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.

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53 thoughts on “It’s a hats and umbrella time of the year!

  • 25th September 2020 at 8:00 am

    Hi Penny,
    I was given a Hunter Bubble (see-through) umbrella as a present some years ago and it is the best umbrella ever! The wind doesn’t catch it and it definitely keeps your head and shoulders dry.

    • 26th September 2020 at 7:51 am

      Thank you so much – will look for this make – thanks again!

    • 26th September 2020 at 4:21 pm

      I’m not really a hat person but I wish I was when I see you looking so glam in them. I’ve tried but don’t think they suit me. However, I have a black furry Cossack style one for the very coldest days. My winter love is leather gloves in numerous colours.
      I once spent a lot of money on an umbrella which was described as very hardy. After a couple of months the manufacturer replaced it because it wasn’t hardy. When the second one also died I gave up. Every winter I get through at least two umbrellas but think I’ve solved the problem by buying a dome or birdcage design. It stood up very well in a windy rain shower the other day. I got it from Brollies Galore; they have loads to choose from.

  • 25th September 2020 at 8:26 am

    Morning Penny

    I love hats – on women and men; and you certainly have an impressive collection.

    I’ve just been watching a little film of a London street market in the early 60s. Almost all the men are wearing hats and the women are wearing hats or scarves. (And, BTW, not a plastic bag or shopping trolley in sight.) It got me thinking about the days when even Marks and Spencers and British Home Stores had large hat counters with a long stretch of mirror encouraging people to try them on. Hats can be so stylish – not enough worn today. Probably due to cars and central heating.

    Regards your glasses – they certainly suit you – as does your longer hair. Your decision to wear whatever you want is wise and I often remind myself of that if I’m hovering in front of the wardrobe. ‘If not now – when?’ is an excellent approach to life.

    All the very best, Mary

    • 26th September 2020 at 7:59 am

      Oh yes, I remember those counters and I think the last to have them was Debenhams. However, some time ago I went up to London and visited Fortnum & Mason where there was a hat department to die for, prices were way over my budget but it was such feast for the eyes!

      Indeed, if not now, when, should be everyone’s motto since this ‘unpleasantness’. I shall have a big splurge when it comes to booking holidays!

      All the very best to you too, Mary, have great weekend.

  • 25th September 2020 at 8:28 am

    Gorgeous hats Penny but so many! I find hats and hat boxes so consuming of wardrobe space.
    Where do you store them all? Very cleverly, I imagine.

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:01 am

      I shall take a photo of the several hat boxes that are sitting by the side of my bedroom chest of drawers. Even though my bedroom is on the small side the hat boxes don’t get in the way.

  • 25th September 2020 at 8:44 am

    Love the hats Penny but then I’m a hat person too. Where do you store all those hat boxes? My hats are in an open storage box on a shelf in the wardrobe piled one on another, they are mostly soft ones. I bought a baker boy style but I don’t think it really suits me so that one will be off to the charity shop with the next clear out. I have a black sinamay hat which I wore for my parents’ funerals which happened a year apart on the same date. It’s a bit over the top -net and diamantes-but it was so difficult to find anything used or new in the summer but M&D liked hats and I was determined to have something. I also have a black felt with one slim feather which I’ve never worn but is for the next winter funeral. I shall soon be getting out my bright blue sequined beret & when I’m really old I shall start wearing a hat with a little veil! Now weather has really changed the change round of clothes will begin soon, in stages. Just bought a wool cardigan in lovely condition on e-bay for £4 plus postage. It’s unusual to be able to second-hand knits still in good enough condition. Also a new sports bra for about £10 in all ; was surprised to see how expensive they are. Just realised I’ve now bought 2 new things this month – oh dear! – which includes a pair of sandals for next year saving £49 so think that’s OK. Never use an umbrella as can’t stand carrying it around wet and have lost so many in the past. I have a PVC hat – not as nice as yours – just plain black or I use a hood.
    Choir restarts today, with masks & distancing windows open and all facing the same way, wonder how it will work? Just desperate to get out doing things again

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:11 am

      It’s nice to talk to another lover of hats! I have a funeral hat which is a large brimmed black velvety hat but there’s another (the one I wore in the bedroom photo) that a friend (my age) asked if I would wear at her funeral. She died a couple of months ago and I’m hoping there will be a wake when this is all over so that I can wear it to honour her wish. I do think wearing a hat at a funeral is an honouring of the dead and I love wearing a big beautiful hat to do just that.

      I needed to have a collapsible umbrella for the urban living that I used to do which included a lot of standing at bus stops, hence the need for an umbrella you can whip out, but now concede that walking around my immediate area is more exposed and windy so might get a bubble umbrella for now.

      All the best rejoining your choir. I’m considering joining a virtual choir. Have a great weekend.

  • 25th September 2020 at 8:55 am

    Glasses,hair and hats -you look wonderful!

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:12 am

      Thank you so much, Hilary 🙂

  • 25th September 2020 at 9:05 am

    I always envy women who look good in hats and it seems to me that you look lovely in every possible shape and colour of them :). They are excellent accessory when you want to make a statement and show your individuality

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:28 am

      Thank you so much Anna and considering you are a very stylish fashion blogger (just looked) I consider that a true compliment – thank you. And yes, I love hats and will wear one every single time I go out now it’s cooler weather.

      Thanks again, Anna and have a great weekend.

  • 25th September 2020 at 9:14 am

    Hi Penny Really love your hat collection, but they are hard to store aren’t they? My “ thing” is scarves at the last count 106! At least they can be squashed down to store! Have you read The Style Crone Blog? She is a very glamorous older lady with an amazing collection of vintage clothes and a Hat Room! Sigh! Best wishes Judy S

    • 25th September 2020 at 9:38 am

      Hi Judy
      Did you see Style Crone’s scarf storage idea? A whole wall draped in them in all colours of the rainbow. Glorious! Best wishes, Julia B.

    • 25th September 2020 at 12:10 pm

      I read her blog and she is amazing. Sooooo stylish and the hats!!!!

      • 26th September 2020 at 8:48 am

        Her hats are simply out of this world – so very very lovely!

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:47 am

      I store my hats in hat boxes and they fit neatly in my small bedroom by the side of the chest of drawers. I’ll put a photo up of the boxes in the next blog post 🙂

      Yes, I absolutely adore Style Crone and see her on Instagram. I also used to read her blog every time she posted. Do you remember Hat Attack and her linkups? I used to contribute to that with my hats and missed it so when she stopped doing that as I felt I was collaborating with hat lovers around the world. I realise that I seem have dropped off her blog email list so consequently have put myself back on to her emailing list so a very big thank you for reminding me of her blog.

      Best wishes to you too Judy

  • 25th September 2020 at 10:28 am

    I have one of those umbrellas that are a dome shape and come right over your face. I don’t think there is any way that it can blow inside out (famous last words!). It’s the kind of design you always see the Queen carrying so it must be windproof!
    What lovely hats, who knows, you may find that one you accidentally donated on one of your charity shop trawls one day.

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:51 am

      Yes, I think I now need two umbrellas: one that is collapsible for travel around town on buses – won’t need that style for a while; and a second, the one that you have the dome/bubble shaped style type that won’t invert in my breezy area!

      I found an item yesterday that I’d just donated, not a hat though!

      Have a lovely weekend

  • 25th September 2020 at 10:32 am

    I recommend Senz umbrellas, a Dutch stromproof invention. Regards from Rotterdam!

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:52 am

      I shall look for that make – thank you so much and greetings to you!

  • 25th September 2020 at 10:35 am

    I have a transparent ‘mushroom’ shape umbrella that does not blow inside out. It comes right down and keeps shoulders dry. It has a long handle, so cannot fit in a bag. Also it is no good for sharing. But I love it! It seems to create a warm dry bubble even in blustery winds.

