A couple of days ago I wore my lovely spotty red hat, as the good weather had temporarily deserted the UK and we were back to rain.  However, before I show you the more autumnal hats I mainly have, I thought you ought to see this fabulous straw hat.

Also this post was prepared earlier for Judith Boyd’s hat attack session in June when I was away on the cruise.  I think I said, I never found a suitable place or the free wifi (and anyway could I have done it just on my phone) so it never got posted.

But what a great hat!  I saw it in a charity shop and thought I have to have it and it cost me, not a lot, at only £5.


It is rather magnificent, isn’t it?  It’s kind of a garden party hat, which I’ve teamed with a matching charity shop coat bought last year.


It is a beautiful hat, but I wonder if I’ll ever wear it out and about as it’s quite dressy?  Also it’s not really a hat to wear in very hot weather as ironically it’s quite heavy – there’s a lot of straw in this straw hat!


By the way, the photos were taken in May and my hair is now much whiter.  I’ve had that conversation with my hairdresser and we are going to go through a process and it’ll take about a year.  But people, I’m going white!  More about this in another post.

That’s all for now!

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with Judith Boyd’s #hatattack session and Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike link-up.

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10 thoughts on “Hatwalk 18 – August 2016

  • 4th August 2016 at 8:14 am

    Hi Penny, I’ve written to you before about hair. I had mine blonde tipped from when I was 16. Gradually over the years it became lighter and lighter, then one day Irealised that the roots at the front were almost the same colour as the blonde. So with the aid of my hairdresser I grew it out and it is the best decision I have ever made!!! If I had not liked it I would have had no hesitation in going back but I love it, I can now wear black and silver and navy, I have had so many compliments its quite gone to my head!!!!!
    You know when you want to do it, its not right for everyone, some women look fabulous as a champagne blonde in their 80s and beyond, I love being an ice blonde as my hairdresser remarked!!! I can’t wait to see your result. BTW I also thoroughly enjoy your other blog it’s so interesting and informative. Keep up the good work.
    Warm regards Carol

    • 4th August 2016 at 8:31 am

      Hi Carol and thank you so much for your comment. Yes, rather like you my hairdresser did a white streak at the front and it was the realisation that the roots were the same colour as this streak made me think I could go white. Like you I will go through this process hand-in-hand with my hairdresser and will go back to a warmer colour if I don’t like it. So I think I’m about ready to go ice-white – it was the dullness of grey that always put me off! Thanks so much again for your feedback on both blogs.

  • 4th August 2016 at 1:18 pm

    That’s a fabulous hat! I wear one of two more ordinary straw hats when we take our two mile walk every day.
    I think your hair will look great and I love the expression ” ice white” which is new to me.

    • 6th August 2016 at 7:34 am

      Hi Jan and thank you! Yes, grey hair wouldn’t suit me but white is another matter, and I think to be honest I was a bit influenced by Game of Thrones when I used the phrase ice-white. If you’ve seen it you’ll know why, but if not there are many references to winter and also there’s a character with very white hair. And she may be decades younger than me but who cares 🙂 It’s good to have cultural references for one’s look I think.

  • 5th August 2016 at 11:07 pm


    That is most certainly a magnificent hat! It looks lovely on you – what a shame it’s so heavy because it’s a perfect hot day hat. Perhaps we’ll have more hot days to come…

    Have a great week


    • 6th August 2016 at 7:36 am

      Thank you Veronica and yes, it is a magnificent hat but very heavy – quite a formal garden party hat I think. Pity I don’t go to any of those, but never mind, I like the fact that it’s there just in case the right occasion or weather comes along!

  • 15th August 2016 at 4:16 pm

    That is an impressive hat, shame it’s heavy. Sorry for the lateness of my replies, I have been very lazy of late.

    • 20th August 2016 at 9:58 am

      Yes, it’s a wee bit too heavy for Caribbean type weather – really it’s an English garden party hat – I’ll just have to wait for one to happen! No worries – lovely to hear from you!

  • 18th August 2016 at 1:39 pm

    That is one fantastic hat! I hope you find an event to wear it, because you look absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack!

    I’m excited about your transition to white and looking forward to reading about your journey!

    • 20th August 2016 at 10:04 am

      Yes, I shall just have to find the right occasion as it really isn’t a hot weather hat as it’s so heavy. It’s a dressy hat for an up-market garden party I think. Hmm, will have to look for one of those and wangle an invitation! However, I won’t get rid of it. I’m quite excited because I’m making my garden shed into a home office and when that’s ready the old office will become my hat room!

      And yes, my hair is going to go white rather than grey, which is going to look good, I think! It will take a year or so to get there, so I will keep people posted. My resistance to this up to now, was about going a dull grey and now I know it won’t be grey, like you, I shall embrace the change. And thank you for being such a wonderful role model.

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