Hi everyone

Yes, I know, why do that? Why buy yet another coat? Well, the thing is, as I said in my last post, coats are my go-to item to make a statement. This is because since the pandemic I don’t have the same opportunity to dress up what with the lack of visits to art galleries and so on. That’s why every single occasion I venture outdoors I dress up, with a hat, a scarf and a coat that suits my mood and the weather. So if I see a coat that takes my fancy, I snap it up!

Like today I’m going to see my GP and I’m dressing up as though it was a big event. Yup, I know, it’s bonkers, it’s just my doctor but hey, why not.

So here I am in my M&S charity shop skirt, with a gifted top and charity shop ring and necklace plus my fun sneakers.

And over it I will wear, not a black coat as you might think with these strong colours, but my favourite yellow coat.

I think this is such a cheerful colour and I feel my spirits lift every time I wear it.

At the moment I’m wearing this coat a lot.

It’s all wool and exactly what I need to wear for those coffees and lunches where I sit outside with either Mr F or friends, and boy do we need a long thick coat for that! I think us Brits are getting quite hardy what with all this outside eating in the very cool weather we have!

Here I am wearing it with some colourful gloves that I got some time ago. As you can see I’ve bought another yellow hat, which I think is quite fun – and very toasty too!

And here is a lovely Rupert Bear scarf that I found recently in my charity shop at £4.

But back to the number of coats I’ve got. Actually I am quite strict with myself and the coat cupboard isn’t, as you might expect, full to the brim, as I’ve removed several and got them to the dress agency where I’m expecting a nice tidy sum if they sell, which I’m  sure they will.

Do you remember this one?

Off it’s gone to be sold, hardly worn. You might think, now why get rid of this beautiful coat? Well, (puts hands over face and hides with embarrassment) I was wearing it when I fell head first down the stairs so I associate it with falling and surprisingly, it’s not that warm. I wore it a couple of times in the depths of winter and froze. Also it had a very mustardy colour, which had quite a tinge of green to it. I was never sure about this coat tbh. Anyway, I got it very much reduced in a sale so if it sells I shall get my money back and more.

And what about this one? This is still in the coat cupboard but I haven’t worn it for 3 years or so.

This would be my choice to wear if I ever get up to London for an exhibition.

I think I’ll keep it a bit longer for all those London trips I will get myself to!

See my hair?  That was when I didn’t have it cut for months and months. It’s getting quite long again, but the hairdresser is booked up to nearly Christmas day!  I’m on the cancellation list, so fingers crossed I’ll get to him before my booking on December 22nd.

And I almost forgot, here’s my latest buy.

It’s a toasty teddy coat. I have been looking for one for some time and having seen a jacket of that type for £100 in one of Lewes’ rather exclusive shops I was pleased to find this beauty at £18.

I know I shall wear this a lot.

That’s all for now, but do tell me how you keep warm for those coffees and lunches you are having sitting outside in our breezy and rather cool weather?

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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28 thoughts on “Another coat – surely not!

  • 10th November 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I love all your coats Penny; they are such fun. I don’t often buy coats now as I have a range of them and no room to store them. However I do like the idea of them being the first thing everyone sees, so maybe I should make a bit more effort to find some interesting ones. I nearly bought a bright yellow nearly new padded jacket yesterday at my charity shop but sadly it was too small, and as I have ( uncharacteristically) bought a new feather and down jacket from M&S, I feel I shouldn’t indulge in any more coats for a while. (But it is waterproof 🥺 and a lovely khaki green…..you can tell I still feel guilty about it😅). I can’t wear teddy bear coats as I look like a teddy bear in them, being short, but I love the mustard and the yellow. The purply one looks very chic and perfect for outings to London. Re the hair, I’ve taken to cutting mine, with a Crea Clip ( well actually a knock off but it works ok for me). It would certainly do you for a trim if you want to try them. They come up under hair cutting clips on eBay. You clip it on, line up the little spirit level and trim with scissors or a trimmer. The range of glasses on show are great too! Take care,
    Trish S

    • 12th November 2021 at 8:30 am

      Hi Trish
      Yes, sorry that yellow padded jacket didn’t fit but if you have many coats (plus a new one!) then I guess it didn’t matter too much! My coat cupboard is OK though as I’ve been very strict about getting rid of coats as the new ones come in!

      Thanks for the tip about hair cutting – actually I haven’t got the nerve to do it myself!

      Thank you for the kind words about the glasses and you take care too 😊

  • 10th November 2021 at 3:21 pm

    That purple coat is sublime.

    • 12th November 2021 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Sharon, I shall keep it for ever now! Just need an occasion to get it out and wear it!

  • 10th November 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Hello there Penny, I love the way you get dressed up whenever you go out and wherever you are going to and why not indeed! I live in Milan and you can never be too overdressed here because so many people, the majority I would say, do really dress up. That’s just the way it is. Contrary to what people may think many older Italian women are now wearing more colourful and funky clothes and I love seeing the way in which they cleverly put an outfit together. Your colourful clothes look fantastic Penny and yes do wear that outfit up to London.
    Many thanks for your blogs. They are always very interesting.

    • 12th November 2021 at 8:44 am

      Ah yes, the Italian woman is so chic. I know that because when I worked in Switzerland as a nurse (which was decades ago) I visited Italy a couple of time. Swiss women of all ages, also dressed beautifully in very well cut clothes. Whilst living in the nurses home I once saw a young woman my age stand in front of the mirror and take in her jeans by a fraction of an inch just so that it looked that little bit better. And their co-ordination of accessories with their clothes was such a contrast to how we usually threw things together in the UK. Mind you I did like winding the Swiss up as it was the era of loons and patches on jeans. When I wore my patched loons out and about women would turn and stare and point and look shocked. One of the nurses actually took me aside and asked me if I was not ashamed to go around in those worn-out old jeans. Tbh, I don’t think she believed me when I said it was the fashion! But I was young and rather liked to be different to how the Swiss viewed things! However, I never forgot how they dressed and perhaps that is why I ended up writing this blog!

      Thank you Charmaine, it’s so nice to know you’re reading the blog from Milan.

  • 10th November 2021 at 5:27 pm

    I really like the purple coat Penny. Years ago I didn’t like the colour but changed my mind a while ago. I’m still looking for a bright blue coat; Monsoon have one, maybe it will be in their sale later as a bit expensive for me. I always dress up, casual is not me!

    • 12th November 2021 at 8:48 am

      Love the idea that you always dress up, Lynda, good for you! I shall now keep that purple coat for ever – just need an occasion to get it out and wear it!

      Thanks as ever 😊

  • 10th November 2021 at 5:31 pm

    First of all Penny I just love the purple coat. I hope you don’t get rid of it. I remember a few years ago when my son and his family came to visit. While hanging their coats he remarked that I had so many coats for one person! I tried to explain that I had coats for different purposes. I have to admit that many of them are black, I guess I am practical. But you are right that in the Winter that is all many see of what we wear so why not make yourself more interesting. There is one coat I owned for many years that I somehow gave away that I wish I still owned. I purchased it from the American company LL Bean. I was a very different style for them. the coat was a full length deep burgundy wool, quite fitted, lined with an insulating lining to further protect from the cold. It had a fur trimmed hood. It made one look like a Russian princess. No doubt it would keep one warm in a Moscow winter. My daughter liked it so much I bought her one for Christmas, hers in navy. It was heavy to be sure, but it did keep you warm. That coat, along with my tall Frye boots are the items I so regret purging.
    Here in New York my friends and I are still having dinner outside regularly. So far we have been lucky and it has been relatively warm. Here, mostly everyone wears some variation of the black down puffer coat, the kind that is quite lightweight and often packs in it’s own small bag. I confess I have one as well, but also one in a bronzy metallic. Your post inspired me to find my older purple parka to see if I can add some variation to my winter look.
    I hope you will be able to travel up to London soon. Love from New York, Darby

    • 12th November 2021 at 10:50 am

      That coat of yours that you gave away sounds amazing and rather lovely. There’s always items that I look for and then go, oh bother, they went into the charity shop bag! I shall keep that purple coat and l looking forward to getting it out and wearing it for a special occasion.

