Hi everyone

As you all know, separates are my thing. I simply adore skirts and as a result have very few dresses. In fact, recently I counted the skirts I have in my wardrobe and there are 25 of them, and that’s not counting the ones I have put away for the winter months.  Oh my word, and the pity is that I have not been wearing them as much as I usually do, because of, you know, (as Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo would say) one thing and another.

So it was with great pleasure I agreed to participate in Gail’s #7DaySkirtChallenge on Instagram (she’s @is_this_mutton_ ).

It was such fun and really it was so timely to remind myself of my skirts, and then get out some of my favourites and show them off. Tbh, at times I felt a little sad that I’ve had so little opportunity to wear them, because at least half of the skirts are party/cruise/dress-up skirts and then another good chunk of them are for meeting friends and/or being out and about in the centre of Brighton, and then I have some I wear up to London. Yes, London trips are all about dressing-up, I mean why wouldn’t you? And after this is all over, oh my word, dress-up occasionally? Oh no, I’ll do it all the time!

Anyway, here are the 7 skirts I featured. And if you fancy joining us why not pop over to Gail’s blog where we are having a skirt themed link-up.

I’m going to start with my favourite skirt which I don’t wear all that often as it’s made from a double layer of tulle, and I think of it as a dress-up skirt. Well, I shall definitely wear this more often when….

I usually wear the skirt in the summer with sandals and a similar coloured vest, but the last time I wore it I teamed it with a sequinned vest. Here I’m wearing an old Peacock’s top with my studded boots.

Would you believe it, it cost all of £3, that was several years ago but even so it was a bargain charity shop find!

Then this one, which has a crisp white tulle underskirt which helps it look ever so slightly flared. This I do wear out and about in the city.

Another outstanding recent charity shop buy was this. What a beauty. It has a Monsoon label and cost a fiver.

The detail on the skirt is divine.

The skirt below is not a party skirt, instead it’s one that I’d usually be wearing a lot for every day use. However, I don’t know about you, but the way I wear my clothes has changed with this pandemic. I mean I don’t have much opportunity to dress-up and because I only go out for exercise and food shopping a lot of my time is spent either wearing leggings for Pilates or sitting writing, so I don’t wear pencil skirts like this one below.

Normally I’d be wearing this at least once a week. The necklace was bought in a brocante shop in a small village in France.  I think I’ll do a post soon on my costume jewellery.

This skirt below was bought from a charity shop years ago.

Astonishingly it has a Florence & Fred label so that means it originated from Tesco’s. Actually it’s just struck me that my thinking it surprising that this skirt came from a supermarket borders on snobbery. Supermarkets can and do sell excellent products. And this skirt is definitely excellent, the material has a luscious satiny feel to it and the colour is quite lovely.

And finally the 7th skirt, and it’s the skirt you saw last week – what a find that was!

Can’t wait to wear it for an event.

That’s all for now, but see you soon, I expect.

With love Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Last week, I booked a cruise – for 2022!  But it is something to look forward to. Have you got some events waiting for you in the future? With the coming lockdown, I think it is so important to be as positive as we can and look forward to all the things we are going to do.  And being on a cruise is such an excuse to dress-up – yay!

P.P.S And great news, last night my grandson was born via C-section, and both are doing well. So relieved and happy for the family. And he has red gold hair – there’s that Scottish red haired gene again!

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53 thoughts on “Skirts, skirts, skirts!

  • 3rd November 2020 at 8:40 am

    Hi Penny, you have made me start to think about my skirts, which I’m not wearing at all these days, covered up in my jeans. Will be digging deep in my wardrobe later, hope to come out with something. Terri

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:28 am

      I’ve worn jeans far too often this year, but skirts in the winter is also my thing so it’s skirts I’ll be wearing from now on. Keep digging, Terri, you’ll feel good ringing the changes 🙂

  • 3rd November 2020 at 8:48 am

    The trouble with skirts is, what to wear on the legs? I really don’t like bare legs, or bare feet in “proper shoes”, (in summer with sandals is fine!) but tights 🙄?
    Thick black ones are fine, but anything else is just a pain.

    • 3rd November 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Oh Sue, I couldn’t agree more! I rarely wear a skirt because I just can’t be bothered with tights, but I actually love the idea of a midi with long boots. Can’t you just hear the Swiss swish? I’m afraid my basic winter wear always is jeans, shirt and sweatshirt with a gilet if necessary, and boots. All nice stuff; some plain, some colourful; nice hair (hopefully) and nails, and a bit of bling. Sorted! (I do like to think I scrub up well enough if I have to, but it’s nice-and-easy casual for me most times with only the occasional upgrade.

      But your skirts do look good, Penny, especially your latest acquisition and the Monsoon one: love them. You almost make we want to seek out the few ‘longs’ I that I do have and give them a chance…but oh, the thought of all that tights hauling!

      It’s good that you’ve booked a cruise; fingers crossed for you. You know, if we took the same cruise, I just know that you’d be in your posh frock (or tulle skirt) on the top deck with fine dining and I’d be Down Below in my onesie*, helping myself to the buffet! Ah, not now as I believe buffets are off the menu as it were, thanks to One thing and another, so make mine Marmite sandwiches, please!

      Have a good week, and take care

      * only kidding!

      • 4th November 2020 at 7:50 am

        Hi Zepherine, oh yes, I get that but in the winter I don’t wear skirts with tights (that would be a very rare occurrence) it’s usually black leggings with wool socks – so much warmer than pants and/or jeans.

        Oh what a hoot re: your take on cruising. Actually up to now we have always booked a cabin on the lower decks, partly due to the cost and partly (and this is important) due to the well known truism that ‘the more you pay, the more you sway’! So important to not be sleeping on a high deck where you do indeed pay more. And to be quite honest I am glad that buffets are no more – always thought they were a source of infection (of the norovirus kind). But during these times will avoid cruising, which is why the cruise is booked for 2020 when I hope the world is vaccinated.

        Take care Zepherine and thanks for the comment.

        • 4th November 2020 at 9:30 am

          Totally agree about buffets on ships Penny, a dangerous source of contamination. I always used a napkin to hold the serving tools and did not catch NV on one trip when there was an outbreak

      • 4th November 2020 at 9:25 am

        What’s the problem with tights? Perhaps your feet feel squashed? I love wearing sheer shiny tights as they flatter your legs so much, especially with high heels (not for ‘every day’ of course!) My legs are not great but not bad either – just a hint of lumpy vein in one calf – so I’ll keep them out for a bit longer yet. I’m not always warm enough to go bare legged from May to September but this year was OK.

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:32 am

      Ah yes, in the winter I wear leggings, usually black, but I have a couple of coloured ones, and then that would be with a variety of wool socks. It’s rare that I wear tights. Also I find the combination of the legs covered that way plus a wool skirt keeps you really warm through the colder days – like today!

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:35 am

      Thanks you Anna, I have many more skirts and some are even more quirky than the ones shown here. I shall have to continue to show everyone my collection – maybe via Instagram. Thanks again 🙂

  • 3rd November 2020 at 9:12 am

    I love skirts wear them all the time in winter with opaque tights and boots. I have jeans but rarely wear them. It’s the tops I find hard to find,at the moment I’m knitting jumpers to match,on a no spend at the mo.

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:37 am

      Yes, I find that I keep warm far better with a midi-skirt, leggings and warm socks than I would with just the jeans. It’s great to meet another skirt lover!

  • 3rd November 2020 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandson Penny! Very exciting news for all your family.

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:39 am

      Thank you so much Janice, it was quite a relief to hear that he’d arrived as the induction was going on for such a long time, so relieved and happy as both baby and mother are fine. His name is Oscar Alexander btw. I shall enjoy being his grandma!

  • 3rd November 2020 at 10:27 am

    CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your grandson! Hope mother and child are doing well!

