The beginning of the month and another hat.  I see Judith Boyd has chosen a Spring hat for her #hat attack session, but mine is still very much a winter hat.  It is harder, I think, to find spring and summer hats, apart, that is, from the ubiqutous floppy-brimmed sun hat, of which I did find one a week ago, which will feature later this year.

Anyway walking down my favourite High Street (not in Brighton or Lewes, or London, for that matter) I saw this hat in a charity shop window and just had to try it on.


Wow!  What a brilliant colour and the price, £3.99!


What I notice though (which you may or may not) is how lined my face has become over this winter.


I mean who is this old lady in this photo?  I don’t recognise this person.  But, ‘stop there’, I said to myself, ‘it is you’. And what’s more, I started this blog for many reasons, one of which was to examine ageing including my ageing, and I will be 70 in June, so what do I expect?  Even so I think this winter with the lack of sun and the cough and the virus has been quite hard on my system and my face.  Never again will I say that my favourite season is winter!

Tricia Cusden in her latest blog talks about that dreadful phrase ‘anti-ageing’ and how at odds it is with reality, and how we should take the positive stance and counter all this anti-ageing tosh. And what do I want?   Botoxed paralysed muscles or a flexible, animated face, which I think I have when I talk (I also wave and flap my arms around a lot!!!!).


And yes, I am out and proud and loud about my age – why wouldn’t you be?  The whole point of this blog is that we shouldn’t hide away, we approaching 70 year-olds.  This is 70 and, with or without a hat, we make a statement about our age.


And it’s not only a positive statement it’s a blast against ageism.


But it’s also a great hat!

Love Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Do you remember I  said that I was going to get a bespoke dress for my 70th from Masato Jones – had a fitting for it last Saturday.  I had such a lovely time, thank you Masato.  You’ll hear about it on the blog very soon!


12 thoughts on “Hatwalk 15 – April 2016

  • 5th April 2016 at 9:12 am

    Your blog just gets on getting better and better . Thank you Penny

    • 6th April 2016 at 6:33 am

      And thank you Joan for the feedback – it’s great to hear this x

  • 5th April 2016 at 9:41 am

    Wow, that is a lovely hat Penny! And you’re quite right, why should one be apologetic about one’s age? Go for what you want to do & be thankful that we don’t put on the old fashioned screw-on hats we used to see us kids in the 50’s together with the crimplene outfits! We’re lucky to live in a time of multi choice & being who we are.

    • 6th April 2016 at 6:38 am

      Yes, I so agree about the age we live in as we are free as we age to do as we wish and wear what we like. And my mother always wore brightly coloured flowery crimpelene dresses. Mind you I think she thought crimpelene the height of fashion so I daresay our children and grandchildren will look at photos of us and say ‘how quaint she looks!’

  • 5th April 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Fab hat, fab face!

    • 6th April 2016 at 6:39 am

      Thank you! It is a great hat – the colour attracted me but when I tried it on I knew it was a hat I had to buy!

  • 5th April 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I love this wonderful red hat!. I’m 65 and we are so on the same page! I’m a retired teacher and now go regularly to thrift shops. Here in the states my favorites are Salvation Army and Goodwill. But I never find hats. Generally, I have to buy them new or get them from eBay. I am so happy to have found your blog!

    • 6th April 2016 at 6:45 am

      Hi Terri – great to meet you! Yes, our charity shops are a bit different to your thrift stores. Because of our small High Streets the major charities have chains of small boutique-like ‘charity’ shops across the UK and luckily there are always hats on display. You could easily get a hat good enough for any formal occasion. I might write about this and illustrate with photos – thanks for the inspiration!

  • 5th April 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Love the hat Penny – it’s perfect on you. Thanks also for mentioning the blog on pro v anti-ageing. Had a great response to it as you and I are not the only ones quite happy to say we are (fabulous) older women!

    • 6th April 2016 at 6:48 am

      Hi Tricia, yes the hat is lovely and the issue of anti-ageing and being ‘young-looking’ is a really huge one. An animated face engaged with life (topped by a little bit of your make-up) is what we should all be aiming for x

  • 7th April 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations on nearing your 70th birthday. I am into “Age Pride,” and I see that you are too. If find it to be fascinating on this side of 70!

    Your hat is a great find! Love the color red on you and thank you so much for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

  • 18th April 2016 at 7:22 am

    Hi Judith, and thank you so much for your comment and yes, it was such a good find that hat. And indeed, it’s going to be an interesting few years once I reach 70 in two months time!

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