Another post on wearing hats around town. I know some of you say that you can’t wear hats but I think everyone can (especially when it’s the winter!) and the way to start with hat wearing is with a beret, which, I think, suits every type of face.  So here is a tale of two berets.  Btw, thank you for all your comments – it’s so good to be back and writing blogs about life in and around Brighton.

Anyway, last week it wasn’t all that warm so, while out and about in Brighton, I wore my grey wool coat topped with a really nutty Smurf-like hat in my favourite colour, yellow.

Brighton is full of vintage shops, of which I don’t always approve as they often use the term ‘vintage’ to add a nought onto the price.

And here I am outside a really great hat shop called Mad Hatters.

This is where I bought the woolly yellow hat and a couple of other hats as well.  In the window (and I should have taken a photo) something caught my eye.  It was a nude coloured (as in flesh coloured) beret (at £20, I think) with next to it, a very beautiful flower to add to the beret (at almost the same price).  I thought, hmm, nice, really nice. I’d like to have that, but the cost…  Oh, wait a moment, I could do that for nothing.

So I went home and fished out my two near-to-nude berets bought in a charity shop for no more than £3 each.

And then I got out two corsage clipped flowers I’d bought in my local (Newhaven) community centre made by a lovely lady called Kathi – and put them like so.

And then I tried them on.

What do you think?

And here’s the pink beret.

Well, this cost next-to-nothing and is a perfect example of always looking at what’s going on around you and then adapting that look, that item, that fashion, that idea to your own purse and needs.  But if you’re ever in Brighton do go to Mad Hatters for inspiration as well as the hats!

This is a short and sweet post as I’m attempting to write another post for My Other Blog.  Don’t look for it yet as the posts for MOB always take longer than I think!

That’s all for now,

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Judith Boyd of Style Crone for #hatattack

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for iwillwearwhatilike

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style and Fancy Friday

Terri of Meadow Tree Style and 2nd Loved 1st Friday

Nicole of High Latitude Style

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32 thoughts on “Hatwalk 29 – April 2018

  • 10th April 2018 at 7:49 am

    I think you look lovely in your berets!!!!!! It’s something I would never dare to wear. In fact the only time I wear a hat is when it’s very windy and a woolly hat keeps my ears warm, and my hair under control!!

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:26 am

      Thanks so much Pauline!

  • 10th April 2018 at 8:20 am

    Love the flowers on the berets. I’ve seen a beret with pearl beads on, something that I can easily do myself. I was wearing my sequined beret the other day which was remarked upon. I said I’m a bit like John Lewis – never knowingly underdressed!

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:28 am

      You sound someone on absolutely the same wave length Lynda! A pearl beaded beret – go for it!

  • 10th April 2018 at 9:35 am

    What a coincidence Penny – just today a purple beret arrived in the post for me (pre-loved, from ebay) and I was wearing it round the house! (As you do). Your two near nude berets with flowers are glorious. Would look great at a wedding or some of the big events coming up this summer!

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:30 am

      Love the idea of you going round the house in your beret – haven’t done that yet! And I haven’t got a purple beret – but recently found a red beret which will be worn next winter.

  • 10th April 2018 at 10:19 am

    I love you ideas and I shall shamelessly be copying you!

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:31 am

      Ah, thanks Melba! Great to get your feedback!

  • 10th April 2018 at 10:32 am

    Yes, love the ‘adorned’ berets! And thank you for the interesting posts about your cruise. We’ve been on one, to the Baltic, and share some of your thoughts on the people, people all around you etc. Maybe 12 nights was too many but it did get us to have some tasters of northern cities we wouldn’t otherwise get to. Would like to try a river cruise some time.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:35 am

      Yes, cruises – if you ever come our way perhaps we should have a coffee and a chat about cruises! I have some views! River cruises can be great, but that’s according to friends. I think in every case you get what you pay for as no cruise since the two on Saga have come up to Saga’s high standards.

