The Hillcrest Film Society hosted another film last Saturday (Nebraska) and this is what I wore; a lovely double layered Per Una M&S skirt, bought recently for £4.50, which I wore with a short sleeved top I’ve had for years, plus a silver Per Una cardi I’ve had for some time, that cost all of £5.00.
I’ve just been reading Style Forever by Alyson Walsh. It’s such an interesting read and has real substance to it, she certainly knows her fashion. In it, amongst other things, she talks about style tribes and their looks, and scatters tips and lists of must-do’s throughout. Do have a look, as they’re all sensible and worth thinking about. But I don’t follow her maxim buy good quality more expensive clothes and less cheaper clothes. Nope, I buy cheap because I don’t buy as much as you think and no way can I afford high street prices. And I do wear black (see both cheap and black above!) and in another blog post I’ll go further into the whole subject of style versus fashion, but I guess my tribe and consequent look is a mix of casual glamour (I do like a bit of bling) and the older and bolder brigade (oh, yes) which, for me, is a look that has evolved only in the last five years.
That’s so very much what I want to encourage people, particularly older women, to do: to experiment and to try clothes that are different and not quite in the comfort zone. Anything rather than buying and wearing the same old, same old. And how do you do that without breaking the bank? By buying in charity shops, of course!
By the way, at the film night, someone gave me a hat which was so lovely and so matched my outfit I carried on wearing it and even welcomed the audience and introduced the film in it. Afterwards I thought perhaps I should’ve explained why I was wearing a hat – I must have looked a bit unconventional, to say the least! But thank you so much for the hat, you know who you are! Anyway, it’s such a great hat it’ll feature in one of Judith Boyd’s Hat Attack sessions, not the next one, but soon.
That’s all for now
With love to you all
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper