Hello everyone

Brr! We are currently having several days of damp, cold weather with temperatures down to freezing. And it’s the kind of cold that gets into the bones, plus on the seafront if there’s a north wind as well, it’s brrrrrrr!  Look at this.

That was a chilly walk when you definitely have to wrap up and wear a woolly scarf and hat plus get out that long coat for those daily walks. But first I give you an example of a coat I love but is useless in this kind of weather.

The cut of the collar is too low and the coat is actually a long jacket and no good when the wind whistles around my legs. And that new coat of mine? That is also not good in cold breezy weather as there’s a split to the waist at the back.

So when it’s a freezing day, nearly every time, I’ll pick this coat.

I bought this charity shop coat in March this year and here’s the photo I took in that month. I note that at that point that I’m still not entirely well and I hadn’t started putting on my quite heavy smokey-eyed eye makeup that I wear every day.

The only downside of this coat, which I actually love, is that the buttons stop half-way down the coat rendering it not quite as useful if windy.

So on windy days I wear the red puffa coat you’ve seen before, which has a zip from top to bottom.

This puffa isn’t a charity shop buy, nevertheless it’s quite a bargain as it’s a Michael Kors coat that was bought new at £40 from the bargain designer rail at TKMaxx.

But today, people, it’s really bitter outside, so I think it might be fur coat time, faux fur, I hasten to add. The last time I wore this amazing coat was three winters ago. It was bought at a Vintage Fair for £75. Here I am wearing it in a coffee shop in the town of Lewes. Oh, to visit a coffee shop and sit inside – it’ll be soon though!

Btw, the Nordic woolly pom-pom hat is so toasty and warm.  It was bought new in Norway on one of our cruises there – the Norwegians certainly know how to dress for the cold as the gloves I bought there are also super warm.

However, I do have several fur hats and this one is good for wearing out and about. Don’t think I wore it last year. I have a similar hat in animal print.  I’ll take some photos of it soon!

Finally I promised to show you the little cardi that I knitted for my new grandson Oscar when I’d finished it.  Here it is.

Quite proud of it as it’s the first piece of knitting I’ve done for 14 years or thereabouts. That was a cardi for my other grandson, now aged 14 and a half!

It was a Beginners knitting kit from WoolandtheGang (they ship worldwide) and it was relatively easy as it was all garter stitch. But I’ve only gone and bought another kit that’s Intermediate. Oops – I think I’ve bitten off more than I can, you know… as this will test me somewhat as I’ve got to knit with circular needles and do a long-tail cast on. Honestly I haven’t clue, so I shall watch several YouTube demos on this technique and have a practice first.

That’s all for now. Keep warm and well.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Thanks so much all your book tips – they were all very much appreciated.

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35 thoughts on “Brr, it’s cold outside! Let’s look at coats!

  • 8th December 2020 at 9:00 am

    Hi Penny
    I really love the long grey coat. It’s very stylish. What I would do is get a big brooch from the charity shop and pin it as if it was a button towards the neck, then pile on an extra scarf. Job done. Also love your little knitted jacket for your new grandson. So cute. Keep warm. Love Ellie.

    • 9th December 2020 at 9:23 am

      Thank you so much Ellie, yes a brooch would be great on the lapel of the grey coat. Keep warm and safe x

  • 8th December 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Afternoon Penny from a bright but freezing Oxfordshire.
    I love the fur coat and fur hat – reckon they’d pair up nicely.
    Congratulations on Oscar’s jacket; great style and colour.
    Stay well and warm. All the best, Mary x

    • 9th December 2020 at 9:40 am

      Hi Mary, and hello to you in Oxfordshire. It’s slightly warmer in Brighton today but dull and grey. The coat has not been worn as yet. I put it on and found it was very heavy so not suitable for yomping on the beach. It’s a London and city centre coat. Bring on the vaccine and for more of London next year! You stay safe too x

  • 8th December 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Love, love, love the fur coat – faux or no – it’s beautiful! Also just lovely on you with your fair skin and hair! Makes me wish we had colder temps here in Georgia so I could really bundle up in style! Enjoy!

