As you know, I love a pop of colour and especially a particular shade of yellow.  And it’s not a pale lemon yellow either.  No, what I love is that in-your-face yellow. The kind that knocks you out and makes you go, wow!

In fact, I love the colour so much we’ve painted one wall of our sitting-room in a mix of yellow called, ironically, Bonjour!

I say ironically, as we were inspired to do this after visiting our friend’s flat in Toulouse and seeing one of his rooms painted in a striking yellow.  We just went yessss, and knew that we simply had to have that colour in our flat. Btw, in case you think we’ve become somewhat minimalist in our decor (as in, nothing on the wall) there will be things on the wall, but we’ll have to be so careful as to what and where, as that wall is solid and an absolute menace to drill into.

The cushion on the left is from Ikea, and the one on the right is made from a hand-painted material by an artisan in Wales, and the settee is from Made.com

Yes, my head always turns if I see that colour.  A couple of months ago whilst on the bus into Brighton, I happened to see a yellow coat in the window of a (Cat’s Protection League) charity shop.  It was there when I came back on the bus. I did that again, and then again. Two weeks later it was still there. So, thinking to myself, why am I passing this opportunity up, I got off the bus, walked back, tried it on and bought it on the spot! And here it is.

I mean wow!

At £6.99 don’t you think that, not only is this a great bargain, it’s a knockout coat. It’s made from a kind of a felt material and has a French label that I don’t recognise.

And here it is with a belt – also bought at the same charity shop.

Apparently a lot of people had tried it on, but felt they couldn’t risk buying it because of the colour.  It’s the colour that sold it to me!

So, don’t entirely ditch the black. I’ve got my fair share of black clothes (I have a black coat and a grey coat, and here I’m wearing black jeans) but I strongly believe that as we age we should break out from the neutral and bland and wear more colourful clothes.  I mean on the bus I see a lot of beige and pale coloured three-quarter length coats. Noooo, I say to myself. Be noticed and be out there in a bright colourful outfit. And in the UK with our grey skies, we need that colour. But, am I wrong? Because I also believe that older women should wear what they damn well like. On the other hand, I also want older women to wear clothes that people notice – don’t fade away, is what I think. But what do you think?

With love,

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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61 thoughts on “My love for a certain colour – yellow!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:08 am
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    I love that coat on you!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:04 pm
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      Thank you Gretchen!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:04 pm
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      Thanks so much, Catherine. I was so lucky to find it!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:18 am
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    Love the coat. love the colour

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:05 pm
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      Isn’t it an amazing colour!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:29 am
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    I always felt I shouldn’t wear yellow with blond hair but you look great.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:06 pm
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      I think blonde and light hair goes well with yellow – if that’s your colour, maybe try it?!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:32 am
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    Love the wall….and the the coat. Yes, yes to colour, I too love yellow but my skin tones mean that I wear a mustard shade. I am convinced that everyone can wear colour it is just a matter of finding the shade that suits you. Today I’m wearing blue boyfriend style jeans with a purple and cream striped tshirt top and a long green cardy.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:07 pm
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      I’m so glad to hear of the colour combo you’ve got on – bet you look great!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:35 am
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    You and the coat look fabulous! I love a splash of colour, working in an office of grey and black – and that’s on the youngsters!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:08 pm
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      Thanks Gillian. And, oh yes, the office uniform – that was me 20 years ago!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:35 am
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    I agree with you about colour. The yellow looks great on you but it can be difficult to wear. I would probably have shortened the coat so there is not quite so much of it and toned it down a bit with a darker scarf. As you say so many older women go for pastels and neutrals which wash them out , especially with grey hair. I have almost white hair myself and I know i look better in bold colours.
    On a recent river cruise I was complimented by several people for my clothes and told I looked ‘striking’. I don’t spend a lot on any one item as like you I buy in charity shops and from e-bay as well as in online sales
    I buy new cardigans as they tend to get rubbed up in wear -jumpers too difficult to remove if I get hot all of a sudden. Often buy used handbags as they can be like new and the same with shoes for outings. Everyday shoes& boots must be comfortable so I buy them in sales.
    I do have a lot of costume jewellery and scarves and bright winter gloves . Looking forward to it being colder so I can wear my hats again!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:30 pm
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      Hi Lynda and so glad to meet you as you so obviously understand how great it is to wear colourful clothes as our hair fades into white and grey. Good to hear also that you’re considered ‘striking’! Love your attitude and just like you I can’t wait for it to be slightly colder so I can wear more of my hats. Actually, I bought a hat today – it’ll feature in the blog soon!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:40 am
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    What a fab colour. I love a splash of colour, purples and pinks are my ‘downfall’ ! And I do love a bit of sparkle too. I so agree with you – don’t fade into the background!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:33 pm
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      Oh yes, we’re not fading away. And good to hear of your love for purples and pinks – they’re great colours. As for sparkle – I love a bit of sparkle too!

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:57 am
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    Love both the coat and the wall. Agree with everything you say about colour. Had to have a red coat this autumn, can’t miss me and I love it! If you can’t go the whole hog, accessorise. I’ve got a fuschia leather bag that’ got its own waiting list for when I’be finished with it!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:26 am
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      A red coat – that’s great! And yes, accessories, especially colourful scarves are good. That bag sounds amazing!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:30 am
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      Hi Jacqui – I’ve signed up on your side-bar so will get your blogs in future – it’s great to meet you!

  • 26th October 2017 at 9:51 am
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    That is a fabulous coat especially with the belt. And I have a thing for cats, so that charity is great!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:31 am
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      Isn’t the coat great! I love it and expect I’ll wear it up to London. Also the charity shop is new and full of good things!

  • 26th October 2017 at 11:18 am
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    Those coats are all over London markets, usually about £20 new. lots of colours, handy for a light cover on cooler days. I had a shorter version, actually gave it to my local Age Concern shop recently, as I’ve only worn it once. Wasn’t such a fun colour though

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:33 am
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      Good to hear where it came from! The coat is not yet in any Brighton market so I hadn’t seen anything similar. And the colour was just so in-your-face I had to have it!

  • 26th October 2017 at 11:50 am
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    Love the wall and the coat – the coat’s beautiful and looks amazing on you! Brilliant that you’ve also helped CPL so all good!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:34 am
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      Yes, the CPL charity shop is new and full of really good items – I now walk to it and go in regularly!

  • 26th October 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    Wow, you look stunning in that coat. It has given me courage. I have loads of black clothes and some navy and charcoal with lots of colourful scarves for a pop of colour but my husband has often remarked that for some reason I can get away with really colourful jackets and coats over the dark neutral trousers and tops underneath. I think it is time to suss out the charity shops!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:38 am
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      I think the thing is if you buy a coat or jacket in an unfamiliar colour from a charity shop, it won’t matter quite so much if you make a mistake. A mistake at £4 is not as bad as £40+ And on the positive side you can see it not as a mistake but as research and an experiment. Charity shops are mostly excellent places to find stylish clothes – but always expect to walk out with nothing. Part of the research is finding out where the good quality charity shops are – best of luck x

  • 26th October 2017 at 1:09 pm
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    Love the coat, you look amazing in it. Not so sure about the wall! Seeing you in this colour has inspired me to go hunting for a bright item for my closet today. Would love to see the whole room with the yellow wall, I love accent walls, and have a few in my home, just not quite so bold as your yellow one,

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:42 am
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      We have a small flat with a sitting room that was painted in magnolia, when quite obviously the walls should have been painted in white. But on seeing our friend’s quite small room painted with a very similar yellow we thought yes, absolutely, we can do that. And it looks very good. The room is not quite ready to show it in its entirety as we haven’t put up curtains and it also needs a new carpet, then, there’s the shelving. So we’re barely half way there! But you will see it – hopefully in a few weeks and definitely by the Spring.

  • 26th October 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    As a ‘felter’ can I warn you about wearing leather belt next to soft fabric…pilling. Within a few wears the area around your waist will be ‘bobbled to bits’ with a leather belt.

    Also, without the belt the coat flows well, but with a belt it looks bulky and lumpen. With thicker fabrics if you ‘belt it’ you have alot of spare material clumped around your waist – unlike if you belt a thin material like silk.

