I’m better now than before, but it was quite fluey (the bug we had) so I’m not going out to a New Year’s Eve party.

Yes, still not quite myself, a bit post-viral and the stye is better but lingering, so don’t feel very sociable. And I haven’t hit the shops for ages, not even the sales, gosh what a drag. But, looking on the bright side I’ve booked my next cruise, which will be in August of 2015. It’s to the Faroe and Shetland Isles – I do love the north! And you might remember that I took too many clothes for the last cruise? This time I’m determined to take a capsule wardrobe with co-ordinated colours – I’ll keep you posted about that.

Anyway, I am going to do two things. First, on New Year’s Eve, despite us seeing no-one, I shall wear something with sequins – probably this top – with my jeans.


Sequins are definitely in – are they ever out? Jess Cartner-Morley wore them at some point during her week (and I agree with the below-line commenter that I wish she would stop posing for the camera with her feet in that pigeon-toed stance).  And the Guardian’s latest Gallery features the top 10 sequinned clothes.

I personally like the midi-skirt in the Gallery, which I would have bought like a shot when working, but not now, even though it’s at a reasonable High Street price of £75.   Instead I’ll be looking for a bargain in the charity shops. And Alice Fisher’s take on New Year’s Eve clothes includes a lovely sequined top – I agree with her – I shall make an effort even though I’m staying in.

Second, I’m going to have a big throw-out. I regularly de-clutter but this is an end-of-year appraisal. And I am ruthless about this. I ask myself, ‘has this garment been worn?’ No, then why keep it? I also ask, ‘was this a mistake?’ Yes, then again, why am I keeping it?

There are hardly any clothes left over from my working life (I’m talking about clothes that cost a great deal) so it really doesn’t matter too much if the clothes are discarded because they are unworn – a mistake that cost £3 is OK in my book.

I sometimes hear people say but I can’t throw this out because, not only did it cost a lot, it’s such good quality, surely it’s worth keeping? Yes, but I think not only why aren’t you wearing it, but does it look good on you, now, today, this minute? And I’m not asking people to think of fashion or being fashionable, heaven forfend. But there is something about the current look of the day. I would say, how do you adapt that current look, not to be on trend but just to make yourself stylish – stylish, that is the key word. Because we do adapt to the fashion of the day even if we don’t want to admit it – just go into any vintage store and try on an 80s style dress – personally I go yuk, no way, every time!!!

So, chuck out the chintz, or whatever is of good quality, but unworn, although you think it might be one day. Send it to the charity shop or the thrift store and someone else looking for a bargain will benefit – and even more important a charity will profit from your de-cluttering. It’s a win-win all round.

That’s all for now

A very Happy New Year to you all

With love, Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


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  • 1st January 2015 at 7:36 am

    I have carried out some huge clear outs of my wardrobe this year, having moved home which helped instigate it, but still there are things I’ve kept hold of that I do not wear, and yes, I say things like, ‘but it’s good quality’, or ‘I might wear it someday’, so thanks for the little push Penny – if I haven’t worn it this year, then it’s going… having a good clear out feels great, and makes space for the new!

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