I don’t like vintage, and if you’re new to the blog, the reason is I think putting a vintage label on a dress is an excuse to charge four times the price that a charity shop would charge.  And also as you get older you have to be really careful with ‘vintage’ as you can look as though you’re just wearing a piece of clothing that’s been in your wardrobe for years.  For me, vintage is OK if it’s from the 1950s and earlier.

But here I am wearing a 70s dress, and it has been in the back of my wardrobe for years.



Why? Because it’s my wedding dress!!!

Yes, I got married on the 31st August 1974 in Camberwell Green registry office at the ripe old age of age of 28, so I’m …. older now!


And the reason I got the dress out is that there’s a link up at Catherine Summers blog Not Dressed As Lamb for those of us mad enough to have kept our wedding dresses.  Mind you, I wonder how many of the link up participants can say they’ve been married for over 40 years!


I see I’ve always had a pointy nose and chin, and I had a problem hiding my bra on the day, like I did with this photo below.


Here’s a great photo of the newly weds and my parents.  Just look at my mother’s frock, which was in that fabric crimpelene, which everyone of her age-group wore.


Mr Frugalfashionshopper is a bit embarrased at the size of his tie!

Here’s another photo of the happy couple.


I was obviously wearing heels then, which I can’t nowadays – I’d simply fall over.


Also, although I’m still quite slim these days there are a few lumpy bits some of which you can’t see because I positioned my arms in their bat wing sleeves, just so. And is that my spine curving over a bit – hmm.  Must do my yoga more often – annoying how one stops doing the exercises and yoga regularly and you just know you should.

Actually I was really surprised being able to get into the dress, (which I think in today’s sizes would be a UK size 10).  Anyway, to thank Mr Frugalfashionshopper for the photos I made us a pot of tea, got out the cake and we had a great giggle over our memories of that day!

Have you kept your wedding dress? Where is it now?

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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17 thoughts on “Is this a vintage dress? Well, yes and no!

  • 10th November 2015 at 8:51 am

    You kept your wedding cake for 40 years? No wonder you are so slim 🙂

    • 10th November 2015 at 8:56 am

      Ooops, no, what a hoot, not ‘the’ cake! Actually there’s always cake in the house – my kind of food!

  • 10th November 2015 at 8:55 am

    What lovely photos! Your hair was amazing! The parents are so sweetly old-fashioned – older people don’t look like that these days; witness yourself. I bet your Mother was younger than you are now!
    Congratulations on being able to get into your dress, and still having it in good condition. Frugality personified!

    • 10th November 2015 at 9:00 am

      Yes, that was a hair style and a half as it was usually just down my back. I remember I had a practice run with it. And yes, my mother is younger than I am now – 61 to my 69! I’ve never worn the dress again, but if I ever went on one of those cruises with 60s or 70s theme nights I might wear it then – perhaps with a floppy Biba hat!!

      • 12th November 2015 at 9:08 am

        Correction – my mother was 59 in that photo and my father was 61.

  • 10th November 2015 at 9:02 am

    Just lovely, Penny. How amazing that you can still get into your dress! My wedding dress has gone to my second granddaughter, now aged 9. My veil was cut up 45 years ago to put over the pram to keep cats/leaves/insects away from my first born. Thanks for the memories!

    • 11th November 2015 at 7:26 am

      My size has gone up and down quite a lot over the years – got really big (size 18) after my pregnancies, but now stable for some time at a UK size 12. And amazing to hear (and remember) those big prams with the nets to keep the cats away!!! One always put the baby outside whatever the weather. I remember that I had a big Silver Cross pram (second-hand, of course) for both my babes. Then a huge double push-chair type pram that was the weight of a tank. Thank you, Judy, for the memories!

