Hi people

I’m so sorry to have not posted last week – where does the time go!  But see my postscript for one reason why 🙂

Anyway, on this rather grey day I’d like to sing the praises of wearing colourful outer-wear. This is partly prompted by Melania Trump’s canary yellow cape worn whilst she was in the UK, which I thought rather striking, but also I just love to not wear grey or black coats throughout the winter. One of the articles on Melania stated that the yellow cape stood out because once the cold months set in we Brits wear nothing but grey, black and camel. Well, not me. I do have a grey and black coat, but most of my coats are a much brighter hue.

Ah coats. The thing is I would argue that I’m not a shopaholic, no really, I am not, as there are times when several weeks pass when I don’t buy anything even in a charity shop. But coats, ah ha, you’d think that hats were my thing, but actually it’s coats.  And more so now I’ve moved into the centre of Brighton where I walk most days.  So, actually, I do admit to being a coataholic.

This is my latest buy – a green coat.

I think it’s fun and it’s quite a retro shape.  It’s also one of the most expensive items in my wardrobe as it cost £30, which is far more than I usually spend on my coats. The most expensive one I had up to this one, apart from the Michael Kors coat below, cost all of £15. I found this one in a local vintage shop and I’ll have to watch I don’t go in that shop too often as actually their prices, for Brighton, are quite reasonable, and I’ll just be carried away by the lovely things there and buy more than I should! Also, usually, I’d say vintage is not a good look for me because once you get to my age a vintage skirt, for example, can look as though that’s the only thing you wear, it’s always been in your wardrobe, and you’re not modern at all.  For me a vintage item can be a huge mistake – but not this I think

It has a matching scarf.

And then here’s the red Michael Kors puffa coat bought at TKMaxx last year in a rain-storm (when the coat I was wearing just fell apart) for a knock-down price of £40 and worn with the recently bought £4 charity shop hat.


Also my £5 yellow coat, which I wear a lot.

And then there’s my love of orange, which you can see in my gloves above, and below, the cushion in my flat.

I don’t like settees that make you slouch or sink into its cushions. I like to sit very upright and this settee is great for that.

And here’s my orange coat, which I got for a £1 at a swishing event earlier this year. I paid £6 to get into the event and found 6 items, which included the scarf.

This is very lightweight but I wore it on one quite warm(ish) day last week with my new beret. Yes, gulp, it’s new but I think I can just about count the number of things I’ve bought new on one hand. There was the pair of black studded boots; two bras; one pair of pyjamas; several pairs of M&S knickers; and this beret. Actually, that’s 5 categories of things but even so it’s the smallest amount of new clothes bought, ever, for me. I hope to continue that trend.

That’s all for now, but how colourful do you like to be 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. One of the reasons why I didn’t post was that I wrote elsewhere.  You can find the piece on My Other Blog, but i) it’s about the coming election, so if you don’t want anything political don’t read it, and ii) please, please, do not read if you like Boris Johnson!!!

P.P.S Can you spell Pinocchio?

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20 thoughts on “Coats, I love them and especially if they’re red, yellow, green and orange!

  • 10th December 2019 at 8:51 am

    Love the dig about Pinocchio. Good one

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:21 am

      Yes, I think at that moment we saw the real Stanley Johnson: elitist and such a snob. How very dare he!

  • 10th December 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I love coats too! Your new coat jumped out and smiled at me when I opened your post. I sighed and thought, I love a coat without a collar! And then I drooled when I saw that it had a matching scarf! I agree that this green coat is vintage beyond all wildest vintage dreams! I’m at the age too where I tell my daughters that I have to be careful wearing vintage because it will look like I haven’t updated my wardrobe for 30 years. I share a large-ish coat closet with my husband and we can barely get all “our” coats in, despite me storing a few with my other clothes. We sometimes laugh (especially when we’re on our way out and I can’t decide which coat to wear) and say, “I think you need another coat”. Mine are all thrifted also, and sometimes it costs more to have them cleaned than it does to bring them home. Some days my coat is my favorite part of my outfit and I’m reluctant to take it off when I get where I’m going. (And some days, I don’t need to take it off because where I’m really not going anywhere but “out”, which are the best kind of days.) You’re my kind of woman! xo karen

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:28 am

      Hi Karen and how nice to hear from another coat fashionista! I too have a large coat closet which is shared with my husband and then I admit there are more coats in my own closet. And it’s so good to wear a coat that matches not only the weather but the colours you’re wearing. I agree yes, that cleaning them often costs more than it does to get them home. Gosh don’t we just think and act alike!!!

  • 10th December 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Penny, I love all your coats, but especially the green one. Love your recent Other Blog even more – fingers crossed for at least a hung parliament.

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:23 am

      Oh my word, how I am crossing my fingers and toes. Weather isn’t going to be all that good though. I shall get up really early on Friday morning.

      The green coat is a great find and will be worn in the Spring a lot – thanks 🙂

  • 10th December 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I love your new green coat! It looks fab on you and the matching scarf is a lovely touch. I, too, spent more than I normally do on a ‘new to me’ coat (see my latest blog post) but it was black…I donated my green coat to the charity shop as I didn’t like the shape on me. Yours is a lovely shape and length.

    I am terrified I will wake up on Friday morning to another bloody Tory government; fingers crossed I don’t; but I can’t wait to move to Ireland if we do…

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:34 am

      Oh gosh, Veronica, two things, I love your blog but I still can’t get it sent to me, will go directly to it after I’ve replied to everyone 🙂

      And OMG I also am so worried and beyond dreading 5 years of that oaf and his policies. You are so lucky having that link to Ireland. Now with my Scots heritage (mother and half of my father’s bloodline) I’m wondering….. could I get citizenship when they become independent?

      Let’s see what happens tomorrow!

  • 10th December 2019 at 10:12 pm

    How colorful do I like to be? How high is a mountain? Colorful wardrobe pieces put a spring to my step every day! Your warm palette are rays of sunshine for a silver day! Looking good! Judy

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:35 am

      What a hoot Judy – you are such a role model for me. Colour in the winter is so important!

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • 10th December 2019 at 10:22 pm

    You have a great eye for a coat. The yellow one is such a fabulous colour! The Kors coat doesn’t look vintage in an out-of-date way, it looks like couture. Timeless. I don’t wear orange because I finally sussed it doesn’t suit me (cool colours are better) but I have orange in my sitting room including a couple of cushions!

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:47 am

      So sorry as on re-reading I can see I wasn’t all that clear – the Kors is the red puffa coat bought in TKMaxx for an amazing price, it’s the green coat that’s vintage from a Kemptown village vintage/coffee shop. Actually it’s handmade and all wool. You know when you see something and you just have to…. that was the feeling I had when I saw it! I’ll wear it a lot.

      Orange clothing wouldn’t suit you as you have the most beautiful pale English rose skin which suits pink and other cool colours so well, also green. Have a good time in the States!!!!

  • 11th December 2019 at 12:24 am

    Hi Penny, I’m reading your post from South Australia and its 30 degrees C expected today so hard to get excited about coats even though I think your choices are great. But I laughed out loud about your p.s. comment about Boris Johnson, we have a similar problem with our pm in Australia.

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:41 am

      Oh wow, there’s a lot in our media about the fires around Sydney – difficult times for you all round.

      I expect you know that the Pinocchio spelling reference was a dig at Johnson’s dad Stanley who said over half the population was too illiterate to spell Pinocchio. How absolutely dare he! But the remark was very revealing – he was getting angry at an interviewer poking him about his son’s lies. We saw the real Stanley at that point – what a snob!

  • 11th December 2019 at 3:47 am

    I’m with you Penny. It’s dark and dreary enough during these months, so why dress like you’re trying to hide among the darkness. I do love your collection. And coats are such a necessity (at least where you live and I used to live) that it’s worth having fun, colorful and different ones.
    In fact, I just bought an orange one (that kinda looks more red in photos) that you’ll see on the blog next week in Denver at the end of the season. It ended up being only $6 and I couldn’t purge it even though we were moving to this warmer state. But it’s a good thing because I’ve already worn it twice.
    I just love your settee. Did you make the buttons on it colorful like that or did it come that way??

    • 11th December 2019 at 8:17 am

      Hi Jodie, I think there’s always a divide between car drivers who wear jackets and quarter-length coats and then there’s those of us who walk to everything, and also stand waiting in the cold for public transport. For the latter we need to wrap up! Hence the different coats I have. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to live where you hardly need a coat!

      The settee came ready made with the buttons from Made.com which has quite a lot of mid-century designs and the kind of settee I love which is not all soft and plump and cushioned but kind of sleek and upright – link here https://www.made.com

      Have a great rest of the week xxxx

  • 11th December 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I have serious yellow coat envy! Such a cheerful colour and you can accessorise it with so many other colours.

    • 12th December 2019 at 9:08 am

      It is so important to be cheerful on the typically grey days of an English winter. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 12th December 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Lovely blog, Penny. I too am a coat person but with my lack of height I don’t get much joy in charity shops. I too am devastated at the thought of another Tory government with or without that oaf. My only consolation is that I’m in Scotland so hopefully we have light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t worry about citizenship, in an independent Scotland you’ll be more than welcome-well put the kettle on. X Anne

  • 15th December 2019 at 4:10 pm

    What a lovely coat collection Penny. I too have a coat closet -I adore them. Absolutely my favourite item of clothing. x Christine

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