I do make mistakes when buying clothes.  Sometimes I have a really good sense of what looks right, and then all of that goes out of the window and I buy something that I’m not at all happy with.  Anyway, this is a tale of three outfits.  And how I really like one, another I’m not sure about and the third I am totally delighted with.

Also, I had been so good – note the tense – it’s all in the past!   I got rid of sacks and sacks of clothes and thought I was going to live a pared down existence with fewer clothes.  Ha, and ha again!  It’s funny, how clothes have been finding their way into the flat! Tbh with you, I’ve been on a bit of a spending spree, and I haven’t even got a wardrobe/closet to put them in!  It’ll have to stop.  Although, in August, we’re getting two floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes to use every single inch of space that we’ve got.  And at the rate I’m going they’ll be full to the brim!

Also, I’ve bought new. From sales, I hasten to add, but even so. Why do I feel guilty?

OK, this is the first outfit bought early in June soon after I moved to Brighton.

It’s a new dress that’s cool and floaty enough for the hot weather I’m going to experience in France (we’re going to spend September there) and is a lovely green colour.

Cost was £35 – that’s a lot for me to spend on a dress. And oops, sorry about the tissue on the floor!

I’ve topped it with a vintage silk jacket.  I just adore that mustardy colour.  This is the most expensive item I’ve bought for a long time at £40.  But it is kind of unique with a Miss Selfridge label, and dated as coming from the 80s. I think the outfit is great.  I wear it with shoes to match plus a sweet necklace.  I like this outfit.

Here is the outfit I’m not so sure about because, basically, I think it’s a bit boring.

Both top and skirt were bought new in a sale.

I bought these items because I was looking for a skirt long enough to hide my skinny white and purple legs – look at them!  Fake tans don’t seem to work as they make the age spots and purple veins go darker and show up more.   I always have that problem of not wanting to reveal too much of my legs in the summer.  I much prefer winter gear when I wear short skirts with tights, and/or leggings. The latter I wear until it becomes too unbearably hot and then my lovely knee-length summer skirts are put away. So, I’ve been on the hunt for mid-length skirts.  And the blue skirt and top was, I thought, the answer.  And they’re nice, the top is more stylish than the skirt, I think.  But do I want to be ‘nice’?  Actually, no!

So, here is my answer to ‘nice’.

I just love this skirt, and what’s more it cost all of £6 – yay!  The top was found in the same charity shop and cost £2.50. That’s more like it. Not only do I feel good in these items, they cost next to nothing.  My maxim to always look in charity shops really paid off.

With my matching but old red sandals, I have a complete outfit for less than £10, which is great.

Btw, these are the first pics taken in the new flat.  Not sure about the position and the lighting.  In fact, I’m aiming to up my game and rethink how I take photos.  For instance, I’ll photograph the floral skirt again and style it several ways – watch this space.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing with:

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and iwillwearwhatilike

and Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday

P.P.S And thank you, every one of you who’s signed up to become a follower. I appreciate and value every single one of you, but especially the ones I’ve recently asked to do this.  You know who you are – big hugs!

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43 thoughts on “A tale of 3 outfits

  • 25th July 2017 at 10:20 am

    Agree about the outfits, the blue one needs some jazzing up. Love the green shoes though. Where did you get them?

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:17 am

      The green shoes were bought in a lovely independent shoe shop in Lewes, East Sussex and are made by Joseph Seibel. If you don’t live near or are outside the UK here is the website http://www.josefseibel.co.uk They’re a European company but I think they ship worldwide. They’re great shoes.

  • 25th July 2017 at 10:22 am

    Hi Penny
    Have you tried a belt or tucking in on the second item. The coloumatching is great so don’t throw it away!

    • 25th July 2017 at 12:59 pm

      I think longer skirts look better with shorter tops. Tuck the top in, add a belt that picks up the lighter shade in the blue skirt and possibly matching bag. I wonder if blue is “your colour”, do you normally wear blue?

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:19 am

      I won’t discard the blue outfit as it was really cool to wear yesterday when it was hot and humid (in Wales!). I will try a belt and also the two items can be worn separately.

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:33 am

      I tried a belt yesterday and it looked much better but it was so hot that I discarded it and wore it as shown in the photo – and it was really cool. So I won’t discard the outfit!

  • 25th July 2017 at 10:30 am

    Hi, love the green and pink outfit but not sure of blue, still hey hoy not Megga bucks to waste. Since reading your mails I also have had a good sort out and the charity shops have made a killing, whilst there I mooched through the racks (something I haven’t never done) and got some great buys which will see me through this summer then they’ll get them back to sell on, double whammy for their funds! Bit of background, like you I’m a young pensionista (70 in Sept) and love fashion. I’m one of the lucky ones whose enjoying retirement in sunny Spain and love it, life is great sunshine, good food and friends, what more could you want. Keep up the good work with your mails, love them, Jean ??