  • 10th April 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Always think I look a bit bonkers in hats. However, after reading this, may try a beret! Xx

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:37 am

      I also can easily look bonkers in a hat! Berets are great though, and not too expensive if it doesn’t look right. But of course try on first 🙂

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:38 am

      Always pleased to be with fellow sharers on your great blog. Thanks so much for hosting x

  • 10th April 2018 at 1:30 pm

    You suit berets. I work with fabrics, mainly felt, but I do use a variety of different fabrics in my felt, and one thing that I am always wanting to make sure I do is to use fabrics of similar ‘styles’. I do use a lighter fabric in making nuno felt (so that will be silk and wool – but the wool is worked into to silk to create a ‘bounce’ in the silk). What I try to have is similar wieght fabrics, or to mesh a lighter fabric into a heavier fabric. What does not look great, to me, is embellishing a heavy fabric by attaching a lighter fabric. I think the flowers would look good on the beret if they were in a heavier fabric.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:42 am

      Interesting and I see what you mean. However, don’t forget this was an attempt to adapt a ‘look’ from existing hats and some ‘found’ flower clips. The point is to do it for next-to-nothing because above all I aim to be frugal 🙂

  • 10th April 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love hats and would wear them more except that I don’t like the look of my hair when I take them off! So that limits the times I can wear them to only when we are going somewhere where I can immediately fix my hair once inside. I would wear a beret like you do for a lunch out but not one inside someone’s house.
    I like the fact that you found a good idea and used it for yourself with items you “had around the house”.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:45 am

      I do agree that after wearing a beret the hair needs a quick brush. And yes, it was good to get those flower clips out.

  • 10th April 2018 at 3:38 pm

    You look great in your berets Penny.Unfortunately they don`t really suit me.(just don`t feel comfortable in them).I like hats with a brim on them and have a few in different colours.Up until this year i wouldn`t wear those pom pom hats as i call them,but i do now even though they flatten my hair !
    Keep on with your interesting blogs.I really enjoy them.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:47 am

      Oh yes, larger hats with brims are my fave too and as the weather continues to improve I’ll be wearing fewer berets and woolly hats and moving on to my two fedoras.

      Thanks for the feedback – much appreciated.

  • 10th April 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I particularly like the first photo, Penny. I’m back in France and today I sat next to a very stylish French lady, in a café, and guess what – she was wearing a beret! It was a light grey/mauvey colour and she wore it with such aplomb. I really must get over my hat wearing doubts and try a beret. It’s market day on Monday so I’ll see what I can find.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:49 am

      Ooh, bet the weather is lovely where you are, mind you it’s suddenly improved back in Blighty as it’s very much warmer. And yes, do try a beret! Go for it!

  • 10th April 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Penny – you look great in your berets. But even after almost 50yrs I can’t bring myself to wear one as it’s too much like my old school uniform. I’ve not long got back into navy blue which I love as a colour but was uncomfortable actually wearing it! Mad I know. Love both your blogs. Karen

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:53 am

      Ah yes, school hats – actually we had a round pudding-shaped summer hat which was made of straw. When you reached the VI form we wore a boater (!) which I threw into the river on the day I left school! And then there was a winter one that was the same pudding shape but this time made of hard felt. Gosh, I wonder if they still have the same hats – was a long time ago!

  • 10th April 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Love your berets, Penny, and love the idea of Gail wearing her new berrit (sic) round the house. Ah bless! I still remember wearing a pair of new sheepskin boots to bed when I was about seven, I loved them so much! They’d not been out in the street yet so it was allowed. Sorry if I’ve told you this tale before; it’s a prerogative of the old to repeat themselves – and get away with it now and then. So, I’m 78 today and it’s my turn!

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:56 am

      I know, what a picture she must have made wearing the beret inside – great! And a very happy belated birthday – congrats on being 78 – woo hoo!! Hope you had a good day. And no I hadn’t heard that tale!

  • 10th April 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Penny, you do suit a beret so well. What a brilliant idea using a corsage. Will
    have to copy that. Thanks for the idea. Love your blogs.

    • 11th April 2018 at 7:56 am

      Thank you Anne – it’s great to get your feedback on the blog – very much appreciated.

  • 11th April 2018 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful, guaranteed to add some cheer to dull chilly days 🙂

  • 11th April 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I absolutely adore this! I love to wear hats, but admit to never having worn a beret. But, I am so charmed by your beret with the flower that it makes me want to run out and get one immediately!

  • 12th April 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I’m sure I didn’t look that good in my hated school beret! I haven’t worn hats in the past as I’ve always had short hair that would have been squashed by any type of hat, since I retired I’ve grown my hair to just below chin level and I love it! Think it’s time I explored hat wearing.
    Chrissie x

  • 12th April 2018 at 7:06 pm

    When I had a clothes consult, many moons ago, after a colour one, a beret was the only hat that suited me! (Short people can look like mushrooms in many hat styles). Your nouveau look for your nearly nude berets is very chic. And I agree with the label vintage… I’m often shocked at the prices.

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