Hi everyone

Hope you’re all fine and dandy. We’re a bit under the weather with some kind of virus, but negative for Covid – phew!  It’s the month for colds and coughs so what can you expect. The weather in the UK doesn’t help as it is so variable, yesterday it was incredibly grey and damp with so much fog around that I could barely see the tower block opposite us. I didn’t go out instead I wrote this blog. However, I was reminded by my Personal Trainer to keep moving and as you all know, movement is key to the health of us all, we have to keep the blood circulating and the muscles used, so I’m getting up from my desk every hour and doing a few shoulder rolls and arm rolls to keep the back and shoulders supple.

But let’s turn to the subject of skirts! I do love skirts and have many of them in my wardrobe, many of them sadly rather unworn over these last couple of years. However, I had a good look at all of them last week as I participated in the #7dayskirtchallenge on Instagram and I put up 7 photos of 7 skirts for 7 days running, which is quite an achievement on my part as I usually do very little on Instagram because it’s really funny place and I don’t mean in the comedic sense, more funny peculiar really. But it’s OK as I’ve made my account private so I don’t allow any of those ghastly men, who every single day ask to follow me, anywhere near my account. Instead there’s a lovely community of women I follow and who follow me. Btw, I much prefer Twitter where I am far more political and far nearer my true self.

Anyway, a big thank you to Gail @_is_this_mutton_ who organised the challenge and a big hello to all the people who participated, I found some new friends there and some old, so do go and have a look at it if you haven’t before #7dayskirtchallenge

And here are my 7 skirts! You’ve seen nearly all of them before but I’ve tried to use different photos some from my past which has been interesting experience and actually a little challenging for me!

And oh my word, here I am in July 2019 going to a party. It’s the lovely khaki tulle skirt that I bought for only £3 and have worn a lot over the years. I absolutely promise that this is the skirt I’m going to wear when I finally go up to London. I’m also rather gripped by the fact that I’m wearing nail polish on my toes. I think my maintenance and grooming has taken a bit of a nose dive since we’ve led such peculiar life during this pandemic. I am determined to go back to wearing party gear and nail varnish at some point in 2022!  You have to have ambitions in life!

Here below is that wonderful panelled skirt in a photo that shows you three of the panels. There are in fact four panels and the missing one is a green panel. You can see it cost me £25, but it’s worth every one of those pounds as it’s a keeper!

Below, that’s me in December 2019 entertaining people in my flat, which is what I shall do in the future at some point. Can you see the nail polish and that I’d put on different colours?  I must do that sort of thing again and soon! Actually that was gel nail varnish and do you remember that I got ill in January of 2020? I never went back to the beauticians to have the gel varnish removed and consequently my nails suffered a lot from that. They’ve recovered but I still don’t wear nail varnish – I think it’s time to change that. The skirt, btw, is the only skirt in this post not from a charity shop, and quite pricy too, but worth every penny as I do see it as an art gallery skirt and I’ve worn it several times in London.

And here’s a photo of my spotty skirt that was taken some time ago and I am really taken by the effect of my blue nail polish. I simply have to get back to the type of beauty maintenance I did pre-Covid. And oh blast, I have no idea why, but I don’t have that jacket any more. Why did I get rid of it??? I am very quick to get rid of clothes – perhaps a little bit too quick.

I do love that red hat and skirt combination.  This is an outfit I really should wear more often. That’s a photo taken in April 2021, didn’t my hair grow long!

Here’s the outfit I wore on Christmas Day. And yes, I really did wear that outfit all through the 3-hours it took to cook our Christmas meal and don’t forget the hour of washing and drying up – I aim to squeeze a dishwasher into my kitchen this year!

And finally, here’s a new skirt bought quite recently in my local charity shop (for £7) that I think is really fun.

It’s got quite the ruffle all the way round the hem and I aim to wear it out and about when I meet people for coffee!

