I don’t know if you remember my jackets and jeans post last year but if you look here, you can see I tend to wear short, not-quite-cropped jackets, that, to be honest, often leave me feeling a bit chilly (because I travel about mainly on the bus rather than by car, and standing at the bus stop….) so it was great to have that warm Autumn/Fall weather where I wore them a lot.

Longer jackets haven’t been part of my wardrobe for some time, mainly because I’m very influenced by the current ‘look’ of the day/week/month and long blazer-type jackets didn’t seem right to me.  Also, I really am very good at clearing out my closet so I possessed not one of those longer jackets.

Lo and behold the longer jacket is now apparently making a come-back.  And you guess right, I’ve bought one!

To be honest, looking at the pic, I’m not convinced about the shape.  In my view, a shorter jacket with a nipped-in waist is far more stylish and slimming.  Anyway, I wonder how many of you have a blazer that you’ve either never stopped wearing or kept just in case it came back in fashion?

It just goes to show don’t listen to anyone (and that includes me)!  Instead find your style and stick to it!  And if you’ve got a large enough house with the right number of cupboards/closets/wardrobes, keep those clothes as they’re sure to make a come-back some time!

On other hand, don’t, as it’s quite cathartic to throw out clutter and clothes (more about that soon) and really, I think, no matter what age you are, be aware of the ‘look’ of the day. Because, despite some people protesting about the futility of fashion and saying it’s not for me, or fashion is only for the young (no, it’s not) to a certain extent we all adapt to it or we’d still be wearing mini-skirts (60s), flowery dresses and kaftans (70s) and padded shoulders (80s).  And you don’t, do you?  Or perhaps you do?  (Do tell me, if you do!)

I’ve also not worn a mid-length skirt for some time, as I think a shorter skirt looks good on an older woman, but this grey pleated wool skirt spoke to me and as it cost all of £3.99 I thought why not?

It goes well with the pink blazer.  And both were found in the same charity shop.

Another tip – if you find something you like take it around the shop and find something to go with it, as in, buy yourself an outfit.  In this instance, these two items cost under £10.

The boots, btw, are new and bought in a shoe shop not a charity shop!

I’ll show them off in another post as they go up to my knees!  I couldn’t resist them and they were down 50% in a sale.  I had looked at them when they cost over a hundred pounds and said, no way, but at half price, yessss!  Anyway, it’s a long time since I bought a new pair of shoes!

Charity shop shopping and looking for those sale bargains – it just makes such financial sense!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing as usual with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike blog post


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11 thoughts on “Blazers are back – who knew!

  • 13th February 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Penny, I prefer the mid calf length, and on you it looks great.

    • 14th February 2017 at 7:52 am

      Thank you, Margaret. Yes, the skirt is a good length and looks great – a good find!

  • 13th February 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Love the skirt, it really suits you!

    • 14th February 2017 at 7:53 am

      Thank you so much, Mary. I love it and as it’s still quite chilly here I’ll be wearing it a lot.

  • 13th February 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The skirt is great! I tend to prefer shorter skirts too (knee length) – as for longer jackets, I’m relieved I still have a couple. I’ve given away so many clothes over the years that I’m furious I didn’t stash them somewhere safe, as they always come back in fashion!


    • 14th February 2017 at 7:56 am

      Yes, I too prefer a shorter skirt and I’m not convinced re: those longer, looser jackets. Still think a jacket with a nipped-in waist is a better look.

  • 13th February 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Skirt, jacket and boots are all lovely. The jacket and skirt look great together. I’m not usually a fan of pink but that dusky pink jacket suits you and I like the texture. I always wear long jackets regardless of fashion because I don’t think short ones suit me, and I never know what’s in fashion anyway. I keep thinking I need to be more adventurous with colour. I never wear green but someone gave me a beautiful green scarf she knitted recently so I’ve bought a green jumper (ebay) to go with it. Makes me feel quite bold!

    • 14th February 2017 at 8:00 am

      Thanks so much but see other comments above – not convinced about the longer jacket as lovely as the colour is. Mainly I think the looseness of the longer jacket hides the figure which I think on the whole us Brits prefer. One day I think you should experiment with a more tailored look! You may surprise yourself. Also dusty pink would suit you.

  • 13th February 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Fabulous pink jacket and what a great length, I prefer a longer line, both for warmth and a better look on me. The skirt is cute too – what a bargain. Nice to link up with you too. Jacqui

  • 14th February 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I have a navy blue blazer/jacket that I love! It’s a few years old, from M & S (before they went frumpy: controversial! ) and I can throw it in the washing machine and it comes out as good as new. It is slightly fitted at the waist but not too long, nor cropped. I love wearing it with jeans, of all different styles, and with ballet pumps, white trainers or boots. If I add a striped Breton top, I feel very French!! I’m a huge fan of scarves and they can change the look of the jacket quite dramatically. I guess in some ways, it’s quite ‘classic’ . Love the skirt and jumper on you. Grey is one of my favourite colours and what a great strategy to aim to buy a whole outfit from a charity shop!

  • 18th February 2017 at 4:37 am

    I like that longer jacket on you, but think it might be better with something more fitted on the bottom. A slightly more structured blazer might work better with the skirt.

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