It is so warm for the time of year here in the UK. Maybe next week it’s going to be cooler, but I’ve heard that one before.  Well let’s see, because although I should be enjoying the heat of the sun on my face, really i) this is not good for my skin as it’s not quite hot enough to be putting on the suntan cream, and ii) I want it to be a tad colder so I can start wearing my hats!

A couple of days ago it was so lovely and sunny, with that cloudless blue sky overhead that is so unusual here, that we just got into the car and drove to the sea, actually, Seaford. And I didn’t buy any charity shop clothes (more about that below) instead we ended up walking along the unspoilt promenade (as in not commercialised and full of tourists) and looking out to sea. And I wore a hat!

All the clothes, bar the scarf, you’ve seen before: Peacock’s homburg hat (bought for £3 three years ago), the recently bought pink Peacock’s jeans and an old Peacock’s pink bag; last year’s French charity shop jacket with a charity shop tee underneath; my Nike running (ha, I don’t, more about that in another blog) shoes and a scarf I bought in Cadiz six months ago.

Prompted by a reader of this blog earlier this week I watched a documentary on fashion and its impact on the environment and I’ll be writing about this in-depth very soon, but suffice to say the outfit above is a statement that really, we should shop our closet more often, because there’s plenty there (!) and not go hunting for more and more clothes, even in charity shops.

So in this old outfit I had a great time, and also I felt amazing because at last, people, I was wearing one of my hats!

It was a breezy day but the hat stayed on!

Mr Frugalfashionshopper was part of this great day, which included calling in (unexpectedly) on a good friend who’s just moved to this town.  After seeing her new abode we all went out for a wonderful cup of tea plus cake, and yes, I forgot to take a photo, but we each had a different cake: our friend had orange polenta; Mr F had a slice of gluten-free banoffee cake; and I had an almond and blueberry bakewell tart, which was amazing!

I admit I did look in the charity shops, but didn’t buy.

More about the fashion industry, and buying less, another time. Have a great weekend all of you.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing with the usual lovely people including Judith Boyd of Style Crone for her monthly #hatattack

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9 thoughts on “Hatwalk 33 – October 2018

  • 12th October 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    Hi Penny,
    What beautiful weather you had ! Seaford looks a lovely place too! Loved your hat and scarf. I really love hats especially since i`ve got a little bit older.I have to have ones with a brim.Berets do nothing for me! I`m also a lover of charity shops.If i can find a bargain,then it pleases me much more than buying something new.
    Keep up with your blogs.They are always interesting.
    Karen.

  • 12th October 2018 at 3:51 pm
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    You look so cool and trendy in your pink and denim outfit! I saw that documentary too and I was appalled at the amount of resources it takes to make stuff at one end and the pollutants we wash down the drains during manufacture and with every clothes wash, to the enormous amounts of landfill we create with our throw away attitude to clothes. I will definitely be “shopping my closet” as you so neatly put it. I have a couple of suitcases full of things I grandly call my archive which are special pieces that I couldn’t bear to part with but no longer wear. Over the years several things have found their way back from the archive as they come back on trend. It’s like meeting an old friend and remembering why you enjoyed their company so much.

  • 12th October 2018 at 8:49 pm
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    You look gorgeous! Isn’t the weather just so lovely, tomorrow it can become 30 degrees here. I love it, although it does worry me. It is not good that the weather is so strange this year. Have a great weekend love!

  • 13th October 2018 at 5:14 am
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    Hi Penny, I just love that final photo, your hair is really looking good, thick and silvery, it really suits you. I think you mentioned Catherine from Atypical last week, she is very funny and she looks great in her wigs, I love the way she will just suddenly take it off, she is so honest. It’s fascinating, women and men particularly the upper classes have worn wigs for centuries, think Marie Antoinette and Elizabeth 1, and men wore the most ornate wigs with curls and pony tails tied with ribbons!
    My hair has become a little thinner but it was fine in the first place, I adore the silvery white
    but recently I bought a wig, it is the same silvery white but with a flicky, edgy cut, I just love it, I only bought it for fun and have thoroughly enjoyed it. When I was in the shop the number of women now beginning to buy wigs is astounding and why not, the young ones buy them for all sorts of occasions and no one turns a hair ( I wanted to get that one in).
    One lady said she felt very depressed and miserable as she had lost a lot of her hair and she was going on a cruise and didn’t know what to do but when she put the wig on she looked amazing and floated out of the shop with her husband. So I think they will become as acceptable as nail extensions in time and why not, you can change your look and have so much fun.
    We are so lucky to live in a time where we can improve and play with our looks at any age, I just love it.
    Warm regards from a very cold and rainy Queensland Carol xx

  • 13th October 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    Sounds like a perfect day and you can’t beat a Fedora in my book. It will always be my most comfortable at ease in hat. It’s nice to see Mr. FFS.
    xox
    Terri

  • 14th October 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    I had some happy times at Seaford, a friend of mine used to live virtually on the beach! Love your casual chic look with the hat and denim jacket. I haven’t seen the Stacey Dooley documentary but I’ve just written about fast fashion myself – it seems the topic de jour!

  • 14th October 2018 at 1:42 pm
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    You look great Penny and who could fail to feel fantastic on that glorious day? Seaford looks beautiful, I love seaside places out of season, we really only visit our lovely Whitby in the winter now because it’s far too crowded in anything but awful weather.
    I’ve just watched the documentary and am shocked – I always thought I was doing the right thing in opting for cotton – but then the alternatives seem not to be much better. No simple solutions but surely the first thing is to buy less and as you say ‘shop our closets’. Do we need to resurrect our wonderful woollen industry, that surely must be more sustainable?
    A huge subject which I’m sure you will come back to.
    Kind regards
    Chrissie

  • 16th October 2018 at 8:18 am
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    Pretty in pink, Penny! You look very spring-like. I’ve never been to Seaford but I intend to visit one of these days. In my experience, French women have far fewer clothes in their wardrobes but those they do buy are of very good quality. Generalisation of course!

  • 21st October 2018 at 1:29 pm
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    You look happy in the photos which I’d say is the best thing of all!
    I know I have too many clothes as E-bay bargains are my downfall. I’ve got to stop, or at least ration the time I spend on that site. I usually pass on my things to charity shops to salve my conscience but in the end I know that what’s unsold ends up dumped in Africa or landfill.
    We all go on about recycling but the fact is we use and produce too much of everything for it to be possible to re-use or re-purpose it effectively. If it takes more energy to do this than to manufacture it in the first place how does that make ecological sense?
    On holiday I refused to shop or even browse much because I don’t want to be tempted! Apart from underwear (although I’ve got more than I need of that too) and tights I’d be fine if I didn’t buy any clothes for a year or more! Sadly, I doubt I’ll be able to do that unless I can replace the pleasure I get from it with something equally or more satisfying. Reading more would be good but what else….? I’m a clothes junkie, seemingly as addicted as any other addict.

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