Hello everyone

As promised I’m featuring a wonderful yellow coat I bought in a charity shop in Poole (Dorset, UK) which cost all of £5, I mean, when you see it, you’ll be amazed at the quality and, therefore, the price.  But first of all, thank you for all the lovely comments on i) the tooth and ii) the makeup. I’m definitely recovering!

Also you’ll note that this week the pics have been taken in different areas. I’m trying out new techniques and lighting for the blog. It’s important I think to always experiment and try new things.

The thing is, this pic below is taken with my phone, but as great as it is for me to not see the blemishes and wrinkles on my skin (!) you can’t really see the detail of the clothes.

Btw, this is a Hobbs skirt, which is a high-end High Street label but all it cost me was £4.  The ankle boots are last year’s bargain at £5 (Scope in Seaford, East Sussex) and they’re my go-to footwear for the winter.

The next pic, taken from a different angle, shows you the skirt in more detail plus a great cerise furry scarf.

That’s a charity shop buy at £5.  Now add the coat!

That’s it with the buttons undone.

And as we’re just about to have our first cold snap of the winter here’s the coat done up. On top of this I’m sorry to say I’m adding a hat I bought new two days ago.  But it was still a good buy at £18.

If you look closely (please don’t) you can see I’m missing a tooth!!!

After watching that Stacey Dooley documentary on the environmental consequences of cotton production I’m quite keen to not buy too much these days, but I saw the hat a few weeks back in a great little Brighton hat shop called Mad Hatters.  At the time it was really hot weather and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it, but a cold blast from the north is fast approaching and I had to have it, especially as it’s just the right colour to go with not just with the yellow coat, but also the cerise scarf.

Here it is in profile.


This hat’s going to be worn again and again!

The necklace (which you can just see) is also from a charity shop and wouldn’t have cost much at all. Always remember I write this blog to encourage others to be bold and embrace your age whilst buying amazing and sometimes colourful clothes at very little cost.

Thank you again for all your great comments. I do like seeing them and replying as well!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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38 thoughts on “My yellow coat plus sorting the lighting!

  • 26th October 2018 at 7:59 am

    Lovely hat .. the colours complete your outfit ! Wanted to let you know the photos have always been clear for me on my iPhone 5c !
    Enjoy the autumn colours

    • 28th October 2018 at 8:58 am

      Great, thanks Yok! I will enjoy, thanks again 🙂

  • 26th October 2018 at 8:31 am

    Hi Penny. I love that first photo and that gorgeous outfit. The black and leopard look fabulous together. I do love a bit of leopard! I used to buy from Hobbs when I was working and their clothes were excellent quality. What a bargain! As is that yellow coat. Unfortunately, yellow doesn’t suit my olive skin but it looks great on you. I hope it’s as warm as it looks. Great style, too.

    • 28th October 2018 at 8:59 am

      Will be wearing the coat today as it is sooo cold! It was such a bargain!

  • 26th October 2018 at 9:41 am

    Hallo Penny – love your blog, am picking up tips & made me investigate the local charity shops!! Your hat is fab – I looked up the Mad Hatters web site however they do not do on line shopping – I was wondering can you tell me the label for the hat, I might be able to purchase it elsewhere? Many thanks. Shirley

    • 27th October 2018 at 8:04 am

      Hello Shirley and thanks so much for your comment. The label is Fonem – here’s the website https://fonemeurope.com/en/home-english/

      Unfortunately this hat isn’t currently on sale on the website. I did look on the UK eBay site though and there does appear to be a similar hat there – have a look there. Good luck 🙂

    • 27th October 2018 at 8:07 am

      Another thought: there were 4 more Fonem hats in Mad Hatters. Different colours though. I think: green, beige, pinkish and another colour. If you live in the UK you could always phone Mad Hatters and ask for a hat that way.

  • 26th October 2018 at 9:42 am

    Lovely photos. I really, really love the whole ensemble but I want that skirt!

    • 27th October 2018 at 8:09 am

      I know! The skirt is such a bargain and lovely too. That’s the joy of charity shop shopping as every now and then there’s an extra special find. I thought the coat was also an amazing find and again a bargain.

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:00 am

      I know – what a skirt and such a bargain!

  • 26th October 2018 at 9:45 am

    Love the skirt, Penny. Please can I have one too? And I can’t see the missing tooth!

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Sarah – so conscious of the gap!

  • 26th October 2018 at 10:48 am

    Well you certainly encouraged me to by pre loved. I buy a lot less new now. That cost is amazing, and the hat is very beautiful! Hope you will have a fabulous weekend!

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:02 am

      I was very pleased with the whole ensemble and it’s all quite frugal! It makes so much sense to buy second-hand! You have a good weekend too!

  • 26th October 2018 at 11:09 am

    Hi Penny
    Very jealous of the coat. I’ve been looking for exactly that style in ice blue. You are very lucky to be able to wear yellow. I love it but I’m a “winter” so don’t suit it. That profile pic of you in the hat looks brilliant. We hatty people must fly the flag for hats. More people seem to be wearing hats now so it’s working!

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:04 am

      I think maybe the colour was why the coat was such a bargain. I think the thing is to try and not wear black all the time, which I do a lot. Ice blue is such a lovely colour though- good luck with your search!

  • 26th October 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I really LOVE your skirt ,and what a bargain at £4 !!! Animal print is everywhere at the moment so you`re bang on trend ! I also love your yellow coat .Just the kind of clothes i wear. Doesn`t it make you feel good when you find them in a charity shop.! Last week i found a tan leather Osprey handbag for £6,and have used it every day since,
    Enjoy your weekend ,Regards Karen.

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:06 am

      It was so good to realise that I’d made up that ensemble with pretty much everything from charity shops and so cheap too. Mmm, that handbag was a good find! Hope you’re having a good w/e too!

  • 26th October 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Very, very glamorous! Lovely colourful outfit for cold dull days!

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:07 am

      Thank you! I’ll be wearing the coat today while it’s grey, damp and very cold 🙂

  • 26th October 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I really like the furry collar but I could not wear the yellow coat although it looks good on you. It’s definitely getting colder here which means I can get out my coats and hats -hoorah!
    I have a little grey ‘animal’ print cross-over ‘collar’ which I think looks really nice with my shiny pewter coloured quilted jacket, a bargain reduced from over £100 to £25.00. It also looks good with my bright red coat which I bought brand new for £12 in a charity shop and it’s pure wool by Viyella
    My sister lives in Dorset and the charity shops down there are so much better than ours in Winchester so we usually have a root about when I visit her.

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:11 am

      Although I said I mustn’t complain about the summer weather and I really tried not to, I do prefer winter clothes and, like you, love getting out the winter coats and hats. I’m so pleased to be wearing them now. Bet your red coat looks good – the thing is to try and not wear black all the time. Yes, Poole was a good place for charity shops, but Bournemouth wasn’t. The time I went before I found Boscombe was good though.

  • 26th October 2018 at 7:57 pm

    The yellow coat looks great on you. I really admire how you put it all together, with your op-shopping. Always current, too.

    • 28th October 2018 at 9:16 am

      Thank you – if you can wear it, yellow it is such a good bright colour, which is essential on a cold, damp and grey day like today. The outfit came from different charity shops and built up over several weeks/months. Then suddenly I realised I’d got a whole co-ordinated ensemble together! It was luck – and, of course, looking!

  • 26th October 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Second hand thrifting with a mix of retail makes “one in a million outfits”. You are aglow in the process of having so much recycling fun. Thanks for generous sharing. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 29th October 2018 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much Judy! Absolutely, it’s great seeking out the slightly unusual second-hand clothes that are not the latest from the High Street. Have a good week 🙂

  • 27th October 2018 at 3:49 am

    Love the yellow coat, the red faux fur collar and the hat. Great find. Thanks for sharing them at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • 29th October 2018 at 8:38 am

      Always a pleasure to share with you – thank you for hosting 🙂

  • 27th October 2018 at 7:45 am

    I really love you in that yellow and how it pops with the burgundy! Always amazed at the clothes you find thrifting. Thanks for joining the link up!

    • 29th October 2018 at 8:42 am

      Actually I didn’t do much charity shop shopping whilst working – never had the time! But now…..

      A pleasure to join you – will do regularly 🙂

    • 29th October 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Polly. I was relieved to see the hat still there in the shop as I had seen it several weeks ago in the hot weather which made it seem inappropriate to buy. A good thing too as it’s not on sale on their website. Have a good week 🙂

  • 27th October 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Penny, What a find with the coat-You wear yellow so nicely. Cotton has always been a problem child as far as the environment, hasn’t it? I think the trick is not to buy new cotton but only 2nd hand cotton. But then, sometimes I purchase cotton fabric so its a hard one for me.

    Lyocell is probably the safest environmental fabric but I don’t know if it can be found at thrifts. Tencel works too.

    I love how you’ve combined yellow, mustard and burgundy-brilliant!

    • 29th October 2018 at 11:40 am

      Hello Terri – how are you? Yes, the coat was a terrific find but I need a slightly more covering coat today as it’s really cold and the way I travel into town is by bus so will be wearing a long black coat today. And yes, with regard to cotton, the way to buy is to recycle and get it second-hand if possible. What about viscose? I noticed when I was in the Caribbean that everything on sale there was viscose rather than cotton – bought a couple of things and hoping that was OK!!!

      Actually I wanted to ask you about your blog – will you be writing for it again? I trust everything is OK? I missed the first Friday share. Have a great week, Terri xxx

  • 27th October 2018 at 3:57 pm

    You look fabulous in your outfit. Love it all and it amazes me how you get lucky shopping in the charity shops. Your charity shops are obviously much better than around where I live but you may also have a better eye than me! Love the hair and makeup as well.

    • 30th October 2018 at 8:59 am

      Thank you Christine. Actually the charity shops around here do vary, some are great and others not and there are many weeks when I find nothing. Because yes, I have learnt to reject 99% of what’s on the racks. It’s the hunt for that high quality bargain – so thrilling!

  • 28th October 2018 at 10:21 am

    The yellow coat is fab and looks very similar to a green one I’ve been lusting after in Sainsbury’s but I won’t buy it. I’ll find one in the charity shops next year; I hope!

    I loved your Hobbs skirt and the black top. You really suit a pencil skirt and you don’t have the muffin top problem so many of us do in our later years. I would say this is definitely your ‘look’.

    The hat is amazing and apart from being such a lovely colour – it’s fun! Love the furry pom pom. I also like how you paired the cerise scarf with the yellow coat – you are surely practising what you blog!

    PS – I loved your very demure looking lady in the picture on your wall.

    Have a great week, Penny.

    • 30th October 2018 at 9:00 am

      That demure lady has hung over our bed ever since we met and that was 45 years ago!!!! It hasn’t faded and we love her! Have a great week too xxx

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