    Love yellow walls – one room is canary yellow with fushia with paintwork, and I love it.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      26th October 2017 at 4:10 pm
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      Thanks for the advice about pilling, and actually I agree with you about the belt. The charity shop sold it with the belt but I can see that it hangs far better without the belt.

      Yellow walls with fuchsia paintwork – just wow!

      • 29th October 2017 at 11:14 pm
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        Gad you like the sound of the yellow room – I also painted the ceiling the same shade, but several tones lighter. It does not make me feel as if I am sleeping in a bowl of custard. Just that my bedroom is ‘sunshine’.

  • 26th October 2017 at 3:03 pm
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    Love, love, love the coat and the wall. Last year I bought a light yellow top (which I liked at the time) to go with some lovely palazzo trousers. The first time I wore it I hated it, it just didn’t suit me, but I think your shade of yellow would. I agree about colour, I wear mostly black, brown and navy but I do add a splash of colour with accessories. Like you I look around and see so many women of my age wearing safe beige, but I also see some looking fantastic. You are so lucky with your charity shop finds, I’m guessing you’re a size 10 or 12, everything I like is too small.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:52 am
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      I’m a 12 and sometimes a 14, but never a 10! I’m tall so look slim but it’s deceptive as I’m quite well covered apart from thin legs and bony wrists!!! I find charity shops do have the bigger sizes now, but of course, it’s all down to the donations. Colourful accessories are great. Do you think it’s generational, this liking for a beige (or other neutral) 3/4 length coat? On the bus (that’s not good research!!!) the majority of women wearing them look as though they’re older than me. On other hand – I don’t want to be judgemental – whatever makes you happy. But that’s one of the reasons for this blog – there’s no need to fade away!

  • 26th October 2017 at 3:43 pm
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    Love it, I wear a lot of jewel colours, no intention of fading into the background!!

    I have a yellow coat from a charity shop bought many years ago

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 7:54 am
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      I bet you look stylish – great to hear you!

  • 26th October 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    I also love that colour, the coat is a great bargain, I should come to your charity shops…

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:01 am
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      As you know I now live in Brighton, and I’m exploring and finding out more about the charity shops here. They are quite good but the best place for charity shops is in nearby much smaller town, Seaford in East Sussex – I highly recommend the charity shops there. But of course, always, when going round charity shops, be prepared to walk away with nothing. Only buy the best and highest quality clothes, as I’m sure you know 🙂

  • 26th October 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    You look fabulous. I thought I didn’t suit yellow, but recently bought a mustard
    blouse & dress. How wrong I was, looks great. Both bought from online sales.
    Charity shops are my first choice , but there are good bargains online too.
    I’m 77yrs young

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:08 am
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      It’s great to hear from you and I think yellow is a good colour, and especially if you have grey or white hair. And I say it’s great to hear from you as I used to worry when I started (into my 4th year now) that I wasn’t getting to the older woman, but increasingly it appears that older women are being reached and reading my blog – double yay and hooray!!! I mean I hope my writing appeals to all age groups and age is only a number but even so, it’s good to hear from a 77yrs young person – it really is!!!

  • 26th October 2017 at 6:31 pm
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    Wow,just LOVE that coat.(and the walls).My bathroom is bright yellow.I wear a lot of brightly coloured clothes and i`m 64.My latest buy is a fuschia pink boiled wool coat from ebay.I buy a lot from charity shops too. You can`t beat a bargain.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:11 am
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      You know I haven’t as yet looked at eBay. You’ve inspired me! That fuschia pink boiled wool coat sounds amazing!

  • 26th October 2017 at 6:35 pm
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    I am so surprised that the coat wasn’t snapped up immediately – you were lucky to get it and it looks wonderful on you! What a bargain, too!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:13 am
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      Well apparently these coats weren’t all that expensive to begin with (see above) but I thought it a great bargain too! And the colour…… Thanks so much Veronica x

