Hope you’re all well and safe and if you’re in the UK I hope you battened down the hatches on Friday, and enjoyed (if that’s the right word) Storm Eunice and the wind from indoors. We had an interesting few hours in our top floor flat – we actually had debris sailing past our windows! The roof tiles, I think, are still there.
For those of you who suffer extremes of weather (and I’m thinking mainly of the States and central Europe) we usually have a temperate climate in the UK, there’s nothing extreme about our weather, as our hot weather is not really hot as some know it. We don’t, for instance, have air con in our homes. And we don’t have much in the way of low temperatures either, like some parts of the States, or Canada and the Baltic and Nordic countries have, although I will say that our damp cold is not the best kind of cold. And neither do we get hurricanes or tornadoes. But we are a small island and when it gets windy, it’s windy and, so on Friday with gusts for several hours of over 80mph and in the Isle of Wight at 122mph, many of our trees, not being used to that level of wind, keeled over and a few people, sadly, got caught unawares.
And this, dear reader, may not be the one in a decade or so storm as these events are going to happen far more frequently, what with our climate going the way it is. Indeed with Storm Eunice now in Europe we have another couple of days of windy weather with yet another storm (Franklin) on our shores.
I continue to not buy anything this month and have weeded out several items from my winter wardrobe including a couple of jackets that I have never worn. Fortunately they were charity shop items so didn’t cost much at all. When I’m in charity shops I always have an irresistible urge to try on a good jacket and I’m often tempted to buy, but in reality jackets are strange items. Well, they are to me as I used to wear them a lot whilst at work. We were quite formal in those days. I worked in what was called the voluntary sector, which was in many respects another arm of social services, and it was always a skirt, silk or cotton shirt and jacket at our desks, meetings and when I went out and about meeting people. And I loved my jackets, and still do, but I DON’T WEAR THEM INDOORS NOW. The caps are there because I’m shouting at myself to curb my enthusiasm for this type of clothing! I have kept two for wearing with jeans outside when it’s warm enough to leave my long wool coats in the wardrobe.
But I have a dilemma – it’s over half way through the month and I have bought no clothes at all, but I have spotted a skirt that I really, really like. Do I need it? No, I don’t. But do I want it, oh dear, I’m only human, so it’s a Yes I Do! The thing is, will it be useful? Will I wear it many times? And the answer to both is probably not, because it is a dressy-up skirt. So why do I want this special occasion, dress for the town type of skirt?
Well, there is also my image of myself, (which is often faulty I have to say) but I yearn to be a little bit more boho, a little bit more biker or rocker chic. The one phrase I cannot abide at my age (75) is ‘clothes for the older woman’, or ‘the retired woman’, or even the adjective ‘casual’. And what about comfortable? Even that last word, is like a red rag to me. Nooooo, I don’t want that, I want frilly and frivolous although sadly there’s been precious little of that over the last couple of years.
Furthermore, my attitude is that you do not take your age into consideration when you look at clothes – you wear what you want and you don’t listen to young journalists telling you what is suitable and appropriate to wear when you reach a certain age – ya boo to that!
I’ve told you about this before, but this is my image of myself and what I aim for.
And don’t forget this skirt. It’s an old photo but I still have that skirt and the hat and both will be worn on my first trip up to London. And that’s a promise.
But my day-to-day reality is more like this.
So what is the skirt I’d like to buy? It’s a skirt from Hush.
Should I? It’s pricey though – £99. Would you? I’m very tempted and I too would wear it with sneakers. And my studded boots and my leather jacket would go well with the skirt. It would be on a par with my khaki tulle skirt and I’d wear it up to London and also wear it during the day as much as possible for coffees and lunches out when the weather gets better, or dress it up a little more for evening events.
I’m halfway there, people, what do you think?
And that’s all for now, stay safe and warm.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Thank you for reading down to the end, apologies for the tardy nature of this blog, but I was busy last week writing for My Other Blog. It’s a piece on the situation in Ukraine and I’m hoping I don’t have to update it with bad news.
We live in, not just interesting but definitely, very dangerous times.