I notice that some Stateside bloggers are already talking about wearing warm weather clothes and featuring sleeveless tops.  Wow!  That’s so not the case here!  We do have days when it’s sunny and there’s a blue sky, but even though I live by the south coast there’s often a very cool breeze to go with those deceptive English sunny skies. I admit to seeing some people out and about wearing T-shirts and shorts but, reader, they’re the young!  Me, it’s still, a long-sleeved top, plus jacket and, and, a hat.  It has to be really hot weather for me to not wear a hat.

But it is Spring, and while I’ve stopped wearing my thick knitted wooly hats, you’ll still find me wearing a wool hat, but thinner than the knitted variety, because I’m wearing berets a lot these days.  Yes, for the month of May I’m featuring my three berets: a blue one; a pink one; and a new (ha) white one.  The ‘ha’ is because, of course, all three have come from charity shops.

At the moment, I’m wearing my blue beret a lot, as I have two green jackets and I think the blue goes well with green.

The blue beret is being worn with my very old green/khaki parka coat bought in a charity shop years ago for exactly £5. Boots, skirt, top, and that cheery beaded necklace that you can just see, are all charity shop buys.  I’ll be wearing this outfit today as it’s grey and damp outside and not particularly warm.

Then there’s my pink beret.



It’s worn here with my retro pink coat, which was not bought in a vintage shop but a charity shop for all of £3.  And it’s a keeper, as in, I’m not getting rid of this coat as I so love it.  It’s very much a Spring city coat, and I often wear it out and about in London.

And here’s the latest addition to my hat collection.

You’ve got a better view of the camera than the hat, but you get the picture!  This white beret won’t take up much space so I don’t feel any guilt about buying another hat and making my total of hats go up by one!

I’m teaming  the hat with another recent buy.  A short beige trench, which cost all of £6.99.  Now this buy did make me act on my ‘one-in-two-out’ rule, as I looked through my wardrobe and discarded a classic but rather boring black mac and a lovely skirt that I’ve kept because, well, it’s just lovely.   But have I worn it this winter?  No.  So out it went into the charity shop bag.  I think looking at your clothes very closely and asking some hard questions is such good thing. The ‘I really should keep this because it’s so nice’ simply won’t do, if you don’t wear it!  And neither should you keep classic but boring clothes.  I have decided that boring is not something you should be or do once you’re in your 70s.

And note, the reason I give the prices is to encourage those of you reading this blog, who are still not quite sure about charity shop shopping.  Most of my charity shop finds are practically unworn, have good labels (the trench is from M&S) and would grace any wardrobe full of new clothes. And, they’re cheap!

That’s all for now

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with:

Judith of Style Crone and her #hatattack

Nicole of High Latitude Style and her monthly Ageless Style linkup and her weekly Top of the World Style as well

Also Terri of MeadowTree Style and her monthly 2ndLoved1stFriday #2 when the link goes up 🙂


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20 thoughts on “Hatwalk 23 – May 2017

  • 4th May 2017 at 9:54 am

    Absolutely love that coat with the pink beret! Can’t believe it was £3!

    • 6th May 2017 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Laura – it is such a lovely coat. It always looks fresh and Spring-like. I bought it a few years ago – would probably be much more expensive now. Prices have gone up in charity shops quite a lot.

  • 4th May 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I’m loving all the coats-but what I really like is that glam rose ring-love that shot with it under the camera with matching bracelet…the glamorous photographer!

    • 6th May 2017 at 7:06 am

      Thank you so much Lorraine. Yes, I like taking a close-up shot of my hats. And I try to wear an eye-catching bracelet. This time I included that matching ring – must wear it more often! Thank you again for your comment x

  • 4th May 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Great outfits, Penny. I love the spring coat – very stylish.

    • 6th May 2017 at 7:07 am

      It’s such a great coat and a good find. Thanks 🙂

  • 4th May 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Yes, love the coat! Just to say that David and I finally got to see a film at ‘Tring Cinema”, in a local hall. It’s run by two young people, and I was actually at the meeting where they proposed it and they are now making a success of it. It looked cinema-like as they had put up strings of small lights round the hall and the screen was really big. We saw ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ and found it very entertaining. No meal provided but a small ‘bar’ and the inevitable popcorn.
    All the best with your sorting and prioritising. not easy!

    • 6th May 2017 at 7:13 am

      Florence Foster Jenkins is a really good film – love Meryl Streep in just about everything. And she’s quite a trouper when it comes to singing. Good to hear about your local film cinema club and to be honest, felt a bit miz, when I read that it was run by two young people – oh how I wish that for the Hillcrest Film Society! There might be someone but it’s early days. Otherwise nothing but the people I described in an earlier post, who actually don’t want to run things, only help, and that’s not what is needed.

      The de-cluttering is going well and particularly with my clothes, and also our furniture. However, Mr Frugalfashionshopper is finding it more difficult! Things are finally beginning to go though, and his office has one or two shelves that aren’t doubled up!!!!

    • 21st May 2017 at 8:11 am

      Just found this wonderfully inspiring website! Love the comments but laughed at the popcorn comment, I’m afraid that is something I avoid ……
      Trying to keep my lovely teeth intact. X

    • 15th May 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thanks so much Jacqui! Great to meet you!

  • 6th May 2017 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Hats are such a cool thing. When I lived in Europe I loved to have to travel to the UK for business. It’s hat lovers’ paradise. I always came back with a great new hat. It’s amazing how much choices there are.

    • 8th May 2017 at 7:36 am

      It’s great to share with you, Nicole – thank you for hosting x

  • 7th May 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Love all three of these looks. And, yes, why get rid of a good beret? They store like pancakes and take up no room what so ever. And believe me, it has not be so warm and toasty is Missouri. I think a lot of the bloggers are wearing short stuff is because they want to show other ladies what to wear when it does warm up? A big kudos to finding the trench, it is so popular now that I have to make this the style feature this week.

    • 8th May 2017 at 7:38 am

      Good to hear that it’s not all that warm where you are – I did wonder!

      And thanks so much for featuring me – thank you for hosting!

      Very best x

  • 12th May 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I love your coordination of hat and bracelet! That ring though is gorgeous! You’re also developing a lovely beret collection, a style that looks wonderful on you. Thank you for sharing your fun style with Hat Attack!

    • 15th May 2017 at 8:11 am

      Thanks again, Judith for hosting Hat Attack – you’re an inspiration to us all!

  • 14th May 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Loved loved loved your comment about not wearing boring clothes at 70.
    I’m 65 and have just thrown all my boring ageing clothes out, feels quite liberating. I usually buy my clothes in Canada’s Winner’s which I think is TJMax in England, but will start checking out the charity shops. You look amazing, and are an inspiration, thanks for the blog.

    • 15th May 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks so much Geri! Charity shops around the world do differ, but the thing is to always have a look – you never know what you might find! And that’s quite exciting!

  • 22nd May 2017 at 10:36 am

    Accessories and hats are something I always stock up on when charity shopping – or in sales. Berets I find particularly versatile between seasons – they stay on in wind, go with everything and are neither too warm nor too cool.

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