Hand Me Down

I am blessed to have been surrounded by strong women growing up.

  • My Great Grandmother
  • My Great Aunt Rose
  • My Granny
  • & My Mom

Putting aside the relation factor, these women do have tons in common but one thing that stands out is: Style.

I recently found out that the women who played such an influential role in raising me to be the young adult I am today, unknowingly gave birth to my love for fashion.

I always joke with my friends that I feel as though I was born in the wrong era, that I probably would have bombed the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s and it was by putting on these garments that were part of those times that really reaffirmed my opinion.

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People often say that “pulling off” vintage looks in your day to day life is very difficult, and that it seems to be something that can only be done in special or certain occasions. I’d like to beg to differ.

Yes, I will admit it probably is not an easy thing to do but keep in mind these pieces were trending at some point in life and who is to say that there is a time limit to fashion.

One major thing I have learnt about how to incorporate vintage pieces into your daily life is confidence and comfortability. If you are not 100% sure or not entirely confident do not over do it. Less is more, they say right?

One doe not have to go all out with a bold vintage dress like I have, it could even be a piece of jewelry such as a necklace or even a handbag passed down to you by your granny or whoever else.


I wear these garments with pride and honour to be of the same blood as the strong, beautiful women who owned these pieces in their time.

I do know that we are in a time where trends come and go, and it is important to note that I am not trying to make a vintage a thing. People honour their loved ones in different ways and this happens to be one of the ways I do that.

Do not look at fashion as a passing trend, make it something that truly means something to you.


Check dress: My Great Aunt Rose

Black & Gold jumpsuit: My Mom

Black fur lapel coat: My Great Grandmother

Green dress: My Great Aunt Rose


Ph: Luyolo Triss Msabane (@triss_msabane)


Stay beautiful, stay blessed

-Amanda Klaas xx

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