Hello everyone

Another short post for you today, as last week I wrote not one but two posts on the NHS for My Other Blog.  Do have a look (click on the icon) but note that I hold strong views on this subject.

So today, I thought I’d show you that I don’t wear skinny jeans all the time. And also that, even in this grey wintery weather we’re having in the UK, the colour grey can be a good colour to wear.

I mean I do love skinnies, and think they’re the best shape for me. I also think they’re flattering for all sorts of shapes and sizes, it’s that minimal amount of material I go for and like the look of.  But not always.  And here for you to see is a pair of wide grey woollen trousers (or pants as they say over the pond).  Actually, sometimes I do a double-take when I read something written by US bloggers as I expect you know that pants are knickers in the UK, so some posts make me giggle.

Anyway, enough of that – here are the ‘trousers’ worn with a pale grey Peacock’s hoodie.

They’re wide and comfortable and new!  I’m slipping a bit!  However, I’ve been shopping around for a new pair of jeans and I’m sick and tired of trying on jeans (new ones as well as second-hand) that are too short, or, as one slightly snotty young sales person said to me as I attempted to give her some feedback as to why I wasn’t buying the four pairs of jeans I’d tried on, ‘well, they are standard size madam’. (Do read that with a slightly superior up-lilt to your voice) Look, my legs need a long leg, 32+ inches if you please, because I like a jean to wrinkle slightly at the ankle.  I totally hate jeans that are too short, and don’t start me on cropped. I think they just look as though they’re the wrong size. Perhaps this dislike comes from my mother never quite keeping up with my rate of growth and not replacing clothes as I became taller.

So I found these trousers in the men’s department of Urban Outfitters! They’re one half of a unisex trouser suit. I didn’t buy the jacket – maybe I should?  But here’s another pic of me wearing the hoodie up.

And now with a beret. This beret is a charity shop beret bought several years ago.

Here below, is me wearing the grey coat I wear to walk around Brighton.  It’s quite a city coat I think, and was bought from a charity shop about three years ago for not very much.

The finishing touch is charity shop scarf bought last year for, I think, £2.99.

Not sure what that white spot is!

Anyway, there you are.  The outer part of this outfit has been bought entirely from charity shops, including those black bootees.

That’s all for now, but more trousers and jeans will be featured in my next post.

Until then, with love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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21 thoughts on “Grey for today is OK!

  • 22nd January 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I wear grey a great deal ~ fabulous colour. Love the trousers with the coat and beret and plus the scarf. I’m not a hoodie person I’m afraid so my choice would be a little black/grey jumper with that lovely necklace you’re wearing.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 10:50 am

      I agree, Jennifer, the hoodie was just what I was wearing at that point in time, but I absolutely am with you that a little black jumper would look better. And grey is a great colour!

  • 22nd January 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Great outfit. You look fab in that beret. Also loved your posts on the NHS.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Sharon, and good to hear you like the beret, and the blog on the NHS!

  • 22nd January 2018 at 5:30 pm


    I just found you on the link up. You must live near me ish if you walk Brighton. I didn’t know unisex suits were available. What a great idea for someone tall like you. There used to be a shop near Boots for Tall in Brighton. It might still be there. I have the opposite problem beingredients 5ft and 1 precious inch.


    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 11:40 am

      That damned autocorrect! It can do some seriously funny stuff! Actually, I’ve seen and followed you on Instagram, which btw I don’t take seriously and consequently don’t put up a lot up – life’s too short to both write the blogs and do Instagram, for me, anyway! I know the shop you mean and it’s not there any more. I’m not particularly tall, 5’8″, it’s just I can’t stand jeans that are just that little bit too short. As for cropped I can’t be doing with that style – not in our climate!

      At some point we must link up for a coffee in Brighton. But not I think until the Spring, I’m feeling very winterish at the moment – meh! But honestly it’s nothing, I just long for some blue sky and sun. I’ve put in my email and followed your blog 🙂

  • 22nd January 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Loving those smart trousers, Penny. I think a mix of “new” and thrifted is practical and gives us lots of options. You look fab, and thanks for linking up, xo


    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 10:57 am

      Always pleased to link up with you Patti – you’re such a great host x

  • 22nd January 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I have been watching & reading your posts for quite a long time and think you’re looking a lot more conservative since you moved. Must be the new shops to check out. I live in the states in a small town and don’t have the opportunity or choices like you have. Keep up your articles I really enjoy your remarks.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 11:12 am

      Hi Barbara, Oh, gosh, don’t know what to say about appearing more conservative, as I’m not really wanting to be more conservative!!!! Perhaps this appears to be the case, because it’s the winter and to go out into Brighton I wear my coats and trousers/pants. I would admit that also I see more stuff in Brighton and consequently have bought more items! The thing is I actually miss those ‘film nights’ when I dressed up for the occasion. Someone said now that those film nights are over you could start having cocktail parties! Well, perhaps, or maybe not! I’ll try to think of something along those lines, although we have to finish our flat first – still some things to do. Also I have a closet full of cruise frocks which I can’t wait to wear and show you. Thanks so much for your comment though – it’s made me think, which is good x

  • 22nd January 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Jeans and trousers are so personal, I think. I love your coat and beret.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 10:58 am

      Well, actually I much prefer skinny jeans – they flatter any size far more than wide trousers, but I just felt I wanted a change! The coat’s good, isn’t it!

  • 22nd January 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Grey I love and it appears to love me so much more than caramel or beige! One of my favourite winter ‘things’ is a mannish trouser and these look great on you. Cheers, Doreen

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Doreen and thanks so much for your comment. Yes, they are very uni-sex trousers and they’re not something I wear all that often, but I do like their length and I’m always willing to try something new – never say never is my motto!

  • 22nd January 2018 at 11:35 pm

    At first , I thought, no, those pants are not good, but when you started adding to the look, I think coat, hat and scarf, they grew on me and I liked it,

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      23rd January 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yes, those pants aren’t really my favourite shape and they don’t suit everybody, and I would admit even I wasn’t totally sure about their shape. But I do like to try stuff out and the outer garments are good, aren’t they. And they all go together well – that’s what I mean about experimenting, which I usually do on the cheap! Thanks so much for your comment, Doris, cheers!

  • 23rd January 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Penny

    You always look so stylish in all your pictures and you mention your height of 5ft 8in above.
    I am the same height but definitely not with the same effect as your clothes give you.

    Could I be a little cheeky and ask what size you wear? I am about to start a 2018 diet and would love to know what weight/size I should be aiming for to look as elegant as you do!

  • 24th January 2018 at 1:36 am

    Hello, Penny, haven’t commented for a while but never miss a post. I know pants and colours are personal choices, but for my taste, these trousers are fabulously flattering on you.

  • 24th January 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Penny, your pants (snigger,snigger) are fab! They are lovely to look at and look lovely on you. I think they’ll be a very versatile pair of trousers and will go will loads of things. They certainly make a great smart but casual outfit with your coat and boots

    I stopped wearing skinny jeans last winter. I gave all my skinnies away as I didn’t think they suited me having short, chunky legs. Now I only wear straight jeans/trousers or wide legged ones and I like a cropped straight leg trouser in the summer….

    Hope your week is going well.

  • 26th January 2018 at 1:33 pm

    We are very Grey this week!😂😂😂 That beter looks fantastic on you!

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