I’ve called this post ‘the month of the skirt’ as I’m continuing the skirt challenge and putting up pix of skirts on Instagram for another 14 days!  Yes, you heard that right, another 14 days, making that 21 skirts in all, and that of course is not counting my summer skirts. If you think I’ve gone over the top with skirts you’d be right,  but note I have hardly any handbags, well, none really, I just have a yellow backpack.  And as for shoes, I have two pairs of boots for the winter, three pairs of trainers for the summer plus a couple of pairs of sandals, so we all have our weaknesses and mine is skirts – although don’t forget I do love my coats – perhaps that’s my next Instagram challenge!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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28 thoughts on “This is the month of the skirt!

  • 12th January 2022 at 9:46 am

    Oh dear.I never wear a skirt.As a little girl I chose trousers,shorts or culottes, and I am your age Penny.
    At work I wore a good tailored trouser suit . Very occasionally I might wear a dress .
    In this weather I cannot even bear the thought !
    Happy New Year everyone.

    • 13th January 2022 at 8:49 am

      Hi Ro, I used to wear trousers suits! But funnily enough in the cold weather I find skirts much warmer than wearing trousers or jeans. With a wool skirt, thick tights or leggings plus wool socks and don’t forget a slip, then the top and a woolly jumper I am so much warmer than if I just wore jeans or even wool trousers. I do wear quite smart jeans and have just bought a yellow corduroy pr of trousers but they will have to wait until the weather warms up!

      And here’s wishing you a Happy New Year to you too Ro!

  • 12th January 2022 at 11:22 am

    I used to wear skirts, & skirt suits, a lot but have largely given up on them now. Partly it’s because I’m short (separates cut you in half ) and I don’t like the feel of anything other than stretch waistbands. You look great in yours, however! Now it’s dresses unless I’m walking or when it’s very cold. You do need to be fairly well proportioned although stretch fabrics do help. I never go anywhere near social media sites so I can’t look at the other contributors’ choices. I’m having a clear out of my costume jewellery ; well, reducing my collection which still means I’ve got hundreds of pieces! the stuff is going to charity shops so I’ve put the earrings on pieces of black card to make it easier for them. the necklaces are in bags – no one wants to sort a bag of tangled ones. Give up selling on ebay as it takes too long and yields little profit for the effort. I’d rather have more time for other things like reading!
    Did you once say you’d do a blog about perfumes or have I dreamt that ? Perfume is a daily part of my life, staying in or going out, and a lot of memories are evoked when you smell those early favourites again. I like fragrantica.com where you can look up the old ones and find new fragrances to try containing the ingredients you like best. There are links to purchasing sites too. I often use allbeauty.com as well as ebay.

    • 13th January 2022 at 8:59 am

      Yes, the office suit was quite the thing even in the voluntary sector which I worked in and when I worked on a national project it was always a skirt with a silk shirt and jacket. I had so many lovely jackets! But never been a dress kind of person. I do feel warmer in my skirts than in my jeans so its skirts for the next few days I think!

      I’m selling some of my clothes through a dress agency now as I just couldn’t get up the nerve to sell via eBay – it’s going quite well. Don’t always make a profit unless that is they were bargain charity shop items. It’s good to get some money back.

      No, it was a reader who wondered whether I should do a post on perfumes, but I won’t as you probably know more about perfumes than I do! Not an expert at all on scent. What I want to do though is another makeup video for YouTube – thought I’d do one on the challenge of doing one’s face when one needs to wear glasses. But I’ll have to recover from this cough I’ve got (not Covid) which is a bit debilitating. Still haven’t had a cold or cough for two years so it was about time.

      Thanks Lynda – have a good rest of the week.

