Hi everyone

I felt I needed to get out of the flat for a bit, so went shopping and ‘looking’.  Much of my clothes shopping is done this way.  I look to see what trends there are in the fashion mags.  I look in various outlets (especially stores like Urban Outfitters which has a great vibe) and only then do I say, ‘right, let’s go get this in a charity shop’. Btw, apparently pink is a thing for Autumn.  Umm yes, maybe. As in, I could go for that pink Alexa Chung corduroy jacket and trousers that reminds me of an outfit I had in the 70s – but not at that price. And animal print. I’m OK with that. Anyway, off I went to Urban Outfitters and there I really cheered up (because, you know, my eye and my…. actually, whilst I was there I forgot about both). I love Urban Outfitters for the way the clothes are displayed and the music more than anything else. My step really lightened.  And. There was a sale on!

I trawled through the racks and tried on two all-in-ones, otherwise known as onesies. Did you wear dungarees in the 80s? I did and loved them.  But since they became ‘in’, I just hadn’t found any. But out of the two, here’s the one I liked.

Now that shot makes me look a bit enormous, so here’s another selfie.

This garment (made from linen) was so comfortable and from certain angles was quite slimming – and fun! I was in the mood to be amused!  To the left is a close-up selfie of how a 72-year-old woman looks with no makeup, no contacts and a bloodshot eye, and I felt a bit mizz because I don’t usually look like that.  And I needed that adrenalin shot from a good purchase – I’m that frivolous!

So, I got dressed again, and see below for my casual shopping gear of matchy matchy jeans (bought in a Brighton charity shop) and jacket (bought in a French charity shop) teamed with yellow accessories, and off I went to find something similar but thrifted.

And did I find anything?  No, I did not. Furthermore I couldn’t stop thinking about the Urban Outfitters’ item. I’m sorry to say I went back to buy it. However, as it was reduced from £69 to £24 I thought it quite a bargain.

Two things. Look, there is no age limit to wearing what you please. I mean, I shouldn’t think anyone in that store was over 30, but not once did I think that the store wasn’t the right place for me.  And also I don’t think anyone really noticed my eye, because since that eye thing happened I had said to a couple of friends, ‘oh sorry about my eye’ (because I thought it quite alarming) and they hadn’t noticed and had to really look to see it.  We can be just too self aware for our own good.

Have you bought a pair of dungarees or a onesie? If you have, let me know!

That’s all for now, with love to you all

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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30 thoughts on “Shopping for fun and that adrenalin rush!

  • 27th August 2018 at 12:36 pm

    That is a bargain reduced from £69-24 and in your size. Looked great. My argument is that I can’t take it with me, money that is, so sod it, I’ll spend it now. And I have a one in one out policy so that when I buy something, something else has to go. Focuses the mind.

    • 29th August 2018 at 9:34 am

      I so agree, what is money for? If you’ve helped the kids to buy somewhere (we did) then it’s our turn! And I’ve just got together a large bag for the charity shop. Like you I’m definitely one-in therefore one-out, especially if I haven’t worn something for a year. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 27th August 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I never been to Urban Outfitters. I know you like that store! I will give it a try. I have never worne a dungaree. I never liked them back then, because everyone else wore them in the Bananarama area. And now my,,eye,, haha, never search for one. I will also give that a try! You have a real….uh….,,eye,, for a bargin. Do I sound like the guy from Saturday kitchen just before the omelet chalenge now?

    • 29th August 2018 at 9:35 am

      I’m pretty sure Urban Outfitters in Brighton has a lift – but will check that out 🙂

  • 27th August 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I love dungarees (or overalls in the U.S.)! I don’t save everything but have a dressy black linen pair from 15+years ago and two Gap ones from 20+years ago. One is blue denim and the other a beige twill. I brought them out this year and found that wearing them with a slim-fitting tee, black oxfords or white sneakers, and a few folds up on the legs seems to bring them up to date. So comfortable! And, yes, the Los Angeles vibe is decidedly more casual.
    I also have two jumpsuits that I enjoy. One is same age as dungarees and is a black floral and still wearable. The other is from last year for my son’s summer wedding. With flowy pants and a halter top, I felt quite dressy.
    My sister and I say, “If we don’t wear it now, when will we wear it?” She is sixty-one and I am sixty-nine.
    Also, would you share the brand of your denim jacket? I love the longer styling!
    As always, thank you for sharing, Penny! Hoping that your eye is healing well and that the bathroom redo is progressing smoothly!
    Charlene H

    • 29th August 2018 at 10:05 am

      Great to hear that you love this type of clothing. The outfit for your son’s wedding sounds so good! And yes, like you, I say wear it now while you can!

      As for the denim jacket I bought it a year ago in that very rare thing a charity shop in France. It was in the men’s section and is a generous European size 44. The label is ‘Festoon by Paletti’ and I googled this and could not find the maker, apart that is from two references to the Netherlands, (the rest were annoyingly all about festoon lights!). So I think sadly the jacket was made by a manufacturer that’s gone out of business.

      My eye is slowly returning to a normal colour and the bathroom is still ongoing with lots of little things still to be done – sigh. But by the end of the week……… 🙂

      • 29th August 2018 at 2:58 pm

        You are dear to take so much time to answer my question about the jean jacket. The Men’s Section! Brilliant! I will start looking!
        I am thankful for the healing of your eye and that no permanent damage occurred to your sight. Hang in there for your Bathroom!

  • 27th August 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I love dungarees. Back in the day I had a pale yellow pair, I wore them out. I am going to find myself a pair, never too old to wear what you want! You look fab in yours and they were a bargain!

    • 29th August 2018 at 10:06 am

      A yellow pair! Wow, I bet you looked good in those!

  • 27th August 2018 at 3:15 pm

    When I clicked on ‘pink is the thing’ I was transported back 50 years to when I had a pink cord ‘denim style’ short jacket and matching jeans, just that colour. Pale or dusty pink does not suit me now so I won’t be going there again!
    Your dungarees were a bargain if you really liked them. I often see things in that way but I go away and see how much I think about it over the next couple of days. Of course there is the risk of it being sold in the meantime but then I can say it’s all down to ‘fate’!
    No dungarees for a shortie like me, anyway too difficult to get off to go to the loo! I’m trying to get some plain coloured dresses with highish necklines but they are hard to find used. I’ve bought a red ‘Minuet’ dress on E-bay – that brand fitted me so well and has now been discontinued.
    I’m going off flowery prints at the moment so looking for geometric prints or plains as I’ve got loads of scarves and costume jewellery. I’m going on a cruise soon so I’ll be able to get out my sparkly bits!

    • 29th August 2018 at 10:16 am

      Actually on reflection I think I had a brown corduroy (that very fine corduroy) trouser suit which I wore and wore. I also remember having a pair of jeans in that coarser pink corduroy. I loved that brown trouser suit. It’s quite difficult to find brown jeans or trousers these days I find.

      Oh, Lynda I’m quite envious about you going on a cruise. We (me and my other half) had a long discussion about cruises with me saying yes, I agree there were things that …. but I wouldn’t give them up because, well for lots of reasons, but we are going to change the cruise line. Won’t say why or which cruise line we’ve tried and don’t want to return to, as many people love this line. Anyway, we’re going back to Saga. We’ve had two cruises with them and nothing has come up to Saga standards. You have to pay more, but see a comment above, you cannot take it with you, so we’re going to bite the bullet and oh joy, be picked up from our door next year – as the cruise is already booked!!!! I mean I have to wear my cruise dresses somewhere! Enjoy your cruise – I’m sure you will!

      • 29th August 2018 at 1:42 pm

        We like Saga cruises too, in fact we are going on the inaugural cruise of their new ship Spirit of Discovery next summer – booked it in 2017! All outward facing cabins but a bit pricey.

        This time we are going with Fred Olsen on Black Watch. We went on their Boudicca a couple of years ago and liked it. We only go on the smaller ships now. We tried Arcadia but it was too big 2.5 k passengers) and there were quite a few things about it that we didn’t like about it. Good prices though.

        • 29th August 2018 at 4:07 pm

          Gosh you’re brave going on an inaugural cruise as they often don’t quite know what works or doesn’t, but on the other hand Saga has such high standards. I’ve got the catalogue and we will do one trip on this ship but my word it is pricey. I’m wondering if the next new ship coming along is going to be similarly priced. I shall feel a bit glum if it is, as we’ll have to think again about Saga. We might retry Cruise & Maritime – they’re cheap as chips but as it’s not the line we won’t return to, that’s one line to keep in mind. But do enjoy Black Watch 🙂

          • 30th August 2018 at 9:21 am

            Saga’s Sapphire is continuing at lower prices, don’t know for how long. the smaller ship Saga Pearl 2 is going out of service next year. We’re having a short cruise to Germany in December mostly just to go on it before it goes. Less than 500 people!

  • 27th August 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Definitely – twenty four quid for something in UO that suits you and fits – get it before it goes! I had very pretty dungarees in the mid-70’s but was put off them for life by having to use a flooded squatting public toilet while wearing them with a jumper on top in what was the former Yugoslavia. Think about it….

