There will be more about this at the end of the month but today (Monday 29th March) some of the severe restrictions we’ve been living under since Christmas are being removed, and we can now visit other people and sit in their gardens – three cheers to that!
I know some people have been meeting one other person outside their household for walks (the only physical contact allowed and no sitting down on that walk either) but I’ve been very careful and done none of that. Our only contact with other people has been through Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime, or ‘the walk’ where we pass people by. Even with ‘the walk’ I have stuck to my local area and walked only on the seafront, which people, you might have gathered is a bracing experience that I love, but what is needed is always a good coat. And by good I mean warm!
Just as well that I love coats and have lots to choose from. And yet there’s not many in my collection that can withstand those cool to cold sea breezes, while others are just not appropriate for a casual stroll along the prom. So out of the many coats I possess it’s been the faux fur, which is the best for the coldest of cold weather, and then one or other of two coats; the red puffa (TKMaxx sale) and the long dark grey charity shop coat bought last year. The new mustard furry jacket (from Mango) that I featured a few weeks ago looks lovely but is disappointingly not as warm as it looks. But as it warms up (only slightly but more so this Tuesday and Wednesday when we’ll be getting some real heat) I have been wearing the yellow £5 jacket that you saw last week, and my word, that has earned its keep over and over, I’d say!
So people, I am always on the lookout for more coats! And cut to the chase here’s my latest buy! A checked wool coat with a lining, and oh my word, it’s as warm as the faux fur.
What’s more, note the buttons that go all the way to the bottom of the coat. I have come to loathe the coats that flap open in the wind – they’re too darn cold. This is going to be a warm winter coat – huzzah!
Here’s the thing though, it’s bought new from Hush (which is very ethical) but I dithered madly because, people, it cost what I think is a fortune! I like to pay not much more than £10 for a coat (Hand goes to mouth and I’m whispering, add another nought! Mind you, this was actually a very, very big reduction) And yet, despite the expense, as soon as I tried it on I loved it. I shall wear it and wear it. And I don’t know why I feel so guilty, because, you know, I don’t think in my entire lifetime I ever bought a coat that was new. I’ve always bought in sales or from charity shops, because I could never justify the expense.
The thing for me about my love of coats is that living in a town we don’t use the car all that much, so when things begin to get more normal and we can get out and about as we did before we don’t use the car, we use public transport so all outer wear has to withstand the cold winds whilst queueing for a bus, or the fresh breeze inside the bus as all windows are open, or standing on a platform waiting for the train. So this coat aces it!
To make room for this coat I have got rid of two of my most recent charity shop buys; the long grey coat, and the black and white check one, as both coats flap open to the waist when the wind gets going.
Now, that could be the end of the post, but I have something to say about the reduction of the lockdown rules and regs in England. Hey, we’ll be meeting more people – carefully, of course – but this is what I think I shall start doing. I have been wearing ‘comfortable’ clothes with elasticated waists and stretchy mom jeans for nigh on a year now. Btw, the six pounds I’ve put on since the beginning of 2020 has not shifted but I’m pleased to say my waist has improved with Pilates, and I’m actually developing a 6-pack from the emphasis the twice-weekly classes put on our core. So, the thing is I shall now dress up a bit more. I think that merits another three cheers!
Here’s one of the charity shop skirts I shall wear when I start seeing people.
And while it remains a bit chilly, I shall wear the coat over it with maybe a hat.
Yay – that’s more like it!
That’s all for now, but take care all you readers across the channel, I’m so very sorry your numbers are rising. Everyone, be safe and well.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper