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Hatwalk 8 – September 2015

Hi everyone

It’s the beginning of September and time to celebrate the wearing of hats with the lovely Judith Boyd of the Hat Attack blog posts.  The hat for this month is not the grey waterproof hat that I took to Scotland and the Faroe Islands, as I never wore it once.  Actually it’s on ’probation’, which is something I will be writing about soon in a post on de-cluttering your clothes, as there’s definitely a category of clothes (and hats) that you keep in your wardrobe and never wear, but can’t quite get rid of because, you know, you just might wear it!

Instead I’m featuring a beret, which I think is a shape that suits so many people.


I’ve been wearing this blue beret (I have 4 berets, all different colours) a lot recently, as our weather is so strange; it’s hot one minute with a blue sky and sun, then it’s that dull leaden grey that we often get in our English summers, but then it’s still hot, which feels weird.

Leopard-coat-3-webBut with this grey weather comes rain, in buckets. It’s the sort of weather where I begin to think what can I wear on my head? So out comes a beret – such a useful, all-weather hat.  And the blue beret (bought in a charity shop about three years ago for £3) comes with a renewed love for that colour. You’ll be pleased to know I’ve worn the little blue tartan kilt twice now – that item is definitely not staying in the back of my wardrobe. I wear it over my navy jeans, which is a great look whatever your age!

I wore the kilt and the beret a couple of days ago when visiting an amazing garden  – do have a look at the link, as it’s a typical English-size garden with an atypical eclectic mix of plants.

Anyway the blue beret plus a leopard skin mac brightened the spirits as it was a very grey day, and matched my scarf, navy jeans and boots to perfection.  And all bought from charity shops for next to nothing.

Leopard-coat-1-webThat’s all for now

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I state where these clothes come from to prove the point that you really don’t have to spend money to feel good about your look.

P.P.S And somebody has pointed out to me that the cushions are upside down – oops, so they are!


Out and about with my yellow hat!

This is just a quick post to show you that I really do wear my hats out and about!  The photos were taken on Sunday in Brighton outside a pub where I had a typical English Sunday lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding!  And yes, I’m definitely over 25!


More like nearly 69!


There was a chilly wind so I put (my non-charity shop) tweed jacket back on.


As I don’t drink these pics are a good advertisement for a well-known American beverage.


I love the hat’s rakish angle – it certainly makes a statement, I think!

But that really is all for now

With love

Penny, the (not always) frugalfashionshopper

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Coats – I’ve got too many or have I?

Perhaps some may think I do nothing other than shop for clothes. Actually no, I’ve a busy life doing lots of other things, but if I find myself in one of the small towns that are so typical in Britain, I do look in charity shops and often I find something. And yes, as a consequence, I’ve got coats for every occasion and for all sorts of venues and destinations. I like to co-ordinate the colour and style of my outfits and that includes the colour and style of my coat.

There are the coats I wear for the cold weather, which hasn’t arrived yet.  I don’t know about you but I’m finding this mild weather extending into the beginning of November a bit odd. My garden could do with a cold spell to kill off the white fly for a start.

There are coats I wear in my town, coats for the more upmarket county town nearby, coats for Brighton, which is a vibrant, slightly crazy city. And then there are my London coats.

Before you say how extravagant, up to last month, the majority cost under £5 with only one costing more (and that was a classic camel hair coat at £18) apart that is from, the faux fur coat bought recently at the Brighton Vintage Fair and another I bought last week.

I couldn’t resist it.


Here it is and it’s a Brighton coat methinks! It’s faux fur, which is quite on-trend at the moment, in a slightly strawberry colour. It cost a bit more than I usually spend – deep breath – it was £35 but with a Next label and the kind of whacky look that I like to project occasionally, I so enjoy wearing it.

That’s what I want to get over in this post that the clothes we wear as we age, should and can be fun, particularly coats, which are often a very expensive item. In other words, you don’t have to spend a fortune to both keep warm and look good.

That’s all for now. And to new readers, thank you so much for dropping by and reading my post. If you like it why not sign up for regular posts from me.

With love

Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper



The grey days of February – why not bring a little colour into your wardrobe?

I’ve had a couple of days away this week and the sun has shone for several hours and the skies were blue, and it was just such a pleasure to have some light and brightness in the sky.  The British countryside has a muted palette for most of the year with tints of grey predominating in the winter.  But the storms seem to have abated, and with the daffodils coming up in the garden, Spring seems to be just round the corner.

For me, the colour of Spring is green and it’s a colour I love.  To celebrate the Spring I’ve turned my blog back to the blue/green colour background (which attracted me to the template in the first place).

And there’s a lot of green in my wardrobe, which is why it’s the colour I look for when I hunt through the rails and racks in the many charity shops I visit.  I really try hard not to buy random clothes, instead, I build on what I have in my wardrobe.

For me, the colour green feels bright and cheerful and I wear it through the year.  It all started with a green parka, which was bought in the Brighton, Oxfam for £5.00 at least three years ago. In fact, in the winter I wear it all the time.  With it I often wear a lovely woolly green beret, which isn’t a charity shop find, and at £25.00 is perhaps the most expensive item in my wardrobe apart, that is, from my winter boots, which were a very reasonable £67.00 from a great shoe shop in Lewes. As I’ve said before, charity shop shoes and boots are hard to find.

P1010053Here’s a pic of me in Bergen, Norway wearing all three items.

Since buying the parka I’ve added to this green theme a lot.  I have a great pair of skinny green trousers that cost all of £3.00 and then a boiled wool jacket and scarf bought together in the same charity shop that cost just under £10.00. For the summer I have several greenish skirts; one bought quite recently from Seaford for £8.99 was quite an expensive buy, another one came from Worthing and cost only £3.99 and quite recently I found a sparkly green Per Una skirt that cost just £4.99.

All these clothes have been bought over two to three years and have leapt out at me as I trawl through the many multi-coloured dresses and skirts that so many charity shops stock.

I do wear darker colours and I have my fair share of black and grey clothes; grey does suit the paler skin of the older woman.  Have you been watching House of Cards (from Netflix)?  The colour grey features in Claire Underwood’s wardrobe a lot and I love her understated style.  A few days ago I guest blogged on Stylish Ole Woman (she features on my side bar of blogs I love) and wrote about this – do have a look!

But I guess my message is that in our climate where there are as many grey days as there are sunny, why not move away from those dark colour trousers and the black fleece or the navy cagoule.  They’re all useful; but why not bring colour into your life during these grey wintery days, and do that by buying something in a charity shop that will lift your spirits at very little cost.

That’s all for now

With love, Penny

The Frugal Fashion Shopper



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