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