Before I start I just want to say, a very big hello to all the lovely people who followed me after my last post went slightly viral (thank you, Look Fabulous Forever!) You are most welcome, all of you. Thank you so much for following!
Anyway, here in the UK it’s getting colder – in the morning I breathe in the autumnal air and, as the cold hits my nose, I think ‘lovely’. It’s definitely getting chillier and that means it’s time to get out those winter woollies.
I adore my winter clothes. Last weekend I lovingly unpacked and sorted through them (and threw out a few, you’ll be pleased to hear) and folded them neatly in my drawers. (I’ve become very enthused by a Japanese de-cluttering guru who advocates folding & rolling – more about that in another blog).
And I see that the Guardian celebrates the coming of the colder months with countless lists of what we should be wearing. Well, not exactly countless, but on their website there’s a list for coats for both men and women, another for skirts. Autumn knits and boots have a list each and so do shirts and blouses, and there’s even one for bags.
What strikes me about these lists (apart from laughing at some of the choices made by the fashion journalists) is the expense of it all. Coats can be such an enormous price and, even though they do have some reasonably priced items, so can knits, with one for £350 that’s OK(ish) and then a really nasty one for just a few pounds less.
It used to be the mantra that you should have one good coat, and then perhaps a jacket or two plus a raincoat, or a gabardine macintosh, as my Scottish granny used to call it. (Read that with a lilt in your voice).
I used to be like that and had only one coat for years, but now I admit to having coats for all seasons and all occasions. Why? Because I can, might be an answer. But really it’s because I buy them at such a low cost so I might as well have a coat for London, a coat for Brighton and (several) coats for fun!
Here’s a fun coat that I’ll be wearing from now on.
And here’s a woolly I bought recently.
The label is the ethical and free trade fashion company People Tree, which sources its knitted products from Nepal, which also means it would have been quite pricy when new, but it cost me all of £5.99. I hadn’t bought anything from a charity shop for ages, and suddenly there it was and I pounced. First rule of charity shop shopping – always look.
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper