Hello everyone

Here we go again, back in lockdown. How are you feeling about this?  My heart goes out to those who have lost their jobs or near to losing them, but personally, I’ve got so used to not doing all that much that really, it hasn’t made much impact – yet – but I am sorry that the charity shops have closed again. It took me ages to get my confidence back and go into these shops, and now they’re shut once more.

However, on the day before restrictions started I went out for a last minute look. And here’s what I found.


At first sight this skirt might look rather boring but I pounced as I’m always interested in skirts that I can wear from day to day.  The label is Poetry – a good make – and it cost £7. I teamed this with a top I’ve had for some years bought,I think, from H&M. I do like to wear a pop of bright yellow during the grey winter months.

Some of you might have noticed that I’m wearing leggings – which are wrinkling!  I haven’t bought any new leggings for literally years, and this pair, that I’ve recently bought online from M&S, I’m rather disappointed with them as they fit around my middle but are wrinkly around my legs. Yes, my legs are thin but all my other leggings (from Peacock’s and a darn sight cheaper) are stretchy and fit beautifully, albeit they’re rather old. Can’t send them back as I tried them on.

Anyway, here’s another photo of the skirt and top where you can see I’m wearing a rather fine piece of costume jewellery.

The necklace was bought new from the V&A shop and here’s the link for it. Their selection of jewellery ranges from the exceedingly cheap to the exceedingly and eye-wateringly expensive, but oh my word if you ever get a chance to visit the V&A for its wonderful exhibitions, the shop near the entrance is a positively gorgeous feast for the eyes. I look and just boggle at what’s on display.

The necklace came in at just under £20 and there were indeed cheaper items to be had. I wear this piece a lot.

And then I saw this.

Oh yessss, because I can’t resist coats! This has a Debenhams label and cost £15.

And with hands in the pockets.

And now with a hat.


This coat is, I think, a keeper and I’ll wear it again and again. It will look especially good with black jeans.

And that’s all for now. But how are you all?  What a week! We had the joyous news of the birth of our wonderful new grandson now officially called (as they were undecided) Oscar Alexander, which I think rather a splendid name!  And then the election over the pond. Won’t say too much here, maybe over on My Other Blog something may appear (not immediately but sometime soon) but I believe congratulations and wowser and yay, are last week’s words of the week!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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32 thoughts on “A coat and a skirt bought just before lockdown

  • 9th November 2020 at 9:47 am

    fabulous finds and look great on you
    Penny we are on week 3 of our irish lockdown, 3 to go….

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Marie – was so pleased to have found the coat. And interesting you have 6 weeks – think we should be doing the same…..

      Take care

  • 9th November 2020 at 9:55 am

    I love the V&A, when I had small children we loved a short walk and I often met my girlfriends for a wander round the galleries and they had a great restaurant. That was in the late ‘60’s early ‘70’s entry was free then. I love your black and white coat that will be so useful.

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:33 am

      Oh wow, Flora what a great place to meet friends at that stage in your life. The V&A is still free to enter and some of their collections are always free including the jewellery area which is just wonderful. It’s the exhibitions that aren’t free but I became a V&A member, which I had for several years, but over this pandemic I let my membership lapse. I have to say also that pre-pandemic the V&A was getting very crowded, which must be great for their finances but not so great for us punters. I expect I’ll take the membership up again though, as it is such a fabulous place.

  • 9th November 2020 at 10:47 am

    Morning Penny. Thank you for this colourful post – exactly what’s needed on such a grey day. I like the combo of coat, jumper and hat and agree black jean/trousers would work well – crisp.
    Last weeks’ post where we said we missed getting dressed up, inspired me to suggest we dine-in and get dressed up on Friday. I laid the table ‘properly’, lit candles and we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks with Ella playing in the background with the food was resting in the oven, ready to serve. After dinner we lingered over the table chatting. Lovely. Good to bust the rut.
    All the very best to you & B.

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:37 am

      Wow, good to hear of your dining at home, we have a Friday take-away date which has been great fun and it is so good not to cook occasionally. But you really did well with the dressing up. I tend to dress up now for Zoom/WhatsApp chats. Still, the positive news of the vaccine brings dress-up opportunities somewhat nearer – will be so nice when we are vaccinated.

      All the very best to you too Mary x

  • 9th November 2020 at 11:30 am

    Oh I love your look! Especially those cool boots! And the gorgeous necklace. I also get used to not going anywere. But you know what I miss the most and it seems to get worse every week! I think if we can travel again I will be more in the UK then here!!

