Winter used to be my favourite season, but not so much now, however, I do like cold weather clothes.  And as the UK it’s getting just a bit cooler, I’ve begun to get out my winter clothes.

I love wearing winter woollies!  But before you say I couldn’t wear wool against my skin, I couldn’t either.  I always wear a long-sleeved cotton top against my skin (like this one from Peacocks) and then the wool item over it.

The heating indoors in the UK is never overly-warm (well it isn’t in our household) so we usually wear our winter woollies around the house as well as wearing it outside.  And if I’m sitting down in my office on one of my office days writing one of my blog posts then I’ll definitely need that extra layer.

Here’s a jumper I bought in France at a reduced price (50 Euros – so much more than I’d pay in a charity shop).

I’ve teamed it with my inexpensive black jeans from Primark and the charity shop bootees.

My lifestyle is also about not driving the car for short journeys.  I either walk into Brighton (30 minutes to Brighton’s London Road) or wait for the bus, and tbh, I’m ever so slightly disgusted at the number of cars pouring into the city. People, you are contributing to Brighton’s very polluted air. Go park your car outside our city (in Withdean Stadium, actually) and take the bus.  Please.  And I know everyone has their reasons (often good ones) for driving, but even so, now we know how polluting cars are, perhaps, take the bus.  Sorry, end of rant.

Anyway, I tend to wrap up when I leave for a trip into the centre of Brighton.  On a chilly day I’d wear my black charity shop coat bought some years ago now.

This plus a hat, scarf and gloves will be fine for either walking or waiting for the bus.

But the lovely woolly jumper can also be jazzed up a tad.  See it here with a silvery charity shop skirt bought for just £4.99 and shiny black charity shop boots.

Actually I think someone has just cut the hem short – was it full length?  No matter, I like its quirkiness.  And I think, whatever your age, you can be a bit edgy by teaming unusual combinations like wool with a party skirt.

But tell me, do you wear wool and love it like I do?

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for iwillwearwhatilike 

Btw, this week Catherine has featured me wearing that yellow coat – wow and many thanks, Catherine!

Nicole of High Latitude Style for Top of the World Style

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style for Fancy Friday

and Judith of Style Crone and her monthly #hatattack for yet another hat

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22 thoughts on “Cold weather gear for walking into town

  • 21st November 2017 at 8:58 am

    Like you I like winter weather so that I can wear my hats, cloche shape, berets, baker boy, & furry when it’s really cold. I’ve got several pairs of gloves and many scarves and wraps as well – I really love my grey leopard collar/scarf.
    I bought a beautiful shawl in Crete this year, red grey and cream. At £40 it’s a bit expensive for me but if it lasts as long as the first real pashmina I bought 15 years ago and still wear it’ll be a bargain. Sometimes it is worth paying more.
    I only like fine knit wool as I find bulky knits make me look fat and can be too difficult to get off when I get a hot flush (65 and theses are still going strong!)

    • 22nd November 2017 at 8:18 am

      We have similar tastes! The black and white jumper featured in this blog is made from the finest alpaca wool (just looked at the label) that’s why it was so expensive I guess. But so light to wear.

      Sorry to hear about the hot flushes. Do you read Tricia Cusden’s blog? Here’s her latest and amongst other things she gives a link to a company that does cool nightwear – here’s the link to the blog

  • 21st November 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I am 63 years old and you are my idol in the fashion world! Your outfits always rock and the hats… oooh the hats, because I am a hat girl. It’s just about finding the right looking hat. Keep on rockin’ the look, Penny!!

    • 22nd November 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks so much Diane, it’s all about just looking in charity shops!

  • 21st November 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Great sweaters. I Always park at the boulevard! Haha, with a disabled patch I can park it anywhere. But of course I can t take the bus, otherwise I did!

    • 21st November 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Oh yes, Nancy, absolutely, there are good reasons to drive into town and yours is the best. But some people just drive everywhere. I think the way forward is electric cars. There are two electric car charging posts near where I live – but sadly I’ve never seen anyone use them. Yes, if I was buying a new car now I’d think about that, but this is our last car. We won’t get another.

  • 21st November 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Pollution in Brighton – Oxford as well. Regularly exceeds pollution levels – and the council has allowed a vast ‘mall’ to be built in the centre of Oxford to attract more vehicles. What does this mall hold….all the usual suspects, so it is possible one of the dullest and most expensive shopping experiences you could imagine.
    Stick to charity shops – they have fantastic clothes as Penny regularly shows. Another great look, Penny,

    • 22nd November 2017 at 8:22 am

      Yes, our ‘mall’ has been up and running for many years now – it’s always so crowded. Have you ever been to Lewes? It’s full of small shops – it’s a good place to shop and there’s plenty of charity shops as well!

