Did you have a good Christmas?  I did, but gosh, if you think I look a bit tired in the pics below, I don’t mind admitting that cooking and hosting the Christmas feast is a tad fatiguing – plus I’m just about getting towards the end of the 3-week cold that’s going round the UK.  More about my resolution to get fitter and healthier in 2018 another time!

But hey, two days on from the day I’ve started another cull of my wardrobe.  I’ve been reading Alyson Walsh’s Know Your Style (a Christmas present from my son!) and one of her chapters called No More Wardrobe Chaos rings so true.  As you know, as well as looking for bargains I don’t hang on to clothes, ‘just in case’. I’m an advocate of a good clear-out.  Do it twice a year, says Alyson, but I say do it more often than that.  Well, all right, sorting out your clothes at the beginning of a year is a good start.

On one page of her book (p135) she sets out some de-cluttering tips and I’ll just pick up on one or two here.  Starting with: do it in small chunks, as in don’t despair when you look in the wardrobe, just get out your tops (or, in my case, it was my skirts) and try them on. I spent most of the morning walking around the flat in different skirts.  And the idea is to say this – does it suit you?  Does it make you feel good?  And then, dear reader, the key question – do you love it?  In doing the trying on and saying, did I love that particular skirt, I got rid of a lot, starting with this one.

Yes, it was new, yes, it was a good quality bargain originally from M&S, but, it’s soooo boring.  I bought it because I wanted to emulate that Alexander McQueen skirt I saw in a shop window in the Spring of this year.  Nope, it wasn’t up to it.

This skirt below is more like the McQueen, and that’s a keeper.

It’s a bonkers skirt, but I love it!  And here’s a look I’ve concocted that I also love.

I’m wearing an asymmetric tulle top (£3) over my old Primark jeans and a top that came from Hennes at under £10.  I wish I had a video to show you as the top swishes and swirls as I walk. The whole outfit makes me feel good, and that is what clothes should be doing for you.  Do you agree? Or not?  I mean wear utilitarian work-a-day clothes for gardening and housework and walking in the country, but at other times (and even though I always say, ‘we wear what we want’) you could ask yourself, do I love that item?  If not, why wear it!

I’ve added another embellishment – this necklace bought from the V&A museum shop (for not very much) which has some great costume jewellery.

That’s all for now – see you next year!

With love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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P.P.S. And you know what, the idea of making videos is something I’ve been thinking about.  I won’t change the blog – it’s just about development.  Never stay still is my view.  You’ll hear more about this next year!

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19 thoughts on “It’s that time of the year again!

  • 28th December 2017 at 10:48 am
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    I wished I owned a Alexander Mc Queen skirt. He designed years ago such a fabulous plaid skirt! It is still in my head!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:20 am
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      I know the one you mean – and I saw it at the V&A exhibition! It was totally fab. A lot of his clothes were unwearable and more art than actual clothing, but that plaid skirt…….sigh…. it could be worn by either of us. Well, the thing is to have it in our heads when we assess our skirts, which we do! Happy New Year, Nancy!

  • 28th December 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    Penny!!! Merry Christmas!!!! We’re just winding down from all the dysfunctional fun!!! Fooded out and drinker out and back to WW for a while till the gained weight takes its exit! That purge of the clothing is something I just cannot do! I take the clothes I no longer wear, place them in bins and they can wait to become vintage—lol!!! I love your skirt a la McQueen! It looks so happy on you!!!
    Get rid of that cold girlfriend!!! You’re looking lovely!!!!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:26 am
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      I’m loving your posts on your dysfunctional Christmas! A power cut is the one thing that I dread as we also are in an all-electric apartment. A first for us. Power cuts happen but usually when stormy as it has been up in the north of England and Scotland. Thanks so much for all your comments and of course, your blog which I totally love! Happy New Year, Catherine!

  • 28th December 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    Love the black tulle over the black jeans and yellow top. But, what really makes it spectacular is that necklace!! Brings the whole outfit into another dimension.
    Looking good sliding into the new year!

  • 28th December 2017 at 5:22 pm
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    I’m going to start culling some summer tops about May. I like them all but since they all came from the charity shop, I fine with it. If I didn’t wear them last summer, there is s greater chance they will be donated back. I send everything through my oldest daughter and it’s always fun to see what she decides to keep and wear.

    I remember your art skirt and loved it then and is still love it. That was such a great acquisition.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:32 am
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      Thanks Terri! Yes, that skirt is lovely albeit a wacky. And interesting you de-clutter and offer to your daughter first. Mine is ultra fussy about what she wears and usually turns her nose up at anything I offer her, although occasionally she will accept something!

      Happy New Year, Terri!

  • 28th December 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    You have some lovely clothes, must have developed a good eye for picking them out!
    Do you give yourself a certain budget each month for purchasing clothes?

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:39 am
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      No, not a budget, that would be too exact, but there are months when I don’t buy anything! I had a flurry of buying in October and very early November. That was after I returned from France where I’d visited precisely one charity shop (which was run by my English friend). But since then I’ve bought virtually nothing in the way of clothing (apart from the Michael Kors bargain) which you might be able to tell as I’ve recycled a lot of old pics taken in the past!!! The recycling of pics is also due to my cold, which is nearly over. Happy New Year, Jan!

  • 29th December 2017 at 11:07 am
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    Love the outfit – the necklace looks made for it. I thought at first it was embellishment on the top. Perfect! I’m a huge fan of costume jewellery and have always loved it. Its been popular for many years now, but I recall a time when there was not much around and few stores stocked it. Clearly, I was ahead of my time! A similar thing happened with brightly coloured shoes (which I love); for years there were hardly any but now – JOY – they’re everywhere!
    I’ve said before that whilst I can do it for most things, I’m not a fan of decluttering clothes as I often return to them (worn in a new way) two or three years later, but I do admire your determination to do so.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:44 am
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      The V&A shop is amazing for costume jewellery. The link below takes you to it but the kind of costume jewellery I’ve bought in the past was around £20 and not the prices you see immediately on the link. But all of it is mouth-wateringly lovely and kind of trains your eye to appreciate how a slightly over-the-top piece might look. This is because over the years I’ve been going (since retirement) I’ve held them up to see what they look like and I’ve got bolder and bolder!!! Happy New Year, Eloise!

      https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/jewellery.html

  • 29th December 2017 at 6:01 pm
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    Hi Penny,
    I can see exactly where you were going with the Alexander McQueen skirt and you’re dead right, the M&S skirt doesn’t do it at all. It’s much too mumsy looking for you. But, I absolutely ADORE what you have done with the tulle top over the jeans. It looks so funky and arty on you (I love anything arty looking or swishy!). Since I retired 9 years ago I haven’t ever worn a skirt but when I see how gorgeous you look in yours I’m determined to get back into skirts in 2018. The only problem is that when you are a large size, like me, funky skirts are hard to find. The only things available are deadly boring, elderly ones. And while I may be elderly, I don’t feel so and want to look interesting always. I love your blog for this reason-it is always so interesting. Hope you are now recovered from your cold Penny’ and I wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year.
    Love from Fran xxxxx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 9:58 am
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      Hi Fran, well interesting you say that you haven’t worn a skirt since you retired. I was like that for 3 years but suddenly felt that this was boring and, you know, that’s how I developed. Now the thing is, about your size, don’t think of this as a barrier. Have you heard of Steam Punk? I hadn’t until someone commenting on the skirt said, how the skirt was a bit steam punk and gave me a link. I’ve found one for you here
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocf0U-AtLBM

      I’ve tried to stop it at a certain point as it’s nearly an hour long!!!! But the point is that as wacky as steam punk is, do you see the sizes of the women wearing the costumes? They are all sizes from small to really quite big. Skim through, as there are many buxom women there wearing amazing dresses and skirts. I’m not saying one can wear that sort of thing all the time, but there are places, events and other people, other women and women like you who do wear outrageous and rather lovely clothes – good for them and good for you. We all have to have our aspirations – go for it! Happy New Year Fran!

  • 29th December 2017 at 8:54 pm
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    It is bloody exhausting doing the Xmas dinner etc and I’m not surprised you’re tired…we’ve all had the cold/cough/sore throat thing, it’s been more than a week; hope it isn’t another two before it goes!

    I love your funky skirt and the yellow top with the see through top. Definitely items to love! I try to do the one in and one out thing but there are things in my wardrobe that I probably don’t love, If I can find a day without interruptions I might just follow your lead…

    Have a wonderful New Year!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 10:03 am
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      I caught the cold from my daughter, so she’s a week ahead, but she tells me that many of her work colleagues have had it for 3 weeks! Nearly there (at the 3-week mark) and about time too as I’m i) bored with it, totally, and ii) just like you, absolutely shattered from the Christmas thing, which was lovely, really it was, but the cold did not help one bit!!!!!! I think there’s also a 5-day cold around – hope you got that one!

      Thank you so much for your comments and the referrals from your lovely blog and a Happy New Year!

  • 30th December 2017 at 2:22 am
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    I keep thinking about the beautiful Alexander McQueen skirt. There must be a way to diy a similar skirt. Maybe one of these from Target could be used as the starter. Looks like a fun project!

    Happy New Year!

  • 30th December 2017 at 2:28 am
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    Sorry, the link didn’t work for the Target skirts. You can see them by googling Target Embellished Tulle Skirt. A black skirt is featured, and you can scroll down for others at “More to Consider.”

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      30th December 2017 at 10:05 am
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      I’ll have a look at that, thanks so much and Happy New Year to you, Evie!

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