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:42 am

      Oh Nancy, I do miss the ‘normal’ life, the one we took for granted. Still, the vaccine results sound promising and the prospect of normalcy is nearer now – wowser and yay! Can’t wait to book for the dentist, hairdresser, chiropodist, optician for more of the glasses I wear and lots of appointments with the beautician! Have a great rest of the week x

  • 9th November 2020 at 11:44 am

    Love your finds, especially the coat and Yes it will look very stylish with black jeans. Regards, Lise

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:42 am

      I wore the coat with black jeans yesterday – the coat looked even better – thanks Lise

  • 9th November 2020 at 12:56 pm

    That coat is fabulous Penny. It reminds my of a coat my daughter owns. she purchased it for a trip we took together three years ago to Germany, Austria and Hungary. perfect for our autumn weather and such a nice nice change from all the black puffer jackets that seem to be the uniform in New York. I do get the Poetry catalog so I know what a bargain that skirt is!
    And I can finally take a breath, although it is is distressing to see the reaction from the president and his supporters. It was such a tense week, so unlike anything I have ever experienced, so much at stake. It is good to see that so many around the world are rejoicing. I look forward to you comments on the other blog as well. And I love your grandson’s name!

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:50 am

      Although we have a nasty damp cold here in the UK I think it gets colder in New York so I guess the puffa jackets are a real necessity where you are! I had a look at the Poetry website and thought – nice!

      We do rejoice Darby, oh how we held our breath! It is distressing to see the current President behaving in the way he is right now, but as he has always behaved in a so very un-Presidential way (to an outsiders eyes) this denial and the spurious claims he is making is very par for the course. I plan to write first about our own home-grown ‘great’ leader and his mishandling of Covid first but a piece on Trump and the election is definitely on the back burner bubbling away!

      And oh my new grandson – he is so beautiful!

  • 9th November 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Love your happy bright color—yellow and red! And, the boots, and the necklace… wonderful. You are an inspiration lady! As for the election here in the USA, pray for us. I keep hoping Mr Trump will be committed; he is out of touch with reality and such a cruel man/person. Do take good care and continue to bless us with your blogging.
    Virtual Hugs, 🙂 Kate

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:56 am

      Hi Kate and thanks re: the clothes I featured – a pop of yellow is so cheery I think.

      And yes, we are all so happy for you and for America as a whole, what a relief. Let’s hope he doesn’t do any real damage now, and reading between the lines all reasonable Republicans are coming to the realisation of the loss. We listened to Biden’s speech – how great it will be to have an articulate President once more. You take care too and sending a virtual hug across the pond.

  • 9th November 2020 at 11:01 pm

    That coat is certainly a keeper. It will go with everything you own. I also love a good coat collection and as a matter of fact, I am going out tomorrow for an appointment and plan on stopping at the thrift store to have a peek. Our numbers are rising more than usual so I am not going anywhere after this week. Getting too chilly to meet outside after this as well. I perfer to be safe and tucked in at home. Already decided that Christmas will be just my husband and myself this year, but plan to make it special. We are north of the US border, but so elated that the election turned out this way, seems the whole world can see the problem that was. Good to see you are still adding to the skirt collection as well. Stay safe and cosy on your lovely walks.

    • 10th November 2020 at 8:59 am

      Yes, our Christmas will be spent by ourselves – just me and my husband. But there will be WhatsApp calls and boy won’t we all make up for it when this is over. And with the good news about the vaccine that time is nearer than ever before – phew!

      Ah yes, the skirt collection – I couldn’t resist! You stay safe too 🙂

  • 9th November 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Your example of the skirt by itself and then with the yellow sweater (and necklace) really show how the other items in the outfit can transform a piece!!!
    LOVE both the coat and skirt Penny.

    • 10th November 2020 at 9:00 am

      The skirt could seem too ordinary and even a bit dull but it is so comfortable and with the right accessories is a great item to wear. The coat was such good find. Take care, Jodie and have a great rest of the week xxx

  • 10th November 2020 at 9:50 am

    Lovely coat Penny, black and white is always a good combination. I particularly like the collar – crying out for a brooch I think! It’s a relief that Biden won but it was not the landslide the Democrats would have liked. Getting rid of Trump won’t mean that the people & politics behind him go away as well, sadly. Back to skype with my PT this week – better than nothing but nowhere near like her being here in person. Trying to stave off boredom we have rediscovered the Transatlantic Sessions broadcast by the BBC some 20 years ago. It is folk/country music with artists from the UK and America gathered at a country house in Scotland. I think it’s brilliant music, especially the playing of Jerry Douglas on the lap steel guitar. You can find it on Youtube ; we cast it to the television for easier viewing. I’ve realised I have no idea what kind of music you like as it’s not come up on the blog – a new topic perhaps? Just ordered the Helen Lewis book Difficult Women. I was wondering if it would be suitable for my 14 year old granddaughters Christmas presenst so better read it first ;suspect they’d need to be a bit older. Hoping to spend some time with my local daughter and family over Christmas – we were ill last year.

    • 10th November 2020 at 4:16 pm

      Oh yes, a broach! The coat is so new I hadn’t thought about it – but you’re right.

      Yes, what a relief is to have Biden as the President-elect. I agree with you that Biden isn’t the answer to everything, but it will be good to have someone who knows how to be presidential.

