Hi everyone

I’ve bought two more skirts, which aren’t featured here, you’ll see them another time. I am such a skirt person though, and always have been.  Jeans/trousers/pants are so not my go-to item of clothing. But for a short time after I retired I wore jeans a lot. I mean I was retired and surely that meant you didn’t have to dress up, which I had been doing all my working life. I hear from another blogger (Catherine of Atypical60) that office-wear no longer means wearing smart clothes, in fact, anything goes, with people even wearing sweat pants. We’re on the same page, me and Catherine, because ten, fifteen years ago, even though I never worked in the corporate world (after nursing it was always the voluntary and care sector) we dressed for work. I went to many meetings and it was a smart skirt, a silk shirt and always a jacket. Took me years to reduce the number of jackets I had in my wardrobe. So, after retirement for three years or so, I wore nothing but jeans, because, surely….there was nothing to dress up for. But, then I had a, well, a moment. I mean what was I doing?  This was so boring. But could I afford the high street prices? No I couldn’t. So off I went to my local charity shop and there you have it.  That’s how my attitude to life, the universe, and ethical and cheap clothes shopping began.

And I also wear skirts because of the quick change routine I go through in the gym changing room.

That’s an old charity shopped skirt, charity shopped leggings plus a hand knitted (bought) cardi and my wacky yellow hat. We’re going through a really cold snap here in the UK so it’s back to woolly hats and winter coats.

And here’s what I wore on Saturday. A black charity shopped skirt and a very old top – at least 15 years old, I think.

Look at the underskirt.  There’s a layer of net as well – it rustles as you walk.

Then, how about this for a new buy?  It’s an Adini boiled wool jacket bought at quite an expensive price of £8.99. I say that as it was bought in Bexhill, which has many, many charity shops that usually are full of very inexpensive items.  But this was a winner – love the colour.

Here it is teamed with a non-charity shop scarf!

And then the hat. I was going to a memorial service and one of my big-brimmed black hats is my ‘funeral’ hat.  I always wear a hat at funerals out of respect for the person more than anything else. And by the way, do you think it gloomy to talk about your own funeral. I don’t. Because actually you should tell people what you’d like. I’d like a humanist funeral with people wearing wacky hats (that’s compulsory) and some great music through it.  And afterwards, some dancing (also compulsory).

Anyway, I decided to wear the red hat.

It was, by the way, a rather unique memorial service for a lovely man who had dedicated his life to humanity and his local community. And he was the Quaker chaplain at our local prison. Yes, it was a Quaker service. Anyone been to a Quaker service? It was a new experience for me and Mr F, and for others. So interesting. It was wonderful to hear people speaking about this man, but the silences….. Always be challenged, I think.

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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31 thoughts on “More skirts with an added pop of colour

  • 15th April 2019 at 10:09 am

    Those skirts are great Penny! I’m not a skirt person myself but enjoy putting an outfit together. I live in the north and I am always cold so layers are the way to go. I have attended Quaker meetings from time to time and I do think that we could all do with more silence in this noisy world!

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:14 am

      The Quaker memorial service was a new one for me. It was so interesting but the silences, especially the first one at the beginning when people were invited to speak, I found that challenging. Reminded me of that awful pause when you asked at the end of a workshop – ‘any questions?’ – long silence. Of course, people did get up and speak – but with a long pause! Yes, we could do with more silence in this world. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:14 am

      P.S. I’m always cold waiting at the bus stop so yes, it has to be layers!

  • 15th April 2019 at 11:02 am

    You wear skirts so well! I’m definitely more of a dress and skirt person in the warmer months, but now it’s autumn I can’t resist getting all my jeans out again, they make me so happy, it’s nice to layer for a change!

    Hope you are having a nice start to your week! It’s another busy one here!

    The weekday wear linkup is live on my blog, I’d love you to join! 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  • 15th April 2019 at 11:49 am

    I need to shop in Bexhill next time! Love that black and white skirt. And I am so glad you don’t wear jeans anymore. You are not a jeans girl!

