Well, I went ahead, got down my Autumn/Fall clothes, put away my flimsiest Summer frocks and skirts, and all of that just in time for some warmer weather over the next few days!
Not to worry, I think it was time to have a look at what I had in my wardrobe for Autumn and Winter, to decide whether I needed anything. Do I? Need anything? Not really. I do need some long waterproof leather boots and a waterproof mac for the walks I take, but apart from that if I do think, oh I must have that, it will be one-item-in and one-item-out, as people, my slightly smaller flat has a much smaller wardrobe, so I have no room for anything else! And anyway forget the weather, this month I’m not buying anything new as one of our foremost charity shops Oxfam has started the campaign, Secondhand September, which asks us to buy only from charity shops. There are also apparently many other outlets where you can buy second-hand, and see link here for some really quite high-end clothing.
As you all know I’ve always emphasised that buying secondhand is an ethical choice that goes a long way in saving our planet from the destructive forces of the fashion industry. And pre-Covid I’d be out there going from charity shop to charity shop trawling through their wares, but I don’t do that at all now. And buying online is hard enough anyway, but buying second-hand online is even harder. I know some of you shop very successfully on eBay, but I haven’t managed a single buy there, nor have I managed to buy from a charity shop online. I do pop into my two local charity shops, but not all that often.
So here are some photos of the autumn/Fall gear that are now back in my closet.
I love this Karen Millen jacket.
And here’s a rather nice skirt that’s now back waiting to be worn
Oh look, I picked this coat up in a nearby vintage shop last Christmas. I love it but need more of a in-the-city type of life-style to wear it.
This is a great jacket to wear, which I will put on for a seafront walk. I do like a bit of animal print!
And here’s the kind of bright colour combo I like to wear in the winter, which will be worn a lot in the coming months.
See the shops in the background? When I talk about going in to the little local shops near where I live – those are the shops 🙂
It’s interesting, and I apologise if I sound as though I’m rather over-aware of my face and its shortcomings (I am!) but looking at the photos above I now wonder whether I will go back to the contacts as, my word, the glasses do hide a lot of the bags and wrinkles under the eyes. Of which, I can tell you, I have far more now what with this sleep retraining programme, which began to work well and then hasn’t so much this past week, when, ironically, they gave me another half hour to sleep and that pitchforked me back to my rather bad pattern of sleeping well one night and not the other. You may say, well why am I not more assertive and give up on it, but the NHS is paying for this so I’m sticking with it. See the research and rationale behind the near torture of this restricted sleep programme!!!
The glasses are the same make as the glasses worn by our esteemed broadcaster Prue Leith of BakeOff fame. And I might even save up and buy another couple of pairs (and boy are they a bit pricy what with the lens I have to wear) to colour co-ordinate the glasses with my outfits – hey, why not!!!!
I do hope you are all keeping well and safe. That’s all for now.
With love, Penny the Frugalfashionshopper