The charity shop just around the corner from me has reopened, but have I gone in it? No, and I won’t until the number of UK cases and deaths per day go significantly down, as in, far, far further down than our government trumpets at its daily nonsensical and meaningless briefings, which I admit I stopped watching a long time ago. Rest assured though that I do read around the subject of Covid-19 from a lot of sources, so I am not reliant on one newspaper.
Anyway, lockdown here in the UK is easing. My view on that is *@@#**% but I accept that it is not for me to say, but perhaps we could consider what WHO says on wearing masks. Anyway, non-essential shops including most clothing stores are opening from this week. On Monday our media showed us huge queues in London and elsewhere for stores like Primark. I am not btw, going on the band-wagon of disdain for those queuers outside Primark as there’s always a certain nose-in-the-air whiff of ‘what, Primark, why would you even…..? I often wonder if the people who deride Primark devotees have ever been in the shop, or stop to wonder why people buy their items? Not everyone is online, and significantly not everyone has the money to buy clothes elsewhere. And some people just want to get out of the house and do normal things like shop. I understand that, so I say, leave people to buy from Primark if they want, but fingers crossed….
However, my attitude has been that I won’t go into any shop whatsoever, until, and unless, there’s a vaccine, although I do recognise now that, as that might not be for a very, very long time, I might consider actual shopping if the numbers of cases in this country reduce to double digits – then, yes, I will shop, and get my hair cut, and go to the dentist, beautician, chiropodist and, don’t forget, the optician for an eye test. Like a lot of you I’ve done a lot of reading and writing through lockdown so I really could do with an upgrade to my prescription and new glasses. How are your eyes, everyone?
Meanwhile I’d begun shopping online well before the lockdown, February actually, because, i) I had been ill and really didn’t have much in the way of staying in clothes and now ii) I’ve put on weight and gone up a size! And it’s been quite a success story, up to a point, because see below for the best and worst of my buys, but I have not sent one thing back. And as I am not paying out for the above appointments I can afford these buys, which actually have been quite reasonable apart from two items I feature below.
First there’s the M&S Sienna Straight jeans that cost all of £19.50. They have been my best buys as they’re a perfect and comfortable fit with their 2% elastane so necessary for my expanding waist! I now have 3 pairs and here is my latest buy teamed with a blouse bought over two years ago, funnily enough, in Gibraltar’s M&S!
The jeans are ever so slightly long at 33″ but that’s OK as I can’t abide those cropped ankle-grazer trousers and jeans and washing them will bring them to the right length. I heard from a friend who needs a 34″ length that sadly Long Tall Sally is going into administration, which leaves her bereft of the length that she needs. Anyone know of a supplier of really long jeans and trousers?
Here’s another shot of the jeans with a Mango fine-spun top made from recycled polyester at £19.99.
The top is so delicate and fine you can see through it, and yes, that is another bra from Bravissimo.
I understand that Bravissimo can advise on a fitting over the phone, which I haven’t tried as the ones I’ve ordered fit well, but how good is that? Well done this company for continuing to give excellent service to customers through the Covid pandemic. I truly hope they manage to survive.
Here’s the top again with another buy from Mango a skirt at £35.99
Now these two buys from Mango were the most expensive of the last few months and the only ones I’m not sure about. I’m not sending them back, but lesson learnt, I fell for the online photo of a very thin, tall and quite flat-chested model wearing the smallest size of the skirt and top, and this is me in the large size for both items. Not entirely happy with the skirt as it has a lot of pleated material and looked lovely on the younger and very thin model. And the top, not sure, but in cooler weather with a lacy chemise it’ll be better so I’ll keep it. I have vowed to stop eating biscuits, which are my downfall.
Here’s another success story, a skirt bought from Asda and I’m wearing it now as I write as it’s cool, roomy, and a snip at £16.
You can’t beat a white t-shirt! It’s been in my possession for at least two years and it’s still quite white.
And to answer my question about whether we’ll all return to actual shopping or keep to the online shopping, I’d say that nothing beats trying things on in a shop, and discarding the clothes that aren’t quite right. I was against shopping online for that very reason, but there are times when shopping is such a chore. And now? Well for my age-group shopping for clothes would be a risk, so I’m just not going to do it. But I’ve been impressed by the quality of M&S and the fit of their clothes. They give a lot of information on the website about the fit. So all in all, I shall continue to shop online for clothes from M&S, and actually, Asda as well, because of the sheer convenience, quality and, crucially important to me, value for money. But I’m interested in your view – what’s your take on shopping for clothes online?
Finally, over the weekend we watched Tom Hanks’ latest film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood. Oh my word, what a lovely film. Us Brits we know nothing of Mister Rogers, but that doesn’t matter one bit. It was gorgeous, but I hasten to add not overly sentimental at all. It is available from Amazon Prime and Apple Tv, which not everyone will have, but look out for it. It’s heart-warming and life-affirming, and altogether a great watch.
That’s all for now, take care and stay safe
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper