rachel) and Daisy and Bay Garnett (cf theatre producer Rose). As if further cred were needed, model Iris Palmer is the editor at large and the outsize Sophie Dahl has donated her body to the centre-page spread. Having said that, the launch party on Wednesday in, quelle surprise, Notting Hill, was full of the sort of pale, reedy girls who look good in Twenties-crepe-de-Chine-underwear-worn- as-a-dress-with-no-bra. (This being, of course, vintage dressing's dark secret: beautiful people look daring and eccentric, normal people just look frumpy). But I don't want to carp. Why, at Prada you can achieve that authentic second-hand look for a hundred times the price.
To take out a subscription for Cheap Date, call 0171 727 2201.
Life & Style blogs
Ebola outbreak: Virus to kill 67,000 in Monrovia by December, claims academic study
Alexander Wang for H&M: Pumping video of the campaign filmed in London has been released
Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
What do the text messages between you and your partner reveal about your relationship?
Controversy over Queen's 'first tweet' at London's Science Museum
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
Putin: The US is to blame for almost all the world's major conflicts
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...