Actually, this is not a good post to put up now, as apparently it’s going to get warmer in the UK this coming week! And I’ve only gone and put away my summer clothes, including all my linen dresses – it can’t be that hot, surely!

Anyway, here are two dresses that are going to be suitable for Fall/Autumn weather, which we don’t appear to be having yet. I didn’t buy them but acquired both from a pile of clothes in my daughter’s house that was destined for the local charity shop. I pounced when I saw these two dresses.

This first dress you’ve seen worn with my September hat.

It’s from Toast, which is quite a high-end UK High Street shop that began its life initially in LLandeilo, Wales.  We’ve been going to that town for nearly 30 years to visit one of Mr Frugalfashionshopper’s relatives and I always visit the shop there as it has a large area dedicated to reduced price items. Toast is not a store in which I’d buy anything new as I think it very pricey, but a sale item, yes.

The second dress is also from Toast. It’s a bit short and more like a tunic. But I will wear it and, of course, it could be worn over much thicker leggings (or jeggings) or a pair of skinny black jeans.

Note that when I took the pics the weather was cool so I wore a long-sleeved tee under these dresses. And also, this time I’ve managed the accessories well. The necklace is from the shop at the Victoria & Albert museum. This necklace I might add was from their cheaper range (£18, I think) because if you wanted to, you could spend a small fortune there (I did that once, but only once, mind) as some of their jewellery on sale is outstandingly beautiful but also jaw-droppiingly expensive. The bracelet btw, I’ve had for years and cost all of £3.

I love that necklace.

Actually, there’s no need to spend anything much at all if you want good jewellery and good accessories. Take a look at my friend Veronica and her finds.  I often tell her she’s the queen of accessorising because just look at the prices she pays for both her clothes and her jewellery. I think she’s fortunate as the charity shops in Brighton, and in the surrounding towns, are getting really expensive, although don’t forget, they are raising money for charity and for that I don’t begrudge the price rises.  The work they do with the money is the thing.

That’s all for now. Have a good week and enjoy the warmth while it lasts!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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16 thoughts on “Are you getting ready for the cooler weather?

  • 17th September 2018 at 7:35 am

    Hi Penny, I just love those two outfits on you, they are very you. We don’t have that brand in Australia unfortunately. We saw an amazing documentary last night on the wharehouses that are full of unwanted clothing that have been donated, high end jeans with the label still attached, clothes that are barely worn, tons and tons that may end up in landfill as the amount is just overwhelming. There are designers that are trying to re use a lot of it but the amount of work it takes to remake these garments that were very cheap in the first place is a challenge and unfortunately from what I saw of the finished products they were so outrageous and ridiculous that no normal person could possibly wear them except to a fancy dress party!
    It’s good to see you looking so well again.Warm regards from Carol in Australiaxx

    • 18th September 2018 at 8:18 am

      Hello Carol, and so agree with the sentiments in your comment that we waste so much of our ‘buys’. I also make mistakes but feel some relief that they are 99% cheap charity shop buys so I just recycle them back to a charity shop. But i) I have bought a really expensive item from a charity shop and regretted it and ii) I hear that what we see in charity shops is but a fraction of what comes their way. I also hear that this donated surplus goes to Africa where it destroys indigenous crafts and their own clothing manufacturing. It’s a challenge to think around the problem and how differently things could be. Btw, we also have ‘re-made’ clothing in Oxfam and they’re always ridiculous and over priced!

      And I am better and thanks so much x

  • 17th September 2018 at 11:26 am

    I love my local Salvation Army shop, the most they ever charge per item is £3 !!!! I do think some of the other charity shops do charge an awful lot for things that are donated after all

    • 18th September 2018 at 8:25 am

      There’s a couple of charity shop brands that are very expensive now. And it’s not on I think when Primark clothes are sold for the same price as you’d get new in their store!!!

  • 17th September 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Penny, thank you for the link!

    I love both your Toast dresses. You look lovely in both of them and I think you could even try the second one over a long skirt… it’s a look I want to try with my winter wear as I have lots of tunics.

    I made the same swap over mistake as you but in reverse; I put away the winter stuff and got the summer stuff out then it turned chilly!

    I loved the jewellery at the V&A and you’re right; the prices of many of the items were prohibitive. I saw your necklace and loved it and it looks fab with your dress.

    It’s 24 degrees here today….hope you have a great week.

    • 18th September 2018 at 8:31 am

      Was a pleasure to mention you as your blog is so good. The pics taken of you are very well lit, I think, and you always look lovely.

      I always look at the jewellery when I visit the V&A and some of the items are just beautiful and very stunning – and then the price £500! Or more! If I had the money …..! But fortunately they always sell cheaper jewellery and some of these items are not bad at all. There are two of these I wear again and again.

      It’s windy today and grey in Brighton but still warm – have a good week x

  • 17th September 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Your legs look god in the tunic – I won’t show my chubby knees!
    Yes, have put away my sandals and summer dresses although today it is particularly warm-24- here today.
    I looked at the jewellery at the V&A and the Bill Skinner pieces reminded me of the ‘Jardin’ collection by the TV and online jewellery company TJC. Considering everything is made of real sliver,pearls and gems with hand enameling the prices are reasonable, if not cheap! I usually buy jewellery second-hand on e-bay or in charity shops as I collect mid-century costume pieces.

    On another topic, I was reading about Laura Ashley in the newspaper this weekend and it got me thinking about how we are so influenced by the ‘designers of the moment’, whether we like it or not. LA’s designs were so tied up with Diana in the early years of her fashion leader status. For me there has been no one quite like her for style in recent years, excepting the Queen herself, but there will be many others who heartily disagree!

    • 18th September 2018 at 8:53 am

      It’s still warm today in Brighton but also grey and windy. The jewellery on sale at the V&A is always outstanding and I look and look with my mouth open, then try and get something bit cheaper!

      Re: the LA look – I used to love it and wore dresses by her and others that were similar, especially when I was larger during and after pregnancies, but now, no. Re: the Queen’s look, while I absolutely don’t aspire to look like her, her dress sense and her actual dresses, ball and reception gowns (Hollywood has nothing to the Queen’s gowns) suits, hat, shoes are amazing in that they are beautifully made and exquisite to look at. Went to Buckingham Palace to the exhibition and went around stunned at how lovely they all were (in a certain way) and how tiny she was and still is. The waist of the her wedding dress you could put two (small) hands around it. Actually I am currently reading ‘Ma’am Darling by Craig Brown, which is interesting but not particularly well written, but will finish it nevertheless. A more dysfunctional person than Princess Margaret you could not find. And she was only 5’ tall! I believe the Queen is slightly taller but only slightly – I mean that’s tiny! And fancy that, keeping all those clothes, for decades. But they have a lot of rooms!!!

  • 17th September 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Looking fab Penny! I really like grey and those two outfits are very smart. Getting chilly up here in North Yorks so I’ve been looking at my winter gear. I bought a vintage Dunedin Tweed skirt for £4 in a charity shop in Helmsley a few weeks ago and have also bought a hand knitted jumper from the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep shop in Leyburn, I’ve worn it a couple of times already and it’s gorgeous, so comfortable and warm. I’ve also been given an Arran jacket by my neighbour – on it’s way to a charity shop – so I feel I’m on the way to being ready for winter. I wore tunics and leggings a lot last winter but my knees were always cold! I’m hoping I’ll be warmer in my skirt and also I’ve discovered M&S thermal footless tights which are wonderful – long story short -I can’t wear anything with a foot in it due to wearing a caliper with a plastic foot which slides around in shoes or boots.
    I’m going to have a look at Veronica’s blog as I have a lot of vintage jewellery collected over many years for hardly anything! I’m waiting for brooches to come back into fashion!
    So glad to see that you are restored to health, and thank you for your blog, I enjoy it.
    Kind regards
    Chrissie W

    • 18th September 2018 at 9:02 am

      Oh, Chrissie, how challenging it must be but nevertheless there you are discovering and wearing your style and wearing, mostly, what you want – respect! Actually although I said I mustn’t complain about the summer and the heat (and I don’t think I did all that much) I actually prefer winter clothes with leggings and winter skirts, and above all, real wool, which I love. So that’s why I got out all my winter clothes – maybe a bit early!

      I probably am better at my accessories than I think but Veronica really does have the ‘knack’ for them – do have a look.

      I wonder how you’re faring in Yorkshire today with the weather as we don’t have any rain down south, it’s just bit windy and grey. I hear from the weather forecast that you’ve got the worst of this hurricane (that turned the wrong way). Very best to you x

      • 18th September 2018 at 3:25 pm

        What would life be without a challenge? Mine is to not be invisible when I use a wheelchair out and about, I see so many people who look so miserable and unkempt, I know they may have terrible problems but looking better makes you feel better, I know you’ll agree. I know what you mean about winter clothes, I always feel smarter in the winter.
        Very, very windy here today but not much rain yet and strangely quite warm, I think it’s meant to be even more windy tomorrow, our plums and pears will be off the trees by this evening I’m sure.
        I’ve had a look at Veronica, she looks terrific.
        Best wishes x

  • 17th September 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Love your Toast clothes, Penny. I recently got 4 long sleeved spring/autumn tops and a lovely teeshirt at our local hospice shop. Someone my size was having a clean-out. $4 each which is much dearer than what you pay, but a bargain in New Zealand.

    • 18th September 2018 at 8:34 am

      Good to hear you’re doing your bit to re-cycle clothes, so important!

      Toast sells very good quality clothing, but it’s way beyond my budget, to acquire two of their items was just so good!

  • 18th September 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Great kid acquisitions! My girls and I do that too. Missouri is notorious for weather hopscotch so I always have a hot/cool mix handy. I remember you talking about Toast earlier.

    Funny thing, we don’t have Oxfam, although it’s the only charity that Michael donates to (I have a few others).

    Take care,


  • 19th September 2018 at 7:07 am

    Penny, you have done well with your start to Winter, you look so good in both of those knits. The dress suits you perfectly and shows off your slim figure and I can see the tunic top with so many variations. I can see why you love that necklace , it is right up my street too.
    Our Spring is also very fickle , going from mild and then back to cool.
    Charity shopping here is very hit and miss , mainly miss as the stock is usually cheap and shoddy of the chain store variety nut I often find bangles and books.
    Hope all is well, Jill.

  • 20th September 2018 at 7:38 am

    Stylish and elegant dresses! How lucky to get them at non-Toast prices! I have also put all my summer clothes and sandals away, except a couple of things that need ironing from my holiday last week. I’m also a big fan of the V&A gift shop. Always perusing their jewellery (but hardly ever buying anything….).

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