Hello everyone

I began this post on Monday when Brighton had an almost day-long torrential downpour, one of many downpours we had over the last week, but hey, this week the weather has improved and it’s sunnier and warmer now – hurrah! That means this post is a bit out-of-date with many pix of clothes to wear when it rains!  Rain gear is important for me, as like a lot of Brits we don’t get into the car all the time, my life is about walking around my area of Brighton, and taking longer walks along the seafront and occasionally into the centre of town. So rain affects what I wear.

It started with me reading September’s edition of Vogue – which I read so you don’t have to!  What a ridiculous magazine! It’s full of advertisements and articles praising humunguously expensive clothes, and yet when the price of the magazine goes down to £2, I think, why not. The edition is full of Autumn/Fall clothing, which seemed appropriate at the time I bought it and jackets feature a lot. Although coats are almost my favourite item of clothing of all, I do love jackets but I don’t wear them enough, partly because where I live we have sea breezes and you need to wrap up for those – hence the need for coats!  And how strange to be thinking of this type of clothing in August. Mind you we have had such weird weather here in the UK with so much rain that, at the moment (that was Monday) we need to wear items for all four seasons in one day as if you wear too many layers it gets quite hot, but you also need the gear to cover up when it rains.

Here is a tee-shirt and jacket both of which I found only this week which will see me into the Fall season.

I begin with the tee (£2) and a pair of black skinny jeans bought new last year from Mango, I love the little tie at the bottom of the tee, and here it is half tucked.

I’m wearing this with a pair of silver shoes also bought new two years ago. So far so good, then in my backpack I always have this charity shop light rain mac bought several years ago. I also take an umbrella with me everywhere

I’m laughing as Mr F suggested I stand in the shower for a better effect! On a cooler day I shall wear this waterproof shacket bought this week at £10, it’s new as it still had its Topshop labels!

And when it gets really cool I shall have my black hoodie under it which was bought new aeons ago. I actually want to replace this hoodie as it is so old so I’m on the lookout.

All very frugal, but last week on my Facebook timeline up popped Vivienne Westwood’s website for off-the-peg items.  Reader, I covet a jacket there, do have a look. What do you think?  At over £900 obviously I can’t afford it and it would be a challenge to find and replicate that look from a charity shop. Sigh! I mean you cannot take it with you, as in money, nor of course can you take clothes!!! What would you do?

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I’m off to Brighton Museum today to see an exhibition on David Bowie – yay!  More about that next week 🙂

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23 thoughts on “Clothes for rainy days!

  • 11th August 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Hello, Penny

    Good choices again, well done! If you do happen to buy VW’s jacket, get me one too, please, it’s a cracker. Tres elegant.

    I know the rain was needed but did Heaven have to empty its bucket all in one go? Fortunately, the forecast is brighter for a while but I swear that Autumn’s on its way. A neighbour’s vine leaves are turning and trees round here are beginning to look less lively. And, the best hint of all, an Autumn clothes catalogue arrived this week! I doubt I’ll buy but I do enjoy a drool, sorry, trawl through the pages. Much as I enjoy wearing shorts and t-shirts in the summertime I do love my jeans and sweatshirts, thick socks and boots plus snuggly wraparound scarves. Bring ’em on! But maybe not just yet, eh?

    Have a good week
    Z x

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:22 am

      I agree, I do find winter clothes more attractive and easier to wear, but yes, it would be nice to have some good weather, because although it’s warmer we’ve had a lot of grey cloud cover.

      And sigh, that VW jacket I keep thinking about it.

      You have a good week and weekend too 🙂

  • 11th August 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Penny, Macs and waterproof shoes are my most used items this summer, although none are as fine as your folduppable one, or as trendy as your pvc shacket. It really has been so changeable this year, I’m losing the will to dress up. I almost always get it wrong and am either too hot, or cold or wet. Still it’s good to remind others who live in less changeable climes, that our UK obsession with the weather, is for a very good reason! I didn’t realise that the September Vogue was only £2. I might get a copy to see what trends I don’t suit, as usual. I’m currently trying to use my closet orphans, on S.trish Instagram- and I’m finding it a very colourful exercise at the moment. I’m only calling them closet orphans, as wardrobe orphans is a bit of a mouthful. I do hope we get to wear some sunnier clothes soon, and I do so miss all the fun exhibitions at Brighton Museum. Please blog about it if you can manage. All the best Trish S

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:31 am

      I don’t go on Instagram all that often but I’ve just gone on and found you and the orphan clothes – one particular one is really good for its colour combination and suits you so well – have commented 🙂

      Honestly this weather – yesterday I thought I simply must dress up for a visit to an exhibition (David Bowie – more about it in next week’s blog) but afterwards we ate outside and I absolutely FROZE! The forecasted sun did not appear until late afternoon by which time we were back home. I just didn’t have enough layers.

      All the best to you to 🙂

      • 13th August 2021 at 6:51 am

        Thanks for taking a look. I really like the magenta combo too. I’m really trying to use a wider range of clothes, otherwise I keep sticking to the ‘comfy’. Re the weather, so confusing. I’m wondering if a pashmina might be something to take around. You can wrap yourself in it, and use as a scarf when walking ( in the rain 😉 Love to see the David Bowie blog. Cheers.

  • 11th August 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Ohhh, please send the rain over here! We live near the coast and the foothills behind us are dry, dry, dry. Some scarring still remains from the large Thomas fire of 2017 when homes burned. However, I must note “torrential rain” could reek havoc here. That is what happened north of here after the Thomas fire. Lives were lost during a flash flood of burned debris from up in the foothills that gained speed as it made its way to the coast. It did not just flow in the streets. It took out whole buildings, century old trees, cars, boulders the size of cars, and sadly, lives when homes were buried in the debris. It was sudden. No warning. The drainage system had become overwhelmed. This was in the toney area where Prince Harry now resides. For the most part, rebuilding happened and things are, again, quite beautiful in that area.
    You look fabulous in each piece you shared in this post, Penny. I have rain gear, too, purchased for a Fall trip to France in 2016. I love your silver sneakers! I have a pair of metallic Birkenstock sandals that I find so versatile for casual and more.
    Hoping your David Bowie outing is absolutely smashing! Can’t wait to hear about it!
    Stay safe and healthy!

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:45 am

      We Brits moan about the weather a lot as we have unpredictable weather patterns and we can never tell when it might rain or not or whether in the summer it will remain warm or suddenly become quite cool. But flooding may well become feature for us as we are a tiny island and we get all the storms that cross the Atlantic, that’s why we can do lush gardens because of the rain. But really we know nothing of extreme weather – like the extreme heat being experienced in some parts of Europe. I do hope you get some rain soon.

      Thanks for the nice comments about my silver shoes, Charlene, and yes, next blog I will talk about the David Bowie exhibition! Take care and stay safe 🙂

  • 11th August 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Liking your raingear options Penny. the “shacket” is interesting and will probably be quite useful. My own options are several years old. A black microfiber trench coat purchased about 15 years ago and a mac type, also black with a bit of blue trim. I bought this in an equestrian tack store maybe 5 years ago. I was considering upgrading this past year, although neither item was inexpensive. many years ago I had a Burberry trench coat which I had managed to purchase second hand at a resale shop. I believe it was 50 American dollars at the time. Silly me I got rid of it in an overzealous closet purge. I was considering replacing it, which would have been a major splurge but when I saw the actual prices I realized that would have been crazy. way more expensive than the Westwood jacket. the jacket reminds me of one I had purchased several years ago from Boden. though mine is more cropped it is also an interesting plaid, which gives it a bit of and edge. and being petite the shorter length is better on me. and it was a splurge of me, well over 200 American dollars! however, it gets lots of complements and is classic enough to be something I hope to have for a long time. I must say I like the silver sneakers. two years ago I bought a pair of more golden metalic ones and wear them all the time.
    Here in the Eastern US the weather has been pretty typical. it is hot and humid, but actually not as bad as other Summers. We did have a lot of rain earlier in the season. Actually we have been lucky as other parts of the country have been devastated by fire, excessive killing heat. What have we done to the planet?!
    More positively, that David Bowie exhibit sounds exciting!
    Enjoy! Darby

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:55 am

      Oh wow, a Burberry trench! I’ve just looked on their website and one is nearly double the price of the VW jacket! It’s an education to see what some people are prepared to pay. I’m still thinking about that VW jacket and I may try it as I can always send it back. I just have to justify it first !!!!!!!

      Parts of Europe are currently suffering devastating heat and wildfires. Wildfires are of course a normal occurrence but not like this years’ fires. It is awful to contemplate. And my moans about the weather in the UK are really about our tendency for it to rain a lot even in the summer, when it is a minor inconvenience. Rain in the winter though can lead to flooding and that will be our lot I think over the years to come. It is important to think positively so I hope this meeting in November in Glasgow will do something – here’s hoping.

      More about the David Bowie in next weeks blog 🙂

  • 11th August 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Love the new t and the shacket is interesting. It looks like leather/pleather? I particularly liked it over the hoodie. We didn’t have torrential rain on Monday just a few showers. It amazes me that the weather can be so different in a relatively small area. Friends who live in a village called Turvey about 8 -10 miles from Bedford had both torrential rain and thunderstorms on Monday!

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:36 am

      It’s difficult to know how to describe the jacket – maybe it’s pleather?! Our weather here in Brighton is a bit disappointing this week as it’s warmer or certainly quite muggy but there’s a lot of grey clouds around today blocking the sun, and it was the same yesterday.

      Thanks as ever xxx

  • 11th August 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I love how you layered this up for the cooler and cooler temps Penny!! Especially with the hoodie under the shacket!!
    Those silver shoes are just fabulous!

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:33 am

      It’s such funny weather here, we’ve got grey clouds and no sun and yet it’s quite muggy and warm, but yesterday we ate outside and I absolutely froze! Our obsession with the weather is justified as we never know from one day to the next what to expect!

      Thanks re: the silver shoes, they’re nice to wear 🙂

  • 12th August 2021 at 11:51 am

    I went to that exhibition a few years ago when he just died. I hope you enjoyed it, I thought is was very impressive! Love the polka dot coat! You will very stylish in the rain. Although I agree with Mr.F, you should have stand in the shower! Lol. I love everything Vivienne Westwood. If I ever win a lotery I will buy a lot of her hand!!

    • 12th August 2021 at 11:59 am

      I wonder if you’re thinking of the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A which was mind-blowingly amazing? This one was an exhibition of photographs taken by a long-time friend – it was good and we really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t on the same scale as the V&A exhibition. Took a lot of photos and will put them in next week’s blog.

      I know – that VW jacket….. Still thinking about it!

  • 12th August 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I laughed at your husband’s idea of taking pictures of your rain gear in the shower! We’ve been having some pretty crazy afternoon storms with torrential rains, thunder, lighting and wind. I love watching it from indoors but my husband and I got caught in one last weekend when we were almost home biking. We got soaked!

    • 16th August 2021 at 9:50 am

      The weather here has been really odd this year and of course, much worse elsewhere. Take care 🙂

  • 13th August 2021 at 9:23 am

    A David Bowie exhibition in Brighton? I didn’t know. How exciting! I remember the excellent exhibition at the V&A.
    You look very trendy in your rainwear! I need something like that charity shop mac, something light and long-ish. I have two rain jackets but both fairly short and somewhat utilitarian looking, being the North Face and Rab brands!

    • 16th August 2021 at 9:52 am

      I know! David Bowie – it was excellent and I shall write about it in the next blog. Actually all my rain gear is a little on the short side – I would still like a really long mac as I’m out in the rain a lot!

  • 13th August 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Love the waterproof shacket Penny – that will get so much wear and the colour is perfect for Autumn. Jacqui x

    • 16th August 2021 at 9:53 am

      Yes, it was a great find, Jacqui, thank you 🙂

  • 15th August 2021 at 11:40 am

    Hi. My first time posting. I also love the Vivienne Westwood Jacket and of course the trousers! I think if I really craved it I would try and source a similar pattern and some material on-line. There are some great sites selling less expensive, good quality fabric. Then have a go or get a quote from a seamstress. It depends if it keeps popping into your mind or if it was just a passing fancy. If it lingers maybe start looking!
    I do look forward to reading your blogs, there’s always something interesting so thank you.

    • 16th August 2021 at 9:55 am

      I am thinking of that jacket a lot! I shall haunt the website to see if it features in a sale – the trouble is the sales often happen when they’ve only got tiny sizes left. Your idea is a good one so I shall investigate this – thanks for that and thank you so much for commenting and your kind words 🙂

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