Hi everyone

This is a post all about building up a look on next-to-nothing, because, of course, practically every item in my wardrobe has been bought from charity shops for around £5 – you know, it makes sense!

I went up to London a couple of weeks ago to the Victoria & Albert Museum (I expect you all know it’s usually called the V&A) wearing that glorious red coat, plus the pom-pom woolly hat.  Why?  Because it was another grey day, and I felt the need to brighten myself up!  Seriously, this weather.

So I thought to celebrate going to such a splendid museum let’s have something colourful under the red coat as well, and here’s what I wore.

stripped skirt 01

I’ve had this stunning Missoni type charity shop pencil skirt for a long, long time.  Here it’s worn with the faithful ankle boots (now into their 5th winter) and a top I bought years ago.

Over this went my faux leather jacket.


And then the mac, which is so useful in the damp UK climate because it’s got a hood!


In the last two photos I’m wearing the brown charity shop boots bought last year. So with the longer boots I’m completely covered up, and can cope with all the rain that our winter is throwing at us.

The V&A exhibition I went to showed some spectacular jewellery owned by a fabulously wealthy family.  To be quite honest the sapphires and rubies were so big they looked unreal, you couldn’t quite relate to them.  It was OK as an exhibition, but not one of the greats.  The best bit for me, though, was the cup of tea and cake I had with my friend Tricia of LookFabulousForever fame – do have a look at her website and the tutorials she does on older women and the makeup I hope you’re all wearing.  In April the V&A is going to do an exhibition on underwear – now that, I’m looking forward to!

If you’ve read down this far, I’ve got something to tell you.  My other blog called, funnily enough, ‘My Other Blog‘ is up and running. There are two posts on it already.  I may put up a link to it on this blog (but still thinking about it as they’re very different).  If you’d like to sign up for this other blog, there’s always the thing where you can pop your email address to get the blog posts, which, btw, won’t be all that regular, probably only every other week or maybe even less than that.  Please note that this other blog will have wordier blog posts on more serious and contentious issues.  The first two posts are on the current refugee crisis, and I hold views on that situation that not everyone will agree with.

Anyway, that’s all for now – I’m sharing with Catherine Summers #iwillwearwhatilike blog post on layering.  Thank you so much for reading and following the frugalfashionshopper blog, I appreciate and value you all.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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4 thoughts on “Building a look that costs not a lot!

  • 15th February 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Penny,

    Good to see you recently in Newhaven. I’m up for receiving your new blog, and I think I’m probably signed up for it already. Keep up the good work of making us think not just about fashion but more serious matters too!

    • 16th February 2016 at 8:20 am

      Hi Margaret and yes, sad to be at the funeral but good to see you and hear about your new neighbourhood! Thanks so much for signing up for both the blogs. That means you’ll now receive an automatic email from the blog, so it’ll look different to the one you’ve been receiving from me up to now. And thanks again for reading and following my ‘other blog’. This blog may, or may not, slowly get more followers but really it’s a way to order the thoughts buzzing around in my head and get them down on paper. Or maybe because I was a late/mature/older student I just haven’t stopped writing essays!!!! Take care and all the best, Penny

  • 7th August 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Just discovered your blog. I love charity shops. Most of my clothes are purchased in charity shops. I love your style of dressing. I am 54 and it’s lovely to see mature ladies looking so chic. Keep up the good work.

    • 8th August 2016 at 7:04 am

      Hi Karen! Great to meet you. Yes, the charity shop shopping began because I was feeling really broke after stopping work but then I found I could be stylish as well. I don’t think age makes much difference as I was always interested in clothes but work (and life!) got in the way of truly expressing my style – so actually my retirement and my ageing has contributed to the way I look now. However, while I think the fashion media is finally getting to grips with fashion and the over-40s it is not grasping the idea of the over-60s being fashion-wise and just forget the over-70s as they’re wearing pyjamas or something ‘comfortable’. I think I’ll stop there or I’ll say something sweary!

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