Hi everyone

Three cheers! I managed to get through September without buying any new clothes, which was so good as, really, over the last few month I have bought far too many new clothes, all online, of course. Some were necessary to accommodate my expanding waist (!) but I did find myself on occasions just looking at websites because (honestly I am so sorry) I was bored.  Well that has to change and I’m determined to keep this up. However, I did buy some clothes. Yes, I bought 3 items of charity shop clothing and today I’m going to show you two of them.

The first item is a grey tweed jacket bought for £15.

It doesn’t have a label so I can’t say where it came from but the one label it does have is the British wool mark, which confirms its quality and potential warmth in the winter. I do love wool.

I’m going to show you this jacket styled 3 ways with different ‘bottoms’! The first is a pair of grey ‘mom’ jeans that came from M&S topped with my grey charity shop fedora.

Now over the past months these jeans have served me well. But can I say if there had been no pandemic I would never have bought them. The thing is they’re comfy because they are cut wide and loose. But they are not really my kind of jeans, because the comfort gets in way of the kind of cut I like, which is skinny.

And really I don’t think that mom jeans are all that flattering (see above). But hey these are the times we live in, and boy have I lived in these jeans! They’re great for sitting around the flat, which is what I did a lot at the beginning of this year and to a certain extent still do. We get out every single day come rain or shine, but even so, this pandemic has cut short socialising with friends, and there are so many activities that I’d be participating in that are not possible now, so yes, like many, I am sitting around rather more than if we were all living a normal life. And the mom jeans serve their purpose – they’re comfortable! That’s, btw, a charity shop top.

However, I do love my skinny jeans so here is the jacket with an old pair of black jeans.

Rather than ring the changes with my shoes, I change the hat! This is the one bought in Galleries Lafayette in Toulouse.

Btw, the jeans have sequins studded throughout and you can see some of them reflected in this photo.

And finally, here below is the second charity shop item, a Per Una, M&S skirt bought for £4.70 (no idea why it was that sum). Under the jacket I’m wearing an ancient cashmere jumper that, yay, was bought in a charity shop for not very much, can’t remember the exact amount.

This again is a lovely woollen skirt. I think they go well together, the jacket and skirt. See the detail of the weave below.

And the 3rd item will be revealed soon!

That’s all for now, but do let me know if you managed to keep to a Second-hand September, and also what you like to wear when you just want to relax at home.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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18 thoughts on “Two Second-hand September buys

  • 7th October 2020 at 7:45 am

    Always a pleasure to see your post pop up in my inbox! That’s a lovely jacket Penny, it really suits you and what a good find! Like you, I prefer narrow jeans and trousers but I’ve spent the months since knee replacement surgery in March wearing dresses and baggier jeans/jersey trousers to prevent too much friction on the healing knee. It was lovely to rediscover dresses, being mainly a separates dresser for years. However, the temperature has changed and along with it a wardrobe overhaul and rediscovery of my favourite knits and trousers. Over the last few years my indulgence has to buy a very reasonably priced cashmere jumper or a coatigan from TK Maxx each year and now I have quite a good collection of lightweight warmth to see me through the colder months and for years to come.

    • 8th October 2020 at 7:20 am

      Hi Jane and thank you so much for commenting. Good you got your knee replaced before the big lockdown. I have a friend who needs one and is waiting….. Interesting to hear your views on your clothes. I too am someone who is a separates dresser. Cashmere is just so lovely isn’t it, your collection of cashmere sounds great.

      Take care and thanks again 🙂

  • 7th October 2020 at 9:07 am

    Two excellent pieces for layering and wearing with different accessories as you’ve shown. It’s amazing how many outfits you can create by mixing up the hats, jewellery, etc.
    You’re right re mom jeans. I’ve bought so many different styles of jeans over the years but always come back to slim ones. I had some flared and bootcut ones but really I hardly ever wore them. Two pairs from M&S, bought around 10 years ago, are still going strong! Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday.

    • 8th October 2020 at 7:26 am

      Hi Gail and as you could probably see I entirely forgot to accessorise the outfits with jewellery. And I have so many pieces!

      Yes, and re: the mom jeans I don’t think they will be replaced. Around that time I also bought two pairs of wide-legged pants and they haven’t had much wear. Really, the slim pants are the ones I return to again and again.Mind you when it gets cold it’s the double layer of leggings and socks topped with mid-length wool skirt that I like. Looking forward to that.

      Always a pleasure to take part in your linkup 🙂

  • 7th October 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I need to try not to shop for a month. Gosh, it’s so tempting with all of the great deals I’ve found lately.
    And I LOVE seeing your print mixing and your versatility with this blazer.

    • 8th October 2020 at 7:31 am

      Second-hand September was probably a UK thing as it originated from Oxfam, which is a nationwide UK charity shop. Didn’t go into an Oxfam but did go into my two local charity shops. Even with a sales deal charity shop prices are the best, and I’m going to stick with charity shops from now on as I want to save for all those holidays I shall take when……!

      Take care Jodie and thanks for commenting 🙂

  • 8th October 2020 at 9:59 am

    Hello Penny, you certainly have found two perfect Winter pieces . The skirt is lovely , I can see that with so many different colours. The grey works so well with the yellow too. As a fellow lover of hats I enjoyed seeing some of your Winter hats . I agree the slim jeans look suit you best with your slender legs. I admit to not owning a single pair of jeans they are just not me.
    Take care.

    • 8th October 2020 at 11:20 am

      You don’t need jeans as you have your own distinct unique style which is all about wearing amazing and really funky skirts. I now have rather too many jeans and also wear them rather too often as well! I actually do have some lovely and indeed quite funky skirts, but just haven’t got anywhere to wear them, especially now with winter coming on and more restrictions coming in quite soon. Ah well, next year, I definitely will wear them!!!

