Hello everyone

It’s March and there’s a definite feel of Spring in the air in the UK.  The days are getting lighter and the sun is reaching more and more of the garden.  I won’t have a garden in my new abode.  Well, there’s a communal one that I can sit in, and we’re right by a park and 15 minutes away from the beach – but don’t get too excited about that, people.  This is England, and the beach is stony and the water bracing even in the summer, but it’ll be lovely to take a walk along the shore and look at the sea as the sun sets.

Yes, a move is getting near as we have sold and had an offer accepted on the flat we want (the whole process will take 6-8 weeks).  That means a lot of clearing out still to be done.  Think about where you put your stuff.   For a start, I won’t have a loft.  You know, that place where the flotsam and jetsam of one’s life gets put, like all my freelance work.  I recently got boxes and boxes of reports I’d written (always a writer) from there, and shredded the lot, and apart from wondering how many were read, and more important, acted upon, it felt good.  I like this getting rid of stuff.

I like also the idea of a new environment, new adventures and a new look.

Ah, yes, the Brighton look (I’m going to be living in Hove, actually).  Anyway, the look for this city for women is, very often, a short skirt, leggings and ankle boots.  I must say I love wearing leggings. They feel healthier and warmer than tights and the socks seem to give my thin high-arched feet a bit more support (maybe I’ll talk about feet in another post).

This ensemble is usually topped by a short coat (not a parka or anorak) but here I’m wearing a jacket.

And for me a hat.  I think I can do that.

Btw, that hat is the only article of clothing that’s been bought new.  All items: skirt, jacket, stripey top and boots were bought last year in charity shops for next-to-nothing

And now for my latest buy a great looking mini-dress bought for £5, which goes well with the leggings.

Actually it’s so short I’m not sure I dare wear it.  But I might!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S Sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session at Not Dressed As Lamb

Also Patti’s  Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, and another new link Nicole’s Ageless Style Linkup at High Latitude Style

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35 thoughts on “Spring is in the air – and a new look for March

  • 7th March 2017 at 8:36 am

    Yes do wear the mini skirt Penny, you look great in it!! I still like wearing my short skirts, like you with thick tights and little boots, I always feel good, and am 68 this year!! But not in my head I hasten to add, probably 38!! Love looking at all your pics of fabulous clothes!! Thank you

    • 8th March 2017 at 7:42 am

      In my head I’m about 40 I think, which was a good year because, I graduated (as a mature student). Yes, that mini-dress was a good buy and I will wear it a lot when I move – thanks!

  • 7th March 2017 at 8:37 am

    Hi Penny, that mini dress looks fantastic on you, with the tights you have on it doesnt look too short at all, it makes you look, slim and as my son would say….cool. We are in the middle of moving house and even though the new house is not small, I am only taking what I will use frequently, I have pared my wardrobe ( and my husbands but he doesnt realise it) down to only those clothes we wear frequently. No clutter, no mess, no cupboards with things lurking at the back that haven’t seen the light of day for years, the charity shops are going to love me.
    At 72 I feel the need to become a minimalist, I dont want my son to have to come in and ferret through and get rid of loads of rubbish when I die. I want a sense of order and calmness
    so that I can enjoy all the things I want to do. I have a new rule for every new thing or article of clothing that comes in, one must go out! I will have cupboards where some of the shelves are empty…bliss We’ll see how long that lasts, I am full of good intentions. Love your blog
    and look forward to hearing about your new life. Carolxx

    • 8th March 2017 at 7:59 am

      Oh Carol you have similar views to mine. We had a total of 3 houses to clear and all of them were of close relatives who hadn’t planned for their frail old age and the stuff they had….. I swore I wouldn’t do that to my kids. So that’s one big reason we’re decluttering and getting rid of all the things you put in a loft and then never look at!!!! The move is also about having more fun, and being nearer the fun, which I’m looking forward to a lot. Will keep you posted on that! x

  • 7th March 2017 at 8:39 am

    The skirt looks great, Penny. Well, the whole outfit looks amazing. I love your blog because I am a charity shop fiend but you are encouraging me to ‘up’ my attitude to it in some way. Perhaps raise my game is a better way of putting it. I am 73. Best wishes on your move. Kay x

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:04 am

      Hello Kay and great to meet another charity shop fiend!!! I think the thing is to never drop your standards and only buy the good labels. And also find the town where the best charity shops are. I’ll tell you my secret place – it’s the town next to where I live now. I buy a lot of M&S Per Una items there and to get to that town once I move I’ll have to take the train! However, an outing once every 6 weeks might be in order, I think. Thanks for the good wishes as no matter how rational our decision it’s a stressful time x

  • 7th March 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hi Penny, go for it the dress looks great. If you tried it with black shoes (I love suade wedges) your tights will melt into your shoes and make your legs look even longer ?. Good luck with the move, tuning out is very cathartic. Anna

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:08 am

      Anna, you’re so right, that’s what I’ll do next time I wear the dress – thanks!

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thanks so much Susan – great to meet you! x

  • 7th March 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Good luck with the move, I think you will thrive! Love your look, and yes, pls., wear that wonderful short dress out there in the world. xox


    • 8th March 2017 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much, Patti. It’ll be about 6-8 weeks and it is stressful no matter how well you plan, but we will thrive, I know we will. We’re urban, city types and it’s going to be just great! And the dress – I’ll wear it a lot in Hove!! Thanks x

  • 7th March 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Hello Penny. I too think you look fab in your mini! Strangely enough we’re in Hove, this week, house and dog sitting and ‘sussing’ out the area. Visiting the charity shops in George Street is definitely on my agenda.

