I do like a tailored jacket and by that I mean a buttoned-up, nipped-in-the-waist kind of jacket. And before you say, I can’t wear something like that because of my size, there’s a friend of mine who wouldn’t mind me saying (because I checked) that although she is a plus size she found a charity shop jacket in a stunning red and looks wonderful in it because it’s tailored – excess, flowing material does not hide a fuller figure, less is more, in my opinion.

I wore this type of jacket a lot when working; it was my uniform and, it kind of defined who I was. And I still look for them when I’m in a charity shop, can’t resist it! In fact, I have a whole rack in my wardrobe dedicated to my chazza shop jackets. It must sound a tad excessive, but I have outdoor jackets and indoor jackets; summer jackets, including the ubiquitous denim kind; a couple of vintage jackets; and my favourite, which are tweedy, woolly, wintery jackets. It must be my Scottish heritage, because I adore tweed. Brown-check-jacket-web

Here’s a tweedy jacket I bought with Lorna when she was making that YouTube film.  You can read all about this wonderful material in Grey Fox’s blog.

We have quite variable weather in the UK, and in the Spring, one moment there’s a chilly wind blowing in from the north, the next it’s warm with not a cloud in the sky, like yesterday. And, I thought, I’ve done it again. I’ve missed that slot where it’s just the right temperature for wearing those thicker jackets. Because, while you’d think they would be just right for winter, the tweedy jacket was obviously designed for the non-centrally heated (maybe stately) home and office. So you can’t wear tweed at a committee meeting, no way, too, too hot! But neither can you wear them on their own outside – too freezing cold on the lower half of one’s body! Brrrr! And then because they’re thick they’re hard to fit under a winter coat, so they sit in my wardrobe waiting for the right opportunity to be worn – which is not all that often!

red top & dress reducedHere you can see one of my best-ever Vintage buys; a cerise coloured Horrockses jacket, that would have been very on-trend in the 50s. As you know, I find Vintage a bit tricky, mainly because the clothes are way too expensive, for me. But it’s also because, as far as I’m concerned, Vintage items can sometimes look as though they been in the back of my wardrobe for decades, and I’m just being plain unfashionable in my choice of clothes. I’ve just got rid of a Vintage cardi that was such a bad look when I got it home from my favourite shop, Urban Outfitters Europe. I regretted the buy instantly, but it’s taken me a year to discard it – so I’m not that ruthless in getting rid of clothes!

Another bad look was last week’s advice from Jess Cartner-Morley – socks with sandals, what was she thinking! OK, this is fashion for the younger woman, but even so, you’d have to have a lot of confidence to pull off that look. The previous week was all about how to wear dungarees – hmm.

Meanwhile, Vogue, in the May issue, tells us that the Autumn trend for jackets is a smart cropped look – good, I like that style. And bomber jackets seem to be in the media somewhat as the jacket to wear this Spring. I can just about get away with that zipped-up look so I’ll be searching for one of those. But, if you think, sorry, all I want is an anorak for Spring, take a look at this gallery of anoraks. Out of the 5 models 3 are older women – one is Jean Woods, one of the Fabulous Fashionistas, and looking great in an anorak at 76!

green-jacket-webFor a blast of colour, here is another charity shop find – I wear it with my black skinny jeans as a contrast to that searing in-your-face green! It cost all of £5.00.

But tell me, do you have a favourite jacket?  And do you wear tweed?

That’s all for now


With love, Penny

The Frugal Fashion Shopper

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