I haven’t made any New Year resolutions yet, although I have some aims: to exercise and write more. I might tell you about these and other goals for 2015 in another post. But I just have to tell you about my latest charity shop buy(s)!

I was feeling quite low, as I hadn’t completely recovered from the cold, which was a nasty one. Lots of people have had it over these last weeks so I’m not alone in feeling this way. But a couple of days ago, I decided this was the day I’d start looking for bargains in Seaford; a town near where I live, which has 8 charity shops all of which are full of potential finds. Of I went with three bags stuffed with my unwanted frocks, skirts and shoes. Yes, I’d cleared out my wardrobe and was raring to go!

It was such a grey wintery day though, which, on top of how I was feeling, was almost depressing.

But look what I found – two outfits bursting with life and colour.   One is a red full-length Gina Bacconi dress (that’s a good label) bought at £16.00 (I think it would have been at least £160 new, if not more).

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The other is a fabulous aquamarine and purple Monsoon dress at £6.99, wow!  And it came with a matching green cardigan top.

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Both of these dresses cheered me up considerably and reminded me that this grey weather won’t last forever, and that perhaps being bold with colour lifts the spirits.

In fact, I’m going to agree but disagree with Jess Cartner-Morley’s pre-Christmas rallying cry to wear black and white for parties. OK, I’ve got plenty of black skirts and white and silver tops to party in, and they’ll be fine.

But let’s not forget colour and what it can do for our skin, eyes, and general overall mood. Let’s be bold and get away from black and white in these winter months. To be honest the two outfits will be great for my August cruise, and may not be worn before then.  But as soon I got back home I looked again at the party clothes in my cupboard and chucked out a grey cocktail dress and a subdued blue sequinned longer dress. All charity shop outfits that were fine, but they just aren’t vibrant enough for me now, after my eyes have feasted on that glorious red and that piquant aquamarine of the Monsoon dress.

So although I would never lay down rules or say you must – why not be bold with colour?   Let’s drop the grey, let’s be colourful and sassy – it certainly lifted my mood!

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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11 thoughts on “Bringing colour to this grey, wet & wintery month

  • 8th January 2015 at 1:48 pm
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    Last night I tried on a pretty black Lacey dress that arrived after an online purchase. When I tried it on the black just didn’t do anything for me. I looked washed out so its being returned. I wonder if it was my mood as I too have been recovering from a cough/cold and the weather has been bleak this week. I definitely agree it’s worth experimenting with colour, as well as complimenting our natural features and tones it can dramatically effect how we feel.

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    8th January 2015 at 2:27 pm
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    The sun has just come out – what a difference it makes!

    I’m sure that black lace dress would have been lovely on you, Laura, but I’m so pale after the cold I know I need colour that warms my skin, and maybe that’s true for you, as well. Next blog you’ll see a citrus yellow jumper I bought recently – such an amazing colour 🙂

    Take care, and recover well

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    8th January 2015 at 2:27 pm
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    The sun has just come out – what a difference it makes!

    I’m sure that black lace dress would have been lovely on you, Laura, but I’m so pale after the cold I know I need colour that warms my skin, and maybe that’s true for you, as well. Next blog you’ll see a citrus yellow jumper I bought recently – such an amazing colour 🙂

    Take care, and recover well

  • 8th January 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    Both dresses are just lovely, Laura, but you will not wear them for a long time, you say. How to brighten our mid winter outfits? I never underestimate the power of scarves of all sorts of weights, lengths, and colours. I confess to a lot of black and dark winter colours, but when I twine a green scarf around my neck, or a cheeky magenta, I do feel a great lift of my spirits when I check in the mirror before I leave the house. In January, I see leather gloves on sale very often, and a pair of orange or plum can also make a flash of bright colour, though I think it unwise to try to match gloves with boots etc. Too contrived? I find sweaters the very hardest to choose in colour, so I am looking forward to your next post.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      9th January 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Hi there Margaret and thanks for your comment. Yes, the dresses shown in this post are more for the summer months. But wait for my next post to see a lovely colourful knitted jumper I bought recently. And yes, scarves and gloves are good to bring some colour to a black or grey winter coat. Like the sound of orange or plum gloves!

  • 8th January 2015 at 4:47 pm
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    Both dresses are just lovely, Laura, but you will not wear them for a long time, you say. How to brighten our mid winter outfits? I never underestimate the power of scarves of all sorts of weights, lengths, and colours. I confess to a lot of black and dark winter colours, but when I twine a green scarf around my neck, or a cheeky magenta, I do feel a great lift of my spirits when I check in the mirror before I leave the house. In January, I see leather gloves on sale very often, and a pair of orange or plum can also make a flash of bright colour, though I think it unwise to try to match gloves with boots etc. Too contrived? I find sweaters the very hardest to choose in colour, so I am looking forward to your next post.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      9th January 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Hi there Margaret and thanks for your comment. Yes, the dresses shown in this post are more for the summer months. But wait for my next post to see a lovely colourful knitted jumper I bought recently. And yes, scarves and gloves are good to bring some colour to a black or grey winter coat. Like the sound of orange or plum gloves!

  • 13th January 2015 at 12:14 am
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    Wow, totally jealous of both featured dresses.Definitely would have purchased them. Arundel would have charged at least double ☹. Hard to be genuinely frugal around here! Well done indeed! And hope you are fully recovered now x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      24th January 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Hello, Diana, thank you so much for the comment. Yes, there are some shops (and towns) where the prices are far too high – charity shop clothes are secondhand after all!

  • 13th January 2015 at 12:14 am
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    Wow, totally jealous of both featured dresses.Definitely would have purchased them. Arundel would have charged at least double ☹. Hard to be genuinely frugal around here! Well done indeed! And hope you are fully recovered now x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      24th January 2015 at 9:04 am
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      Hello, Diana, thank you so much for the comment. Yes, there are some shops (and towns) where the prices are far too high – charity shop clothes are secondhand after all!

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