  • 12th January 2022 at 12:37 pm

    I find that a longish skirt over thick tights is much warmer than jeans in really cold weather

    • 13th January 2022 at 9:00 am

      I absolutely agree Ruth, the thick tights or leggings and wool socks are what I want to wear in this cold weather. Thanks 😊

  • 12th January 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Skirts are really making a comeback! I’m seeing them everywhere. With your slender figure, you wear all of these skirt so well! My favorite pic is the multi-colored skirt with the black sweater and green shoes. Very chic!

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:05 am

      Thanks – I do wear pants and jeans but skirts are my first love. Thanks for coming over to my blog – I’ve popped over to yours 😀

  • 12th January 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Looking forward to seeing more skirts! I got inspired to look at my closet and my dresses and to challenge myself to dresses for 7 days later this month. I’ll send out some reminders =). So many ways to make them appropriate for the weather with some layers, sweaters, jackets, cardigans… I really love that panelled skirt and the tulle skirt.

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Mireille and I’m looking forward to see all your dresses!

  • 12th January 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Do hope you’re recovering from the virus, Penny. I saw the skirt challenge on Instagram and my two favourites are the tulle and the pencil leopard. I don’t wear skirts as much as I used to when working. I seem to favour dresses more these days! In fact, I have a couple of summer midi dresses that when I throw a jumper over the top of them, they function as skirts, usually worn with boots. I look forward to seeing the next 14 skirts!!

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:09 am

      It’s an annoyingly tickly cough with that virusy fatigue (not Covid, as tested myself twice now and both negative). I have hardly any dresses and none at all for the winter but I like the sound of your wintered midi dresses – bet they look good 😊

  • 12th January 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Penny. Love the skirts – all of them are fantastic; interesting cuts and style, or colour, certainly not dull! I love skirts, but have trouble finding boots or shoes to go with them as I’m a bit thick ankled, and with wobbly feet! However this doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t and don’t try. You have inspired me to get the skirts out more. I have a few favourites and I like the current sun ray skirts hugely. I also make them and have a couple of really good asymmetric and rather out there patterns to try for Spring. It’s a pity you got rid of the lovely green jacket! I would have taken it off your hands 😄 – however all the more fun for you to find a new one. I just found a lovely grey boiled wool Oska jacket in my local charity shop for £6.50. I’m on the hunt for more Oska. I love the stitch lines and the unusual seaming on them. Pity it’s grey but at least it’ll coordinate easily. All the best for the rest of skirt month. Trish S

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:14 am

      I too have wobbly feet so always wear flats and in the winter you can wear flat boots of course. Do you have a Schurpody store near you? They do all the best footwear for difficult feet and chiropody of course! I get a lot of my footwear from Schurpody and they’re also online https://www.shuropody.com

      I know! Why did I get rid of that jacket – unbelievable. Very impressed that you make skirts – wow! Well done you!

  • 12th January 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Oh, getting rid of that jacket was a mistake! I love boiled wool jackets and a green one would be right up my street. I sometime get rid of things too quickly and then regret it. The skirts all look lovely and you suit them very well; looking long and lean in them. I especially like the one with the coloured panels; the art gallery skirt, the green tulle and the animal print one. I am also in love with those fabulous green shoes…

    I agree about IG which is why I rarely post on there. My daughter’s IG account has just been hacked and the hacker is contacting all her contacts (bit coin) and re-posting some of her photos; IG are doing nothing about it. I’m considering closing my accounts in protest.

    Hope you have a great week,

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:25 am

      I mean why did I get rid of that lovely jacket – unbelievable! Can’t get over it! I do get rid of stuff too quickly but lately have started selling clothes and that takes a little longer.

      Skirts are my first love and the Instagram challenge has made me get out all my skirts that have been put in the back the wardrobe and not worn. But I do agree with you about the nature of Instagram – it is a very peculiar place so I don’t take it seriously and I guard my privacy.

      Thanks Veronica – have a lovely rest of the week and weekend xxx

  • 12th January 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I’m with you about the skirts, and I’m sorry I missed this challenge, But maybe I’ll start now.
    It always surprised me when women won’t wear skirts anymore. They really are easier to fit and it’s nice to have variety.

