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.

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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

 

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16 thoughts on “Coats – I’ve got too many or have I?

  • 31st October 2014 at 9:59 am
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    Since I gave up having to drive to and from work and sit in an office, I find I need more coats. I like having a choice too. It seems more important in winter to look good outside. I agree so much with your article. Let’s hope we have a winter cold enough to wear them!

  • 31st October 2014 at 9:59 am
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    Since I gave up having to drive to and from work and sit in an office, I find I need more coats. I like having a choice too. It seems more important in winter to look good outside. I agree so much with your article. Let’s hope we have a winter cold enough to wear them!

  • 1st November 2014 at 12:10 am
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    If I hadn’t started reading your blog, I would not have three winter coats!!! But once I found the first one for $9.00, a black London Fog with leather collar, I just had to keep it up and see what else I could find. Now I have three, and I find it quite freeing to have nice coats which fit various temperatures and degrees of formality. Your faux fur is indeed a statement! I saw a gorgeous camel hair coat in mint condition the other day at the local hospital thrift shop and simply had to turn my head away, as I felt someone else should have a chance for a lovely winter coat. What fun it is, lately, to search for lovely items I can feel good about buying, things I would otherwise not afford without guilt. Thanks, Penny

  • 1st November 2014 at 12:10 am
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    If I hadn’t started reading your blog, I would not have three winter coats!!! But once I found the first one for $9.00, a black London Fog with leather collar, I just had to keep it up and see what else I could find. Now I have three, and I find it quite freeing to have nice coats which fit various temperatures and degrees of formality. Your faux fur is indeed a statement! I saw a gorgeous camel hair coat in mint condition the other day at the local hospital thrift shop and simply had to turn my head away, as I felt someone else should have a chance for a lovely winter coat. What fun it is, lately, to search for lovely items I can feel good about buying, things I would otherwise not afford without guilt. Thanks, Penny

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    2nd November 2014 at 10:16 am
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    Yes, coats were once a huge outlay for me, and I only had one, or maybe one formal coat and one casual coat, but on a pension the kind of price I used to pay would be out of the question now. Instead through thrift and charity shop shopping one can both support charities and gain a quality coat or coats! And even more important we have some fun whilst shopping! So glad I helped in that way, Margaret.

  • the frugal fashion shopper
    2nd November 2014 at 10:16 am
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    Yes, coats were once a huge outlay for me, and I only had one, or maybe one formal coat and one casual coat, but on a pension the kind of price I used to pay would be out of the question now. Instead through thrift and charity shop shopping one can both support charities and gain a quality coat or coats! And even more important we have some fun whilst shopping! So glad I helped in that way, Margaret.

  • 4th November 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    Sometimes in the Winter, your coat is the only thing people get to see, not that I wear clothes for other people, with coats they have to be practical, especially with the weather in the UK. I do love scarves and mitts though, and that makes all the difference to the look, bring on the cold weather…

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th November 2014 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Laura. Yes, scarves play an important part of the outer outfit! And as it’s a bit colder today I’m going to wear that coat 🙂

  • 4th November 2014 at 3:49 pm
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    Sometimes in the Winter, your coat is the only thing people get to see, not that I wear clothes for other people, with coats they have to be practical, especially with the weather in the UK. I do love scarves and mitts though, and that makes all the difference to the look, bring on the cold weather…

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th November 2014 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Laura. Yes, scarves play an important part of the outer outfit! And as it’s a bit colder today I’m going to wear that coat 🙂

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