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:16 am

      You would totally love Bexhill. Quite flat – lots of coffee shops and so many charity shops 🙂

  • 15th April 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve been wearing skirts more and more lately too. One great reason is they fit easier….I don’t have as many fit points to worry about. And it’s nice to embrace skirts and dresses and not look like everyone else out and about in jeans!!
    That’s so interesting you always wear a hat to a funeral. I may have to copy that.

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:17 am

      I always wear a hat at a funeral – have done for years. It’s a statement from me that I valued that person.

      Yes, skirts are kind to the figure!

      Have a great week Jodie xxxx

  • 15th April 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Although I worked in the charity and community sector I always looked very smart, often in a suit or jacket and knee length skirt. I have a few skirts now but I don’t wear them very often because I’m not as slim around the waist as I used to be and I don’t like to add to the bulk in that area. Dresses suit me better and I only wear trousers when it’s really cold or for practicality. I rarely wear the only pair of jeans I have; they are really so ordinary and I want to look colourful and different! Both my parents died at the end of the summer and I bought quite an elaborate black sinamay number as they both liked wearing hats, as do I.

    • 15th April 2019 at 2:06 pm

      That is so sad to read that you lost both parents close together. It must have been heartbreaking.

      • 15th April 2019 at 5:24 pm

        Thanks for your sympathy. They died a year apart and were buried in the same grave at a natural burial ground on the same day of the month. They both had incurable health problems & had been ready to die for some time. I was therefore glad that they had been released from their suffering but I do miss them the way they were before old age caught up with them,

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:24 am

      Ah ha, you also worked in that sector, Lynda. Well, 10-15 years ago, even though it wasn’t corporate we all dressed for work which I think was good. But there was no need to overspend – it was just about wearing the kind of skirt and jacket thing. Only when I worked in London did I go as far as buying a silk shirt!

      Very sorry for your loss of your parents. But I had to look up the meaning of sinamy, which I know about now! Pictures of these hats look so good – your parents would be pleased.

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:26 am

      It is a great skirt brought out and worn for a slightly more formal and ‘going out’ occasions. Would wear it up to London, for instance, but not to the gym 🙂

  • 16th April 2019 at 7:26 am

    Skirts,dresses wear them all the time,the only jeans I have are ones a friend gave me that don’t fit her. The only time I wear them is up at the allotment!
    If you look down any high street today nearly everybody is in jeans,so boring. I must come down to Brighton on the bus, where do you find your bargains,although I volunteer in a charity shop I very rarely find bargains like yours! Perhaps I should try Bexhill on a day out?
    Have a lovely week Penny.

    • 16th April 2019 at 7:37 am

      Yes, I’m so with you there. I see jeans as very workaday items and never for going into town. Rather like I would never walk out of the house without makeup, I would also never walk out of my house (actually a flat) in a pair of jeans!!! They’re for housework, country walks perhaps, and when I had a garden, for gardening. Although I do admit my black jeans are worn in town – I see those as slightly different.

      As for charity shops Brighton really doesn’t cut the mustard – it probably has more vintage than charity shops, and I don’t approve of those as I just see the label ‘vintage’ as an excuse for adding a nought on the price! Bexhill is amazing for charity shops with, is it, over 20???. Seaford also is excellent as is Lewes. And further along the coast Worthing is also good. Have a good browse 🙂

  • 17th April 2019 at 9:36 am

    I know we share a love of wearing skirts, they are just so versatile. I really like the black and white one, its right up my street. I am not a jeans wearer , always a tricky fit and I find them really boring as they are everywhere.
    Glad I’m not the only one who always wears a hat to a funereal , I always am here.
    Enjoy your Easter Penny.

    • 18th April 2019 at 7:39 am

      We think along very similar lines, Jill. I love your skirts and realise that some are by interesting designers so I shall look for their names and/or wait for the sales 🙂

      Always a hat for a funeral!

  • 17th April 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I knew the Quakers did silence but didn’t realise it was during memorial services too! The green boiled wool jacket is so “you” and I love it with the glamorous skirt and yellow scarf. Where I work (an engineering tech firm) the dress code is very casual – most of the men, who make up probably 85% of the workforce, are in jeans and t-shirts. I was used to dressing a bit more corporately from my previous job so like you had plenty of jackets and skirts. It was a bit of a downer for a while because I don’t like wearing jeans to work. But then I thought, well why can’t I wear what I like? And to be fair, some of the other women in my office have really good style – I hope to feature them soon. So now I do wear skirts and I’m happy. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • 18th April 2019 at 7:43 am

      Well, they began the service by saying it wasn’t their usual service, not that I would know, but there were very long silences between people suddenly standing up and saying their piece and then sitting down, then another long silence, and then another person standing and a short piece of remembrance. You got used to it but the first one…… However, we all learnt a huge amount about the person which I thought truly amazing and humbling. He was a modest man and so you just did not know.

