I do love wearing winter clothes and that includes tights and jackets and coats, and oh, yes, boots and winter skirts. I expect having raved about these items and after this week’s rain and colder nights there’ll still be warmer weeks. Nevertheless, I’m excited.
Yes, winter skirts. Here’s a favourite of mine bought some time ago.
It’s stretchy and actually a large size (UK16), but I’ve got away with and it is so comfortable to wear. Gosh don’t sizes vary these days – I’ve got clothes in my cupboard that go from UK 10-16!
And here’s a confession: the skirt above was bought earlier this year. But on Friday 27th and Monday 30th September my resolve cracked and I bought some clothes, all from charity shops I hasten to add, so I had kept to the Second-hand September theme. Considering I had said I wasn’t going to buy any clothes at all, I do feel I have to tell you that I slipped.
The clothes were all seasonally appropriate, and on Monday I wore the Friday buy, a slightly sparkly skirt, which I wore over my Pilates leggings.
There’s a silver thread running through the material, which is quite fun, plus the material is stretchy and forgiving. I still have a couple of pounds to lose after the 8 days of cruise food!
This skirt, btw, still had its M&S label attached, so it’s unworn, and at £5.00, quite a bargain.
Then there’s this skirt also bought on Friday, which was even cheaper at £4.20.
This skirt has quite a rich, warm and woolly feel to it, but is, sadly, a mix of polyester and acrylic, but I felt it was OK to buy this second-hand. I mean I really would have thought twice about it if I was buying new (which I wouldn’t anyway). However, I’ll be writing about the merits of artificial fibres versus wool and cotton shortly. The skirt’s too warm to wear at the moment, but I tried it out with a black top (3 yrs-old Peacock’s) and a pop of red from my V&A necklace (the 2nd most expensive thing I’m wearing – note the fitbit!).
Actually I think my boobs look rather near my waistline and that’s partly due to me collapsing my core (my immediate reaction to this pic was – do stand up straight) and also partly the couple of extra pounds I’m carrying, which went directly to my middle instead of my face or my bony hands and feet that could do with a bit more flesh! The skirt is hanging slightly above my waistline and should drop when I lose the two pounds.
And here is the skirt paired with my Monday buy.
Yes, not wearing shoes, which are kicked to the back of the room! It’s a long-line jacket which I’ve been searching for ever since I’ve seen quite a few pix of this type of jacket in the fashion media. See, you read the Vogues of that world, and then you go find the cheapest version you can.
This jacket cost £10, which I see as quite expensive, but that’s because of its label, I guess.
I’m just going to say a couple of things about the Karen Millen label. Karen Millen used to be a really edgy innovative brand, and quite high-end, you’d be proud to wear a Karen Millen item. Then from small beginnings it grew bigger and bigger, and there was a huge store in London. But the label got sold and sold again, the last time to BooHoo. I went into the Brighton store a couple of times recently and quite frankly I didn’t rate the clothes there at all, they were sort of stale and shoddy. And that jacket I’ve just bought I would never have paid more than £10 as the pockets are false for starters. Please, and seriously? A false pocket is the epitome of cheap clothing – and how dare you deny us women pockets! But at £10 – it’s OK.
And I expect you’ve heard the news that all Karen Millen stores are to close, although the label will be selling online. Of course that is the way of the world – this will happen more and more. What do you think of that, as although I’d say I do many things online I do like to actually feel and try on the product before I buy. And don’t tell me you can always send stuff back – that I’d find such a waste of my time. No, I feel that shopping for clothes, if you have to do that anyway, needs to be done in real time in the High Street, and naturally, I’d say, in a charity shop, where as you can see from the above you can always find some great buys!
That’s all for now
With love, Penny ,the Frugalfashionshopper