Hello again

Weather-wise we’re now fully into cold starts in the morning (for the UK) and a lot of rain, perhaps more than usual. Fortunately, even our leader (the one that I am not fully in tune with!) has said that the flooding in the north of our country is due to global warming and climate change, which I thought was good as there are other leaders (you know who) who don’t or won’t acknowledge that fact. At some point I’ll write elsewhere (on My Other Blog) about my views on how much we should change, and I don’t mean just as individuals, but how nations need to change along with their behaviours, and quick. But of course there are some things we can do, and one of them is to consume less.

For instance, I used to wander around Zara with my mouth open practically drooling at the delights that are there. Actually, I never bought anything as there was just too much to choose from, but I stopped that gawping when I read that clothes arrive in their store 9 weeks after their concept. Gosh, that’s too fast. I can’t remember why, but I popped in last week and was really sad to see it stuffed with youngsters (pre-teens, teens, twenties and thirties – it was half-term) and so much on display and around the store. It’s too much. Yes, I know I’m in my 70s but when I go on Instagram, which isn’t often these days (too long a story to say why) there are some lovely young women there who are choosing to ‘not buy for a month’, to ‘shop their closet,’ and just ‘not buy new. Good for them, I salute you! The fashion industry is, and is forecast to continue to be, a huge polluter and producer of carbon, all of which we could do without. We have to change. I know you readers are aware, but just how is a challenge. I think a carbon tax and legislation that clothing manufacturers don’t, for instance, burn all their unsold stock – yikes, how ghastly. Unregulated anything is bad, but unregulated carbon producing manufacture and disribution of goods has to be controlled.

Anyway, you all know this, so end of the rant of the morning, and you also know that buying second-hand is so helpful, not only to your purse, but to the one planet we have. Currently, I’m on the lookout for a long dress. ‘Tis the fashion of the season, and OK, I know, I know, but I’m not buying new, however, as the long dresses haven’t been discarded yet, there’s very little of that length in the charity shops. Note it’s a very particular length – not to the floor but mid-calf. Actually, I do have one dress like that and I’ll show it to you next week.

I’m also searching for a very long coat. Feeling 100% better we walked into town on Monday, and gosh, even though I had leggings on and a thick wool coat, were my legs cold, yes they were.

However, I do have a pair of long black fur-lined boots, which I got out of the back of my wardrobe, and you can just about see them here worn with a lovely jacket found recently in a local Kemp Town charity shop for £7.

The boots were bought new last summer, but rest assured they were in a sale of redundant winter stock and they were more than half price at £40.

Remind me to hang on to the jacket when the fashion for the longer length moves on.  I can be a tad over-enthusiastic with my de-cluttering.

Here’s another jacket found in Kemp Town for a fiver.

Again it’s a long one but very much for casual wearing around the house/flat. I find it good to wear when I have a writing day. It’s what I’d call cozy!

And finally, here’s another of my necklaces. That cherub (not) is me, and I keep it out as a daily reminder of my grandson who takes after me. Even though he’s 13, I can see his face smiling at me from this portrait taken 70 years ago!

Anyway, not a charity shop necklace but found in a Christmas sale of brocante finds run by a someone from my Pilates class.

And there it was. It’s a great necklace and I really did get it at a knock-down price.  And why am I showing it to you? Because although it’s not to everyone’s taste to be like this, still, I encourage you to be bold with your clothes and your accessories. Don’t ever worry about being ‘over the top’ or ‘too much’ because as we age we wear what we like and want – with pride and a bit of glitter and lots of sparkle 🙂

That’s all for now.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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33 thoughts on “Jackets Part II and another necklace

  • 14th November 2019 at 8:39 am

    You can’t really blame young people from being excited and spending in Zara. I can remember the first things I bought in the sixties when I was in grammar school. C&A Glasgow with two friends we all bought Denim skirts.

    As far a Global Warming goes when we moved from the country to Nice we decided to get rid of our car. We always holiday in Italy and now use trains. Brownie points for us yes but getting up and down and over railway lines to reach your platform with a travel bag is no joke. I am far more aware of what wheelchair bound or partially sighted or even just stiff oldies have to contend with. Not to mention packed trains. Perhaps the railway system is better in the UK I haven’t travelled by train there for 50 years.

    • 14th November 2019 at 8:45 am

      I know, I know, the Zara in Brighton is just amazing, and when I went last week one part of me was going ‘disgusting’, disgusting’ and ‘this isn’t right’ and the other side of me was definitely, oh, oh I wonder, oh that’s nice, oh that one, oh yessss and on and on and on!!! So I totally get it!

      We’ll try a trip by train to Toulouse next year – will write about whether it’s truly feasible when I do it. Well done you re: the car. We hardly use ours now and we won’t buy another.

      • 14th November 2019 at 1:48 pm

        Hi Penny, love that jacket, a great buy and also the skirt. I’m looking for some skirts as, like you, I always have cold legs. Leggings are freezing in this weather and although I have footless thermal leggings I’m still cold. My coats are too short, the warmest outerwear I have is a woollen coatigan but of course no good in the rain.
        The necklace is fab! I have something similar that I bought while shopping in Florida with my lovely brother who we lost this summer. I was hesitating and said, “I can’t wear that, it’s not me” He said ” You can be whoever you want to be” So I will be wearing it this Christmas in his honour, very sadly missed.
        Keep warm x

        • 15th November 2019 at 8:28 am

          Hi Chrissie! Ah ah, another cold legged person! I shall be wrapping up well today as it’s wet and cold and we won’t walk to the centre – thank goodness for the frequent buses!

          I’m so glad that you’ll wear the necklace in honour of your brother – I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care x

  • 14th November 2019 at 8:42 am

    Lilac is everywhere! I love that color, reminds me of spring! You are wearing a great skirt too!

    • 15th November 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for reminding me it’s a lilac colour! It’s a great colour and really pleased I found it 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 9:27 am

    Love the necklace and the jacket. I used to have a jacket the same colour and similar to that one. Unfortunately it went to a charity shop a good while back. I know what you mean about being over zealous with the clearing out. Only recently I was checking through a bag of clothes destined for the charity shop and came across a dress I hadn’t worn for ages, but I thought actually it was rather nice. I tried it on again and loved it! It’s now back in the wardrobe!

    • 15th November 2019 at 8:32 am

      Re: your dress – what a hoot! Because I de-cluttered before the move I’m still at the stage of looking for an item of clothing and then going, oops, no, I don’t have it any more!

  • 14th November 2019 at 10:02 am

    Morning Penny, great necklace!

    I agree with you about being bold – it’s fun. And if not now – when?? Actually I’m pretty much ‘anything goes’ – if it pleases, go for it. (One of the payoffs for getting older, I reckon.)

    I like your cosy ‘writing’ jacket. My at-home challenge is keeping warm and comfortable without having the central heating going full pelt all day from both cost and climate consideration.

    We’re also thinking about not replacing our car. Only did 5,000 miles last year. But, going on holiday without a car is a challenge for me as I find packing stressful and with the car, I can ‘just throw it in’. I’ll need a packing course!

    Stay dry.

    • 15th November 2019 at 8:40 am

      I’m quite good at packing clothes. Have got that down to a fine art, but what I have some difficulty with is the amount of cleansing/moisturising stuff I take with me plus the contact lens cleaners, which are essential, and always in large bottles. Plus the 4 pairs of glasses. If I take a small suitcase half will be full of this type of thing rather than clothes. In that sense I cannot travel light!

      We’re finding the flat quite hard to keep warm, probably because of it being on the top floor and a corner. One owner says she’s never turned her heating on but she’s on the middle floor facing south in the middle of the block. At the moment we’ve even got the heating on at night. But the windows apparently need replacing and ecologically and cost wise yes, they should be.

      Will wrap up today!

  • 14th November 2019 at 10:36 am

    Re necklaces, my favourite 7 (!) all from local charity shops, nothing over £2, mostly 50p.
    Have never done so well with clothes, though!

    • 15th November 2019 at 8:51 am

      That sounds such good value and I do look myself, so know this type of jewellery is also amazingly good. The clothing is there, but yes, it does depend on the area. Very well done re: the jewellery and good luck with your hunt for clothes 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 10:52 am

    Love the necklace and the second jacket, I would wear it outside as well. It’s still very mild here in Greece, usually we’ll have had a cold spell by now. Global warming,who knows ?
    I have to say, however old you get, the allure of something new to wear never diminishes. I’ve been very good lately though, and it helps living in the back of beyond. At some point I’ll hit civilisation where there’s Zara, M&S etc and then willpower will be needed!
    For the moment my favourite pastime is browsing the Toast website, at the same time giving myself a stern talking to. Can’t really afford most of the lovely stuff, fortunately.

    • 15th November 2019 at 9:02 am

      It’s funny but here in the UK there’s a small window of opportunity to wear a jacket and then all of a sudden it’s too cold. I shall wear the lilac jacket up to London but will wear my long London coat over it.

      Actually I agree with you about the allure of the ‘new’ but I get round it it by walking around those shops every now and then. It’s Zara, H&M, Urban Outfitters I like going round but not M&S, which is too conventional (boring) for me. But for all of those I look, I see and then I don’t buy there but try to recreate the look by searching for it in a charity shop.

      Have a lovely day in the warmth – it’s grey and wet here 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I was listening to Radio Scotland yesterday and they interviewed one of the TV weather presenters. She said she had decided to wear only charity shop clothes on TV. She went along the the Big Pick shop in Musselburgh and got at least 20 outfits to wear. Now people write in asking her where she got her outfit. Seriously impressed.

    • 15th November 2019 at 8:54 am

      What a wonderful role model! She is out there showing to a large number of people that an entire outfit can be got from charity shops – well done her 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Penny, I adore that picture of you as a young angel. As for the charity shops, I have gotten 90% of my wardrobe from thrift and consignment. Just this past week I found two dressy jackets to use for cruises etc. and even though I don’t need them right now, I will have the perfect toppers when we do go. It is very rare to have a specific item on the list and then find it right away, but it happened with a burgundy fall/early winter jacket, and I love it. People comment on items and it is great fun to know it was under $10 or so for a fantastic item. By the way, the jacket was Diane von Furstenburg !! I love the necklace and totally agree that statement is the way to go. I so love reading your posts first thing in the morning.

    • 16th November 2019 at 9:29 am

      Just wow re: the Diane von Furstenburg jacket – both will be so useful on a cruise. And so glad you’ve found them thrifted and consignment – it’s the way to go. And thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Both jackets look lovely and I am sure you will get a lot of wear out of them including the necklace. I don’t seem to have any luck buying thrifted as the stores here just seem to contain loads of nasty polyester. Instead I wear my old clothes to death and replace them in the main with handmade ones. For example, I have made 2 mid weight tops for the winter as I do think we need to have some new stuff to wear for our mental wellbeing if nothing else and don’t feel this is too profligate for our environment.

    • 16th November 2019 at 9:34 am

      Such a shame about the thrift stores. We also get a lot of polyester items but only up to approx 50% the rest will be made from good quality material with good quality labels, and every now and then there’s even the occasional designer label which of course, would be priced accordingly.

      Making clothes is so good. When the children were young and I wasn’t working I used to make clothes, knit, bake cakes and make bread. As soon as I started working all of that went out of the window!!!

      And totally with you about needing the occasional rush of having something new – I know exactly what you mean! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Drooling over the necklace. Exactly my taste! Fully agree with you that a bit of sparkle and pride as we get older is to be encouraged! I That’s a great jacket on you Penny. I’m like you with de-cluttering, give away too much and then regret it! Good luck with the hunt for a long skirt. Thanks for linking up.

    • 16th November 2019 at 9:41 am

      I found a long wool coat, Gail, woo hoo! You’ll all see it soon. Yes, the necklace was not a charity shop find or price but it was very significantly cheaper than when bought new by my Pilates classmate (it’s a Butler & Wilson) and actually I wear it a lot, which is the main thing.

      It’s always a pleasure to join your link 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 5:44 pm

    That necklace is stunning! Loving the lilac jacket too, it looks good with black and white. Jacqui x

    • 16th November 2019 at 9:43 am

      Thank you re: the necklace which isn’t a charity shop find but is a 2nd-hand buy and I wear it a lot. I’ll wear the jacket in London over my black jeans x

  • 14th November 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Penny, it’s great that you’ve flagged up climate change on your blog because it surely has to be the greatest challenge to face humanity so thanks for that.

    Like you I’m an avid charity shop shopper. Regarding your search for a particular style of dress, this is where I think charity shops are not so useful. They’re great for browsing and picking up surprise items but when I’m looking for something very specific especially in a set time frame, I find eBay very helpful. I don’t know whether you ever shop on eBay, Penny but I would highly recommend it. There is so much stuff on there and you can be very specific not only about size and colour but style, length of garment, brand, material etc. Last year I picked up a ‘vegan leather’ ie. pvc black biker style jacket. It’s much admired wherever I go and cost me all of a fiver! Gill x

    • 16th November 2019 at 9:49 am

      Yes, re: climate change – it is absolutely the biggest challenge we have ever faced. And the fashion industry must change.

      And yours is a such a great comment and reminder that we could all look at eBay. I don’t and never have looked for clothes there and I will. The thing is I do like to try the garment before buying. I have bought from online stores twice (?a couple of years ago) and both times, I sent them back as one didn’t fit and was quite shoddy and badly made and with the other the colour was so very different from the catalogue colour. I think the thing for me is rather than the convenience of eBay I really do like running my hands along a rack and feeling for the wool and cotton items. But I promise to look at eBay and will let you know how I get on – thanks and have a good weekend 🙂

  • 14th November 2019 at 10:37 pm

    It’s so nice to hear others appreciate second hand shopping. I do think it’s not only good for the environment, but our wallets too. Along with making us realize that we be more adventurous with what we buy and not have to stick to “our style” as much.
    You should definitely hold onto that lilac jacket Penny. The color is magnificent on you.

    • 16th November 2019 at 10:00 am

      I was surprised when I first put the jacket on as to how well the colour suited – that’s the white hair suiting new colours!

      I know there’s a big community here in the UK that loves charity shop shopping which I think is a little different to the US way of thrifting as all our charity shops are like little boutiques and really quite upmarket from what they used to be a couple of decades ago. That’s why it was a shock to see Zara heaving with young people, but I get it as it has such mouthwatering goodies. On the other hand I never have bought there as the choice is overwhelming and I walk out of Zara with a feeling of relief that I haven’t bought! But it obviously is attracting the right demographic – how to change that will be a huge challenge which is why I think manufacturers will have to be taxed at source. It’s an interesting debate to have.

  • 15th November 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Great jackets! I love the skirt, too. I have a similar one which is flared and have yet to wear it…the necklace is beautiful!

    I’ve bought two pairs of retail footwear this year and that’s it!

    Keep warm,

    • 16th November 2019 at 10:08 am

      Yes, the jackets were both a great find. I bought the long black pair of boots new and I think very early in the year I also bought the studded ankle boots. Also bought M&S knickers (!) and am looking for a pair of new pyjamas as the flat is quite a cold one – we’re trying to resolve that as well for climate and cost.

      I’ll keep warm and go straight to your blog now! I miss that email and haven’t yet sorted out why as the email provider says I’m on the list of subscribers, but it’s not in Spam, so annoying – but we’ll get there. Have a lovely weekend xxx

  • 17th November 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I adore that necklace. I covet it!
    Mauve jacket looks great and shows off you slender waist (I covet that too)!
    I’m very much in agreement with the idea of ‘shopping your closet’. I do it regularly and always wonder why it had taken me so long to put certain items together – a big advantage of holding onto clothes one does not wear. I confess however, that after my huge (and highly unusual) summer clear out I have not regretted or missed one single thing!

  • 18th November 2019 at 10:15 am

    Like you Penny, I believe we must take responsibility for our carbon footprint and that means less consumption of all things. Really this does not mean being miserably frugal but sensible and happy about it. I have written an article about Second Hand Rose in The Kittywitch Diaries blog if you care to read it on page 14…

  • 21st November 2019 at 6:07 pm

    You are an inspiration Penny.

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