      And thank you for hosting the #WowOnWednesday I really enjoy it 🙂

  • 17th April 2019 at 4:10 pm

    That is quite interesting. I do love your funeral outfit. We have been to many funerals in the past few years and I think that your outfit is quite appropriate and lovely! Funerals are a way to say goodbye and to celebrate a person’s life too especially if they have lived a long life.

    • 18th April 2019 at 7:45 am

      Yes, and the Quaker service was perhaps the most interesting and challenging service I’ve ever been to. I’d like something similar but with a little more structure and planning to it – and don’t forget the dancing 😉

      Thank you so much for your comment – it’s great to meet you 🙂

  • 17th April 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Your outfits are lovely, Penny, and so you. Me though, I’m a jeans gal through and through. I love long skirts and do wear them on occasion but you know, idler that I am, and I admit it, I just cannot be bothered with hauling tights up and down, down and up when necessary and taking care that jewellery doesn’t snag them. Nah, give me long socks, jeans and boots and I’m good to go. Well, the bottom half is! Maybe one day, when I’m old – I’m only 79 so a mere whippersnapper! – I’ll conform but until such time I’ll just be an (hopefully) elegant old duck on high days and holidays! But you be sure to stay true to your self as well and keep on mixing and matching your tops and bottoms because they look absolutely great on you!

    • 18th April 2019 at 7:47 am

      What a great comment! I love to know what you think Zepherine about life, the universe and clothes! And also thank you so much for the nice complement at the end – which is much appreciated 🙂

  • 18th April 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Penny, have been reading for years and have never written. Loved your outfit and have been enjoying your ongoing blogs on make up. The silences between messages in Quaker meetings are so that you have time to reflect on what has been said, and time to listen to the still small voice inside of you. As a Quaker, I find our memorial meetings enormously moving and I always learn a lot more about the person whose life is being celebrated. Not that this is a religious column, but there is more info on http://www.quaker.org.uk
    Thanks again for your great blogs!

    • 20th April 2019 at 9:43 am

      Hello Leigh – how nice it is to meet you!

      I learnt so much about this man and thought about him a lot during the silences, which became more familiar as they went on. It was just the first silence, which if you’re not used to it, is quite challenging. Will someone speak, you though? And of course they did!

      Thanks so much for the feedback about the blog which is much appreciated 🙂

  • 19th April 2019 at 3:21 am

    Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup. The green of the jacket is awesome. Love that color. You look great in it!

    • 20th April 2019 at 9:43 am

      Thank you Nicole and definitely thank you for hosting 🙂

  • 19th April 2019 at 7:27 pm

    My favourites are the black skirt with the top, probably because I wear a lot of black and white. And the petticoat on it is gorgeous.

    • 20th April 2019 at 9:44 am

      That skirt is a good one! But funnily enough it’s hotted up this w/e so, not wearing black tights and no black skirt 🙂

  • 23rd April 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Oh Penny, I know what you mean about Quaker services/funeral. My Senior Tutor when I first started nurse teaching in 1983 was a Quaker; and when she died of cancer three years later, I attended her funeral. The silences were difficult. I think it is far more difficult to sit in silence with other people. I must say though I enjoyed the service and although I am an atheist if I was to be drawn toward any religion it would be the Quakers…

    You look fabulous in all your outfits and colour is definitely your thing. I think it’s so necessary with grey/silver/white hair as wearing blacks and neutrals can be very draining. I love your black and white skirt and as for the green boiled jacket – yes please! I think 8.99 is reasonable; I paid 8.00 for Fenn, Wright and Manson one and didn’t begrudge it all. Loved the red hat with the yellow scarf. A fab outfit.

    Hope you’ve been enjoying improved weather since this post…

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