    • 26th September 2020 at 8:53 am

      I will definitely get an umbrella like that – it is more suited to our breezy sea front ,plus there are some tower blocks nearby which create that wind tunnel effect. That was where my last umbrella went inside out!

  • 25th September 2020 at 10:56 am

    You wear hats so well, Penny! I used to love hats when I was younger. I remember having a penchant for cloche style hats, as a student, perhaps working in Biba influenced me? Nowadays, I feel that hats don’t suit me so much but from a purely practical point of view, I am going to need them for dog walking. I think I will try to find a beret or one that is similar to your pom-pom hat, in a charity shop of course. That last hat is divine! Have you ever been to the Goodwood Revival? (When we could still go to such events) My sister went in an Audrey Hepburn style outfit and borrowed a hat that was not dissimilar to yours. Happy Days! What better aim could there be than ‘being over the top all the time’? I love it!

    • 26th September 2020 at 11:44 am

      A cloche style hat! I don’t think I’ve got one at the moment – oooh a gap in my collection. Fancy working in Biba! The thing is I remember walking round that shop many times, but I don’t remember buying anything there – and that was its problem as so many people thought of it as a place to visit other than to buy.

      No, not been to the Goodwood Revival. Will have to put it on the list of things I simply must do when….

      Have a great weekend!

  • 25th September 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Penny love your blog and your hats are fab I hope you find your waterproof one its lovely I will aim to wear more hats I have a lot of scarves and gloves they will be very useful over the coming weeks and months
    Stay safe Marie in Dublin I follow style Crone and Accidental Icon also great blogs

    • 26th September 2020 at 11:52 am

      Greetings to you, Marie, in Dublin, a place I simply must visit – when….

      The next few days are quite blustery with some rain – a waterproof hat will be so useful. I love gloves too!

      I follow Style Crone although I think my email lapsed so have just renewed. I think she is just the most stylish woman ever and also a lovely person. I must investigate Accidental Icon though as have heard much about her but not looked at her blog – will do so now!

      Have a great weekend.

  • 25th September 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Penny, I love all your hats thank you for showing them.
    I do wear hats as I find they stop my hair from being frizzy, especially if it’s damp or humid

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you Vivien – it is such a pleasure to share my hats with people! Glad to hear you wear hats too 🙂

  • 25th September 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Oh, I love your hat collection! I am planning to get a hat with my leftover gift card so that I will have one for the fall. I do want a beret too: I donated mine a few years back as it was getting to big for my head but really want another. Hats really do suit you and I am looking forward to seeing you wear them.

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:39 pm

      So glad to hear you’re getting a hat for Fall and thanks so much saying I suit them – I do love wearing them 🙂

  • 25th September 2020 at 3:14 pm

    You do suit a hat beautifully and they all looked fab on you! You just have to make sure that the Brighton breeze doesn’t blow them away…


    • 27th September 2020 at 12:40 pm

      I know it’s very breezy today and panamas can’t be worn during a gale – tried it once and, oh my word, it went rolling down the street.


  • 25th September 2020 at 4:02 pm

    You really suit hats and what a great selection. When I was three I couldn’t wait to get an umbrella. I got one for Xmas, I’m still a cheap date. Now there are two things I NEVER own, hats and umbrellas.

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you Flora. An umbrella is such an essential here especially if one wants to get out every day rain or shine. Have a great week 🙂

  • 25th September 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Love your hats, so stylish! I have a lovely Sophie Allport umbrella ☔️ they have lots of designs, mine has little bees 🐝 on it. It feels very strong and is a good size. Can recommend !
    Love your blog, Maureen x

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you so much Maureen! And thanks for the tip re: Sophie Allport umbrellas – I shall look this make up – thanks again.

