Yes, I’m packing for my long break in France.  And still worrying about whether I’m putting the wrong things into my case.  I am not one of those fashionistas that can pack next-to-nothing for a holiday apart from a sarong that has 50 different uses including acting as a dress and a beach wrap. Nope, that’s not me.  Yes, over the past two to three years I have consistently packed either too much or simply the wrong clothes for the weather.

An example was last year when we went to France (quite far down south) in late September.  Naturally the weather here in the UK was cold so I didn’t pack a single item of clothing for the heat, and it was boiling hot every day of our stay.  Spent a lot of time in the markets buying up cool clothes!

This time (going to the same place) I’ve just a got a feeling it might not be as hot every day of our stay, so I think it’s packing for all weathers – thankfully this time I’m taking a big suitcase so I can fit in a variety of clothes.

I do know that I am taking 3 hats.  Here they are!

This one was bought in Norway of all places!  Well why not!  But it was surprising to see this on a stall in Flamm. When I saw it I just knew it was for me.

Then there’s this one that you saw last month.

This hat, amazingly, is rollable and will pack easily.

And then I’m thinking of an all-weather hat.  Maybe this one?

I bought this in Toulouse and think it’d be great to wear it there again. Or maybe a lighter version of this hat?

Sadly I got rid of hat that would be brilliant in the rain – this one!

What was I thinking?  Yes, my de-cluttering sometimes went too far.  I was so good at the de-cluttering.  I got rid of sack loads of clothes and hats, but every now and then I think now where is that…. ? Uh oh, it’s gone to the charity shop – blast!

However, I have got a hat waiting for me!  I left a hat in the wardrobe of the flat we’re renting in France.  And here it is worn with two of the thin cotton items I bought in the local market.

You think it was cool under those trees.  Actually, it was soooo hot! We hadn’t learnt that you don’t go out in the afternoon sun!  You know what they say about the English – mad dogs and… yes, that was us!  But I’m so looking forward to seeing that hat again.

That’s all for now – you might hear from me in the next few weeks but possibly not.  I’ll be back in 4 weeks time.

With much love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Judith of Style Crone and #hatattack

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her weekly iwillwearwhatilike

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19 thoughts on “Hats and other things that are going in my suitcase!

  • 5th September 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’m new to your blog and loving it already ! I also wear quite a lot of pre-loved, sometimes designer clothes, which give me a thrill when i think of the original price! Hope you have a lovely holiday in Toulouse, and look forward to hearing what the French are wearing!

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:25 am

      There are some lovely clothes in the shops of this little town but the prices are astronomic! Waiting to see the clothes in the markets which will be a lot cheaper!

  • 5th September 2017 at 9:34 am

    Have a great holiday, I live in Spain and we’ve now had torrential rain but the good news is it’s cleared the humidity and the weather is lovely, I’m sure it all be the same in France, enjoy

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:26 am

      I think the weather here is going to be fairly cool and rainy for at least a week then it starts getting better. But never mind, it’s France! I will enjoy x

  • 5th September 2017 at 10:36 am

    Only just found your blog & I love it. Given me confidence to wear what I think looks good & not worry about what everyone else thinks. Also visited local op shops & have already found 2 absolute bargains – thank you for reminding me how much I love op shop shopping! Have a wonderful holiday!!

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:29 am

      Oh definitely wear what you want! And there are some amazing bargains to be found in these shops. The French don’t really do that at all – charity shops. But my friend runs one of the very few and I’ll be along to have a look. Always look is my motto. We will really relax here, I can feel it already.

  • 5th September 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I understand your ordeal about packing as I am the same way. I pack enough clothes for a week and my trip is only for the weekend. Great hats and have a wonderful holiday.

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks so much Eugenia, I will have a great holiday! Already feel myself letting go the stress. So peaceful here.

  • 5th September 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Have a good time and I will look forward to your return. Hopefully, You and the southern French weather will get along better this year. You’re taking a great group of hats! Take care and until next month………..

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Terri. Weather here is a bit cool and rainy unfortunately but we don’t mind because it’s France! Should warm up in a week’s time. We have good wifi here so will keep in touch – just not quite as much x

  • 7th September 2017 at 6:33 pm

    According to tameteo, a French weather forecasting site( https://www.tameteo.com )the weather for the next couple of weeks in Toulouse is coolish, low 20’s C for the next week, then warming up. So it looks as if you’ll need a mix of warm weather clothes plus something for when it cools down. Also I wouldn’t personally go to France without some wet weather gear, hat, umbrella, waterproof jacket/coat. We have just come back from a month in the Cantal department, and needed all of the fore mentioned, even though it was August. Enjoy yourselves, Toulouse is wonderful – I visited a couple of years ago in November, it was lovely even at that time of year.

    • 8th September 2017 at 8:20 am

      I’ve just put the Meteo-France app on my phone and I can see that we should have come the same date as last year (19th September) as that’s when it’ll warm up! And our friend and host (we’re renting her basement flat) confirmed that about now the weather is all about ‘the end of summer’ with rain and storms and it’s mid/end September to mid October that can have lovely hot weather again. So there you are. But hey, it’s France and we’re loving it. We’ll be staying in Toulouse in a couple of weeks time and looking forward to the contrast and some city living. I did bring the wet weather gear, btw!

  • 7th September 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I love the idea of taking hats on vacation with me, but can I ask how you pack them? I have one that is relatively packable (or so it says), but otherwise, I’m at a loss!
    Thanks so much for joining us in the Ageless Style Linkup!

  • 8th September 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Sorry to hear it’s wet in France Penny but I’m sure you’re having a lovely time all the same. I’ll be out in a couple of weeks, so I’ll pack some warm things. You are lucky to know about a French charity shop and I hope you’ll find some bargains to bring home. I saw a French film at The Depot in Lewes yesterday, Ce Qui Nous Lie (7 out of 10)! Bonnes vacances.

  • 14th September 2017 at 4:42 pm

    You will look very chic in your hats! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who can’t pack light. We’re off to the Lake District for a week and I have take clothes for every eventuality because it could be hot, wet, cold – and probably all 3. Enjoy France!

  • 18th September 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Is that the Canal du Midi in Toulouse in the last photo? Fifty million years ago, I spent a very happy year in Toulouse as a student and enjoyed many walks (sober and otherwise) walking along the canal between town and our student halls of residence at Cite Universitaire Chapou (which has probably long been demolished!).

  • 21st September 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I’m thrilled that hats are the cornerstone of your packing for France! And I adore that you have a hat waiting for your arrival, brilliant strategy! Have a wonderful fun long stay in France, and thank you for sharing your fantastic hats with Hat Attack!

  • 29th September 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Hi, this is the first time I have read your blog and I love it. I picked up the link from your comments on the clothes worn by French women (Fancying France). I buy few clothes and choose carefully, preferring those which have some unusual detail. I’ve also bought many items from eBay. Look forward to reading more. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

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