Hello again

And a big thank you to all of you who commented on my last post, which seemed to generate quite a lot of interest.  Btw, I miscounted. I have 12 pairs of shoes rather than 11!

So, having said that one of the reasons for the low number of shoes is the lack of space to store them it is amazing how I find space for 9 coats and 13 jackets! Then there are my hats. I have 12 large brimmed hats, 2 furry cold weather hats, 1 1970s-type hat and a further 12 soft berets, beanies and boiled wool hats making that a total of 27 hats.

Hmm. Anyway here are a few of the hats starting with the big brimmed variety, which I love but don’t give them all the outings that they deserve.

This is my latest buy (Galleries Lafayette in Toulouse in March of this year) and I’ve worn this a lot.

And another hat from Toulouse bought 3 years ago. Bit round-shouldered I see, but working on that through Pilates. Note the shoes!

The hat below was bought new in Urban Outfitters about 5 years ago.

I often find I’m the only person in the room wearing a hat – see below for the evidence!

I’m just about to get rid of this green hat – but it’s still in the back of the car if you think I ought to keep it. I can see I bought the hat some time ago as there are my much loved boots that fell apart about 2 years ago

I’ve never worn the hat below and wish I could find an opportunity. This was a charity shop hat and cost £5

And this below is also an unworn charity shop hat – I think I’ll wear it in Brighton this summer. What it needs is a black linen dress to go with the hat. I have the black sandals 😉

This is one of my winter hats.

And here’s a favourite summer hat bought in Flam Norway.

And don’t forget the berets.

And below for a white and pink beret.

In the winter I wear these quite a lot.

If you think you’ve seen these photos before you’d be right as not only have I been busy but on my only free writing day (Thursday) I was unexpectedly in A&E (ER in States) with Mr F. All OK now, but he gave me a fright. So true that these things come out of the blue and you know – live in the now if you can.

And god bless our NHS. The staff were wonderful, so sweet and polite and just there to find out what was going on (it was his heart fluttering ++++). And overseas readers, what did it cost to be in A&E for 6 hours with numerous tests and an army of emergency staff plus a senior consultant? A big fat NOTHING. He even got a meal!  On bended knees I hope the rapacious nobheads who are privatising our beloved health service get their just deserts. And I don’t apologise for my language!!!! At some point I will say more about that on My Other Blog, which has been silent for a few weeks but things are hotting up, so expect an update next week.

That’s all for now but thank you for reading the blog  🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper



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50 thoughts on “I have very few shoes but I forgot to say I have 27 hats!

  • 24th May 2019 at 8:51 am

    Love the charity shop one you haven’t worn yet! You sre definitely a Hat person though, all lokk good. Yes timely reminder re NHS. Honestly where have all the good people gone who can run a country? Don’t think many are hiding in Parliament!

    • 25th May 2019 at 11:16 am

      Hello Linda – yes definitely I’m a hat person 🙂

      Thanks so much for your comment and big cheer for the NHS!

  • 24th May 2019 at 9:15 am

    I love that green hat! If you don’t want to keep it I’m more than happy to give it some love!
    You look fabulous in hats, I picked up a lovely new straw hat in the charity shop a few weeks ago, it’s coming on holiday with me to Seattle soon!
    Jules x

    • 25th May 2019 at 11:17 am

      Well, with all the positive comments I’ve had on this I’ve decided to rescue the green hat from the back of the car! Great to hear about your hat!

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 9:18 am

    So agree with your language and sentiment about NHS.
    PS I think the green hat suits you very well.

    • 25th May 2019 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Jen, the hat will be rescued!

  • 24th May 2019 at 10:08 am

    Love the idea of donating to charity shops or Op shops as known here in Australia.
    I suggest you keep your green hat Penny. It is beautiful & really suits you. You wear all your hats so well.
    Love reading your blogs. Thank you 😊

    • 25th May 2019 at 11:19 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback Barbara which is much appreciated. I shall keep the green hat 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hi Penny
    Keep the green hat and get rid of one of the black ones instead 😁 I agree with others that you look good in hats. Being short I sometimes look like a walking lamp stand in big hats!!
    Enjoy your blog.

