I’ve done it again.  It’s the end of the month and I haven’t posted the outfit I wore at our Hillcrest Film Society’s March screening.  We showed Pride, which was hugely popular with our audience who gave it a round of applause at the end.  I felt both happy at that but also suitably admonished as I’d kept saying Pride was a really funny film, which without a doubt it is.  But there are some serious issues under the surface of the laughs which I’d forgotten about and the trailer hadn’t reminded me as it just picked out the funniest moments of which there were plenty.  But the issues that the film deals with contributed, I think, to its reception at the Hillcrest.

Have you seen the film?  Borrow or buy a copy of the film immediately if you haven’t.   Set in Britain in 1984 it’s based on a true story of a gay and lesbian group who came together to raise money and support miners families in a small village in Wales during the miners’ strike.  Not everyone in that village is keen on a LGBT group supporting them and there are some amusing set pieces around the worries and misunderstandings between any newcomers coming into a village let alone a disparate group as the one depicted in this great little film.

More and more I wear a business-like skirt and top as there’s a lot of setting up to do before the film starts.  The skirt is one I’ve had for a few months – it’s from M&S  so it’s a good quality one, bought for just under a fiver at £4.99.


The top is from Peacocks and the jacket is an old charity shop one, very faded now and bought years ago. And do I ever wear anything other than those chunky boots – nope.

Two things: first, readers of my blog will know I have a pash for Claire Underwood (as played by Robin Wright) of House of Cards fame.  Those clothes, that figure, although I will say that this season (the 4th) her stomach is so flat she’s almost got a rather strange posture (anyone agree with me?).  Actually, has anyone seen Borgen with the wonderful Sidse Babett Knusden playing a Danish politician?  Setting aside the nature of the series which (coughs nervously, as it’s so obvious to those who’ve seen it) is about Danish politics, something you might think boring, but is not at all, now there’s a woman and role model for us all, in more ways than one as she has a fantastic figure with an ever-so-slightly rounded stomach, which was also prominent (literally) in that rather dire arty film The Duke of Burgundy in which the underwear was divine but the rest of it a right turkey, imho.

So back to the flat-stomached Claire Underwood and her (rather strange) figure.  For those of you who don’t watch House of Cards (give it a try, why don’t you, but from Season 1, of course, that’s essential) Claire wears nothing but figure-hugging clothes including a large number of pencil skirts.  I’m wearing these more and more.  Why, because they look amazing and are very slimming, which is not really necessary for me, but personally I think even if you are quite big – less is more, is better, is slimming.  Don’t go the draping, and hiding behind, large clothes way.  I know, I know, I keep saying do as you please, but big clothes won’t make you look slim, and they can make you look even larger.  Nothing looks better, I think, than a big woman in well-structured, slim-fitting clothes that just skim the hips.

And second, have you noticed that clothes haven’t featured all that much in March?  That’s because I haven’t bought anything at all from a charity shop for weeks.  Until, that is, last Saturday when I bought a hat (which I totally love and will feature in the next post) and an amazing dress (that’ll come up in the following post).  I truly don’t buy clothes all the time.  Oh yes, and a neighbour who’s also a chazza hunter gave me a bag of charity shop clothes she didn’t want – had such a fun-time trying them on.  Feel very enthused to go searching once more!!!

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With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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4 thoughts on “Film night outfit – March 2016

  • 31st March 2016 at 8:12 am

    “Pride” is a brilliant film, I am so glad it went down well. That disco scene is worth watching on YouTube!
    “House of Cards” is a superb series, and Claire’s wardrobe is to die for. She must work out every day for hours! I do have a couple of pencil skirts but feel they need higher heels than I am comfortable in. Maybe I need to rethink that.

    • 1st April 2016 at 7:04 am

      Hi Judy, and great to hear that you love Pride – such a good film. And as for Claire – her wardrobe is, as you say, to die for. In particular it’s the dresses and their prominent zips. I’m sure I saw one that had the zip going from neck to hemline – ooof and wow.

      I manage to wear the skirts without heels, btw.

  • 31st March 2016 at 8:21 pm

    First of all, I can’t wait to see Pride (when it comes to the USA) because I am crushing on Bill Nighy! I love him. Really. I love him. Secondly, I love your film night ensemble. That skirt is beautiful!
    Third–I’m a bit disappointed in House of Cards this season. I’m still trying to figure out if they are getting ready to jump the shark. But Claire Underwood’s wardrobe has always been one that I’ve coveted since the first season. I’m especially fond of the shoes she wears. But there are two things that bother me about Claire. One–you are right. Her tummy is especially flat. She looks a bit wan this season too. Second–her hair style. Robin Wright has an incredibly angular and square face. I realize Claire is a ball buster, but her hair style needs to be changed. She would look better with longer hair and some angled layers around her fact to soften her look. I think if her look was softened, her evil nature would be even more disturbing. I also think if she was softened up a bit –Oh wait. I was going to write something that could have possibly been a spoiler in case you haven’t seen the entire season, so I’ll shut my mouth! This will be continued!!

    • 1st April 2016 at 7:38 am

      Hiya Catherine, so good to hear from you and that you’re looking forward to seeing Pride. It has got some US distribution, but whether it actually went into your cinemas is another matter as it’s a very niche kind of film and, yes, Bill Nighy is just lovely in it. But don’t let me put you off the film being niche as US citizens could learn a lot about British politics from the film and British life for that matter – as in, no, we’re not all Hugh Grant upper-class toffs and no we didn’t all love Margaret Thatcher! You could probably find a DVD though, and here’s a link to an article that says the DVD cover has been watered down for the US market – not saying anything about that!!!!! http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/06/us-distributors-pride-accused-removing-gay-references-dvd-cover

      And must tell you that I simply loved Marguerite. It was sweetly sad and all about a loveless marriage – and Catherine Frot, what a wonderful woman and actress. Altogether a joy to watch and I’m putting it forward for next year’s film season.

      Now to the main thing – Claire and House of Cards. We watched the last two episodes of Season 4 last night!!!! Whaaat, another year to wait for a resolution!!! Hmm they’re really stringing this out as they’ll find another cliff-hanger in Season 5 for sure. I don’t think I mind, but one day I’m going to say, ‘Look, when is there going to be ANY comeuppance’, because I don’t believe for one moment that this latest revelation will get them behind bars. You know what I slightly disagree with you about Season 4. I didn’t like Season 3 when they veered away from being evil and it was all about Claire feeling moody – I like them being evil. I very much agree with one critic who said Season 4 was a season of two halves; first half was stabilising the relationship and second half was back to the politicking. Yes, I thought Claire was not only looking wan her gaze was a tad zombieish at times. But I find her face very beautiful in its angularity. Have you watched it all? ‘Cos I won’t say anything, about that last half of the last episode and that last shot in the last episode – evil, evil, sociopathic Claire – wicked!

      As for the clothes – it’s the zips that get me, just divine xxxxxxx

      P.S. Let me know if you find a DVD of Pride & what you think about it

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