    • 4th November 2020 at 7:55 am

      Thank you Charlene, it is with much relief I announced that on Tuesday as she had been induced Saturday afternoon and with nothing much happening two days later it was beginning to be obvious that the induction was failing, so there was an emergency C-section late Monday evening. And we didn’t hear of it (as we’d turned our notifications off) until Tuesday morning when we woke. So I was quite euphoric when I wrote that! Both baby Oscar Alexander and mother are doing fine, both are well. So happy! Thanks Charlene

  • 3rd November 2020 at 10:50 am

    fabulous news penny congratulations on your new family addition and that red gene it’s a keeper I don’t have skirts in my wardrobe, just one but I do have dresses so I shall start wearing them with tights and boots thank you for your uplifting posts and you are looking fab btw

    Marie from Dublin in week 2 of 6 week lockdown. Oh how I miss browsing in charity shops. All the best and well done on booking that cruise faith in the future :)-

    • 4th November 2020 at 8:01 am

      Thank you Marie for all your kind words, and yes, so happy and relieved as my daughter-in-law was having a long induction that was going nowhere. But now both baby Oscar and mother are fine and he latched on immediately and fed through the night so all was well – phew!

      I shall go to my local charity shop today for the last time for a month. Yes, like you I shall miss the browsing. All the best and yes, here’s to cruising in 2022!

  • 3rd November 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Congratulations on your grandson.
    Your skirt collection is impressive. I particularly like the Monsoon and Tesco pair. Last Friday I wore a skirt for the first time in months when we went out to lunch. The skirt and the lunch were both so good. I also enjoy dressing up and I have missed the opportunity to do so during lockdown.

    I’m pleased to hear you’ve booked a cruise for 2020. A month ago we cancelled our holiday for January so are no looking further ahead … but who knows..? Still, it’s good having things in the diary to look forward to. (A balance between living in the now and optimistic expectation). Talking of looking forward… I look forward to your posting on costume jewellery, another of my passions.

    All the very best, Mary

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:26 am

      Hi Mary and so good to get your comment. Glad to hear of the skirt you wore. I’ve been wearing comfortable jeans far too often, and intend to dress up more over these winter months – am thinking of the Zoom calls that need to have a stand-out top of some kind.

      I think it will be possible to book something for next summer when cases will go down naturally and hopefully by then some of us will be vaccinated definitely important to have something to look forward to.

      Will do the costume jewellery post soon – it’s been good to have the prompt! You take care Mary, and all the very best to you too 🙂

  • 3rd November 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Oh you love skirts as much as I do! Of course I adore your tulle kind a skirt which you wore when we met!

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:27 am

      Hi Nancy and yes, skirts are so good, aren’t they! I’m always looking for another – maybe I shouldn’t but I can’t stop myself! Take care x

  • 3rd November 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Penny, Delighted to hear you have a new grandson, specially one with red hair, the more of us the better! Congratulations!
    I don’t really “do “ skirts owing to bad legs! But have a large collection of trousers, 30 pairs of winter ones and even more summer, now packed away. Nearly all from Charity Shops I,m proud to say.
    And now Lockdown again! I wear all my dressy things regardless, except when “splashy “ cooking. It keeps me cheerful , why do we save things for best? Best is always I think!
    I,m looking forward to your costume jewellery letter, I’ve been collecting since I was 15 and seldom get rid of any, apart from handing some over to daughters and granddaughters, that makes 65 years of collecting! Wow! Best wishes Judy S

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Judy, it’s been such an emotional week – so happy for them. His name is now officially (they were dithering) Oscar Alexander, which I think is a great name.

      I love that mantra, best is always, will put on my glad rags more often, although they’ll have to be warm today. I sit by the window to write and brrrrr!

      Will do the costume jewellery post soon – thanks for the prompt.

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:33 am

      It was a fun challenge and so nice to see you and others doing the same thing. Tulle is great for dressing-up and you could wear this type of skirt (or dress) for many months with your warmer weather.

  • 3rd November 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Skirts are definitely your jam Penny, and mine too – I prefer wearing skirts to trousers or dresses. Doing the challenge made me realise a) how many skirts I have with elasticated waists, that are comfortable and stylish for wearing at home, and b) how I missed accessorizing with all the fun shoes, boots and tights. We just don’t do it very much now. So I’m going to make more of an effort during the next few months – I won’t just wear jeans or leggings every day, I’ll dress as if I’m going into work. Thanks for joining the challenge!

    • 3rd November 2020 at 2:37 pm

      Oh – and congrats on the grand child!

      • 5th November 2020 at 8:34 am

        Thanks so much Gail – he’s been named Oscar Alexander which I think is rather wonderful.

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:40 am

      Yes, same here, I’ve been wearing comfortable jeans far too often. But now it’s colder I do find leggings and warm socks (so won’t be styling the foot/lower leg area much!!!) over a wool skirt so much warmer and indeed it’s a chance to dress-up more. Today I have to wear warm clothes as I write by my balcony door window and despite its double glazing the glass is freezing, brrrr!

      Thanks for setting the challenge up and for the work involved – it brought us bloggers together and was great fun.

  • 3rd November 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I decided to wear a skirt today – grey panelled jersey with ‘flutes’ at the hem – but have realised why I prefer dresses which is no waistband! have been dressing up throughout with make-up and jewellery. Today wearing vintage silvery leaf brooch by Sarah Coventry with matching ear clips, quite comfortable. I have on purple tights a purple fine wool cardigan & a toning patterned top last 2 items second-hand. The skirt is Minuet bought in a sale years ago. Got to keep my spirits up! My usual ‘uniform’ is a patterned dress with a toning cardigan. Wearing such an outfit someone suggested I looked as if I was going to a cocktail party. I replied that if she had ever seen my dressed for a cocktail party she would know the difference! It was rather a rude remark really as I don’t say anything when I think someone looks as if he/she’s just come in from the garden. In fact I make a point of complementing people who look good and they are always surprised and pleased. Judy S is right ; why not wear your ‘nice’ clothes now as who knows what lies ahead?
    We’ve booked to cruise to Iceland in July, transferred from a similar cruise that was cancelled this year. At the time it seemed impossible that we would not be able to go a year ahead! Not so confident now……..! Where are you hoping to go in ’22? Nice for you to have a new grandson, hope you won’t be kept away from him. I’m looking for a birthday present for our eldest grandson who will be 18 this month!

    • 5th November 2020 at 8:51 am

      I am resolved to wear better clothes through these colder months and you are the role model for me!!! Honestly well done you for always dressing up. I mean I always put on a full made-up face but wore jeans far too often, but now a skirt with leggings is the way for me.

      Oh I do hope you can do the July cruise – it might just be possible with the natural reduction in cases in summer, alongside some people being vaccinated. Our cruise is on the theme of the book, The Riddle of the Sands, the classic spy story set around the Danish and German shores. It will have an MI5 speaker and will show the 1970s film of the book. We had to cancel the 2020 version and rebooked as soon as I saw it online. By then really, it should all be over, I jolly well hope so.

      It is so lovely to have this grandson as he is the second for us, my first grandson is 14 so it’s quite a gap for the cousins but as I said, lovely for us. His name is Oscar Alexander, which I think is rather splendid!

  • 3rd November 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I loved all your skirt styling!! But especially that green tulle- so fabulous!! xx If you can, come link up your posts on my Fabulous Friday Linkup!! Have a great rest of the week xx

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:30 am

      I will come over to your linkup – thanks – it’s been great to meet you!

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:30 am

      That tulle skirt was just such a great find and so lovely to wear as well – thanks Nicole

  • 3rd November 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Congratulations Grannie! You are right to book a holiday, with built in cancellation I hope, we had to cancel two this year.

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Flora, so good to have some new life and good news these days. Both my kids like to call me grandma, as granny is firmly fixed in the head as my mother’s name.

      And re: the cruise, currently as the months continue with this pandemic I think Saga prefers to have your money transferred to a later cruise but they’ll still give you the money back, no problem.

  • 3rd November 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I always love that you wear skirts so much Penny. I think they are a fabulous option especially because they are easier to fit. There are less fit points with a skirt than pants or jeans!!
    Congrats on the grandson and how wonderful to have a cruise to look forward to…yay!!

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:37 am

      So true about skirts and their fit, but I think it’s also that I love skirts for their flexibility – you can dress them up and dress them down.

      Yay and three cheers for the news about my new grandson – so happy and great to feel that way these days! Take care xx

  • 3rd November 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Huge congratulations on the birth of your red haired grandson. You must be so pleased and glad that the Mum is ok too. It can be a bit harrowing, waiting by the phone or for messages. I love all your skirts, but my favourite one, closely pipping the tulle dark green one, is the red asymmetric skirt. It looks lovely on you and is such a vibrant colour. Can’t you wear it to Sainsbury’s just for the sheer joy of the thing. Enjoy your skirt wearing week. TS

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:42 am

      Thanks you so much Trish, and yes it was getting a bit tense as her induction was obviously not working (went on from Saturday through to Monday evening) apparently it was all hands on deck to get him out quickly. We’d silenced our notifications to get off to sleep thinking that nothing was happening, and so got the news the following morning. And pleased to say everything was fine and he had latched on immediately and fed through the night. But gosh was I relieved!

      Yes, I shall go to the ball, or, if not that to Sainsbury’s wearing that skirt – it was an amazing find!

      You have a good rest of the week 🙂

  • 3rd November 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Congratulations on the new grandson, and with red hair…Yay. You have made my day, counting your skirts. I was almost ashamed of my large number, almost, but I don’t get rid of many. I just this year sent out 21 to thrift that were all too short and still have way more than I can wear. I have so many that are cruise ones as well, and did wear a few of those this year. I was so pleased to hear that you are getting away on a cruise. It gives you something to look forward to and that makes all the difference. I so want to ge back to the ships as well. I will have to be comfortable getting on a plane again first and there is one other big deterrant, all the ones we are looking at are out of the US ports, so may have to change the destinations for sure this next time. I too am seriously awaiting your jewellery post as that is collection I have been doing for over 45 years and very rarely get rid of any. Most thrift runs bring home a new piece of some sort.

    • 5th November 2020 at 10:49 am

      Oh wow, so pleased to know you’re another lover of skirts. I don’t get rid of all that many either, although a couple of weeks ago I did make a mistake buying two midi wool skirts cut on the bias. You can’t try them on in the shop here (Pandemic rules) and they don’t take items back either, and I wore them once and realise they do not suit one bit.

      I think cruises won’t be safe for quite a while – mid 2021 might be Ok what with the natural decline in numbers during the summer and with some vaccinations around. It felt good to book for 2022 though and in the meantime in 2021 we’ll do more staycationing in the UK.

      I think some of you have many more pieces of jewellery than I do, but I have a few and will do a feature quite soon – thanks for the prompt! Take care 🙂

  • 4th November 2020 at 3:06 am

    Congratulations Penny on the birth of your grandson, such a happy event!
    As I confessed last time I wrote I only own 3 skirts. perhaps because I am short they have not been my thing. when I was working I did wear suits on occasion, although I worked in a clinic and not a corporate setting. but seldom skirts. looking at you and some of the others I am impressed at how you all put yourselves together. I would love to try a more “edgy” look but afraid I would look silly. I do have several dresses, seldom worn lately however. I am old enough to remember when girls and women almost never wore pants. in fact, when I was in college you were not allowed to wear pants on campus, lest you earn a demerit. Imagine. As I write this the results of the presidential election are coming in. I planned to watch it, but I had to stop, It is too upsetting, although not yet over. I felt so hopeful when so many voted, but I fear the result may be another 4 years of a man who is so, to my mind, a disaster. Anyway, enough negativity. Again, many blessings on your new little one.

    • 5th November 2020 at 11:13 am

      Oh Darby, Darby you must be feeling so tense as the results are close, but I think, from the news (here, it’s 11.0am GMT) that Biden might squeak in. I will one day write something on My Other Blog as this election, like the last, does say interesting things about the Democrats – why is there not a massive landslide? Interesting. But yes, have tried to not watch as really it is a bit nail-biting.