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:44 am

      I loved the skirt challenge Jodie and am carrying it on for many more days as I have so many skirts. Yes, skirts should be the go-to item of clothing as they are so easy to accessorise and wear.

      Have a lovely weekend x

  • 12th January 2022 at 10:00 pm

    all your skirts are interesting and look well on you. I have almost no skirts in my wardrobe ,I have a kind of dressy patterned black with roses. more of a Winter item and two Summer ones. One was purchased at a store for teens years ago when I was working. I was at the mall with a friend, a co-worker who saw it in the window and thought it would look well on me. very light weight material with an asemetrical hemline. Also one with a tropical print. and I did buy a dark navy one this past Summer. which really can go for any season. I am going to try wearing sweaters in top of a couple of my dresses to give the look of a skirt, probably with boots and tights for the Winter. these last few days have been quite cold, we were lucky to have a fairly warm December. My weakness seems to be shoes and boots. I had no plan to purchase anything new for my wardrobe in the coming months. I think I have enough. especially with the way we are living and socializing now. then just today, I checked a site where I have bought a thing or two in the past, just out of curiosity. Well, I ended up with with a pair of Chelsea boots, black with a red decorative stripe. they are vegan, and I am trying to cut down on animal products. for the sake of the animals and the planet, and the reduction in price was significant. so much for intentions. Have a great week, here’s hoping you will be back to London soon.

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:52 am

      Wow, those Chelsea vegan boots sound good, bet they look amazing! And I agree we should cut down on animal products and just all the buying we do. I kid myself that buying second-hand is the way to go and I guess it is, but the quantity of clothes available in charity shops shows the consumer society we live in – still, we are helping a charity so that’s a positive side to charity shop shopping.

      I know your winters are colder than ours, but I find skirts warmer to wear when we have cold weather, as it’s the combination of the wool skirt, the tights and/or leggings, the socks, the long boots and the slip underneath all make for lots of layers – a necessity in our damp climate! And then of course, I do love skirts!

      I think London will happen late Spring and definitely in the summer. You take care, Derby and stay safe 😊

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much Angie, it’s great to meet you 😊

  • 13th January 2022 at 12:03 pm

    I love all of your skirts and have enjoyed seeing them on Instagram.
    I have been looking in charity shops for a more interesting skirt, sadly as I am a larger size than your good self, I have only found horrid crimplene or nasty tweed pleated examples! Yuck!
    I have found some more interesting tunics and a couple of fab dresses so it’s not all grim!

    • 14th January 2022 at 9:57 am

      Hi Carol and so sorry you haven’t found any good skirt bargains although if you found a couple of fab dresses that sounds promising – sometimes it does depend on the area. There are towns and cities where there are either hardly any charity shops or they have the charity shops but don’t have quality items within them. My mantra is always look. Still, you got a couple of dresses and tunics so that’s good. Thanks so much for commenting 😊

  • 15th January 2022 at 4:38 am

    It was such fun meeting you during Gail’s challenge! I think one of the best things about blogging is meeting others! Another is having this photographic record of how we wore our clothes! I’m so glad you’re continuing the challenge. I love seeing all of your wonderful buys! I love skirts almost as much as I love dresses! Unfortunately, now that it’s cold here in central Indiana I am reverting to jeans and leggings! I look forward to seeing so many more wonderfully unique skirts!


  • 15th January 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Penny – Did you notice that your Christmas outfit coordinates perfectly with your couch and throw? What a fun coincidence.
    I love the look of long, full skirts paired wide leather belts, but can never figure out how to keep them tucked in when sitting and then standing up, so I’ll probably just keep wearing jeans…

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  • 22nd January 2022 at 3:35 am

    I adore green. And I am green with envy over all of your unique green pieces. Shame you don’t have that great green jacket any longer. It is definitely gorgeous on you.

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