    • 25th May 2019 at 11:22 am

      That’s exactly what I’m going to do, actually I’m going to get rid of a rather dull dark grey hat which I’ve worn only once. Thanks so much Sandy and have you tried berets? I think they can suit anyone 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 11:57 am

    Yep, definitely keep the green. It suits you, likewise the beret. Agree with your language regarding the NHS.

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:22 am

      Thank you Mary – I’ve rescued the green hat. And god bless the NHS 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 12:02 pm

    As an ex-nurse, I too agree with your description of those destroying the NHS. I may be using the phrase frequently. 😀

    I wish I could wear hats, I tend to look, for want of a better word, stupid in them!

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:26 am

      I’m an ex-nurse and at the time was very cool and collected and also so interested in the technology (so tired now) but throughout was just amazed at the staff – bless them.

      Do try a beret, btw, I think they suit any face 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Best wishes to Mr F. I had a similar thing with my OH last year. Fortunately not involving A and E but a visit to our lovely GP resulting a complete battery of urgent tests. Ironically he passed them all with flying colours – ‘for a man of your age’ – haha! Sound familiar? Our NHS is wonderful despite all the cuts and the determination of the appalling idiots who wish to sell it off. I’ve just had a very successful hip replacement – for free. I’m very conscious that had I paid privately it would have cost £11K.
    Love your hats, you wear them so well. Im looking forward to your post on the current situation.

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:33 am

      Thank you Kathy. The staff were wonderful. So competent and at the same time so very sweet and kind – lovely people. Good to hear your OH is OK. Mine goes to a cardiac clinic on Tuesday which was mighty quick. Yes, despite everything, and especially any politician, the NHS works very well.

  • 24th May 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Love the hats Penny, you wear them so well. Keep wearing the hats and keep shouting it out for our fabulous NHS!

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:34 am

      Thank you Pamela – I do love my hats! Yes, I agree with you, our NHS is truly fabulous 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Sending hugs for that health scare. It’s true how life can change in a second. We try to remember to enjoy every day because of that!!
    My hat collection has definitely increased over these last years. It’s even fabulous that I “borrow” my husband’s hats too!!
    I think you should keep the green one. If anything maybe donate one of the black ones since you have a couple already in that color….just my opinion of course.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:36 am

      Thank you Jodie! Scare kind of over but, you know, it makes you think and I’m really tired after being as cool as a cucumber and in ‘competence’ mode throughout!

      I’m doing just as you say – I’ve rescued the green hat and donating a dull grey one – thanks Jodie, have a great week 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Hats are definitely your forte, Penny! You totally rock your hats. I love how that woman with the glass is looking up at you in your lovely black hat and your red tulle skirt. She’s heartily wishing she had your panache! I have a lot of hats also and feel conspicuous wearing them as I am also almost always the only one in the room with a hat. Everyone I see now wears loose beanie hats or ball caps. Not in my circle though, who always appear conspicuously bareheaded and tell me they “wish they looked good in hats”. I always say just put it on and go out. If I look too long, I always take it off. (Which, to be honest, I often do.) I’m in Canada and am ever grateful for our health care. My husband had an ER visit in Cancun two months ago and we are still haggling over his insurance claim, even though we paid well for it. Life is good. As the fun people say, “life is too short to wear boring clothes!” Rock on!

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:48 am

      Yes, we hear that Canada has a great health service too. It’s totally possible as there are very good health services in Europe as well – France in particular. What we (as in the ordinary people of the UK of all political persuasions) loathe are the politicians who want to move our beloved NHS nearer to the US system. Are they mad? And the answer has to be, yes, although another factor is that they are influenced by money. That’s where some of the current dislike of establishment/politicians lies – amongst other things, we cannot trust them with the one thing that everyone loves – the NHS.

      And on a lighter note, oh yes, life is far too short to worry about what other people are thinking. How nice to meet another hat lover! Rock on and have a great week 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Penny, keep the green hat! It suits you, I like them all and wish i could come up with such great outfits.
    Glad to hear that Mr. F is ok, such a frightening time. Mr. W had a heart attack whilst towing our caravan 3 years ago, triple bypass required. Our NHS were wonderful and he is fully recovered. We mustn’t let it slip away, all of our family are medical in one way or another so we see the good and the bad side. As we all realise when we get older nothing is more important than good health.
    Have a great weekend, fabulous weather here in North Yorkshire today, hope the sun shines for you.
    Best Wishes

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:51 am

      It is such a frightening time to have a health scare like that. At the time I was competence personified but crashed down 36 hours later. Both of us are tired +++ but that’s Ok as we’ll recover.

      NHS wonderful, weather colder, have a lovely week 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Some weeks ago you asked your readers to share details of the oldest garments in their wardrobes, still in use.
    Mine is a lovely navy boiled wool coat with scarlet turned back cuffs and a matching stripe across the coat itself. When my mother went into a care home nearly three years ago at the age of 93 I found it in her wardrobe. It had belonged to my sister who died at the age of 25 in 1979. Obviously Mum couldn’t bear to part with it and neither can I.
    I remember Margaret wearing it, it was from Richard shops and is in great condition. I do wear it in winter although to be honest it’s a bit too big for me. I’d send a photo if I knew how. Perhaps that’s not allowed!
    Thanks for your blogposts, I look forward to them.

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:54 am

      That coat sounds amazing and must look wonderful, and then there’s the connection you have with your sister. I totally know where you’re coming from. Just lovely x

  • 24th May 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Best wishes to you and Mr. F. Hope all is on the upward trend. Penny if you have the space, keep them all as they are fabulous on you. I have given away a few and later wished I had not. I too have more than I need, but you must have choices. BTW wear whatever you like on your feet. I love your style even if I couldn’t wear it all.

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:56 am

      Thank you so much, Diane, Mr F goes to a cardiac clinic on Tuesday which is mighty quick – big cheer for the NHS!

      I’m keeping the green hat 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I really like hats too but don’t wear them so much in summer unless it’s really sunny. I saw a lady out today who was wearing a navy and white spotted dress with a straw hat trimmed in navy and white. It was one of those that have a brim at the front and swept up at the back with a bow. I looked at her shoes in the hope she was wearing something low and comfortable but no, navy and white strappy sandals but not a very high heel. She really did look stylish and was about size 8 and quite tall, unlike me! I would have loved to have seen white gloves as well!
    I had to buy a hat for my fathers funeral and could not find anything suitable in a charity shop. I had a felt one but it was a very warm September. I ended up buying something really too high for me with big loops and scattered with crystals! Not quite what I wanted but I could not have gone without as both my parents liked hats and formal dressing. I wore the hat again for Mother with her lovely diamond brooch on a black jacket.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:09 am

      Hello Lynda. There’s someone I see often on my bus into town who dresses and looks like a young Mrs Thatcher always with a big brimmed hat – anything goes in Brighton!

      I have a hat for funerals but going to one this week with the advice, ‘no black’, so will wear my red hat. Have a good week and thanks for your thoughts 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 5:34 pm

    You wear hats so well, Penny! Glad to know Mr F. is okay but very frightening nevertheless. I cannot sing the praises of our NHS enough and I can’t bear what is happening to this wonderful institution and what may happen in the future. Don’t get me started!
    I had to sort out the cupboard under the stairs (!) this week and I found 10 beany style hats belonging to my sons. Neither of them are living at home! I also found 10 pairs of their gloves. These will all go to charity as they are in very good condition. I am not normally sentimental about things but I will definitely hang on to the blue and white striped French hat that was worn by both boys as babies/toddlers!
    Looking forward to reading your next other blog post after the events of today…

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:23 am

      Hello June – oh well done re: keeping the baby hat. I’ve kept nothing from that era and sometimes regret that. I know that my daughter has a loft full of baby clothes that probably won’t get worn – it’s a dilemma.

      Quite tired re: the episode! Writing taking a bit of a backstop at the moment! |And bless our NHS although I hear from our friends living in France that the French system is very good.

  • 24th May 2019 at 8:31 pm

    What a brilliant collection of hats! I have a similar furry animal print one bought for 1.00 and yet to be worn…

    Keep the green. I love the colour and it looks great on you. I wore a hat today to pick up the grandchildren from school. I keep two on the car and as it was so hot it was to protect my face from the sun. I must make more an effort to wear hats more often; you’re such a good inspiration for hats.

    I loved the photo of hatted you in the room full of hatless people. You should have it blown up and put on your wall!

    Have a great weekend and I hope Mr. FS continues to recover.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:28 am

      I have kept the green hat! Rescued it and substituted a dull grey hat.

      Both Mr F and I are quite tired, me, more because I was totally in competence mode and then 36 hours later crashed! But he’s off to a cardiac clinic on Tuesday – wonderful, wonderful NHS

      Have a lovely week 🙂

  • 24th May 2019 at 9:02 pm

    My favourite is the red one, it really suits you, it lights up your face somehow! Best wishes to Mr F, glad he is on the mend. Life can change very suddenly, live in the moment and enjoy it. The NHS is wonderful and to be treasured.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:29 am

      Oh thank you re: the red hat. It is a great colour. Mr F is on the mend – phew!

  • 24th May 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Are hats more of an English thing? I have been wondering this for a while. Or, are they a Penny thing? Either way, you do suit hats. I have a Panama hat for most of the year (for sun protection), and a beanie. Beanies are big in New Zealand, because it gets so darned cold here in winter, and so many do snow sports, and also because we are more casually dressed. A pair: of flip flops (jandals), trainers, ballerinas; slippers (for winter). One warm hoodie, 1 black wool coat, 1 black quilted trendy jacket, 1 sheepskin lined trendy jacket, 1 black blazer with red silk lining and trims. I am almost embarrassed at the lack of interesting clothes in my wardrobe. My coats last year and years and are all 2nd hand.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:37 am

      Hello! Well, formal hats are always worn at Ladies Day at races and formal/official garden parties – never been to any of those. Weddings – hats are a thing. I’d say that in the winter nearly everyone in the UK, particularly waiting for buses, wears woolly/beanie type hats as it’s also freezing here with that damp cold we have. So the UK’s definitely a hat wearing country on formal occasions and in the winter, but in the Spring, Summer and Autumn, not so much.

      Last summer I was the only person wearing a big-brimmed (but not over-the-top) hat in London. In Brighton anything goes and you see more hats all the year round. So glad I live in Brighton 🙂

  • 26th May 2019 at 7:37 am

    You are a natural with hats – it requires a degree of poise, confidence and the right shaped head and frame to carry off a hat, and you do it effortlessly with every type of titfer! I went through a phase a couple of years ago when I started buying hats but they don’t really work on me and they are making their way to charity shops, except for the furry winter hat which is similar to yours.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:19 am

      Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era as I could wear wide-brimmed hats all the time. But, as I say to Jill below, Judith Boyd is my role model.

      The thing is you tried hats – and good that the charity shops are benefitting! Have a great week, Gail 🙂

  • 26th May 2019 at 9:16 am

    Hope all is OK with your husband, thank heavens for your excellent NHS, can’ t say the same about our Australian health system at present.
    Glad you have decided to keep the green hat as it really suits you. As a fellow hat lover I can relate to being the only hat wearer in the room. The wide brim fedora styles do suit you beautifully. Our Winter has finally arrived over the last few days and I am looking forward to wearing my Winter hats. Have a good week Penny , an interesting one in the UK no doubt.

    • 27th May 2019 at 8:16 am

      Looking forward to seeing you in your winter hats. Actually, it’s kind of nice, isn’t it, to be the only hat wearer in the room. I always have Judith Boyd in my mind as my role model.

      Our NHS is just about OK. It needs proper funding with politicians being honest about said funding rather than always saying thing’s like, ‘we’ve never put more in,’ etc etc. That is so dishonest as it doesn’t take into consideration the increase in longevity and the constant upgrading of technology, which I was amazed at being a nurse in the very olden days!!!

      Yup – interesting times here in the UK! Have a great week, Jill 🙂

  • 26th May 2019 at 10:46 am

    We are so fortunate to have such an amazing NHS – I’m pleased that all was ok once he was checked over. What a scare.
    I’m not really a hat person except for winter wooly hats and a straw summer beach hat but yours are fabulous – maybe I need to rethink my wardrobe!

    • 27th May 2019 at 7:39 am

      Phew – the heart flutter was quite a scare but the NHS staff was just wonderful.

      I love my hats and wasn’t always like I am now – I wear more now than when I was younger. But yes, do consider wearing hats, although I admit that living in Brighton helps as anything goes here 🙂

  • 27th May 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Hello Hat Lady!
    Late to the party, as usual, so will be brief. (And if you believe that….)

    Love the hats, especially the berets, the fabulous black fivers’worth and the red humdinger.

    Now for the important stuff: your husband, and the NHS. Mighty relieved that your man’s okay. Medical scares are the worst… As for the NHS, my impression is that, overall, it (mostly) comes up trumps when the stakes are high – and my heart goes out to those whose emergency care has let them down – but can fail miserably with pre and aftercare: waiting times for consultants’ appointments can be a minefield. Anecdotes garnered over the years from friends and family members include not being able to make a second appointment before leaving Out Patients after the first consultation, (“We’ll put one in the post.” Yes, but in which year?); being accused of missing an appointment when ‘the one in the post’ never arrived, as didn’t the one promised YEARS ago! I could go on but I won’t! All I will say is it strikes me that, actual nursing/staffing problems apart (ha!), it’s the administrative side of hospitals which needs overhauling. Oh, and bring back nursing homes!

    Enough! Off with my NHS head!
    Or should that be hat?!

    Z x

  • 28th May 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Love all the hats, especially the red fedora – I’ve got a navy one but have never worn it! but surely hats take up more room than shoes? I’ve got a rack in the bottom of my 2 wardrobes (the joys of living alone!) and can fit about 8 pairs on each plus another 4 pairs on the bottom underneath. You could customise the black hat so you could wear it with a coloured or patterned outfit, maybe add a smaller flower or two in other colours eg red or mauve, then you could wear it with a bright or patterned dress/skirt top combo. I think a black dress would be too much IMHO, with black shoes and black hat for the summer, unless you’re going to a funeral, even with bright jewellery or scarves.

  • 30th May 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Penny.
    I subscribed a while ago to your great website, you are always so interesting and honest to read, also we know Brighton and Hove a little, as our son lives there, so when I read your blogs, I feel nearer to him.
    The reason, that I am contacting you, is because for a couple of months, I have not received any of your posts, not even in my junk mail, and I wondered, is their anything I need to correct, as you can tell, I’m not very technically minded.
    Have just been catching up, and was really interested to see, the facial, that you were talking about, I have just booked one, on my nieces recommendation.
    I hope you can help
    Thank you.
    Angela B

    • 1st June 2019 at 8:03 am

      Hello Angela And apologies for not replying immediately as this must be so annoying. The automatic email that you all get bringing the post straight to you is not coming from us but comes from WordPress. To get the email you obviously submitted your email in that little box on the side and, and this is very important activated it when you receive an email telling you to do that. Sadly I cannot say why you haven’t received your posts lately and I am so sorry. Must be a little quirk. WordPress isn’t perfect by any means. We are self-hosted and that means there is an easy way to blog where everything is done by WordPress, but self-hosting means much more is done by us, but we don’t do that email that sends the post.

      I suggest you re-submit (and of course activate that re-submission) then definitely let me know if it happens again. Then something is up.

  • 3rd June 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Hi, Penny, love the hats. I so wish I could wear a hat but, with a huge mop of curly hair, they just don’t look good on me. I agree about the knobheads! x

  • 3rd June 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Also glad to hear that Mr F is well, after the trip to A&E. x

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