I notice my last two hat posts weren’t identified as part of the ‘Hatwalk’ series.   I started the monthly hat feature way back in February 2015 as a platform for my hats. I wear a different hat every month for this (of which the majority are from charity shops and cost not more than £5) and join up with Judith Boyd – it’s so good to feel part of a world-wide group of hat lovers!

That means I have a lot of hats.  And, indeed someone said to me only recently, ‘you must have a lot of room in your house for all these hats.’  Well, no, on the contrary, I live in quite a small, quaint, and very old terraced house with not a lot of space.  And furthermore, Mr Frugalfashionshopper and me are planning at some point (in the not too distant future) to down-size big time to an even smaller space. So today I got out all my hats.

Oh. My. Word.  Reader, on a shelf at the top of my wardrobe (which spans the length of the room, so it’s not small*) stuffed into 3 hat boxes and various plastic bags, I have (or did have) 20 proper hats with big to medium-size brims.  Plus, in various drawers and other places around the house, were 15 squashy, beany, woolly type hats – feels apologetic, slightly embarrassed and faint all at the same time!

But I’ve been so good.  Out went half the woolly hats and several big-brimmed ones that I’ll never wear.  Plus, out went several hats rather like this one.


This hat is very typical of a certain kind of hat that a certain kind of woman in the UK wears at a certain age.  I mean, I’m talking about me.  I bought this hat when I was just over 50.  It’s got a slight, oldie-worldie, Edwardian feel to it and I loved wearing it, ironically, when I was this much younger person in my 50s as it said a certain something about me.  As in, ‘I’m wearing this slightly old-fashioned hat, but actually, of course, I’m not old-fashioned at all’.  Now I’m 70 I see it (and it’s type) as not for me one bit, because, yes, wait for it, it’s old-fashioned!   So out it went with about another 5 hats just like it.

Here’s what I do like wearing though.


It’s got quite a classic soft shape.


Is it the colour and the contrast with my slowly going-white hair?   This is to love, this hat.


And, btw, I’m wearing the skinniest jeans I could find in my wardrobe. More about the subject of jeans and the older woman in my next post, which will be coming shortly.


I’m sharing with Judith Boyd and her November #hat attack and Catherine Summers and her weekly #iwillwearwhatilike session.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back with a post on jeans and jackets at the end of the week.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And if you’re interested in the recent events surrounding the recent court decision and Brexit I’ve just written another post on My Other Blog

*Of course, I share that wardrobe space with Mr Frugalfashionshopper!

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10 thoughts on “Hatwalk 19 – November 2016

  • 8th November 2016 at 9:07 am

    I love that hat. I must confess that I am very partial to a bit of leopard. In fact, I have just ordered a leopard print coat on the grounds of believing I’ll wear what I like at the age of 63! It was also seeing a photo of a fabulous woman in a similar jacket on Tricia Cusden’s blog. You are also rocking the skinny black jeans and boots; one of my favorite looks…

    • 10th November 2016 at 8:19 am

      Thank you so much, June. Ah yes, leopard print, soooo good to wear! x

  • 8th November 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, love your blog. Since I started wearing varifocals every day ,hats don’t suit me anymore. I see older women on the web wearing hats and big sun glasses and that seems to look so stylish. Any advice?

    • 10th November 2016 at 8:24 am

      Hi, Lynette, I wear contact lenses but sometimes go without them and wear my glasses, and then a hat. I wonder if it’s just that you are getting used to a new you, the you with glasses? I think if you have a hat you love – you wear it! Go for it! We wear what we want and like. Buy a couple of hats from charity shops to experiment and see how it goes – best of luck.

  • 8th November 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I hated hats for most of my life – enforced wearing of school hat and having to wear a hat at Mass every Sunday, Then about a year ago I started eyeing up hats in the charity shop and now I have about 8, plus 3 berets and a woolly hat for when I’m walking.

    I love your animal print fur one and if I saw one like that I’d snap it up!

    Have a great week


    • 10th November 2016 at 8:28 am

      Yes, I remember the enforced school hat. In the VI form we had to wear a straw boater, which I threw into the river the day I left school!

      I don’t remember having any hats when I was younger apart from big brimmed sun hats – I’ve always worn those. But like you it’s been the charity shop that\s brought me closer to hats. And I now think I was born in the wrong era as I’d love to wear a proper wide-brimmed hat every day!

      Have a good rest of the week, if that’s possible re: events elsewhere!

  • 8th November 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I love leopard prints so I love that hat. I have a few hats, one of which came from my then mother-in-law. It’s red and a sort of dome shaped bucket hat with a small bow in the same material at the side, I love it.

    • 10th November 2016 at 8:29 am

      That red hat of yours sounds divine.

  • 5th December 2016 at 1:19 am

    Age does not define us, nor our hats! Your leopard print hat looks soft, fuzzy, comfortable..and fun! Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

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