And a very big welcome to those of you who popped over from the post I wrote on Tricia Cusden’s Look Fabulous Forever blog, and decided to stay! Yes, I wrote about our decision to move into a retirement flat. If you haven’t visited Tricia’s website before do have a look at my post here, and then go browse around her makeup, which I use a lot.
And btw, I did read some of the lovely comments in response to my post and here are just a couple of thoughts:
The flat we bought privately is a ‘retirement’ flat, but there is no actual assistance apart from a communal lounge (which you don’t have to sit in) and some activities (which you don’t have to participate in, but hey, they’re there), a manager (as I said, he’s great) and some red-pull cords (which we have taken down). There’s also a really lovely garden which we can sit in if we want.
And for the few who hated the idea of living with older people, yes, we are probably amongst the youngest owners, but, and it is a big but, this is Brighton, which is full of young people. We chose to live in this city for just that reason – we love the buzz of this city full of young students, young families and wacky people! And we’re out in it a lot of the time.
Anyway, because I had so many new followers I was going to write about shopping in charity shops. And yes, here are a couple of tips below, but I’m also writing about acting your age – or not!
First tip is: check out your area and find the good charity shops, as opposed to the ones that have rather drab and boring clothes. You can’t find anything in the charity shops in your area? Then do some research and go find the town or city that does have good charity shops. Because they are out there.
Second tip: is never drop your standards. You like beautiful clothes? Then that is what you’re looking for, quality clothes in a variety of sizes with good labels that have been hardly worn. Only this week I picked up two unworn items:
Here’s a pair of black bootees. Aren’t they amazing. Not only unworn but a bit edgy – I like that.
And this is an M&S Per Una skirt I picked up for next to nothing with the label still on.
But you know what, that skirt is typical of many you can find in charity shops. Very nice, very serviceable, almost stylish. It’ll do. However, the last time I was in London I took a pic of an Alexander McQueen outfit. Here it is.
Oh wow, what’s not to like; the studded biker boots, the jacket and that diaphanous skirt. I was sold. I yearned. I vowed I would find something to wear from wherever, but not from McQueen, of course, be real, I said to myself.
But note, not once did I say, at over 70, I can’t wear that kind of thing. If there’s one phrase that’ll get me seriously riled is ‘age appropriate clothes’ or worse, ‘comfortable clothes’. Oh no. Never. And don’t you think it either.
And actually I had the jacket, which I wear a lot. In fact, I’ve got two of those jackets (both bought a long time ago from charity shops).
Three days ago I found the boots. And yesterday I found the skirt. Here it is.
Isn’t that a skirt and a half! Look at the detail.
It’s not from a charity shop, it’s newly made from an artisan selling at an art festival in Newhaven. It swishes as you walk.
And I promise to wear this out and about in both Brighton and London. I’ll get a pic of me taken outside to prove it! But here it is with one of my faux leather jackets.
So, I’d say, whatever your age and especially once your 70 – don’t be boring.
Ok, I can hear you say, but I don’t have the shape or the confidence. And actually I never want to say to you – don’t. But what I want to encourage is that you push the envelope a little, go wear what you yearn for. You can, you know.
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
And sharing with:
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and her weekly Visible Monday share
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her #iwillwearwhatilike weekly session