      We have warm days here, as it is now, relatively speaking, but today it’s grey and very wet so lunching out would be challenging. Where cafes and bistros have the space they are adding those rather large overhead canvas tent covers. No sides to these but they do give a little cover.

      We went to the cinema yesterday so that is a step forward, in Lewes, where case numbers are lower than Brighton. But overall our case numbers are still high and in some areas still rising – it’s the being on a train for an hour with unmasked people that puts me off going to London. But one day, maybe next year, I shall don my glad rags and off we shall go to all the art exhibitions we can!!!

      Take care, Darby and thanks as ever for your comment 😊

  • 10th November 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Penny,
    Well done finding your lovely coats.
    Just before the first lockdown we were in M&S when I spotted a lovely navy padded coat which was 70% off. The size is perfect and so very warm.
    I’m looking forward to wearing it again.
    All the best Penny

    • 10th November 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Oh I think you Brits already eat and drink outside when it’s cold, even way back before Covid, can you remember those days…… That purple coat is gorgeous, such a rich and warm colour.

      • 12th November 2021 at 10:55 am

        These days I’ve never sat outside so much to eat or have a coffee – and it is getting quite challenging to do so, really! When that wind whips up……!

        Despite not wearing it for 3 years I shall keep that purple coat and wear it for something soon, I’m sure.

        Thanks Nancy, have a lovely weekend 😊

    • 12th November 2021 at 10:51 am

      Oh, that padded coat sounds nice and what a bargain!

      All the very best to you too, Vivien 😊

  • 10th November 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I for one applaud you for dressing up for ANY event. Didn’t we learn from the past year that we might as well wear our fun clothes???

    And your love of color makes me so happy. Black coats are the bain of my existence…what? Are we all trying to blend in?? No!! It’s way more fun to have coats of many colors.

    • 12th November 2021 at 10:57 am

      RE: the black coats, I know! They are the predominant colour for outer wear and it is so dull! I agree it’s great to have many coats of many colours!

      Thanks Jodie x

  • 10th November 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Well, that new coat was a bargain! And what a lovely colour…

    I have qute a few coatigans which I wear a lot; and I do have a few coats but the coats are in mostly neutral colours; black, grey, navy blue and one waterproof one in turquoise. I have a couple of winter macs; navy and white striped and a black one. I have three capes; one long and two short in mostly caramel, beige and brown colours. In short; I don’t really wear coats very often!

    • 12th November 2021 at 11:16 am

      I think the reason I wear coats a lot is that I don’t do much travelling by car, instead I walk around Brighton city a lot, and before the pandemic I needed coats even more as I used the bus all the time. Now, not so much, more’s the pity as I’d love to jump on a bus to get me to the station to get a train and get to London, but just not sure as yet. Maybe next year.

      Thanks as ever, Veronica, for your comment xxx

  • 11th November 2021 at 4:06 am

    Coats are always both practical and stylish and finish off a Winter outfit , you can never have too many I say. I do hope you keep the purple one with the tie belt , it is so stylish on you. Good for you to dress up whenever possible , it always raises the spirits.
    I am still reading through the Eating to beat disease , it is so interesting , so many thanks for mentioning it. xx

    • 12th November 2021 at 11:28 am

      That book is good, isn’t it, I’m still reading it as well.

      Coats, I just love them, and still look at them online and in the charity shops. I stalk certain good brands (Hush and Thought in particular) and wait for their sales. Like the blue plaid coat that I wear quite a lot, that was phenomenally expensive (to me) but in their sale (Hush) it came down in price quite a bit and I’d learnt my lesson that wool coats are superior to the synthetic mustardy one that looked good but wasn’t warm, so I bought it and don’t regret the price that was still fairly pricey – as this is the coat I’ve worn the most! It is so good to wear when we have a coffee sitting outside!

