Hello everyone, and it’s a hat post again, which is where I share my hats with hat lovers around the world, and especially Judith Boyd of #hatattack fame.  This month her hat is just beautiful – do have a look.

OK, do you think if I rock up to an airport check-in desk like this I might get upgraded?  Has that happened to anyone?


I don’t know about you, but flying isn’t my most favourite thing.   I mean I’m not terrified or scared out of my wits per se, but personally I think of flying as a bit like a colonoscopy (hands up who’s had one) it’s OK and I know it’s necessary, but if you asked me I’d rather not be there, actually.

Honestly, it’s only an hour’s flight!    We’re off to Amsterdam and, no, not for a city break, but to the port where we’re boarding (woo-hoo) quite a large cruise ship for us (only done small ones up to now) to go to the top of Norway and back again.  I just love that country.

But here’s the thing – the weather!  Now I love the north of this planet (although I’ve gone off winters in the UK in a big way), so I’m not complaining.  But, it could, it might just, rain every day.   It could also be cold, it could be hot (it does happen) and it has been known to snow at the top of Norway in late May/early June.  I suppose, it’s be prepared for anything but hey, I’m flying so can’t take my entire wardrobe!

And will this hat fit into my luggage?  I think not!


In another post I’ll tell you about some of the charity shop finds I’m taking with me (including one skirt and top that is simply to die for) and my attempts to keep to a capsule wardrobe.

Anyway, will I be taking this hat?  (It cost all of £3, btw, and the shower coat cost £5).


So, should I take a big floppy hat like that, when maybe what I ought to be taking is one of those plastic hats that fold up into a small concertina shape and fitted into your handbag – do you remember them?  Well, I think it all depends on the weather in the UK when I leave for the airport – if it’s a sunny day I just might.

And btw, I am not taking the ubiquitous plastic cagoule that you get in sportswear and camping shops that everyone, particularly over a certain age group, seems to wear – see Tricia Cusden’s latest blog where she dissects our clothing habits as we age – very funny.  Because i) I think these jackets are boring and ii) they’re short and don’t cover your legs when it’s raining, which defeats the purpose as far as I’m concerned.  No, instead I’ve got a 3/4 length lightly-padded coat for the north of Norway.


But I will be taking and wearing this full-length shower coat.  I don’t do sporty casual, me.

That’s all for now, but do let me know if any of you got your holiday clothes all wrong, or whether you ever got upgraded!

Love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper





9 thoughts on “Hatwalk 16 – May 2016

  • 2nd May 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Penny! First of all, I LOVE both the hat and the shower coat! You have to take lots of pics of your trip to Norway. I’m hoping the weather is a bit nice and sunny for you though. You need to wear that hat and if it rains the little cut-outs will not keep your beautiful hair dry!
    And yes. Flying IS like a colonoscopy. Both are a huge pain in the ass!
    Thanks for a fun post!

    • 4th May 2016 at 6:59 am

      Ha ha ha, flying, yeh, totally agree. It’s OK but….. And I will take lots of pics. Still debating what to take in the hat department – will let you know xxxx

  • 2nd May 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I think that glorious hat might end up a little bedraggled if you take it with you, Penny! Your bracelet is beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    • 4th May 2016 at 7:01 am

      Thank you so much, Judy and still thinking about what hat I take x

  • 2nd May 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous outfit in this post. Yes, one must never wear the dreaded plastic cagoule.

    Re: travel with hats. I tie my hat onto my (very fashionable) leather backpack. It does not get crushed, and I put it into the overhead cargo bin on the plane. I did this for a recent trip to Central America. The hat survived very well.

    Perhaps you could tie your hat onto your shoulder bag with a lively scaf?

    • 4th May 2016 at 7:04 am

      Thanks so much, Pierrette (what a beautiful name) and never the plastic mac thing!!! What a good idea re: travelling with a big hat – now I might do that for my winter cruise – yes, going on one in January next year, and that will be a first as it’s in the Caribbean.

  • 5th May 2016 at 7:14 am

    Just love dipping into your blog and your style of writing puts a smile on my face ! Have a wonderful holiday , look forward to more posts .

    • 5th May 2016 at 7:25 am

      Thank you so much Joan, and great to get that feedback on my writing, thank you again 🙂

  • 13th May 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This floppy brimmed hat looks fabulous on you. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack! I love your outfit too!

    Have a wonderful time in Norway. I’ve always wanted to go, as I am of Norwegian heritage.

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