Modern society is obsessed with progress and novelty. But have you ever wondered if the best things and times are behind us, not ahead of us? And even if not, the acceleration of progress can be nauseating. But one couple found an answer and a cure for these modern problems. Ruth Shelley and Robert Oestmann decided to throw it back a little and wind down their lifestyles back into the 1930s, otherwise known as the Depression era. But this lifestyle change doesn't depress them, it's the opposite – the newly engaged couple find many perks and advantages in going retro.

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Sheamya
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1 month ago

I love this! They look so classy. Much more pride in appearances at that time.

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Breaking news: though the article is written in a way where their engagement is mentioned as a matter-of-fact, the couple confirmed that they've just got engaged! It's very exciting, though not that surprising, considering the level of chemistry that Ruth and Robb have with each other. Let's wish them a jolly marriage! Let it age like vintage wine!

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Trish Smith
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1 month ago

Gorgeous couple! I love it!

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Terry Filkohazi
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1 month ago

She needs gloves. A proper lady back then wore white gloves when out.

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Bored Panda asked both Ruth and Robb the same set of questions, and they came up with their own answers, so without further ado, let's get into it. Let's start with Robb and how he discovered his lifestyle: "My mother used to collect a lot of antiques, so I think an appreciation for them came from her. I also love old movies, and would watch them with my grandmother. These days, I visit museums and heritage railways to learn about history. I find it feels right when in historical clothes."

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StellaLehggs
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1 month ago

He's rockin' those suits!

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Anita Pickle
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1 month ago

I want this jacket

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Ruth, however, was motivated by other things, and it was more of a journey of self-discovery. "I was a tomboy, or mostly, until I was 16. I thought I just wasn't really into clothes or makeup, and that was totally fine. But then I tried 1940s makeup at an event on a whim and I discovered that I really liked how it looked on me, it drew me in a way that nothing I'd really tried before had! And everything went from there, the makeup, then the clothes and hair a few years later, and I'd say by the time I was 20 or 21 I was very much on the fashion track I've stayed on since!"

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May
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1 month ago

Men used to dress so much better than they do now. Love this style

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Lynne Harbison
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1 month ago

Clark Gable.

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Robb talked about how he gets his clothes. "I find my clothes wherever I can get them! It can be difficult sometimes to find the right sizes. I visit vintage clothing shops when I can, and sometimes various events will have the odd stall or seller. Occasionally, they'll have something that fits!" Ruth added "My answer here is quite similar to Robb's. There are stores, online and brick-and-mortar, that specialize in selling both original and reproduction vintage fashion, so we shop at those, and then sometimes you find something wonderful at a charity shop or even get given it by someone who inherited it and has no use for it! I got one of my favorite pieces of vintage jewelry when I was given it by a lovely lady who inherited it from her mother."

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Carmen Sandiego
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1 month ago

I am loving the colour of her dress and may or may not use it in my designs.

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Valerie Anne
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1 month ago

This reminds me of my grandparents' engagement photo. ❤❤❤❤

Without a doubt, the couple's style attracts attention, and they shared their experiences concerning people's reactions. Ruth said: "People usually enjoy seeing us dress the way we do! You often get stares but they are usually positive. People sometimes stop us to ask for pictures, especially when we are out together. When I'm going to parties I very occasionally get children in the street or on the bus asking me if I am going to a ball, which is adorable... I sometimes say yes just to watch their excited little faces!"

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Thomas Ewing
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1 month ago

Please restore that car!

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Sarah
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1 month ago

Love those brown-and-white shoes!

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Robb added: "Overall, it's been positive. Sometimes you meet people who just don't understand, or perhaps don't want to understand. They can be aggressive, but it's very rare. Most people seem to think it's all rather smart and 'trendy.' I've also had people think I'm trying to be a 'Peaky Blinder,' which I'm certainly not! I'm just being myself, or at least, trying to represent a generation-long past."

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JoanieBalonie
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1 month ago

Such a lovely young woman. Looks like a painting.

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ruthie
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1 month ago

Idk why i thought Harry Potter when I saw this

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Colin L
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1 month ago

A little late for reenactments around the Spanish Flu epidemic, but good variety!

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Sexy knees, (his)

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

She has some lovely clothes

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Valerie Anne
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1 month ago

That dress is gorgeous!!!

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Sarah
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1 month ago

She's lucky to have a guy who's as into it as she is. A rare and wonderful thing.

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Chrissie Mörbe
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1 month ago

I love the old, scratched look of this photo!

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StellaLehggs
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1 month ago

Love her outfit!

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Tee Witt
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1 month ago

Such a good photo, she looks so lovely

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Sarah
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1 month ago

That jacket is amazing.

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Peter Trudell Jr
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1 month ago

He NEEDS a cane in his left hand.

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Mary Beth Miller
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1 month ago

The pipe makes it so authentic looking.

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Phil Green
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1 month ago

He was a Flt Sgt, now he's a Flt Lt!!!! That's quick work.

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Arctic Fox Lover
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1 month ago

This couple is so cute!

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Arctic Fox Lover
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1 month ago

Lovin' that parasol!

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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1 month ago

Opps... I don't think the backpack was authentic to the time period.

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Sarah
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1 month ago

So many of these pics have her staring adoringly at him--just as a woman in the '40s would have done.

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