      What a week, feel quite wrecked as I was very emotional with regard to the birth of my grandson. It took a long time for my son to find the right partner and to see him in a loving relationship and a baby is so lovely, so happy for the three of them. Yes, during these difficult and challenging times it is good to have something positive happening.

      Take care Darby and you know fingers crossed 🙂

      I haven’t forgotten my mother telling me that it was simply awful to wear pants (or trousers as we call them) and as for jeans they were unheard of! I think the thing is, is to occasionally move out of ones comfort zone and experiment, that’s why thrifting is so good as you wouldn’t be wasting your money.

  • 4th November 2020 at 11:11 am

    Firstly, congratulations on the safe arrival of baby Oscar Alexander ( my son’s second name also ).
    I like your post as I’m a fan of skirts too, although the first chilly weather usually sees me in jeans- so easy to throw on in the morning. This year i will make more of an effort to wear all my skirts,some get taken out and then put away unworn, I must admit. I have awful legs due to varicose veins, which of course doesn’t matter under tights, but I do wear skirts and dresses in the summer , and just try to forget about my veins !
    One resolution I’ve made is to try to wear as much as possible of my jewellery collection, something different every day. So I’m looking forward to your post on costume jewellery, most of mine is in that category. Not really a gold sort of person. Though a diamond or two would be nice !

    • 5th November 2020 at 11:19 am

      Interesting you say that in the cold weather you prefer jeans as I find leggings, socks and a midi skirt is the warmest thing for me. And same here with the veins, mine are not very visible, but I do have masses of those purple little veins so find it quite difficult to go bare legged in the summer.

      Will do the costume jewellery post soon – it’s been good to be prompted about this.

      And thanks for the congratulations re: Oscar Alexander. It’s my second grandchild and with the older one being 14 it’s lovely to have a baby to coo over! Can’t wait to be inactive grandma – it’s very much boo and hiss to this pandemic. Thanks goodness for WhatsApp video calls!

  • 4th November 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations on the birth of your grandson, Penny. What lovely news. I hope mum and baby arer doing well.

    Loved your skirt challenge. You look so good in the tulle skirt; I tried one once – it was pink and I looked like the sugar plum fairy; then I tried a black one but that didn’t feel right either so they’re not for me, sadly. I loved all your skirts and the Monsoon with the yellow flowers was a gorgeous find!

    Booking a cruise for the future sounds like a very sensible thing to do and it’s always good to have things to look forward to. Hope the lockdown is only for four weeks; I shall miss my weekly swim..

    Take care


    • 5th November 2020 at 11:24 am

      Yes, they are both doing very well, but it was a relief to get the news as the induction was not working and all of a sudden he had to be taken out quickly, but everything was fine and he latched on immediately and fed through the night. Thank goodness for our wonderful NHS and the medical progress that has helped so many mothers.

      That skirt challenge was so nice to participate in and it got me out of wearing jeans all the time, mind you I don’t wear tulle as an everyday thing!!!

      And yes, it is so nice to have a cruise to look forward to! Take care, Veronica and have a great rest of the week 🙂

  • 7th November 2020 at 11:38 am

    Hi Penny, you definitely suit skirts….oh how I wish I did. I am now just the wrong shape for them ( 14 top and 16 bottom) I did wear them when I was younger and loved the maxi skirt trend a few years back…..must be the hippie in me !!! Do you have any tips for curvy women wearing skirts….I do love the concept of them. Congratulations of the birth of your grandson.

  • 17th November 2020 at 4:19 pm

    You have a fine selection of skirts Penny, I adore the tulle one! Thank you for joining the #skirt linkup. Jacqui

    • 19th November 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Jacqui – thank you so much! Also just wanted to say I’m sending big virtual hugs to you. I think my comments are disappearing on your blog – am really sorry I can’t comment as I just want to say very very sorry that you’ve had this tragedy and you take care xxx

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