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:23 am

      Hi Jean and great to meet another like-minded 70(ish) woman. We’re spending a month in France and I’ll take the blue skirt as it’s 100% linen and is cool to wear in hot weather. Thanks so much for the feedback x

  • 25th July 2017 at 10:44 am

    I beg to differ – I love the blue outfit and it looks good on you! Whereas I wouldn’t wear the patterned skirt as I don’t like that colour! Just shows that we’re not all the same – good job eh? Love the green dress though and the jacket. I too am just turned 70 and love to mooch around charity shops – most of my stuff comes from them. Vive la difference!! x

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:35 am

      The green dress is great and I’ll style the red flowered skirt different ways and take some pics. The blue outfit is 100% linen and really cool to wear. But charity shop outfits are the best! Great to hear you like mooching round them like me!

  • 25th July 2017 at 10:48 am

    Totally agree on the outfits, although that blue skirt can be great if you would wear it like the other skirt, with a top tucked in. Perhaps a bold colored print! But the dress is worth his money! It’s beautiful especially with that jacket!

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks Nancy! The blue skirt is 100% linen and I wore yesterday in hot weather and it was great. But I’ll style it different ways. The jacket is amazing and bought in Lewes from a seller of vintage items. I’ll have to avoid going again for a few weeks though as it’s all a bit pricey!

  • 25th July 2017 at 11:01 am

    The blue skirt and top are lovely – but not together. The top is too big and baggy to wear with a full skirt – better with trousers? The skirt is such lovely fabric – would it work with a plain white t shirt and a jazzy necklace (red? Yellow?) don’t give up on them – they can be made to work!

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:38 am

      I think you’ve got it! The top will be great with jeans.

  • 25th July 2017 at 11:02 am

    I think the blue is a great colour on you, but Jazzz must be added. The long over long look is great for S. Italy or France, but I think it needs extreme styling. White linen trousers instead??

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:39 am

      I think you’re right about jazzing the whole outfit up!

  • 25th July 2017 at 11:17 am

    Wow…what fabulous outfits and you have a great ‘eye’ Penny- the green dress, silk jacket are heavenly… the blue items ‘cool,’ but the third floral skirt with tucked in T-shirt shows of your shape and figure better (you actually have a shape!) The long baggy blue t-shirt is the sort of thing I resort to because I’m portly. I agree that a belt or something to break up the ‘length’ of the blue on you is worth considering and an opportunity to add some ‘zing.’ Of course, after the slog of moving home it is ‘out with the old and in with the new.’ Thank you for your inspiration- I am no longer buying anything new in black…I used to be colourful and doesn’t it feel good!

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:41 am

      I think the long baggy blue t-shirt will be great with jeans. And the blue skirt is really cool to wear in hot weather. I’m so glad you’re wearing colour again!

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you for hosting, Patti! Yes, with a bit of jazz that blue outfit will be fine – it’s also really cool in hot weather so it will be worn!

  • 25th July 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Penny,
    LOVE outfit No 1. The green and mustard are gorgeous together and this outfit would take you anywhere. Green sandals are the perfect finishing touch.
    I wouldn’t call outfit No 2 boring at all. Certainly both top and skirt might look better worn with different partners. But you are going on hols next month and if the sun is splitting the rocks I think that the blue and baggy fit of the top and blues of the skirt will help you to look and feel cooler.
    I think the colours of outfit No 3 are so pretty and flattering. You couldn’t help but feel good in them.
    You are so lucky to have such a lovely slim figure. I am a fatty who loves colour but who finds it SO difficult to get UN-boring clothes to fit me.
    Regards and enjoy your holiday,
    Fran Whyte

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:53 am

      Hi Fran , I notice that charity shops are increasingly selling larger sizes so I do hope you have a look – Red Cross seems the best for that in my area. The blue outfit just needs a bit of jazz and it is really cool to wear in hot weather – tested that out yesterday! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • 25th July 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Great buys…but the blue, to me, is great…so cool looking…

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:54 am

      Hi Margaret and thanks for your comment on the blue outfit – and you know what, it was cool to wear! Yesterday was hot and the outfit worked very well.

  • 26th July 2017 at 1:17 am

    I agree with some of the others that the blue outfit would be more attractive with a shorter shirt or perhaps a belt would add some jazz. The other outfits are very attractive.

    • 26th July 2017 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Eugenia, I think the blue top will be great with jeans and the whole outfit just needs a bit of jazzing up – I will wear it again.

  • 26th July 2017 at 9:42 am

    Penny , your green dress and vintage jacket is most definately the winner. The floral skirt is very pretty and such a bargain, the blue outfit is OK but I would try another more fitted top with the skirt .

    • 28th July 2017 at 6:55 am

      Thanks Jill, and yes, the blue outfit is really cool to wear as it’s 100% linen. I wore it in Wales where the humidity made the heat worse but the whole outfit made the day bearable. On cooler days I shall wear a belt or try a more fitted top. The green dress is lovely – thanks again!

  • 26th July 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I love the blue skirt, I think it would look good with the mustard jacket, and a white ‘t’ underneath it, you have great slim legs so the blue top would be fabulous over white jeans, and your red sandals. Love the two pieces, just not together. I buy most of my clothing in Winners, I think in the U.K. It’s called T.J. Max or Marshalls. Yesterday I bought seven tops and some brilliant lime green peddle pushers, for $150 Canadian, including three large bottles of delicious body wash. Our charity shops are hit and miss, but am so impressed with your buys, I’m going to keep looking. Love your blog.

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:00 am

      Yes, we have TK Maxx here and I do look in it. Our charity shops used to be very hit and miss and not particularly nice, but now they’ve really upped their game and nearly all are like little boutiques items, which is why I find such amazing items. I will mix the two blue items up, but two days ago it was really hot (in Wales!) and they were really cool to wear.

  • 26th July 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Penny I love the green ensemble and jacket it looks really good the red one looks good too – but the blue baggy top with skirt erm not your usual trendy self maybe the top would look better with white jeans or trousers, good for your hols in sunny France. I love your blogs they are so inspirational and informative.

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:02 am

      I’ll definitely jazz the two blue items up if I wear them again, but they are both 100% linen and very cool to wear so I will take them to France!

  • 27th July 2017 at 2:01 pm

    the floral skirt and tucked in top is my fav by far. Don’t forget to come link up on A Labour of Fashion. Would love to have you join us

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:06 am

      Hi Linda and thanks – yes, I think the floral skirt has great possibilities and can be styled several ways – I’ll look out for A Labour of Fashion – thanks!

  • 27th July 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The green dress is one I love! As I’m less adventuresome, I would choose a white jacket or shrug but the jacket was a great find! The skirts are both lovely, I prefer the tucked in look but the long loose top will be super on hot days. enjoy your blog, ann from Vancouver island, BC, Canada

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:08 am

      The loose top is great for hot days as it was two days ago, but now we’re back to the cool, damp of the climate of Wales – and I should have taken something a bit thicker than the thin cardi that I packed (on a hot day). I never get the packing quite right!

  • 27th July 2017 at 10:01 pm

    IMy favorite? The mustard jacket. I’ve spent that much on a vintage Silk piece. Heat is a deciding factor around here this time of the year and the blue just looks so cool and refreshing. I know you will make it work.

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:18 am

      I don’t do heat very well so when it’s hot it’s so important for me to be cool and I remember from my one visit to the States that the coolest thing to wear was a mid-length dress that just hangs and swishes round you. The skirt is 100% linen and was cool to wear two days ago in what counts as heat here!

  • 28th July 2017 at 3:24 am

    Oh, and I wanted to add, I so understand about the legs. My ampm had vein surgery during her 40s and my oldest daughter had surgery in her 30s. So I thought I lucked out and it went every other. Last year I found out differently-my legs just held out longer. We are going to the Grand Canyon in Oct. and then I have to go to the Vein Clinic to see if they can do something. You don’t have to print this because it’s my 2nd comment-

    • 28th July 2017 at 7:24 am

      Well, as I’ve just changed my doctor (due to our move) I think I’ll have a conversation with her about those veins. They’re the purple thread-like ones (nothing large and blue) and I think it’s time to sort them out. Poor old NHS – it works, it really does! If you hear anything to the contrary about it in the States it’s just propaganda as I’m sure the insurers don’t want to hear about a single-payer that works. However, it has been under threat for a long time with idiots on the right (who have been voted in, btw, I’m talking about the party that’s been voted in for the last few years) thinking that the ‘market’ and privatisation works better, and what’s worse, underfunding it. Anyway, end of rant, what I’m saying is I shall find out if the NHS will do these veins or not. They would’ve in the past but now? Not sure – as before I was told this (the purple veins) was considered cosmetic, so I’m prepared to pay. Btw, anything, anything life threatening or anything at all really is all free to us citizens – I so am not complaining.

  • 28th July 2017 at 9:55 am

    Agree with you on the blue outfit, because it doesn’t flatter your figure in the way the floral skirt does. The mustard jacket was an astute buy, the colour is hot for autumn, and love the green dress and shoes. I’ve been visiting more charity shops and I’m starting to make good finds….will be revealing some thrifted outfits soon! Gail

  • 29th July 2017 at 11:31 am

    I’m loving the blue! But I like baggy tops ‘cos I am about twice your size!
    For your photos, you could lay some of your outfits out on the white bedspread, or give us some
    close-ups of the fabrics and patterns

  • 5th August 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Hi yes I like the two outfits that you like, blue outfit pretty but not together, I have lots of floral skirts in different colours worn with matching t.shirts, which I had decided to get rid of as I thought they looked not very fashionable, but after seeing you and also The Pouting Pensioner in floral skirts perhaps I will rethink.

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