I don’t constantly dress up, unlike the amazing Sue Kreitzman, who believes you should curate your look at all times. I try, but it isn’t always achieved, particularly when you feel a bit low from a wintery cold (and the eyes are playing up) or it’s blowing a gale, which it was a few days ago.  Right now there’s a lovely sprinkling of snow outside (which being down south, will melt soon) but I’ll be wearing warm, practical clothes today – hopefully they’ll be stylish.

The thing is, I do love to dress up. But we (that’s Mr Frugalfashionshopper and me) we don’t live a lifestyle of constant rounds of cocktail and dinner parties.  Not. At. All.  So, to wear some of my lovely frocks and frou-frou skirts I have to create occasions for them. I do have a friend, bless her, where we agree that if we see each other for a meal, we dress up and I mean dress with a vengeance! But, why ever not?  And no, I don’t want to look like Sue Kreitzman, but, perhaps there is something about being creative with your look, which I both enjoy and think makes a statement about myself, especially, as I get older – no way am I going to fade away!

Another time I always dress up is on film night (I help to run my local film society with some great people and we show films once a month.) And for last Saturday’s film I found this wonderful plum skirt in the back of my wardrobe, which I’d featured some time ago. Here it is again.

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The skirt looks like shot silk but, in fact, is made in 49% nylon and 51% polyester, and was bought for £5.99.

It’s quality is superb.   And furthermore it has a Florence & Fred label, which means it was made for a supermarket chain. All I can say is well done Tesco!

My mantra is definitely ‘don’t leave your best and most beautiful clothes in the back of the wardrobe’.   You need to bring them out of the closet and then wear them, when ever and where ever you can!

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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8 thoughts on “Why not wear that fabulous outfit that’s right there in the back of your wardrobe?

  • 20th January 2015 at 11:06 am
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    I totally agree Penny, wear something gorgeous just because you feel like it.
    If I have a favourite outfit, then why not wear it all the time… if I save it for a ‘special’ occasion, then it might never happen.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      21st January 2015 at 8:28 am
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      So glad you agree with me, Laura. Personally I do have several swishy skirts in my wardrobe that need to be worn more often – and am going to my best to wear them more often!

  • 20th January 2015 at 11:06 am
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    I totally agree Penny, wear something gorgeous just because you feel like it.
    If I have a favourite outfit, then why not wear it all the time… if I save it for a ‘special’ occasion, then it might never happen.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      21st January 2015 at 8:28 am
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      So glad you agree with me, Laura. Personally I do have several swishy skirts in my wardrobe that need to be worn more often – and am going to my best to wear them more often!

  • 20th January 2015 at 7:20 pm
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    What a great post. I think you are quite right, although I had an occasion recently when I regretted dressing up. It was an art sale to raise funds for the local art gallery, and I decided to go all out. I arrived in my long green leather coat (a charity shop buy) and matching green boots (very expensive). Underneath I wore a black top. and skirt (charity shop) and green scarf. I had orange leather gloves (sale). I arrived to a gallery full of men and women in the most casual of clothes. Well, it was an afternoon event. I bravely started my search for a painting, until the heat overtook me and off came the coat. I hung it up, and finished my event in a pretty ordinary black out fit, but I did keep on the scarf though I sweltered. But I wont let that deter me. I think your outfit is lovely! All it takes sometimes is to reach for something in the closet which hasn’t been worn in the past few months, and viola! Your skirt is marvelous! I bet you wear it a few more times, now. thanks for the reminder to dress our age!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      21st January 2015 at 8:36 am
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      So interesting to hear of your experience – stick to your guns, Margaret, as personally I would have thought an art sale at an art gallery was a good excuse to be smart. I was also interested in the heat you described. Here in the UK, in the winter in public places, even with the heating on, we often wear our outdoor clothes as the heating is never that hot. Would actually hate to have to peel everything off because of the heating. I think that’s why Brits still wear a lot of woolly things in winter because our indoor heating is never set to particularly high temperatures.

      And yes, I have several rather lovely skirts (not just the one I featured) that I must wear more often!

  • 20th January 2015 at 7:20 pm
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    What a great post. I think you are quite right, although I had an occasion recently when I regretted dressing up. It was an art sale to raise funds for the local art gallery, and I decided to go all out. I arrived in my long green leather coat (a charity shop buy) and matching green boots (very expensive). Underneath I wore a black top. and skirt (charity shop) and green scarf. I had orange leather gloves (sale). I arrived to a gallery full of men and women in the most casual of clothes. Well, it was an afternoon event. I bravely started my search for a painting, until the heat overtook me and off came the coat. I hung it up, and finished my event in a pretty ordinary black out fit, but I did keep on the scarf though I sweltered. But I wont let that deter me. I think your outfit is lovely! All it takes sometimes is to reach for something in the closet which hasn’t been worn in the past few months, and viola! Your skirt is marvelous! I bet you wear it a few more times, now. thanks for the reminder to dress our age!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      21st January 2015 at 8:36 am
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      So interesting to hear of your experience – stick to your guns, Margaret, as personally I would have thought an art sale at an art gallery was a good excuse to be smart. I was also interested in the heat you described. Here in the UK, in the winter in public places, even with the heating on, we often wear our outdoor clothes as the heating is never that hot. Would actually hate to have to peel everything off because of the heating. I think that’s why Brits still wear a lot of woolly things in winter because our indoor heating is never set to particularly high temperatures.

      And yes, I have several rather lovely skirts (not just the one I featured) that I must wear more often!

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