For those of you who are new to my blog this is the post where I feature a hat and then share with the wonderful Judith Boyd, who has the most amazing way with hats and, I should think, a vast collection in her home.

Only a few months ago I also had quite a collection.  Scattered around my home I counted 20 big-brimmed hats and 15 squashy, woolly type hats.   But in November I had a good clear-out and reduced the big-brimmed hats by half and the woolly types by two-thirds, as I simply won’t have the room when I move.  And anyway, was I wearing these hats, and the answer was no!

If you saw my December #hatwalk post you’ll know that the hat I’ve really taken to is a fedora type hat I bought in Toulouse.  In fact I loved that shape so much that just a week later I added another lighter-coloured fedora to my collection as I thought I’d definitely wear it out and about in Brighton. But that was it, no more buys, people, I won’t have the room.  Until, that is, a couple of weeks ago, when I bought this hat.


Now, I think it less likely that I wear this hat in town rather than the fedora.  It’s too floppy and romantic and somewhat reminiscent of the hats one could buy in Biba (who remembers that store?!) but nevertheless I couldn’t resist it!

It cost £8, which I consider quite pricey for a charity shop hat, but I love the colour and I’m increasingly wearing grey as a contrast to my greying hair.

The hair will take a long time to grow out and in some  lights still looks very blonde, but on the hairline at the back it’s definitely grey, and the white at the front is getting more noticeable.

Looking closer at the photo (at the neck and jowls)  I think I can see the person I’ll be at 80!

And if you think how vain to be looking closer at an image of oneself, actually the blog was set up to not only say ‘you can look good at any age and it’ll cost you next-to-nothing’, I also set it up to examine ageing along with society’s attitude to ageing.  I think it is no bad thing to look closely at oneself and admit the ageing process is at work.  I mean, mostly I embrace the age I am, but a cool, hard look at the progression of age on oneself, and where it is leading, is what I like to do – hence our move.

And in the meantime, here’s to frivolity and hats.

Live in the now, and buy that hat is my maxim of the week!

With love to you all

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


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14 thoughts on “Hatwalk 21 – February 2017

  • 22nd February 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Penny, I’m so happy I discovered your blog. You’ve really inspired me to shop at Goodwill. I’ve lost 32 pounds now since retiring, so none of my clothes were fitting. But I haven’t reached my weight goal yet, and didn’t want to shell out for a new wardrobe. I’ve found some awesome items of surprising quality and soo affordable. Thank You!
    I love your positive attitude on aging. You’re such a great role model on looking your best at every age (and embracing it!)

    • 23rd February 2017 at 8:27 am

      Interesting that your weight loss has triggered the search for new clothes in thrift/Goodwill stores. I began to look at our charity shops after a big drop in weight after my body had an argument with antibiotics. Totally unable to wear the clothes in my wardrobe, but didn’t really have the cash to replace them all in the High Street – and so I turned to the local charity shops. And then found that if you look there are quality clothes in these shops.

      And yes I do embrace my age – mostly!!!

  • 22nd February 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Penny – I remember Biba well! In my first job I worked in Wrights Lane, Kensington just off Kensington High Street where Biba opened a huge store. I spent my lunchtimes in there – and my wages!

    I love your hat – I’ve been looking out for a floppy hat for ages…

    • 23rd February 2017 at 8:29 am

      HI Veronica, yes, I remember going round Biba many times, however, I can’t remember buying much. And that I think was its problem. It was such an experience to be there, so ahead of its game, but you could just amble around and not buy, which is what I did!!

  • 22nd February 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Penny I loved Biba! Have very similar hat to yours and live it but visibility not great. Trying to channel Annie Hall (I wish!) Diane Keaton was my style guru for years..

    • 23rd February 2017 at 8:33 am

      Diane Keaton is still such a stylish icon. A very admirable woman. x

    • 23rd February 2017 at 8:44 am

      I couldn’t resist the hat – it was the colour as well as the shape that made me buy it! And Biba – what a great place it was.

  • 23rd February 2017 at 6:49 am

    I loved Biba Penny, I used to shop there after getting my wages ( in cash in those days). I had a hat very similar to yours in purple and wore it with a short cape and long patent boots, I thought I looked wonderful, not so sure though nowadays.
    Love your blog, you are very stylish.

    • 23rd February 2017 at 8:36 am

      Hello Janet and thank you! I also used to go to Biba a lot but sadly I can’t remember buying much. I had acne for years into my 20s and hid myself away (so def wasn’t stylish then) but I do remember wandering around Biba and trying hats on. What a lovely store it was.

  • 23rd February 2017 at 11:50 am

    I adore Judith’s blog and how stylishly she wears her hats. You too look mighty fine in a hat. That soft grey floppy brimmed hat really suits you. I’ve been looking for hats in charity shops but only found one so far, a black bowler type. Hoping to find a fedora and a cloche!
    Did you know Biba now resides in House of Fraser? I don’t know how closely linked it is to the original, but some of the designs are a bit retro 70s. And fairly pricey.


    • 26th February 2017 at 9:08 am

      I’m sure you’ll find a cloche type hat in a charity shop, but the paler fedora I featured in December was bought in Peacock’s. This was in mid December, so maybe they’ll still be there? I’ll have to look for Biba in House of Frazer. But will it be the same lovely experience? Biba, as it was, really was unique and ahead of its time.

  • 24th February 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I love the color and shape of your hat. It looks soft and the band is simple but so stylish. Wonderful find! It looks great on you! Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • 26th February 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Judith, and yes, it is a lovely hat which goes well with my love for the colour grey. And thank you for setting up the Hat Attack opportunity. I so love sharing with you every month x

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