  • 25th September 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Hello! “I aim to be over the top all the time.” I totally agree with your goal and daily wear any hat I choose. Giving yourself permission to have fun with fashion is a gift that keeps giving. Mad Hatters gold hat is my favorite. You rock those hot hues! @fancified.ca

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Oh yes, and you are my role model for fun and courage to wear exactly what you want. Here’s to eccentricity and style that’s out of the ordinary!

  • 25th September 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Hats are so functional though…that’s why you need so many. I do keep mine on a rack instead of in boxes. I’m sure it’s not as protective, but I find the more I see them, the more I wear them!!
    And I love that red one in particular…it makes your face glow Penny!!

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Jodie. I don’t have a lot of room in my bedroom so hat boxes it is – I shall take a photo and put it up on my next blog post. Take care and have a lovely week 🙂

  • 26th September 2020 at 3:25 am

    You have a great hat collection. I am a hat lover too. Regarding umbrellas. Last Wednesday I saw an umbrella and was about to give it a home in my closet. From far it had a cat print. When I looked closer at it I saw it’s cat, but also a dog type I absolute don’t like because one of them had biten me when I was a child. Too bad. Why did they have to print that beast on an umbrella with cats?

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole, and yes, I agree with you – I can’t say I like umbrellas with prints of animals – best I think to have plain bold colours.

  • 26th September 2020 at 12:43 pm

    You do have a lot of hats ! And look great in them ! I am quite envious because most style of hats don’t suit me, the cloche style is about the only one that does.
    I don’t have any recommendations for good umbrellas, I think the heavier they are the least likely to turn inside-out. I haven’t needed an umbrella for the last 3 months, but today it rained. At last !
    The endless heat here is so tiring, like you , Penny, I’m not a fan and have been longing for grey skies and cool days.
    Ah, Biba, I wish I’d kept the things I had from there. Anyone remember the zip-up suede boots in gorgeous sludgy colours ?

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:52 pm

      I love a cloche hat and good to hear you wear one. And yes, I think I shall get two types of umbrella: one will be a small collapsible one to be carried around in my bag when out and about and the other will be the dome type for those windy wet days when small umbrellas turn inside out!

      Re: Biba, the thing is I don’t remember buying much from Biba I just used to walk around it taking in the essence of it all. That indeed was its downfall – but gosh what an experience it was.

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks much Eloise

  • 26th September 2020 at 4:31 pm

    The post I sent before the link seems to have disappeared! I’ll try again……you look fab in hats but I don’t. I wish I did but apart from a black furry Cossack one I don’t have any. Leather gloves are my winter love and I have numerous pairs in lots of colours. I like scarves too.
    Having bought an expensive umbrella once, described as very hardy, which had to be replaced because it wasn’t, and then finding that the second one wasn’t any better, I gave up and bought two cheaper ones each year. But I recently got a done/birdcage style and it stood up very well during a recent windy rainstorm. Got it from Brollies Galore.

    • 27th September 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Yes I recall your posts on gloves! I have a few and several scarves plus the numerous hats. But what I don’t the a lot of are handbags, not a fan of collecting bags. Also don’t have all that many shoes either. It’s hats every time!

      I think the dome type umbrella is the answer for this windy wet days.

      Btw, I did get both your comments. Have a great week.

  • 26th September 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Really loving the hats Penny. you look great in them. theoretically I like hats but never find ones to fit my small head and flatter my petite stature. mostly I wear baseball caps to protect from the sun and knit ones in the Winter for the cold. two years ago I was in a wonderful store in Regensburg, Germany which only sold hats. two floors! my daughter and son-in -law both purchased a hat but I did not . now I wish I had looked more carefully, I am sure I could have found something pretty and it would have brought back happy memories. well, I have them anyway. I do need to get a new umbrella, though we have had no rain in quite some time but best be prepared!

  • 27th September 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Oh wow! How I would love that hat store!

    Everyone I think looks good in a beret. Maybe try that style?

    We continue to read about the installation of another judge – oh my word, this must be challenging for you.

    Take care

    • 28th September 2020 at 7:36 pm

      to say the least!!

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