This post is dedicated to a hat I bought recently.  For those of you who are new to the blog, I think you might have gathered that I like hats!  And note, the post goes under the title of ‘Hatwalk” because I totally adore another blogger (of a similar age) who is the supreme hat blogger.  This is Judith Boyd and every month fashion bloggers from all over the world come together for her monthly #hatattack share, and when I share with her I name these posts Hatwalk, because I do feel that hats should be walked around town rather than kept in a cupboard.  Do have a look at her blog (click here) as she has such grace, beauty and style – and she wears simply amazing hats!

This is a vintage hat and rather splendid, don’t you think?

I’m never too sure about shops that sell vintage (because I see the label ‘vintage’ as an excuse to more than double the price) but this one (in Lewes) is rather good and the clothes aren’t too expensive.  Actually, the shop is mainly about interiors and the stuff sold there is rather lovely.  However, as you know, I don’t buy ‘stuff’ anymore so it’s the clothes that catch my attention and this time – it was a hat!

I’m wearing the hat with my French jeans, plus a charity shop top (with a Topshop label) worn over my cotton Peacock’s top, and charity shop boots that are on their last legs (because they’re just wearing out)  but as I love them so, they’ll be nursed along for this season, at least.

I’ve already worn the hat whilst walking into Brighton, teaming it with my long black (charity shop) coat.

Two things: first is, that the reason I tell you about my charity shop buys is to encourage you to experiment with fashion at very little cost.  As I said in my last post, buying in a charity shop is a win-win for the charity, for your purse and for the world because you’re stopping clothes going to landfill.  And second, if you feel you can’t wear hats, try a beret, they truly suit everyone!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Judith of Style Crone and her monthly #hatattack

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her #iwillwearwhatilike share

Terri of Meadowtree Style and her 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup

Nicole of High Latitude Style and the Top of the World Style linkup party

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style and Fancy Friday

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29 thoughts on “Hatwalk 27 – December 2017

  • 5th December 2017 at 8:34 am

    These are lovely photos, mainly because you look so full of joy. I’ve recently delved into the world of charity shops and found some lovely pieces. My concern is how we are ruining the planet. In fact, only this morning the issue of plastic in the sea, was on the BBC news. So to repurpose clothes, jewellery, books, etc. is an excellent idea. Love the way you put outfits together and look so stylish, which shows everyone how to put together a look. 🙂

    • 7th December 2017 at 8:41 am

      Thank you so much Andy and great to hear you’ve been looking and finding things in charity shops – the bargains are there to be found. And I agree, the plastic in the sea is such a tragedy for our planet – I hope we can sort this.

  • 5th December 2017 at 9:02 am

    I love your blog, Penny, and also love hats but……I have a small head and since having my hair cut very short I cannot seem to find any of the felt or straw structured hats that fit; they are all so big they slip down over my eyes and I look ridiculous! When I had a long bob cut I managed to get away with it by scrunching my hair up under the brim and creating more volume.
    I have berets and cloches but would love something with a brim that fits.Any ideas? Otherwise I have a number of lovely hats heading for a charity shop in Dorking!

    • 7th December 2017 at 8:43 am

      I guess that’s what hat pins were for? But are they to be found nowadays? Not sure. Also even with my quite big head (!) I have been known to sew elastic inside to secure the hat. Did this with my waterproof rain hat so that it stays on if it’s windy – like today! Would that work for you?

    • 8th December 2017 at 10:54 pm

      Enter ‘how to make a hat fit’ on YouTube.

  • 5th December 2017 at 11:20 am

    I have a few nice hats but the only ones I wear are woolly ones for walking the dogs!! Many years ago my then mother-in-law gave me a lovely red cloche hat but my daughter said it didn’t suit me so I haven’t worn it. I quite liked it so I think I might find an occasion and try it out. I also have a lovely pale pink Dr Zhivago type hat that I bought in a sale years ago – never worn it. So 2018 could be the year of the hat for me! 🙂

    • 7th December 2017 at 8:45 am

      Oh, try the hats Polly!! I’m sure you do suit them. A lot of this wearing hats business is just saying to yourself, I don’t care what people think, I like wearing hats! Go for it!!

  • 5th December 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Hats do look very good on you! I never wear them, because they look ridiculous on me.

    • 7th December 2017 at 8:46 am

      Never say never, Nancy! There might be a hat out there for you, it just hasn’t found you!!!!

  • 5th December 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Wonderful finds, and I love the energy you’re sending out with recycled, pre-loved clothes. It lets your own style personality shine out! xox


    • 7th December 2017 at 8:47 am

      Ah, thanks so much Patti! And thank you for hosting x

  • 5th December 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Hat is great – and so are you. If everyone did as much as you to cut down on waste the world would be better.
    Had a great day in Henley – there is a street of charity shops, and as it is a mega wealthy area one of the charity shops was more like an up market boutique. Lots of Christmas shopping done there.
    Charity shops are great for presents, as many of the donations are brand new.

    • 8th December 2017 at 8:52 am

      Thank you Sarah! Great to hear that Henley is good for charity shops – there are towns and towns….. yes, so agree that presents can be found as well.

  • 5th December 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Another thing that I forgot to write is that so many people in the large distribution centres work on no contracts/minimum wage while at least one company is based in a tax haven so although the turnover is millions and millions tax paid was about 100,000 – or so I beleive.
    Charity shops do have some paid staff and volunteers.
    When I was looking after my young daughter I managed to be a volunteer and so my CV never became empty, and I got a good job when my daughter went to school.

    • 8th December 2017 at 8:54 am

      There’s an ad for one of those big companies with cute animated packages but hardly any workers….

  • 5th December 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Keep it up, Penny! You’re such a good role model in many respects. Me and hats used to be the best of friends but now… oh how they itch! By the way, the reason I will almost never comment on your blog is because I have to fill out my name and email every time, even though I’m logged into WordPress. Just sayin’!

    • 6th December 2017 at 8:56 am

      Hi Rachel and thanks for your comment especially the bit about making a comment. That was a timely reminder to do a bit of admin! Yes, when I set the blog up I felt quite vulnerable – who would comment, I wondered? I had no idea who or what the community of bloggers was like, so I ticked the box ‘approve manually every time’. In 5 years I have never, ever had a negative experience of any kind. And, thank you so much for your comment as it is quite frustrating sometimes to comment (see below) and I wouldn’t want people to feel annoyed as they comment! The box is now un-ticked and once a commenter has been approved (so the email has to go in just the once) they will find their comment published at the very moment they comment. Will tell everyone at the next post.

      Mind you, have you had the same experience as I do? That there are 3 pathways to commenting. First is, your comment with email and your url already there in the comment box is published instantly without any moderation. Second is, a comment with your email and url is entered and then you await moderation. And third, you cannot put in your url – that third pathway always annoys me! I contacted a blogger about this and apparently it’s to keep out websites, big companies and other nasties from their blog. Their options include WordPress but if I go with that option anyone clicking on to this icon is taken to my old site – which is long dead. So it’s Google, which I never use. So if I comment on these blogs I don’t think anyone gets back to my current blog, which is a blog independently hosted by my own webspace.

      OMG, and I thought I’d just see what happens when I comment on yours! And guess what the comment is waiting for moderation (!) because by default it’s my old site! I ‘changed’ it and up came my email and url, and I was able to comment without putting it in again. But, that’s how WordPress works. Don’t start me on Bloglovin!!!

      But thanks once more, I don’t think people realise that there is a lot of behind the scenes stuff.

    • 8th December 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much Veronica – great to hear from you!

  • 6th December 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, that is a splendid hat. I don’t have a hunter green and not for the lack of hunting (occasionally). Thank you for linking up and being such an inspiration for us slow fashion lovers. and great use of plaid!

    • 8th December 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Terri, and great to be on your site – thanks for hosting!

  • 6th December 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Oh, just love that titfer. Its really me! Id have bought that in a heartbeat. But heres the thing. I already have two hats like this, one black, one ted, and i LOVE them. But i dont wear either of them, despite having modelled hats for a living in the 60s!

    • 8th December 2017 at 8:59 am

      You modelled hats!! Wow!

  • 7th December 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Looking good as always, Penny. I don’t do hats except a black furry one of the very, very coldest of days. However, I think you look fab in them. You are a hat person, no question!
    Style is rarely about individual items but about how the wearer puts the components together. It’s a skill and some people can spend a fortune but never look really stylish. Perhaps it’s having a lower budget that develops flair.

    • 8th December 2017 at 9:04 am

      I think the thing is, mostly I don’t spend any money whatsoever on these hats, although that’s perhaps not exactly true. For example, the pale fedora came from Peacock’s and cost £3.99 but the black fedora was bought in France and therefore cost a lot more, approx £40 I think, but that’s France for you! It’s expensive there and that was two years ago! But £40 is the most I’ve ever spent, it’s usually around a fiver. But I admit I do perhaps have a hat face!!!!

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  • 11th December 2017 at 11:17 am

    I remember a friend telling me years ago that the owner of a hat-hire shop her daughter used would never ‘lend’ a hat to anyone wearing specs as she didn’t believe the two looked good together and that her hat/s wouldn’t look their best! Good job she can’t see me wearing my hat/s then!

  • 13th December 2017 at 4:54 am

    I do love your forest green hat , it is a real beauty and suits you so much. I know we share a love of hats and the joy in wearing them . Judith is such an inspiration with her stunning style and incredible hat collection.

  • 26th December 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words! The forest green of your vintage bowler is such a wonderful color for the season. I do love that you continue to add to your hat collection after purging before the move to Brighton. Thank you for participating in Hat Attack!

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