      And here’s confession from me, I’m not really into music all that much! Yikes I’ve said it. Culture comes to me via my eyes, and I love everything that is connected with seeing: museums, art exhibitions, books, films, television, also lectures. The younger me would add theatre, as I used to go a lot, but not so much now as films win every time. Music? It’s fine and I can listen to it, and I like all sorts from rock, pop, jazz to classic, but it just doesn’t….. However, watched a documentary on iPlayer called This House is Full of Music – that’s an early recommendation for you for the end of the month, but wow, that family, just wow.

      Christmas will probably go into the bin like the rest of the year, but hey it looks like all this might end soon – hurrah and yay! Have a good rest of the week, Lynda and as ever, thanks for the comment 🙂

      • 10th November 2020 at 5:05 pm

        I am a very visual person as well but I could not imagine a life without music. I started with ballet music but the folk/rock revival of the 60’s soon took over. Some of my happiest memories are of the great live performances I’ve seen , often in small venues featuring artists you will never have heard of! I love singing and dancing too ; I can never keep still when there is a good rhythm going on. My all time favourite artist is Mark Knopfler, such brilliant lyrics as well as great playing. I don’t know much about classical music which is something I want to correct but am a bit lazy about. I find music can take me out of myself and is very stress relieving . I (usually) go away two or three time a year to sing in unaccompanied four part harmony and sing in a small local choir. Creating a wonderful sound can be a very moving experience and some find it a spiritual one, but I’m not into that. Missing it all a lot this year!

        • 12th November 2020 at 9:05 am

          I do admire your love for making music. I sang in a choir up to moving back to Brighton, but not now. And I really love dancing and one of the parties I hope to have will be one where people dance – I shall have to think about that one as not sure I could hold it in our flat!

  • 10th November 2020 at 1:26 pm

    That coat was a great find – it is the perfect base to add colourful accessories, and fits you perfectly!
    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your grandson, I bet you can’t wait for lockdown to be over and maybe be able to visit.
    Last week was definitely eventful in the US wasn’t it? I couldn’t believe what we were seeing and hearing on the news – some people do not taking losing very graciously do they? Sadly, I think it is going to take a while to heal the divisions that have been aggravated over the last four years.

    • 10th November 2020 at 4:27 pm

      The coat was an amazing find – so pleased with it! Thank you re: my grandson Oscar. And visiting is so problematic and actually out of bounds so this year can go straight into the bin! At least he doesn’t know I’m not visiting if you see what I mean!

      What a week and what a result – thanks goodness sanity prevailed but you’re right the States appears to be a very divided country. Biden is a very experienced politician so hopefully he will heal that nation, and at least he won’t fan the flames like the current President, who is behaving so badly and ungraciously at the moment. I thought Bush’s statement very good.

      Thanks for your comment Deb and have a good rest of the week 🙂

  • 11th November 2020 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of little Oscar. Both the skirt and the houndstooth coat were great finds. The yellow adds a great touch , agree a bright is always welcome in those dark Winter days.
    Hope the lock down has the desired effect in the U K . All the best.

    • 12th November 2020 at 9:09 am

      Thank you so much Jill re:baby Oscar. It’s been great to have some good news and something to look forward to in these challenging times.

      And yes to the hopes re: the lockdown -not doing much for the stats at the moment. Personally think we need at least 6 weeks to get to that short break over Christmas.

      All the very best to you Jill

  • 11th November 2020 at 10:29 am

    Definitely keepers – you’ve created such an edgy contemporary-looking outfit with the necklace, yellow top and hat! Pity to hear about the M&S leggings. Although I’m one of their biggest supporters their sizing often leaves a lot to be desired. I never buy bras there now!
    Lockdown doesn’t really change my life at all – still working from home, still walking. The only thing that changed was that I managed to get an online shopping delivery slot by cannily doing this on the morning that the papers hinted at another lockdown. I thought the supermarkets would have us queuing again and sometimes it took so long I was missing work meetings. But it seems shops are still the same, you just walk in……

    • 12th November 2020 at 9:13 am

      I think as you age, one needs a good bra fitting and Bravissimo comes up trumps – oops should I be saying that now!!!

      I’ve been getting my supermarket shop delivered for about 15 years now and wouldn’t shop otherwise, but I do like to go into our little deli to top up – and it’s so safe with only 2 in at a time.

      Those last two buys were the best buys of the year I think!!!!

      Take care x

  • 11th November 2020 at 4:14 pm

    That coat is wonderful and I sure like that pop of yellow (I am actually wearing all grey today and it is grey outside too). I am glad you were able to do a last run before the shops closed again and that the lockdown won’t affect your daily life too much.

    • 12th November 2020 at 9:15 am

      Those two buys! I was so lucky to find them.

      And although personally I think we need a 6 weeks lockdown, not four weeks – there is some light ahead with the news of the vaccine – that is such good news.

      Take care 🙂

  • 13th November 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Congratulations Granny!

    Love the coat and skirt. The coat will go so many things being black and white…it looked really chic with the red hat, the skirt underneath and the yellow jumper. Great last minute finds!

    Take care

  • 14th November 2020 at 12:27 am


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