Gosh, film night, that’s come round super fast!   I posted my November outfit only a couple of weeks ago.  But I was a bit late for that post, and in December we hold our film screening on the 2nd Saturday instead of the 3rd because of all the things that happen around Christmas, so yes, it has come round quickly!

Inevitably our ticket sales go down because of the timing.  People are at office parties or have family commitments, but even so December’s film, Selma, starring David Oleweyo, got very high ratings.  The film tells a gripping story of the march from Selma to Montgomery led by Martin Luther King.  And while it wasn’t exactly a film to be ‘enjoyed’ an overwhelming majority (as in nearly all) of our audience gave it an “Excellent’.  Personally, I think it was a shame it was ignored by last year’s Oscars as it’s an outstanding film.

Anyway, enough of that.  What did I wear? Well, I can tell you, it’s one of the cheapest outfits I’ve bought from a charity shop in a long time.


It’s a great little black sequinned and embroidered party dress that has an asymmetric hemline with a taffeta frill peaking through on one side.



I wore it with my boots bought around a month ago. But, even though it’s unseasonably warm for the month of December, I didn’t go around bare-armed so I topped it with my faux leather jacket.


What I’m doing here is channeling my biker-rock look, which is what every nearly-70-year-old should do, I think!  Oh, and the dress cost all of £2.50!

Do tell me what you like to wear to slightly shock and/or feel defiant as you age!

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with Catherine Summer’s blog Not Dressed As Lamb and her #iwillwearwhatilike weekly session. The theme this week is ‘Christmas Party Outfits’.  Well, I think the little black dress I’ve featured is surely a party outfit and a half!




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10 thoughts on “Film night outfit – December 2015

  • 18th December 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Penny , great post on just how stylish you can be on clothes from our great charity shops . Just got wrap around navy wool jacket , my daughter is also warming , with perfect leather jacket for £ 7 . 50 p . Have fun this Christmas .

    • 19th December 2015 at 8:25 am

      Charity shops have very good clothes, I tell my friends who are a bit reluctant. The leather jacket sounds a great bargain! You have fun too x

  • 18th December 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Dear Penny
    I have to admire your outfit for the Film Night…I bet you turned heads and felt great. It gives me such support to see your style. I lament I do not have as many social events as you do in Brighton, but I did go to pick up my grandgirl from a nearby airport, and wore green boots, black pants, and long green butter leather coat (thrift shop) and a black hat. She was coming in from San Francisco, so I wondered what she would think. Her words? “Grandma you look so Irish. I love your outfit!” I felt terrific. Also, last week I picked up a lovely floor length black Simon Chang skirt at a Thrift Boutique (!!!) and said to myself, if I wear it only once, it will be worth it at $15). I will wear it with a black sparkly top for Christmas Eve, and I may then get it hemmed mid calf length. I would never be doing this to my wardrobe if not for you, Penny. You have helped me adjust my style tremendously. On any given day, I try to add one edgy item! Thank you very much and I hope your holidays provide lots of opportunities to dress up! Best, Margaret

    • 19th December 2015 at 8:31 am

      Oh lovely Margaret! Great to hear about your experiments. But actually here in the UK we have opportunities to dress up, yes, but only if you want to and most will wear very plain clothes including the ubiquitous black slacks. No one else dresses up for film night and I imagine the next time I’ll get the dress out will be in a year’s time in December 2016! But at film night I’m kind of like the hostess. And now it’s an expectation that I’ll wear charity shop clothes and then people ask ‘how much’? This month it was great to say £2.50!
      Best Penny

  • 18th December 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Penny, WHAT a bargain!!! You look great in it- £2.50- and a real fun and stylish spin on a LBD!
    I wore a charity-shopped Jaeger dress for a Christmas party last Sunday and felt very smug that my £150 dress only cost me £7!!!x

    • 19th December 2015 at 8:23 am

      Isn’t it amazing the bargains you can find in charity shops! This one had been there a couple of weeks and first of all, I dismissed it as ‘too young’. But as film night loomed I thought I’d give it a go only to find that a lot of the lining was ripped. I mended all that!

      A Jaegar dress for £7 – now that’s a great bargain!

  • 19th December 2015 at 9:18 am

    Hi Penny, I think you look absolutely amazing in your outfit. My defiance to old age (I will be 69 February) are my high heels. I love them and dread the day when I will have to give them up, if only for safety’s sake, Love Pam xxx

    • 6th January 2016 at 7:52 am

      Hi Pam
      A belated reply but hope you had a good Christmas and so neat that you defy age with heels – well done you as I can’t wear them now – bet you look great!

  • 24th December 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Lovely dress Penny and what a bargain. I’ve often thought I will start to be outrageous when I’m 70 (don’t know why that particular age!). Merry Christmas.

    • 6th January 2016 at 7:54 am

      A belated Seasons’ Greetings to you Polly. Actually I think you can be outrageous any age but surprisingly, I think it’s easier to do this when you’re older. All the best for 2016.

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