      Thanks Jill xx

  • 11th November 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Penny! I love your colorful ensembles! I would imagine that your coats are much needed in your weather and provide a rather cheery greeting as you are out and about!
    I was hoping to see your October “Best Buy” of a Toast coat. I’m looking forward to that review!
    Yes! Do get “dressed” to see your doctor! Yesterday, after working in the yard, planting some winter vegetables, I showered up and got “dressed” just to sit and pay the bills! I feel so much better and “complete” when I do. Mind you, some of my most productive days can also happen in my robe!!!
    Lately, I have been getting dressed to take my husband to his medical appointments. He has not switched his doctors to our new town from our move two years ago. It is taxing but his internist/cardiologist has taken care of him through several life challenges during twenty plus years and has gained our trust, respect, and huge gratitude. His office is in downtown Los Angeles and all the stories about traffic are absolutely true! We will be traveling there this Friday for a check up. One bonus is the favorite restaurants we visit during these trips. :). Make (or drink!) lemonade from lemons, I say!
    I am not surprised that the mustard coat did not keep you warm. I’m thinking it was made of synthetics and not cozy like your beautiful purple wool coat! I do appreciate how you curate your closet. I try to do the same.
    It is good to hear from you as always. Take care and stay warm!

    • 12th November 2021 at 11:48 am

      Oh yes, how funny, we set the alarm for an early hour and have a cup of tea in bed, then breakfast, then I start on my blog and then, my goodness, I suddenly realise that I’m still in my pyjamas at quite a late hour in the morning!!! So I rush around to get dressed! But I always wear makeup, every day, even if I’m seeing no-one at all.

      And I completely understand why your husband wants to keep seeing a cardiologist he trusts. Same here, if I’m ever worried about my heart again I shall pick up the phone and see my private heart specialist. Our poor old NHS is struggling at the moment. What with the strain of the pandemic plus our current government who want us to go down the American way and have a totally private system, which we’re beginning to get with the likes of me and many others going private to avoid the waiting lists. It’s dire, as everyone of every political stance loves and reveres the NHS, but anyway, at least I do know of a heart specialist that I trust.

      As for the coats – as I’m an urban person I don’t use the car much to get around. Coats were even more necessary before the pandemic as we used to wait for the bus and you can get quite cold doing that in the winter!

      And you’re quite right about the synthetic furry mustardy coat, it just wasn’t warm, while the blue plaid coat is lovely and so right for our cold, and damp climate!

      Thank you as ever Charlene for your comment 😊

  • 11th November 2021 at 3:39 pm

    The purple coat is probably my favorite but I do like that new blue one too. I love to buy light jackets and probably have too many but the ones I still have I do wear in rotation. And like you I do dress up for most outings whether it is the groceries store or the eye doctor!

    • 12th November 2021 at 11:55 am

      Despite not wearing the purple coat for ages I have decided to keep it and just aim to find an occasion when I can wear it. The blue plaid coat is my go-to coat at the moment as it’s brilliant for those sitting outside coffees and lunches – not that you’d want to do that today as it’s really wet and windy!

      Thanks Mireille 😊

  • 11th November 2021 at 8:39 pm

    You have so many great coats! that purple one is my favourite and I love the extra colour the yellow one adds to your pink outfit! 🙂 I don’t have a lot of coats – it’s not really that cold often here in Brisbane to justify having many – but I have a LOT of kimonos, haha! They are a great choice for our warmer weather and like you I find a topper like that is a fun way to add more colour 🙂

    Hope that you are having a good week 🙂 It’s another rainy and stormy day here!

    • 12th November 2021 at 11:59 am

      Hi Mica, nice to char from a warm and, I bet, now sunny Brisbane,although I see you have had some rainy and stormy weather. Today it’s wet and windy in Brighton so there won’t be much in the way of outdoor eating!

      I do love colour and despair at the continuing manufacturing of black coats – so dull in our rather cold and damp climate.

      Thanks and you have a great weekend 😊

  • 12th November 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Do you still have the red full length padded coat? I have noticed a lot of shops selling these “duvet” style coats that look so nice but make me look like a fat sausage. 😁😁

    • 25th November 2021 at 1:54 pm

      Hi Julie – apologies for not replying sooner. No I haven’t – short story is that it was actually far too big for me. I’ve given it to someone else and they are very happy with it!

      And yes, I agree although they’re warm, you’ve got to be really careful about those coats or they do make you look enormous!!!!

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