  • 21st November 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I’m not a great fan of winter woollies but I do like winter for the layering opportunities!

    I love your maxi coat; the party skirt and the fab 50 euro sweater look great together.

    • 22nd November 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thank you so much Veronica. Just been on your blog

      By the way, I know I signed up on Goggle to follow your blog, but I don’t do Google very much, so I’m not seeing your blog posts regularly. Which is such a shame as I realised when I looked just now how truly wonderful your outfits are. I aim to from now on!!! Also thank you so much for featuring your favourite blogs on your front page. Thank you so much for that as there are always some people coming over from yours – very, very much appreciated. xxxxx

  • 22nd November 2017 at 9:30 am

    Penny, you remind me why I really love the joys of Winter dressing, all those warm, wool layers. I do wear wool but not next to my skin and its usually a fine wool .I really love your long coat, so smart.
    On another note I totally agree about walking if possible , so good for our planet.

    • 23rd November 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Yes, woollens are lovely but not against the skin! The coat was a great find!

  • 22nd November 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I’m happy when it gets cold enough to wear my winter woolies after the many cold and grey days we get in a North Yorkshire summer when I feel I should be wearing summer clothes.
    I am on a personal crusade to only buy “proper” wool, the difference in comfort and warmth is amazing and as one of the worlds coldest people I just can’t cope with acrylic. It’s difficult to find and expensive to buy these items but they last much longer. I’ve recently bought some EMU boots which unlike their more well known rivals are actually lined with sheepskin and my feet are warm at last. I’m buying Selina Scott’s wonderful socks and Yak scarves for Christmas gifts this year as they are the real article and not just a small percentage of the expensive fibres.
    We have wonderful wool in this country and I feel it is tragic that our farmers receive such a derisory payment for their fleeces we should think carefully before buying fabrics made from oil derivatives when we have an ideal resource on our doorstep.
    Sorry to rant, but I feel very strongly about this.
    Keep warm
    Chrissie W

    • 23rd November 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Hi Chrissie and great to hear of your enthusiasm for all things woollen – and for paying the farmers more money for their fleeces – I’m with you there!

  • 22nd November 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I’m not very keen on autumn, prefer it when winter has kicked in and prefer winter to be cold and clear, not grey and soggy (which it usually is). You have some great winter outfits. I love that black coat. Most of my coats are pretty old so while they weren’t thrifted, I’ve had good value out of them. I like wearing wool but sometimes it’s a bit itchy so I like it to be cold enough to layer over a thin top, like you do. I’m also partial to a North Face type fleece – they are not remotely trendy but they’re warm and cosy and make me happy.

    • 23rd November 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, winter clothes are my favourite and that black coat was a great find! I haven’t got a fleece, but I do have two even warmer coats which I get out when it’s frosty!

  • 22nd November 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I love winter clothes too. They seem somehow more stylish and I llike to layer. I also like to mix fabric combinations such as a lace skirt with boots and a woolly jumper or a velvet jacket with denim. I do wear wool but always over something else.
    We can all make excuses for using cars and should do so less often but I admit to using mine for lots of shortish journeys. The problem is that local public transport is poor and getting almost anywhere involves either crossing dual carriageways or walking under dimly lit underpasses.

    • 23rd November 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I totally understand about the lack of public transport in some areas. I used to live in a village and the only thing you could do is get into a car. But there are so many buses coming into Brighton, plus trains and then a park and ride. I really do believe that people could leave their cars behind when they come into cities. But safety first – yes I’d get into a car rather than walk under a badly lit underpass – I’m with you on that.

  • 26th November 2017 at 6:38 pm

    More fabulous photos & outfits! Layers are my saviour when it’s cold & I’m such a fan of cashmere cardigans. Although this might sound very expensive, I always buy mine in the sales and if I work out cost per wear, they really are very good value! I wonder if you ever come across any cashmere items in charity shops, Penny…

  • 1st December 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Yes I do wear wool and always look out for it in charity shops, unfortunately mostly I see bobbly, shapeless acrylic but occasionally I have been lucky. Like you I wear a thin long sleeved T-shirt underneath.
    Brighton traffic is horrendous and parking fees exorbitant. I always take the Park & Ride from Withdean stadium, much cheaper and less stressful than navigating the gridlocked roads near the seafront.
    I love those fabulous shiny charity shop boots of yours, they look jolly comfy too.

  • 6th December 2017 at 8:41 pm

    It can feel so comfortable and cozy to wrap up in cold weather clothes. It also allows me to wear more of my favorites as you have shown with your coat, extremely versatile hat (+ scarf and gloves). Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

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