Gosh, my packing was way out of kilter.  Again!

I mean I managed to get a capsule wardrobe, plus two pairs of shoes and all my makeup and other stuff into a cabin-sized suitcase.  But I packed on a cold day, so I took out all the hot weather gear and substituted black jeans and other black things including two cardis.  Reader, it was hot, hot, hot where I went, which was slightly north of Toulouse.

Never mind, off I went to the local market and bought two great end-of-season (so 30% off) floaty pieces that put together looked like this.


I never, ever, wear outfits like this at home in the UK.  We just don’t have the weather for it.  But the skirt and the dress flap and flutter about as you walk making you a smidgen less hot.    You’ll hear more about the hat in another post, but it had great style I think with its slightly turned up brim.

If you think the trees and the canal made the walk cooler it didn’t!


It was a hot afternoon.  And yes, we hadn’t quite got the hang of getting up earlier in the day and doing the walk in the early morning.  But look at the light and the shadows on the path.  All was quiet as even the birds know not to be out and about in the heat of the afternoon sun.


The area is famous for its fruit production and on the left you can see the fruit trees with fruit ready for picking.

That’s all for now, but you’ll get another post quite soon.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing my straw hat with Judith Boyd’s #hat attack post.


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14 thoughts on “I only did it again! Yes, I packed the wrong clothes!

  • 29th September 2016 at 11:54 am

    Penny, I really love that outfit, it really suits you and the surroundings

    • 1st October 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thanks so much – that kind of gear was absolutely essential for the weather which was amazing. Bright blue skies and a hot sun – so not used to that and I say that as someone who lives down south! 🙂

  • 29th September 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Re packing the wrong clothes: You look great in your bargains, I did bad packing last weekend in London. No bargains available so just roasted in black trousers and cardigans!

    • 1st October 2016 at 9:03 am

      Yes, I just simply failed to believe that the weather might be just a little bit hotter than the UK!!!!

  • 29th September 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Love the bargains…love the look. 🙂

    • 1st October 2016 at 9:05 am

      Thanks so much. Yes, the shops in the south of France were full of winter clothes and it was only the markets that had end-of-season summery bargains – thank goodness!

  • 29th September 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Penny, I feel your pain! I loathe everything about the whole packing process and all the impossible decisions. However, I do feel a teeny bit comforted that it doesn’t come easily either to one so glamorous as you! Thanks for sharing.

    • 1st October 2016 at 9:09 am

      Yes, it was exactly like that – decisions, decisions and scratching my head thinking ‘what will the weather be like?’ and never having sufficient imagination that there was a very good chance it might be really hot! And really, I’m not glamorous at all – you should see me first thing in the morning! But I can find a bargain!

  • 30th September 2016 at 1:25 am

    Penny, That outfit is perfection on you..and the hat is the crowning glory! I’m loving those pics so much. You HAVE to post tons more. Can’t wait to read more….

    • 1st October 2016 at 9:11 am

      Yes, that was a good look putting the two together – and they created quite a (hot) breeze as I walked! And more pics coming in the next two posts as well!

  • 30th September 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Well, I think you came up trumps with this outfit. I have always been a little wary of a very long top over a long skirt look for me, because I’m short and stocky – but you look fabulous in this. Are you tall, Penny – you look tall in your photos…?

    The hat is lovely and you are the image of a sophisticated woman!

    Have a great weekend


    • 1st October 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Veronica! Yes, I am 5’8″ so yes, reasonably tall. Thanks and you have a great weekend too!

  • 4th October 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Fabulous photos from a fabulous place! I adore outfits like the one you are wearing and only wish they stocked them in our local market: Castelnaudary. Still, I’ll be ok for fluffy slippers and floral overalls!

  • 20th October 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I would never guess it was a hot day because your ensemble looks so cool and breezy! Your straw hat perfectly sets it off. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!!

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