I don’t know about you, but the weather here hasn’t been typical of a British autumn.  It’s been warm and benign with few frosts, and not a lot of rain either.   Usually, I miss that ‘window’ of jacket-wearing weather as it’s gone straight from hot to cold. But not this year.

Here I am in a favourite, which I bought off a friend for a fiver.


It’s originally from M&S, but I love the fact that it’s now on its 3rd owner – which is not only frugal but ethical as every piece of clothing bought from a charity shop is one less thrown away as waste.

But note also the skinny jeans.


Ah ha. For those of you who missed the latest rumpus on the blogosphere I’m informing you now that apparently according to a recent survey conducted by a courier firm women should not be wearing jeans after the age of 53!  Like heck!  Well, fortunately I haven’t seen a single article or blog that welcomed that result.  Everyone said, ‘what???  Even the courier firm’s marketing director found it surprising.  What no one has said is how old were those respondents – 16?

Look, I know I’m slim, and that’s my genes and my mother I have to thank.  But seriously it’s not your age that dictates what you wear, you do know that don’t you?  No, it’s your shape.  You wear what you want, you wear what you can, you wear what you can afford and you wear what looks good on you – end of.

So here are some more jackets.  This one was bought last year.


And another favourite is this boiled wool jacket bought for exactly £3 some time ago.


I’m wearing blue jeans here bought new from Peacock’s (£9) with my charity shop boots.

And then here below is another jacket I’ve worn quite a lot this year, which is great as, oh my word, it’s not a charity shop jacket but one I bought new at a horrendously high price.


The thing is, this is a quality jacket.  It has a Swedish label (nygardsanna)and is made from Harris tweed – see below.


I’m not always a cheapskate!

But what I am is someone who is totally of the belief that you wear what you want and no one tells you what to wear.  And never ever say I can’t wear this because I’m too old – oh no.  No way.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


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10 thoughts on “Jeans and jackets – it’s a combo you can wear at any age!

  • 11th November 2016 at 2:57 pm

    I’m jealous, I’ve been after a tweed jacket for weeks. Problem is, I live in the country so everyone is still wearing theirs!

    • 14th November 2016 at 7:52 am

      Hi Suzie – yes, a tweed jacket which is so iconic when worn in a city! I notice that nygardsanna seems to be selling tweed jackets this season – link on the post. Good luck in your search!

  • 11th November 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I love the looks you have put together. You are fortunate to suit shortish jackets! I would love to wear any of those outfits, but because I am rather ‘pear’shaped, although slimmer than I was a few years ago, it has never been a good look for me! So I don’t own more than a couple of jackets – a black ‘smart’ one in case I need to look ‘office smart or funereal’ (from a charity shop some years ago) and a recently bought snug and flattering Danish padded jacket from TKMaxx, which I am going to live in for the next six months!

    • 14th November 2016 at 7:54 am

      Hi Judy. Yes, as I say in the post you should always be aware of your shape – that’s what dictates what you wear not your age! TheTKMaxx jacket sounds ace!

  • 11th November 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I’m 64 and a size 16.
    I wear jeans – a lot, with all sorts of things. Also I mean jeans and not jeggings. I don’t like too much stretch in my jeans as they go baggy and odd. There was an article in the Guardian a few a weeks ago that said jeans should never have stretch……..
    Hard to find good fitting jeans at a reasonable price though…….that is a real challenge. I’ve never found any in a charity shop……

    • 14th November 2016 at 7:57 am

      So glad to hear you wear jeans, but I know what you mean about trying to find a pair in a charity shop – it’s a rare thing. Currently my favourite jeans have a bit of stretch, I find stretch can be kind to the figure, but again I know what you mean about bagging – that’s a disaster!

  • 11th November 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Those are all lovely jackets, Penny, and you go with your skinny jeans – how dare people say what you can and can’t wear after a certain age!

    Enjoy your weekend


    • 14th November 2016 at 8:01 am

      Yes, what a strange survey result. I couldn’t find anywhere, even on the courier firm’s website, the age of the respondents to that survey – they have to be ultra young, surely? And yes, I’ve weeded out some of my jackets that I kept ‘just in case’ which in all honest I never wore! The featured jackets have been worn and worn again and it was great to share that with you all.

      Have a good week.

  • 14th November 2016 at 8:11 pm

    This is a look that I really like. I’m 68 and I like wearing jeans, sometimes I struggle to find good fitting ones within my budget though. I love that first jacket.

  • 21st November 2016 at 5:08 pm

    I love wearing jackets but when it gets cold, you need a big coat and sometimes get the Michelin man look by wearing a jacket underneath. Love your selection of jackets and very pleased to see you can still get some great finds in charity shops. Now that I am not working, I will be on the look out!

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