This blog post is about bringing a little colour to our lives, but I’m starting off with a take on the length of coats.
I do love a long coat. On the other hand, I know a lot of people drive everywhere, and that’s where a shorter coat, or in this cold weather, a padded jacket is the go-to-coat for winter. But if that’s the coat for you I just want to say a couple of things. For me, the padded jacket’s biggest fault is that it ends just around the hips, and as a result it widens the shape, and then, and this is what gets me, it leaves the rest of your legs exposed to the elements! I use the bus a lot, and no way do I want to have my legs uncovered when I’m standing at the bus stop with the rain beating down as it was yesterday!!! Even if I’m using the car and going to my nearby city (Brighton) I reach for a long coat.
Here’s what I wore yesterday – it’s a nearly new, waterproof, warmly lined mac bought in a charity shop for precisely £8. Note the colour.
Here’s the thing, I often go into Brighton by bus, and as it goes through a couple of smaller towns I see quite a large number of older women (actually, not that much older than me) on the streets of these towns, or getting on the bus, who dress in a kind of anti-fashion – black, wide, flappy trousers, a fleece and always the ubiquitous, almost universal, padded jacket, which is worn for warmth, of course it is. But nearly always in a bland colour – grey or beige, or perhaps a light shade of pastel.
Is it negative to say this, possibly, and apologies, as I don’t want to offend anyone, but it’s don’t-look-at-me clothing. But hey, women of my generation, we’re not going to fade away are we, we baby-boomers? We’re different to our mother’s generation. We want to dress, first and foremost for ourselves, I really believe in that philosophy, but also yes, we (or I certainly do) dress to be noticed. Why ever not! And here in the UK the weather is so often cloudy and grey – I think you just need a contrast to those heavy leaden skies, and wearing a bright coat can really lift the spirits!
I think the thing to do is to have quite a few coats: I have an old (green) parka for just rushing out to the local shops, a coat or two for London; another for Brighton. And only one has cost just over £15 (a classic camel coat) and most have been between £5-£10 bought over several years. Also charity shops cater for all sizes and shapes now. Don’t feel that you can’t get another one because of the cost, or a charity shop won’t have my size – yes they will! There’s a coat out there in a charity shop that suits your style and pocket, and your size – you just have to look!
That’s all for now but have you got a brightly coloured coat – do let me know!
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
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