Vintage & Me: Adele Miner
Welcome back to Vintage & Me! This week I am excited to chat all things vintage with Irish journalist and Deputy Editor of Stellar Magazine Adele Miner, who combines a professional knowledge of women's fashion with a personal passion for vintage.
Photo Courtesy Adele Miner
How would you describe your personal style?
I would like to say my style is quite eclectic. I don’t have one set style that I stick to all the time, I
like to match my look to my mood. Some days I feel soft and feminine and so I’ll put on a maxi
dress with puff sleeves, other days I feel more grungy so I’ll pull out an old checked shirt and a
band tee, my outfits are dictated by my feelings.
How and when did you first discover vintage?
I think when I was around 16/17 and started to shop for myself with pocket money I discovered
my love of vintage. Like any teenager, I loved going shopping with my friends and I always
found myself gravitating toward the vintage and second-hand shops in Dublin’s City Centre. I
felt like each vintage piece I picked up had lived a life before me and had its own story to tell,
that’s still something that draws me to vintage. I remember when I was 18, I bought a gorgeous vintage tweet blazer with my first paycheck. I felt so proud handing over my debit card and investing in a one-off piece with the money I had earned. I still wear that blazer regularly to this day, which is a testament to the timelessness of vintage!
What is your favourite vintage era and why?
Without a doubt, the 1970s. I love everything about the aesthetics from that era, particularly the
aesthetics that came out of America in the 1970s, they really did it best in my opinion. I feel
most ‘Adele’ when I’m wearing an outfit that has some nod to the era. I love how broad it is,
from the classic bellbottoms and ringer tees to the softer more boho pieces that came from the
70s like maxi skirts and long neck scarfs, I could wax lyrical about it all day.
What is your favourite vintage piece you own?
It has to be a suede tassel jacket I found while thrifting in Paris last year. In most countries I visit
I always dedicate at least one day to hitting up the vintage and second-hand shops. I want to
build a wardrobe over my life that’s a mix of new and old pieces sourced from all over the world.
I’ve also recently found a stunning 1970s ballgown from a vintage seller on Etsy and I can’t wait
to wear it for the first time later this month at the 2023 VIP Style Awards. For my job as a
journalist I’m really lucky that I get to attend glamorous events, and that means finding nice
outfits and getting dressed up, so it’s important to me to wear second-hand and sustainable
pieces where possible, it makes getting dressed that bit more special.
What are 3 timeless wardrobe pieces you recommend?
A good blazer can pull any look together, you can throw it on with jeans and runners or over a
dress and heels and you’ll look good. Brown heels are a surprising must-have in my wardrobe too. I found a pair of tan wood heels in my local charity shop a couple of years ago and I can’t believe how often I reach for them, they go with everything! The perfect jeans. It sounds cliché but a good pair of jeans will transform your wardrobe. It’s all about finding a fit and shape that works for you, it can take years to meet your perfect match but once you do, you won’t look back.
Adele Miner is a 27-year-old Journalist from Dublin in Ireland. Her love of vintage and
second-hand clothing spans the last decade and in that time she has built a wardrobe
with one-off pieces from around the world. Adele on Instagram