  • 26th October 2017 at 7:00 pm
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    OMG Penny that coat is Drop Dead Gorgeous and lights you up like a ray of sunshine. I CANNOT understand why you didn’t get off that bus immediately you spotted it to snap it up. I certainly would have as I have found that if I hesitate at all about buying something that I really love, it’s always gone when I go back (blast).
    Regarding the yellow wall, it is stunning. I live in a small apartment and painted all the walls white to make it look more spacious. I have plenty of colour in the paintings on the walls and my glass-fronted cupboard is bright yellow but I need to re-decorate next year and I am going to flagrantly steal your style and paint one of my walls that particular shade of yellow, if you will tell me what colour it is !!
    Wishing you happy times in the new flat. I would love it if you showed us more photographs of the flat as I adore looking at people’s homes almost as much as looking at clothes!
    Regards from Fran Whyte

    PS. I have just read the first two books in a new series by Elly Griffiths. The are crime/detective
    novels set in Brighton in the early 1950’s and she wonderfully re-creates the atmosphere of
    that post-war era. If you are a reader you really should try them. I enjoyed them enormously.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:24 am
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      Yes, that colour is stunning and yes, some colours drain you and others, like this yellow, flood you with light. As for the room, you’ll definitely see it but only when the new curtains are up, the carpet replaced, and with shelving and other stuff on the walls. We’re really only half way there.

      The colour is a Valspar mix and is called Bonjour.

      Thanks also for the tip about the books by Ely Griffiths – will definitely try one – thanks again.

  • 26th October 2017 at 8:51 pm
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    Fabulous coat and colour! I also love the style of the coat and it looks great on you Penny! An amazingly good find! Xx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:26 am
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      Yes, it was a great find, Doreen, and as for the colour….. Thanks x

  • 26th October 2017 at 9:08 pm
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    I hope your blog encourages more women to drift into second-hand shops and buy bold things: because you’re investing so little money, you can dare to take risks. You can secretly wear it at home for fun, and get used to this new colour and slightly crazy garment. By the time you wear it out it’s just, “What, this old thing?” On the other hand, if you get home and find you’ve made an impossible mistake, well, you can return the garment and do a good turn. Nothing is wasted. (PS, I’m another yellow lover.)

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:31 am
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      Hi Rachel, and yes, that’s exactly right. You can experiment with your style when you buy in a charity shop, because a mistake at £3, £4 or £5 is not like a mistake at £50+ and also, the search is such fun! Great to meet another lover of yellow – yay!

  • 27th October 2017 at 3:47 am
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    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. This yellow coat is a real statement piece.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:28 am
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      A pleasure to link Nicole – thanks for hosting!

  • 27th October 2017 at 5:43 am
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    Hi Penny …

    The coat is awesome. I was on the edge of my chair thinking it would be gone when you finally got off the bus to pursue it. Love your blogs …

    Sandra

    [Vancouver Island, BC, Canada … same weather, smaller island]

    PS … Spent my middle life in the UK … London & Cambridge … been to Brighton many times in that 20 years]

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      27th October 2017 at 8:27 am
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      Hi Sandra, thanks so much for the feedback and yes, wow, fancy me taking so long to decide! I’m not usually like that!

  • 27th October 2017 at 9:38 am
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    Totally agree with you about colour, too much beige and grey around!

  • 29th October 2017 at 7:57 am
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    Definitely agree that older women should be defiant against the threat of invisibility and wear any colours they love! My mother is 85 and refuses to wear beige. She’s known for her bright colours, yellow, turquoise, red. I love your yellow coat, it really suits you. And the yellow wall! So cheerful.

  • 29th October 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    Love the yellow wall and coat…I’m a yellow convert, after thinking it didn’t suit me I bought my first yellow jumper last week. There’s no way I’m going to wear greige and fade into the background and I’m in complete agreement that under the UK’s grey skies we need more colour…especially in winter. Interesting to hear about Seaford’s chazzas, nearby East Grinstead has quite a few but I may have to take a trip South.

  • 2nd November 2017 at 10:07 pm
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    Love the coat, without belt I think. I never wore yellow but have discovered Gold & Mustard which suits me also bright orange. I am the same age as you and never wear pale colours.

  • 3rd November 2017 at 10:40 am
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    I would have purchased that coat at first sight. The color, price, style…. it’s just awesome looking and looks as if it were made for you.

  • 3rd November 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    I just discovered your blog, can’t believe you’re 70!! Love your style, and the stompy boots 🙂

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