    • 9th December 2020 at 9:41 am

      Thank you so much Lynn, I will enjoy the coat. But I’m a bit envious of your warmer temperatures over the pond. Thanks again 🙂

  • 8th December 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Love all the coats, but I know how you feel about bundling up extra when the wind picks up as well. It was -9 when I got up this morning and I sure did not spend much time filling all the bird feeders then. This is just a tease for when it gets much worse. I am not ashamed to admit I have a large collection of coats and rotate among the looks. Reminds me to get out the long faux silver fox one just for the fun of it.Have not worn that one in a few years. I heard on the radio this morning that you have started to roll out the vaccine, so hope that gets to you soon. We have been told it could be next summer or fall before we can get ours due to dividing up between all the provinces. I can be patient, however the winter is worse in isolation than the summer. I think I am putting up more Christmas decorations to make up for it, but it is fun. That is quite a good job on Oscar’s sweater for not knitting for so long. Good luck on the next one.

    • 9th December 2020 at 9:50 am

      Ooh -9! I do think us Brits are utter wimps with regard to the weather. We complain about the temperatures in the summer and then complain again in the winter. But it is a damp cold, I’m thinking your temps are dryer. Nevertheless bundling up is the thing for both of us at the moment.

      Yup vaccines have been given to very frail hospital inpatients and the over-80s in hospital, then NHS staff, then it will go to over-80s in care homes and in the community, then it’s the over-75s, then it’s the over-70s – hoorah!!! That’s me! Maybe by Easter???

      Yes, that more complicated knit – haven’t started it as yet. It’s waiting for me…..

      Thanks Diane – take care 🙂

  • 8th December 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I love the fur coat too Penny, so glamourous! I have a (charity shopped) dark shower coat with a quilted lining that has ‘fur’ running down each front. It always makes me think of Henry the VIII! Not entirely practical as it has no fastenings so I put a big shawl underneath to fill the gap. Today I had my black furry hat on as it was actually below 1 degree this morning when I went out.
    Great to put on my lovely ‘cossack’ style boots again. I bought them new from Gabor, one of the most expensive things I’ve bought but really worth it. I’ve had them resoled and heeled and although there is a fine crack in one toe they still look good after several years. They get a lot of polishing and care! I find it hard to buy boots that are not too long in the leg and these are perfect. I don’t want to think about the day when the finally wear out! I may buy a new(to me at least!) hat after Christmas for a change. I like your plaid one. Well done on the knitting ; I’m about to start knitting a dog coat as soon as the pattern arrives, the post is slow at the moment, they are so busy. Think I may have mentioned this before…………………It’s cables so a bit tricky & I’ll have to concentrate not watch TV while I’m doing it!

    • 9th December 2020 at 10:11 am

      Hi Lynda, bet that coat looks good, although no fastenings! But so many coats aren’t really designed for the super-cold. There are days when one needs to be bundled up – your boots sound amazing.

      Yes, thanks re: the cardi. It was great to knit in garter stitch. So consequently I wanted to test myself out with an intermediate knitting pattern, but now it comes to the crunch of actually tackling it I’m a bit ‘oooh er’ with it – watch this space! Btw, I tried to knit in the evening whilst watching TV and made several mistakes so had to stop doing it. Cables are quite advanced – good for you!

  • 8th December 2020 at 6:26 pm

    I have lots of coats too. I love them as they are good at hiding any odd little ‘lumps’!

    • 9th December 2020 at 10:12 am

      Oh, good another lover of coats! I cannot resist a good coat and despite having many I still look for more – it’s my weakness.

  • 8th December 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Your red puffa coat outfit is my favorite. Those hot colours are amazing on you. Here in British Columbia, there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothing. Last week, we snowshoed on a nearby mountain fully layered! Getting outside is really good, right? Well done on finishing your knitting project! Judy

    • 9th December 2020 at 10:16 am

      Thank you so much. You know yesterday I saw someone wearing a hot pink fluffy teddy coat and ever since I’ve been thinking about getting a coat that colour and style. I have very much moved to wearing more colourful clothes these days.

      Thanks re: the knitting, I now have to move on to a more complicated pattern – feeling a bit nervous about this, but it’s good to test oneself!

  • 8th December 2020 at 7:29 pm

    You Tube is simply wonderful for instructions on how to do things; one of the blessings of modern technology and social media!

