Another busy week doing this and that meant I hadn’t had much time to do another blog. But, not to worry I said to myself. I know that the next post is going to be about Autumn/Fall clothes. So far, so good, and let’s be honest, a bit dull! And I was just about to write this fairly conventional stuff, when I read Alyson Walsh’s latest post on That’s Not My Age on not dressing our age. Hell, yes! That struck a chord!
Yes, things are getting better – increasingly older models are being used in fashion shoots. There’s a positive flood of blogs and pics on Instagram (which incidentally I haven’t got onto yet – but will) on wearing what we damn well please, which is great.
But just one tiny moment.
There’s something I want to say. Even this article committed to paper something that I take issue with. And it’s that stopping at 60 thing. Which is not something that just the fashion media does, it’s all those surveys and that thinking that there’s a big demographic group of 60+. Excuse me?
Back to the fashion media. All those articles that tell you what to wear (which a lot of the bloggers are challenging) are about what to wear for the 40s, the 50s, the 60s and hello, is there anything for the 70+ and the 80+ age group? Occasionally. But usually there’s nothing for the 70s and the 80s. Because, of course, we’ll all be wearing our jogging bottoms and our ‘comfortable’ black trousers, won’t we? Err, not this 70-year-old.
And tar rah. Here’s what I bought this week. Now another blog post is going to be on how much I’ve chucked out this week (all gone to charity shops, I hasten to add) and, maybe, why. But, that’s another day. Yes, I’m working myself up to tell you that this week has been an expensive week. So first off, I bought these simply amazing boots.
I think I might just have upgraded those 5-yr-old booties of mine!
Note that they’re practically unworn, and so they were priced at £20, but I thought, why not, I don’t often do this. And look at those zips!
OK, on that same day I looked in another charity shop and saw on the rail a Karen Millen dress. It looked lovely, a steely satin grey, but as it was priced at £30 I said to myself (in a very firm inner voice) ‘no way, you can’t afford it’.
Reader, the next day I went back to that shop (and it was in another town, you know). So sad, it wasn’t on the rail, oh blow. After disconsolately wandering around and flicking through the rails I did find a George dress for £5, but even so I was a bit miz. I mean George is from Asda/Walmart and that’s fine, but it’s not quite on the same spectrum as Karen Millen. Anyway at the cash desk I casually mentioned to the assistant that I’d obviously missed a bargain, she agreed with me. But by chance someone from the back room was there who said, ‘oh, I bagged it up yesterday as it hadn’t sold after 2 months. I’ll go look’, she said. So I followed her and she rummaged through several black plastic bags of clothes – and found this!
Which I obviously bought!
See, I’ve teemed it up with the new (£20) boots and a new pair of black skinnies.
The dress has some lovely detail at the back.
I’m such a cheap-skate, but not this time!
Is this age-appropriate? Is this dressing for your age? Actually, yes. Because you wear what you damn well please at 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 and apologies to anyone 90+ as I include you as well!
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper