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 🙂