    You have a lovely collection of coats and you’ve inspired me to do a feature on mine in my next blog post. I have quite a few coats but only two really warm ones. The rest have splits up the front or back or don’t button beyond the knees just as you pointed out about some of your coats. I’m still looking for the fur coat of my dreams…

    Loved the little cardigan – a gorgeous colour and the wee pockets are so cute!

    Take care and stay warm and safe,

    • 9th December 2020 at 11:33 am

      Yes, I don’t remember when I was knitting a lot (in my 30s & 40s) that we had anything like YouTube for teaching one the correct techniques, so the one on casting on properly was quite an eye-opener! But casting long-tail is another matter – seems quite alien to me so will practice a bit first. The garter stitch was delightfully easy although I still made mistakes!

      Oh yes, do the coats – will be so interesting to see.

      You take care too xxx

  • 8th December 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Some fabulous and practical coats her, Penny. My favourite has to be the fake fur, so glamourous and cosy. Belated congratulations on the birth of your grandson. I love the little cardi, very ‘mignon’ as the French would say. Belatedly I have to say how much I enjoyed the 7 skirt challenge. I thought your Poetry skirt and the black and white coat were fantastic purchases and that you looked so svelte in your M&S leggings. Stay warm and safe.

    • 9th December 2020 at 11:35 am

      Thank you June, that fake fur coat is great but tried it on yesterday and it was quite heavy so not suitable for walking on the beach, not practical, but for city centre/London it’ll be great.

      And thanks again for the compliments re: those posts – it’s good to get the feedback. You stay safe and warm too!

  • 8th December 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, your knitted cardigan is adorable Penny!!! I just love how it turned out.
    And it’s nice that you enjoy colorful winter coats too. Winter is blah enough as it is, I always say!!

    • 9th December 2020 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Jodie, and as I know you’re an expert knitter it’s so nice to hear you love the cardi. Although it is meant for 6months + I gave it to them immediately as I was a little worried about how I had sewed up the shoulders and arms. Not knowing what I was doing I think I made the armholes a little tight. So Oscar will wear it as a coat through the winter 🙂

  • 9th December 2020 at 3:20 am

    Penny the faux fur (snow leopard?) is by far the most elegant coat you wear, it looks just gorgeous on you as well. I bought a down coat 3/4 length two years ago to use while watching my grandson play hockey …. but I find when the therm. hits 5 or below out comes that thrift coat and I’m so grateful for it. I think it cost about $8. canadian. ann lee s

    • 9th December 2020 at 11:54 am

      Thanks re: the fake fur. And wow, that’s a bargain and doesn’t it feel great wearing a successful thrift buy 🙂

  • 9th December 2020 at 11:53 am

    Wool and the Gang! Magnificent name! Reminds me of The Codfather, fish&chips, in Hastings! I would be happy if I could come to Lewes at all! Haha, happy day Penny! And thanks for those gorgeous Brighton photos! They always cheer me up!

    • 9th December 2020 at 12:02 pm

      If you haven’t been to Lewes that much we could meet up there as there’s flat road and coffee shops and boutiques and charity shops. I mean there is a hill with great shops but we could choose whether to do the top or the lower half. Something to think about. Of course Brighton seafront is great near where I am in Kemptown and there’s a short walk to more coffee shops and two charity shops.

      Bring on next year!

  • 9th December 2020 at 11:56 am

    You’re certainly prepared for all eventualities. That faux fur coat is to die for!! Absolutely gorgeous. I have a dramatic faux fur hat that will liven up my forest walk outfits when it gets even colder.

    Congrats on the cardi for your grandson. He will look very cute in it! I never learnt how to knit unfortunately. Too much like “a cow handling a musket,” as my gran used to say. Look forward to seeing the next item!

    • 9th December 2020 at 12:06 pm

      The faux fur is to die for, but yesterday I tried it on and realised that it wouldn’t do for the beach walk – it’s far more a city centre/London coat.

      Never heard of that expression!!!! I used to knit a lot but am not an expert and got out of the habit, so it’s been quite nice to take it up again. Think I’ve ‘jumped the gun’ a bit with the Intermediate knitting pattern – so watch this space! Might knit a simple scarf first!

  • 9th December 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful little cardi for your grandson! The wind can make such a difference in how cold it feels. I bought a nice warm parka last year but it is waist length. I just have to make sure that I wear warm socks and boots if it really cold.