      Thanks Jill and you take care too 🙂

  • 8th October 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Yes, I only bought second hand in September but that’s my usual way of things…

    I love your jacket; it looks fab on you especially with the skinny jeans. I liked the mom jeans with the rolled up legs; I’ve wondered what mom jeans were and they sound very similar to my ‘boyfriend’ jeans which are cut for comfort; plus they have a reasonably high waist. I like a high waist to cover my tummy. The yellow top suits you so well.

    The skirt is lovely; a great fit and the pattern is very cool. Two excellent choices!

    Take care and stay safe

    • 9th October 2020 at 7:25 am

      I think they must be almost the same thing, maybe boyfriend jeans are a bit looser? Oh and me too with the high waist, so much more comfortable and I always look for that in slim jeans.

      Skirt is good too.

      You take care too xxx

    • 9th October 2020 at 7:29 am

      Thank you Mireille. It was quite hard to only buy secondhand but I found it was also a habit to buy new, so one thing I did was unsubscribe from those emails that come from my favourite retailers. That helped a lot.

      Have as restful a weekend as you possibly can with your young children – I remember it so well!

      Take care

  • 8th October 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I did a double take Penny when I saw your first outfit. I recently wore something very similar recently. It was a vintage houndstooth check jacket with a pair of well worn jeans I have had for years. I probably purchased the jacket 30 years ago as part of a suit. don’t know the make but the label says 100% cashmere. I no longer have the skirt but I still wear the jacket, it is a classic. I bought the suit at a resale store so even then it was not new. actually, I purchased so many things there when I was still working. at the time it was right in my neighborhood. since then I moved and it closed. I wore my jacket outfit to a lecture series which has just begun to allow in person attendance. we must be masked of course and they no longer offer refreshments, and we sit distanced, but it feels good to be going for something other then out for the essentials. I do not know how long this will continue, as here in New York some areas have had to go into lockdown because of the spike of covid cases. Actually, things here in US as you are aware are crazy. It’s nice to talk about fashion
    Be well, Darby

    • 9th October 2020 at 7:41 am

      Oh that jacket of yours does sound lovely, bet it looks good on you.

      We do so little outside apart from our walk and those visits to gardens to meet friends and family now curtailed as we also have steeply rising cases, and with our abysmal government not putting in the restrictions quick enough to stop this rise, I can’t see us doing much for the foreseeable.

      On the positive side we will help our son with the birth of his baby by either meeting up with him outside for coffee/or a meal or inside our flat if it is in the middle of the night. Hospitals do not allow partners in until well dilated and if he went home after taking her there he might not get back in time. It’s a 10-minute walk from us. Exciting. Also we plan to attend virtual classes at the Guardian via Zoom. Yes this is the newspaper, The Guardian, and we have attended many at their HQ in London but what a bind it was to get back at night. All their wonderful journalists do classes on aspects of writing, but it has become a veritable college of further learning. To use Zoom is such a positive development and one I hope continues after….

      Be careful over there – we watch the news of you know who, oh my….

  • 13th October 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Ha, I was about to ask why the third item was a secret. Then I read that you will reveal soon…..it is either very unusual or very special, I suspect! The jacket is fab and will go with so much. I’ve bought almost nothing at all this year – a fleece gilet which is useful for work because it keeps my arms free and us more comfortable than wearing a jacket whilst at my desk, and a winter coat bought a couple of weeks ago. An M&S one, it’s almost identical to one they are selling this year but half the price as its last year’s marginally different design. Bought from an outlet shop, I’m delighted with it.

    • 14th October 2020 at 10:21 am

      All is revealed in this week’s post! Oh, good for you to not buy much in the way of clothes this year. I had to as the size of my waist increased with all that sitting around and eating cake! But I’m back to buying in charity shops especially around here as they let so few people into their shops. I feel quite safe shopping in them now. But also hope that they continue to stay open….

      Take care and have a good rest of the week.

  • 2nd November 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Penny, I have just found you again, for some reason when you were I’ll over the Christmas period 2019, I didn’t receive your emails. At first I thought that you had given up your blog, I decided that something could have happened to you in these dire times, so I searched for you again. So glad to have found you, I hope that your emails turn up in my box now. So impressed with you hair and the condition of it. I’m trying to grow my blond highlights out at this very restrictive time, it looks such a mess though, must not give up though. My courlouring is darker than yours, such a pain. No new clothes purchased through September, however, three sets of new underwear in October. Could you tell me about your glasses, I obviously missed that days blog? Keep Safe. Terri

    • 3rd November 2020 at 8:54 am

      Hi Terri and lovely to hear from you. I didn’t blog during January and only spasmodically through February and March. It was the flu’ what did it, or was it???? I won’t know unless I have an antibody test, but I’m much better now albeit not fully recovered as my heart still gets into an arrhythmia every now and then.

      Anyway ever since the illness I have worn glasses rather than the contacts and have decided with lots of encouragement from all of you that glasses are good on me. But half of it is due to the make of glasses I’m wearing. They are the same make as our cookery broadcaster Prue Leith wears – see link here for Prue’s website https://prue-leith.com/prue-at-ronit-furst-my-new-glasses-range/

      The glasses are manufactured by Ronit Furst and any good opticians will stock them but they are pricey. However, the price has been worth the compliments I’ve had since wearing them a lot. Originally they were just backups if I needed them and as it was very occasionally they were not paying there way – they are now!

      Thanks for searching me out – and you take care too

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