Hello again

I do love colourful clothes.  I admit to possessing many black tops and I do wear black (skinny) jeans from time to time, but there’s nothing like a pop of colour to lift the spirits. I’m not a colourist, not an expert in this, but I think as we age we can embrace colour. And yes, I know that there are certain skin shades that look fabulous when wearing black and white clothes but, I also think we can be bold.

Actually fashionistas are bold – anyone seen any of Sue Kreitzman’s outfits – they’re what I’d call colourful!!   I’m not advocating this as it’s a near to fancy dress look, but there is an another look of older women wearing black (usually wide) trousers in the winter and white (same shape) in the summer.  Plus a white or, even worse, beige cardi.  Noooo, I think.  Seriously, don’t listen to me, because I never, ever, want be someone who tells older women what not to wear – please no! But I do want to encourage and enthuse older women to embrace life, and living and colour.

Just because our skin colour fades and our hair goes grey doesn’t mean we can’t be adventurous and flaunt that favourite shade.  What’s yours, btw?  Mine is green and a particular yellowy in-your-face mustard.

And here are two dresses in that colour bought in Brighton charity shops recently both for the price of £5.99.  That’s a bit more than I’m used to paying but Brighton charity shop prices are higher than my old home town of Newhaven.


That was without me tying the belt – now here it is with the belt tied

Don’t you love that asymmetric hem!  I’ve teamed it with black leggings and my black sandals bought last year.

And then the second dress.

This going to be a favourite.

I feel great wearing it – which is what clothes should do for you, make you feel good.

And here it is with the hat I’m taking to France. Don’t forget both dresses cost next to nothing, so always look in charity shops because you never know what you might find!

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Catherine Summers of Not Dressed as Lamb and #SaturdayShareLinkUp

Nancy of Nancy’s Fancy Style and  Fancy Friday

And Nicole of High Latitude Style and  Top of the WorldStyle linkup party

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21 thoughts on “Do you embrace colourful clothes? I know I do!

  • 19th August 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Do you know what is really depressing? ACRES of black “new season” trousers in M&S today.
    There was an assistant trying to find a pair of size 14 black trousers for some poor customer stuck in a changing room- so many black trousers, she couldn’t find the ones she wanted. Lost in a sea of black……….
    Why is M&S soooooooo dull?

    • 19th August 2017 at 10:41 pm

      M and S are so disappointing, and the quality is no longer there. I just wish we had more charity shops in Toronto……….and yeh for colour, just lifts the spirits when your aching and creaking.
      I had a double mastectomy this week, and am looking forward to buying some bright tops to fit my new smaller boobs. Penny you are an inspiration, love the blog, it lifted my spirits this week when I saw my inbox with two postings. Thank you……..you look amazing.

      • 20th August 2017 at 7:57 am

        Hi Geri – and wishing the very best to you for your recovery from such a major op. Good for you thinking about new clothes!

        I don’t know what it is about M&S as they must have access to good design and designers. The clothes are either too frilly or too boring to be worn! Take care and heal well and soon x

    • 20th August 2017 at 7:53 am

      Yes, so agree with you. There’s nothing wrong with having one or even two pairs of black trousers, and of course, I do wear black leggings a lot. But colour lifts the skin tone which is especially important as we age. And colour is so nice! I think, btw, M&S lost it a long time ago. I remember some years ago a sea of brown and beige clothes….. why? Of course, there is always Per Una but that can be too frilly!

  • 19th August 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I agree with you about mustard, it really is one of my favorite colors and mustard and grey together is just classic. I would grabbed ahose too. You’re right, that £5.99 is a bit higher. Here, that would be about £4.5. That mustard piece could be good transitional piece into fall.

    I’m not afraid to go bright, I did this week on the blog, but I do have to be in the mood. My behavior pattern is usually to pull out a scarf and use it for color. I just went to a fashion do last night and it was mostly black, even during the summer. Admittedly, I had black pants on too, but my top looked like a disco ball, so I had to go neutral somewhere.

    • 20th August 2017 at 8:04 am

      I think a well cut pair of black pants can be great as a go-to base for many outfits and many occasions and people should always have one pair, plus I have a pair of black skinny jeans. It’s the uniform black flappy trousers topped with a fleece and a rain jacket that I just hate to see worn – that look is truly dull.

      That second dress will be a favourite I think.

      London charity shop prices are by far the highest, btw! I suppose the shops have to pay for the site but even so…

  • 19th August 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I agree completely, I feel lifted by colourful clothes. I agree with Marion, M&S colours are depressing! I spent years wearing black office dresses from M&S which I have to say at the time suited me very well as they lasted forever. I no longer think their things are hard wearing and are soooo dull.
    It is so good now to be able to wear casual colourful things. I have lots of colourful scarves and jewellery and tend towards blues and silvers but try to introduce other colours. I’m not a successful charity shop shopper yet but am working on it, I use a wheelchair when out and about and often it’s difficult to even get into our local charity shops but I will persevere!
    Thank you Penny, I always find your blogs interesting.

    • 20th August 2017 at 8:09 am

      Hi Chrissie – that’s interesting about the access issue. I can see it would be difficult as thinking back to all the ones I visit even if the door access is flat (and there are some I can think of with steps) the racks of clothes are often quite squashed together.

      I have looked at Oxfam online but haven’t bought anything as really I would prefer to try things on.

      As for moving on from work clothes – yes, absolutely. I’ve found it so liberating!

  • 19th August 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I am totally depressed by M&S clothes. I went into quite a large one recently and the drabness was depressing. I find that I want to wear more colour as I get older (69 in October) possibly because as you age, your face seems to lose colour, or is it just me. I like charity shops but never find anything worthwhile in my local ones as it’s a relatively poor area. I do better when I go down to see my daughter as she lives in Wiltshire which is a more affluent area. I recently resurrected a line green jacket from Country Casuals which I bought years ago and was about to send to a charity shop, but wore it with white trousers and a sleeve black top and felt pretty good! Sometimes hanging on to stuff pays off!!

    • 20th August 2017 at 8:14 am

      Yes, M&S seem to have no sense of design whatsoever. Or is it that their designers think they are aiming at the middle income, middle aged woman (whoever she is) and have got it quite wrong because this group is so diverse. Also women now mix and match from different shops. We go to Primark for something cheap and cheerful and maybe Toast for a quality outfit, meanwhile M&S is just plain boring.

      Ah yes, and charity shops can vary a lot. They certainly do reflect the population of the town or city. And I agree classics in the wardrobe can be a great find!!!

  • 19th August 2017 at 8:58 pm

    That second dress is stunning! I love the colours! I used to wear only black for years. Until I started blogging. Now I love to wear colours!

    • 21st August 2017 at 8:15 am

      Hi Nancy! Yes, I wore that second dress yesterday and felt great in it. The thing is people buy the black pants/trousers because they’re safe and easy to wear, then they become an item of clothing that is worn a lot. I think to be stylish (rather than fashionable) it’s important to keep getting out of the comfort zone of the safe black dress, top (I have lots of those) and pants/trousers! And embrace colour! Which I think we both do Nancy!

  • 19th August 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Oh I wholeheartedly agree!!! I love colorful clothes! My hair is gray and I’m over 50 but I love color in clothes!

    • 21st August 2017 at 8:16 am

      Fantastic! Keep on with the colour, I say!

  • 20th August 2017 at 7:26 am

    Yes, I was looking for some cream flats yesterday and was frustrated by the amount of black shoes around. Eventually, found some in the Fenwick’s sale. The shoes are to go with some colourful maxi dresses. Colour is great, particularly in the warmer months. My favourite is bright blue. X

    • 21st August 2017 at 8:23 am

      Yes, the big stores are very uniform in their liking for black. Fortunately, near Brighton, Lewes, has a really great little independent shoe shop which sells all sorts, including a lot of foreign/European stock. I go there for shoes. Also have you ever been to the shoe shop called Shue? http://www.schuh.co.uk That stocks a lot of flats – some a bit wacky I admit.

      And Fenwick’s! Must go to it when I get to London again.

      • 21st August 2017 at 8:26 am

        Yes, love Brighton and Lewes so will have to make a visit. Thanks for the tip. Love a bit of wacky!

  • 20th August 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Colour is GREAT! When the colour in my skin and hair fades away I cheer myself up with colourful clothes. At least I am no longer an ‘invisiable older women’ ! I go racing (horse) lots and lots in winter, and love the bright colours of beautiful winter clothes. My friends can always spot me in the sea of ‘dun coloured country clothes’.
    Really love the first yellow dress, without a belt.

    M&S – it is not just the colour and style that are miserable – what about the FABRICS! Yikes.

    • 21st August 2017 at 8:32 am

      M&S has lost it. It used to be the go-to place for middle income, middle age people wanting quality clothes, but they don’t seem to realise that ‘middle age’ = sensible and staid doesn’t mean much nowadays. Yes, there are office clothes to buy, but mostly people of that age will want to wear fun clothes or jeans after work. I think the M&S clientele has grown older and that’s who shops there now. But hey I’m 71 and I don’t shop there – because of the dullness. And Per Una isn’t really what I want and is too expensive anyway. Nope, I don’t go there.

      Bet you look great on the race course!

  • 25th August 2017 at 11:33 am

    Bright colours are very youthful, black and navy can be so ageing. You’re bang on trend with the ochre colour which Pantone call “lemon curry” – it’s going to be everywhere this autumn! Both dresses look fab with leggings and black sandals.

  • 27th August 2017 at 11:02 am

    I agree about M&S clothes ‘ordinary’ and too expensive for me. I’m like you Penny, I always go for a bargain! I buy a lot on e-bay (used) and if I only wear something a few times I can sell it again or more usually, send it to a charity shop.
    I seem to have an insatiable need for novelty and I nearly always wear bright colours too. I love printed dresses especially and as I tend to be cold I can wear a cardigan to pick up one of the shades. I’ve never worn leggings – I prefer tights with a controlling top. I wear hats and I love vintage costume jewellery of which I have a big collection. My feet can’t cope with the lovely heels I used to wear 20 years ago and shoes are always a problem for me, unless wearing trousers which I don’t really like as at 5′ 1″ I’ve got short legs!

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