    • 10th December 2020 at 9:15 am

      There are so many jackets out there that are no good in the really cold weather! Take care 🙂

  • 9th December 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Penny
    It has become quite cold and windy here as well. I did not have my long johns on yesterday for my walk and I could only make it once around the park. I confess I used to think of coats as mostly utilitarian, keeping out the cold, wind and rain but I realize that is the first thing you see on someone and what makes a first impression. why not make them stylish as well?
    the little cardigan is adorable!
    I watched yesterday as the first vaccines were given out, Hopefully we will get them here as well soon. some cause for hope. enjoy this holiday season, as strange as it may be this year.

    • 10th December 2020 at 9:25 am

      I agree that extra layers are essential especially around the legs! Yes, it’s cold here but I do think us Brits complain a lot (including me) and yet we don’t have the extreme cold weather and neither do we have the extreme hot weather that you can get in the States. Think that’s probably a good thing!

      And hurrah for vaccines! Here in the UK we will eventually have 3 vaccines, that will serve our population: the Pfizer one being used now, the Moderna, which we haven’t got yet, and the Oxford one which, I think, is just about to be approved. I’d like to get one of the first two as they’re 90%+ effective which is amazing. But I’m not disheartened at all by the Oxford one being slightly less effective as this has a far more effective rate than any flu vaccine and critically important for poorer countries is it is far cheaper and easier to handle. We owe a lot to all scientists out there.

      Yikes – what a year! Take care Darby – stay warm 🙂

  • 9th December 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Hello, Penny

    Your coats are fabulous; my favoutite being the faux fur, obviously! My all-time charity shop bargain was, still is – less than a tenner I think – is an all-wool, long, thick winter coat my husband spotted and insisted I had it despite my reservations. Oh boy, have I grown to love that coat! It’s kept my snug (and fashionable) in the direst of winters and wild weather, both in the USA and at sea during Force 9 gales (but only when we were allowed on deck) and here at home. And every time I put it on I say a little Thank You to its previous owner and tell her it has a very good home with me!

    As for knitting… Well, a bit like you, I knitted kids and husband a sweater each year, along time ago. I even managed the odd cable stitch. But, my late sister in law was so horrified by my dreadful sewing-up that she ended up doing it for me every time! Mind you, she was an ace knitter to start with: from delicate two ply with a complicated pattern to the thickest ply with an equally complicatedpattern. And no concentrating! She could chat, watch the tv and NOT LOOK at what she was doing and turn out the most amazing stuff, bless her.

    And your Oscar’s cardi is amazing too. It’s made with love. You can’t beat that!


    • 10th December 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Isn’t it wonderful when a charity shop bargain turns out to be a keeper and one that you love!

      And yes, very similar to me as I think I did one cable knit. Can’t remember if I had any problems with sewing up but until now I had no idea there was a proper way to do it! The kit had YouTube videos and I was amazed, never thought…. and that was what I found quite challenging to do. Now I’m a little apprehensive about the long-tail cast-on. Thought I might test myself and rather regretting the buy, however I shall certainly make the little jumper I have waiting for me – eventually. Good thing it’s a 6mth-1yr size!!! And I made lots of mistakes whilst trying to knit and watch the telly at the same time – I realise I can’t do that!

  • 10th December 2020 at 9:06 am

    All your wonderful coats remind me why I do prefer Winter dressing. Your snow leopard is simply wonderful, such an elegant coat , perfect for when you can visit art galleries again.
    The little cardigan is so cute . I have never been much of a knitter myself . Hope all is well and your days are cool and sunny.

    • 10th December 2020 at 12:45 pm

      That snow leopard coat is so good to look at but I tried it on and thought it’s not suitable for beach walks, it’s far more a city coat. Shall wear it as soon as I restart the normal life!

      Well, here in the UK it’s certainly cool but it’s grey skies all around at the moment – which is a bit gloomy – bet you’re having a lovely summery day!!! Enjoy!

  • 15th December 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Fabulous array of coats Penny, love the furs. I got my black fur coat out recently – it could do with a little dry clean but looks brilliant for the 24 odd years I’ve had it! Thanks for sharing on the #linkup Jacqui x

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