    • 29th August 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Oh no, yes, I can imagine as they were tricky garments and even this one….. But it was a bargain!

  • 28th August 2018 at 9:36 am

    Penny, you did so well with your purchase , suits you perfectly and will layer well as the weather cools. I am not a fan of them for me as I am way too short. I would like to find a wide leg jumpsuit this Summer but they are rather thin on the ground in my small town and I am not one to buy online.
    I checked out the pink cord, yes it does take you back to the 70’s.
    Hope your eye is healing well and the renovations are on track.
    Cheers, Jill.

    • 29th August 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Yes, I will layer it with a thin top under and a thicker wooly over plus tights and even boots. And that pink cord is lovely but what a price!

      Bathroom has been a bit of a saga (as these things often are) but it’s coming along and eye fading slowly – so all good x

  • 28th August 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Ah – dungarees! How I used to love them. In the seventies, as a student, it was denim dungarees, then in the eighties, purple cord or floral was the order of the day. I can even remember having a pair when I was pregnant! The only problem, as a previous commenter remarked, is when you need to go to the loo! You have inspired me, Penny.

    • 29th August 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Yes, those dungarees – I loved them!

  • 28th August 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Never had dungarees, not terribly keen on the shape they give, but I did have a jumpsuit once, back in the 80’s. It was green, it was different, and I enjoyed wearing it until someone made a rude comment, and I don’t think I ever wore it again!!! Happy to say that I’m not so sensitive anymore!!

    • 29th August 2018 at 3:58 pm

      Same here. I’m much tougher about what I wear (as in I don’t care what people think) and far more adventurous now than when I was younger – there are some compensations for getting older!!!

  • 28th August 2018 at 6:55 pm

    If pink is the thing this coming season, I’ll bring out my pink tweed jacket, bought in a Boden sale a few years ago. As for dungarees, I had a pair in the 80’s but don’t feel up to wearing them now – the going to the loo problem I find a bit off-putting. I had a lovely Pucci-style print jumpsuit in the 70’s, when I was a bit slimmer than I am now, but even then, with a zip down the back, going to the loo was a bit time-consuming, to say the least. Glad to read that your eye is improving, if only slowly, and hope the stress of the bathroom renovation is going and your health improves. Re your previous blog, I am a lifetime make-up wearer: working with the general public in a public library , make-up always made me feel more confident in my work. My skin care routine is fairly similar to yours and I think that if you look after your skin, (and it has no problems) make-up looks better on and you may only need a light foundation or tinted moisturiser.

  • 29th August 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Oooh, that jacket sounds fab – love tweed. The loo thing is tricky but I thought well, why not! A zip at the back though is something I can’t cope with now even on dresses.

    And it’s great to meet another life-time makeup wearer!

  • 29th August 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Oh I love those dungarees on you. I wish they still had some in stock as I would buy a pair too.

    • 31st August 2018 at 8:35 am

      Yes, that item came from the sale area in Urban Outfitters and there was only one. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • 30th August 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I haven’t bought dungarees or a onesie but I agree that we should wear whatever we want to wear…with the slight proviso (for myself anyway) that we don’t appear as mutton dressed as lamb. This can make one look older than they are because it can be so ‘noticeable’. I mostly wear leggings with long tops. In the summer the leggings are often cropped and worn with flat strappy sandals and in the winter with boots.
    I think those dungarees look amazing on you!

    • 31st August 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Eloise, for your kind comment about the dungarees. Actually I just want to also say that I don’t quite agree with you about ‘mutton dressed as lamb’. I mean obviously you know your own body and how it should look and you dress accordingly, which is great – that is definitely what I advocate. But I also believe that there is some disapproval of older women wearing young clothes. Actually the one phrase I dislike more than anything is ‘age-appropriate clothing’. Thing is these phrases can make us lose our confidence. Along with ‘wear what you want’ I also say wear those tight short skirts, those high heels (if you can, I can’t!) and above all be noticed. Oh yes, dress to be noticed. Always. And don’t fade into the background with safe clothing. Truly, wear that frock from Urban Outfitters and be proud. End of rant! Which is of course, aimed at (the rant, I mean) young journalists who write ridiculous stuff about what we should wear! But thanks so much for your comment – much appreciated!

  • 31st August 2018 at 10:44 am

    A great buy Penny at that price! And you deserve it after the eye business!

  • 4th September 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Sorry to hear about your eye.

    That was a bargain not to be missed at 24.00 and you looked fab in it!

    I bought a sleeveless, small patterned jumpsuit in a charity shop in Kilburn earlier this year for 3.00. I took it to Ireland to wear but never did and I left it there so now I’ll have to look for another one…

    Hope you are having a good week.

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