Hi everyone

Someone asked me for more outfits to inspire them, so I thought I’d show you a couple of recent buys, along with a jacket and top that I’ve had for ages.

Remember, my ethos is that you don’t have to spend money to have a certain style.  On this blog I write for women who don’t have a lot of money, especially those of you on a small pension.  Mine certainly doesn’t stretch to paying £40 for a pair of jeans or a top.   But if, like me, you buy from charity shops you know you can find some amazing bargains – they’re there if you look.  Just remember i) be prepared to walk out of these shops empty handed, because ii) you’re not dropping your standards, as you only want to buy clothes of the highest quality.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been wearing jeans a lot (it’s the weather here in the UK, I think) and, as always, I find the Primark jeans the best fit.  However, I found a pair of M&S jeans in my local charity shop, which I bought for £2.95 and they’re not a bad fit.


The jeans are teamed with a pair of Lotus black leather boots, which might have cost anything from £80 to a £100, but I got them for £12.  That’s quite a bargain, and what’s more they’ve hardly been worn as there’s very little wear on the heel!

The blue top is from Peacocks and would have cost about £10, I think, and then there’s this faux leather jacket of which I’m very fond – had it for 3 or 4 years now, and I know it cost about a fiver.


Once upon a time (when I was working) I had a real leather jacket (black, of course) that I loved, and out of my office I wore all the time with tight black jeans – that was me channelling my biker look!

Finally, last week in Oxfam, I bought a new handbag, as the one I had was falling to pieces.   This one is leather – and I think it’s nice!



Enzodesign is based in Hong Kong and the bag would probably have cost a lot more than the price I paid, which was £20.  That’s expensive for me, but as the money goes to charity I don’t mind, and I especially don’t mind as the whole outfit adds up to just £49.95!

So tell me, what bargains have you bought recently?

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with Not Dressed as Lamb blog and her #iwillwearwhatilike linkup – do have a look!

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10 thoughts on “An outfit for just under £50!

  • 18th November 2015 at 9:06 am

    I got a real leather jacket for a fiver!

    • 19th November 2015 at 7:57 am

      Oh wow, Hilary! That’s a bargain – well done you! Actually I’m always on the lookout for a real leather jacket but the ones that I try on haven’t been quite right. Thanks for the comment x

  • 18th November 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Hi, Penny,
    I, too, have missed seeing more of you and your outfits, plus the stories behind them. You look fabulous in your jeans, boots and jacket.
    I also like the point you make. It is such a temptation, in a charity shop, to take an item because it is ‘such a bargain’ and of excellent quality. But if it does not fit well, nor fit into your wardrobe…as in with what you already have…one must leave without it.
    As always, thank you. There are few places one can go to get your sort of advice and your unique style of blog.
    Best, Margaret

    • 19th November 2015 at 8:01 am

      Hi Margaret. It’s good to hear that you like the photos of the outfits – I had to miss a couple of weeks doing that because of the tooth – all better now! And yes, most of the time I walk out of charity shops empty handed because there’s loads of clothes that are just not quite right. Thank you so much for your comment, it’s great to get your feedback!

  • 18th November 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Love what you have put together without spending the earth! I had a good time clicking on your shopping links. Since I live across the pond, those stores are not available to me.

  • 18th November 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Penny

    Great outfit as always and especially suitable for this time of year. I have to tell you I have the same bag, bought originally probably 30 years ago and still going strong. Cost a fortune at the time but the leather is so soft and although I don’t use it all the time it has worn well. So sometimes those bargains can be in your own closet!!!


    • 19th November 2015 at 8:11 am

      Hi Christine
      Wow! That’s both amazing and wonderful to have kept a bag for that long, although of course, yes, if the leather is of good quality it should last for ever. I know my mother had a couple crocodile skin bags that out-lasted her – I chucked them as I didn’t really like the look!

  • 18th November 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Once again you have shown your talent for putting together great outfits without spending a fortune. Where I live, in the U.S., I shop antique stores and there is an abundance of them in my city. I find some great deals – leather jacket-never worn $30. Denim (original Levi) jacket $10. Leather purse $19. So I decided to treat myself to Ugg boots at full retail – oh well. ??? ???

    • 19th November 2015 at 8:13 am

      Oh yes! The leather jacket sounds amazing – I’m always on the lookout for a real leather jacket but so far haven’t found one that’s quite right. And like you, every now and then I treat myself to something new! Lovely to hear from you again!

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