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:12 am

      Definitely go to George Street – I haven’t visited it for some time, but I know it’s the place to go to for charity shops. Well the next time you do that (come to Hove) and I’m living there, perhaps meet for a coffee???

      • 9th March 2017 at 12:27 pm

        I’d love to meet for coffee, although I’ve no idea when I’ll next be down here! The more time I spend here, the more I like Hove. There are so many cafés, tea shops, restaurants – just as well I’m walking so much! Not to mention all the other things that one can do. All the very best for your move.

  • 7th March 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t think the dress is too short – you’ve got the legs to carry it off, for sure! It’s a lovely colour too.
    How exciting that you’re moving to Hove! I visited Brighton for the very first time in December and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fabulous part of England 😀
    Suzy x

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thanks so much Suzy – great to meet you x

  • 7th March 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Penny,
    What I am most impressed by is your several looks from a small group of clothes…to me, that is the advantage of a smaller wardrobe…to have items which can be warn with several other items. And charity shops are where to find quality…you do it well.

    I haven’t thought of dressing to fit in more smoothly with a place, though likely do it unconsciously. Canada is the most casual of countries, but when I visit Ireland, I find there is far more formality in dress…and I love it.

    Someone mentioned minimalism. In a way, it is what you advocate regarding clothes. Now that you are moving, it extends to your home and your ‘stuff.’ I’ve been going in that direction since January1st…and while it is barely noticeable yet, on a bad day I part with at least on item.

    All the best in the weeks ahead,

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:22 am

      Thank you so much for the good wishes as a move is always stressful no matter how you plan or think it’s the best solution etc etc. But the de-cluttering feels a very good and positive thing to do – and of course we’ll collect other stuff as we live there. But the loft thing is such a strange situation – you put stuff up into it and never look at it from that day on, including bits of furniture!!! So, all of that is going!

      And the clothes thing. Yes, in the UK there are definitely different ‘looks’ in different towns – so I’m in a way conforming a bit. But it’s a smart look which I like a lot. All the best to you.

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much Polly! I nearly didn’t buy it because of the length and then said to myself, ‘no, never say never!!!’

  • 7th March 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Yes, do wear the mini dress! I love how you are embracing this change in your life, so many hang onto their homes and possessions long after it’s impractical because they fear aging and loss. You are such an inspiration!

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Adebra, I will wear the dress and especially where I’m moving to! And yes, it’s been so cathartic getting rid of stuff – I swore I wouldn’t burden my children with that task of getting rid of the oldies possessions. I’m sure I shall collect more in the new flat but, and this is a big but, there will be no loft!!!!

  • 8th March 2017 at 5:09 am

    Thanks for joining the Ageless Style Linkup party. Great outfit suggestions

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:32 am

      Thans Nicole – it’s great to join and meet new bloggers!! x

  • 8th March 2017 at 8:08 am

    Looking gorgeous as ever Penny! And, you can definately pull off that short skirt!
    I have been feeling a bit lazy wearing leggings recently, tights feel more sexy and smooth, and give a nicer shape – but with the cold windy weather down here in Brighton, it’s just not supportive for my body – so perhaps I’m not being frumpy, just practical? I am looking forward to some warmer weather so I can wear a little lighter clothing -spring jackets and the like…

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thank you Laura! Yes, I do wear tights and they are smoother and tighter but sometimes I feel like wearing something warmer and some leggings are quite smooth and silky. These blended in well with the short skirt. And the thickness sometimes goes well, I think, with a shorter skirt. Looking forward to wearing that ‘look’.

      And jackets are so difficult as I wore that green jacket out two days ago and soon realised how cold the wind was – so it’s still not as Spring-like as I’d like it to be!

  • 8th March 2017 at 8:09 am

    Ps. I always love the change of seasons, and the opportunity for a change of wardrobe, and clear out…

    • 8th March 2017 at 8:39 am

      I have been very good at decluttering the wardrobe – and the hardest to get rid of have been the clothes that cost a load of money – food for thought x

  • 8th March 2017 at 4:42 pm

    No keep the dress, Penny it looks great and you could pair it with patterned or striped or spotted leggings, too.

    I like the ‘Brighton’ look – practical and slightly boho!


    • 15th March 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, it’s a great dress. And yes, might try patterned leggings. xxx

  • 12th March 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Penny! You are lookin’ marvelous!! That Brighton Look puts a smile on my face!! This is a GREAT post and I love the photos of you!! Keep it up girlfriend!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thank you so much, Catherine! Moving to Brighton will be just great as it’s the place to wear lots of funky gear as well as smart urban skirts and jackets – can’t wait! xxxxxx

  • 13th March 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I’m glad you are wearing the shorter dress because that Mustard color looks divine and I think leggings are one of the best things arounds for us older ladies-because just that reason, it opens up a lot more we can wear. Now, in summer it will be back to longer affairs, but up into spring, I’m having fun wearing tunics and the such. Congratulations on a new abode-must be exciting along with tons of extra work.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:59 am

      I totally agree about wearing the leggings – they cover up a lot. I always find summer clothes a bit of a trial.

      And the flat will need a lot of work but that’s kind of creative which I like. Events, btw, have moved on and we’re not going to be living in Hove – it’s Brighton now – but it’s all good x

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