    • 12th November 2015 at 9:37 am

      What a lovely idea – I wish I’d done that with my wedding veil instead of keeping it in a cupboard where it went yellow and musty and had to be thrown away!
      Looking at my wedding photo from 1988 it is a shock to do the maths with the parents’ ages and realise that my MIL, who I thought of at the time as an old lady, admittedly a very glamorous one, is 2 years younger than I am now…

  • 12th November 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Penny you looked amazing in your dress then (LOVE your hair), you look amazing in it now… you sure have kept your amazing figure!! Thank you for wearing it now and showing the pictures from the actual day, I do love seeing old wedding photos. So glad you linked up with the #wearingmyweddingdress challenge :))

    Catherine x

    • 12th November 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine! But what a great idea for a challenge. And I loved your wonderful white wedding coat. I really look forward to taking part in more link-ups!

  • 15th November 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Well done, staying so slim. Your dress is lovely, you looked very glamorous and your hair was beautiful. My mum thought crimplene was fantastic, no need for ironing! On a different subject penny, I still feel a bit of a learner with blogging, what is the advantage to changing to your new site? which is lovely by the way.

    • 16th November 2015 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much, Polly. Always had thick hair and it was even thicker in those days. Now re: the new-look blog. OK, when I started I was like everyone else in that I started with wordpress.com where you choose a theme and then although you can tweak it a bit, practically everything else to do with the blog is provided for you by wordpress. And yes, it’s free but do you notice they pay for this by putting their own ads on it. These are ads you have no control over so I had no idea what people were seeing and furthermore you can’t put your own ads on it so you can’t, as they say, monetise your blog. And I attended a course on just that – monetising(?sp) your blog and I realised I couldn’t do a thing until I moved away from wordpress.com to a self hosted platform, which could be anywhere but we chose our own self-hosted platform. Now, with a self-hosted blog I already have one ad – the Look Fabulous Forever logo leads to the LFF website and I get 10% of sales. And slowly but surely I’ll add more advertisements, some of which will be appropriate to the blog post, sometimes, I guess not. So it’s about the control.

      Now the thing is you have more control but you also have to have someone who really knows what they’re doing to design the blog/website. Despite my husband being exceptionally techy it took us months to design it. I say what I want and he does it (I was very demanding, poor thing!) but it really wasn’t a simple process. If you’re not techy, if you’re partner isn’t techy then you might have to pay for someone to do it – that could be costly. It really isn’t an easy thing to do. But I felt I had to move on and we managed it – but phew, it was a big effort. But don’t let that put you off – it took months to do but I was thinking about it for a couple of years at least before that, during which I looked at articles and thought about it a lot. Very best of luck and do ask me again.

      • 18th November 2015 at 10:57 pm

        Thank you so much for the information Penny. I think it would be too difficult for me to do at the moment. After doing WordPress for a year I’m still learning about it, not completely sure about it and I don’t get any visitors!! I only do it as a hobby though 🙂

        • 19th November 2015 at 8:21 am

          Polly, hi! First of all don’t let me put you off doing something different like self-hosting. It is a tricky thing to do, but I thought about it for two whole years beforehand, and then it took around 6 months to actually design and set up. So, it’s just something for you to think about. And I’m sure your viewing figures will slowly move onwards and upwards – mine were ever so low to begin with, and now they’ve sky-rocketed since the beginning. Although in comparison to the big names…. But also like you – I can’t not do it, as it’s all about the writing, really. That’s the satisfaction, not the numbers. All the very best to you 🙂

  • 16th November 2015 at 4:27 pm

    So glad to have found you Penny. I love and buy second hand always and you are my hero.

    • 19th November 2015 at 8:25 am

      Hello Mis Papelicos! I’ve visited your blog on the Hat Attack link-up – how lovely that you’ve visited mine – thank you so much. Actually these link-ups are such fun and so helpful in bringing people and blogs together.

      And I love your attitude and vibrant clothes. So nice to meet you xxx

  • 22nd November 2015 at 1:29 am

    Hi Penny,
    I found your site via a comment you left on Jennifer’s A Well Styled Life. You are simply stunning! Then and now! Like you wrote in your “I’m in My 70th Year” post, you’re a role model for us all. Look forward to reading more from you!

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