Despite Autumn clothes creeping into the shops we’re still having a great summer here in the UK. There’s hardly any rain and the temperatures are a pretty standard 22-24C (71-75F) and the humidity is OK. And I’ve been on the hunt for more dresses and outfits, because, you know what, I’m pretty good at throwing stuff out. So I go looking for a particular dress, can’t find it, and then go, ‘oh blow, I got rid of it during a big purge last month’!
I don’t know about you, but if I had a choice my default clothing for summer would be skirts and/or dresses, as jeans (and any kind of slacks for that matter) are for colder weather, although I do have an old pair of jeans for the garden and housework (not that I do housework all that much!). We’re not really a shorts nation although in this hot weather I have seen much younger women wearing the shortest of shorts out and about (like knickers, tbh) and thought, no, even if I was younger I wouldn’t be wearing them!
I found this skirt in my home town (price all of £2.50) and love the cotton coolness to it, and it’s just perfect for wearing around the house.
I love the pattern and it’s worn here with a casual and very cheap T-shirt from Peacock’s (not a high-end store).
Below is another recent find, a lovely dress with a Monsoon label (a middling-end High Street store) found in a neighbouring town’s charity shop at £4.99.
It’s not cotton and I’m having a think about it as it’s also a tad too big (UK size 16 rather than my usual 12). I find sizes are just ridiculous. Most of the time I’m a UK size 12, but then you try a dress on and it won’t even go over your head, or worse if it’s pair of jeans it won’t go over your thighs!
I think a belt might do it and I’ll try and find one in a lilac colour as I really love the design of the material.
Now here’s another dress I’m having a think about.
When I found it in a charity shop I just pounced on it as it is new and unworn and was only £3.99. And you know me, I love an irregular and asymmetric skirt. But on reflection I don’t think the hem works as it’s too short at the front.
I might try it with leggings or even tights – but on the day I took the pic it was too hot to wear anything on the legs. Also I’m having a spray tan at a salon tomorrow. I think it’s the contrast of the dark green against my pale legs that isn’t a good look. So it won’t go into the charity shop sack that I always have at the back of my wardrobe quite yet, but it could do.
Some might think I’m wasting my money on clothes that I have second thoughts about, but seriously £3.99? And it’ll go straight back to a charity shop, so they’re profiting from my indecision, which is great. And you see, my view is always try with clothes. Don’t reject a style, always experiment, and then if it doesn’t work, if the dress is not quite right, at least you haven’t spent a fortune on it!
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And sharing as per usual with Catherine Summers and her weekly #iwillwearwhatilike session