A few months ago the umbrella I had up blew inside out and, as it is the start of some quite blustery rainy days in the UK, I spent an hour looking at reviews on Amazon of supposedly durable windproof umbrellas, the windproof part being an essential around here, as it is so breezy where I live. I always look at the 1* reviews and they all to a person said something along the lines of, ‘don’t buy, it turned inside out at the first puff of wind’. Right. I’ll have to go on a hunt for a good umbrella.
Meanwhile, I might be able to borrow Mr F’s umbrella, or at the very least wear a hat. My red Michael Kors puffa coat has a hood and I can always wear that, but yesterday in anticipation of the rain that was to come I went looking for my waterproof hat and, oh blast, I think I put it in the charity shop bag as could I find it? No I could not. It’s this one.
This was taken a couple of years ago and as I trawled through my back catalogue of pix to put this one up, I found so many items that went back to the charity shop. Oh no, I kept saying, fancy me getting rid of that! I really was far too enthusiastic decluttering some of my clothes – I blame the move!
Also the more I look at the old photos I think, hmm, maybe the glasses do hide quite a lot! I think the glasses are here to stay.
Anyway, while I was hunting for the hat I sorted out more Autumn gear and had a look at my hats. Here are a few I will wear once more as the temperatures cool.
This is quite a favourite of mine. It wasn’t a pre-loved hat but nevertheless I bought it new in a charity shop for £5.
This is another favourite.
It was bought new some years ago in a sale at Peacocks for £3.
The red homburg (or is it a panama, not sure) was not as cheap as the hats above, coming in at 40 Euros, but I do feel it’s special as I bought it in Toulouse in the department store, Galeries Lafayette. The hat brings back memories of a great holiday. One day I shall go back there.
This grey hat below has quite a retro feel and is perhaps the most expensive hat I possess as I bought it from the hat designer Joanna Zara Millinery. There’s a hat I saw on her Instagram page that I really fancy – maybe for Christmas???
This yellow pom-pom hat is another one bought new, this time from the shop Mad Hatters in Brighton.
And what about this hat? This is a charity shop find and I do love it so, but have never worn it. Mind you this lockdown malarky has made me revise how I aim to dress for city living. When this all blows over (when!) I intend to wear everything that I hesitated to wear because it was just maybe a little bit too over the top. Oh no, I aim to be over the top all the time.
And what about this beauty?
This is another charity shop find that has never been worn – it is a summer hat and next year I shall wear it out and about in Brighton.
And finally, when Mr F and I finished the photo shoot I returned to my bedroom to put away the hats. And this was the state of my bedroom! I can’t remember how much the two charity shop hats shown above cost but the hat I’m wearing in the bedroom was bought, yes, in a charity shop and cost all of £5.
As I put them away into their respective hat boxes I counted the hats including the many you didn’t see. OMG I have 27 hats, but hey it is now the hat wearing season – hurrah!
That’s all for now.
With love, Penny, the Frugafashionshopper
P.S. If you know of a good make of umbrella do let me know. I think I’d like to buy a good quality umbrella.