I don’t know about you, but I notice that a lot of fashion blogs are not only for the young, they’re often very upbeat (apart that is from Atypical60 who has the occasional rant about life, which I love).

I’ve only just got over that post-viral flop, so I haven’t been feeling quite as sparky as I like to be. Plus the weather here in the UK seems to be designed to bring on the glums as down south (where I live) it seems to be permanently wet and clouded over, so even if you don’t suffer from SAD you begin to get an inkling of how very grey the world can look in winter. And up in the north of England they’ve had some once-in-a-lifetime floods again.  It’s only a few years since the same area was devastated with severe flooding.

Enough. Enough of this. How about thinking what to wear at a party? It’s that time of the year again! Yes, Christmas beckons – only 15 more days. And I’ve had such a laugh the last couple of days (of the snorting kind) at some of the dotty articles on what we women should be buying as party wear. This one is definitely for the birds as amongst other items it shows us an Anya Hindmarsh’s kit-kat clutch bag. Then there’s Jess Cartner-Morley telling us to wear an off-the-shoulder dress. Errr, no way, in the winter! And that advice, to wear off-the-shoulder, was funnily enough echoed by Alyson Walsh as a look for the older woman, which won’t do for me as I approach 70, as my shoulders are beginning to look quite round-shouldered and scrawny.

So what to wear? The most important thing, in my opinion, is to get away from the ubiquitous black trouser and top.   We’ve all got those black trousers. Me, I have them skinny, but they come in many styles, and yes, they’re flattering for all sizes. I’m not knocking this look – it’s easy and comfortable, and you can dress it up in so many ways with a jazzy top and sparkly jewellery.

However, in my wardrobe I have lots of lovely frothy skirts suitable for parties, so I think it’s high time to get them out and give them an airing.   Gosh, I hope I’m not going to upset people but I really think we older women wear trousers and jeans far too often. We just don’t show off our legs enough!

Anyway, here are my two latest charity shop buys. Recently in one blog a commenter (not the author I hasten to add) mentioned the phrase ‘age-appropriate’ with reference to what we should be wearing. Oh, no, no, no! Here’s my antidote to anyone who starts saying that sort of thing. Another mini skirt!


This was just under £5 and is loads of fun.  When I put it on it makes me feel really happy (little things, you know…….)

And here’s a great, slightly biker-chic, black skirt bought yesterday (for £3.50) worn with my favourite faux leather jacket plus the ‘new’ black boots.


biker-look-04-webNote that charity shops have many mid-calf length skirts. If you can, try to resist these as they’re a bit last year. But this skirt is the best of so many worlds – short at the front and longer at the back. Yummy!

And both skirts, I think, are a tad age-inappropriate.  Oh, brilliant, that’s the way to go!  As we age let’s have fun and dare to be inappropriate!

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


14 thoughts on “What to wear at all those Christmas parties – a statement skirt!

  • 10th December 2015 at 8:42 am

    Penny you’re such an inspiration, thank you for your latest blog, I love the mini skirt!!! I always get a bit concerned ( stupidly I know) worrying that my skirt is too short, I love wearing mini skirts with thick tights!! Now am definitely not going to worry ever again!!! Thank you!

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:17 am

      Hi Lillian and thank you for your comment. And great to hear you wear short skirts too! Personally, I think if you can wear it – do!!!

  • 10th December 2015 at 9:28 am

    Penny, steer me in the direction of your charity shops please – I don’t live far from you, and yet all I seem to find are dowdy BHS relics, or worse! The mini skirt looks fab on you, keep on doing what you do!

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:30 am

      Ok, Sue, the secret is out (but shh, don’t tell too many people!) it’s Seaford that has the best charity shops. I have been told that Eastbourne is good, but never ventured there as really I still feel a bit of a Brightonian and always go west rather than east to Eastbourne! But neither Brighton or Lewes (although they do produce some finds) come up to the standard of Seaford’s charity shops. I’ve even been to Bexhill which has over 20 charity shops – nope, nothing there really.

      And I’m not sure why this is as Seaford has quite an ageing population, but the charity shops (4 down one side of the main shopping street and 1 on t’other side) have a high standard of quality clothes (M&S, Monsoon etc) at reasonable prices. I go approximately every two weeks, and still leave empty handed if I find nothing that matches or is exactly what I want.

  • 10th December 2015 at 10:34 am

    I wholeheartedly agree about trousers especially during these horrid dingy days. Thinking about “age appropriate”, those dreaded words, I believe it’s a question of style really. If you know what suits your figure and you can manage to get good quality, well fitting things then everything is appropriate. It’s never to late to develop your style. Lastly, body shaping tights, what a brilliant invention!

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:34 am

      Suzie, I so agree with you about the tights. I often wear support tights that are quite tight and they really do hold that slight tummy that I have! And yes, my style has absolutely developed since my retirement. When I look back at photos of a younger me I wasn’t all that adventurous – too busy working and looking after my kids! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • 10th December 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Such fun Penny ! especially the check skirt .,you’re so good at giving your readers confidence to have a go ! Thank you .

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:36 am

      Oh yes, ‘wear what you want’ is definitely the way to go – and we should live in the now and have as much fun as possible – thank you for your comment!

  • 10th December 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hello Penny!
    LOVE your green skirt! Such a nice check and shows off your fab legs! I never listen to advice about what I should be wearing for my age- I always swap to whatever I feel like!!!x

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:40 am

      Yes, that age-appropriate phrase really gets to me – and I think it’s because it’s often lazy journalism. As women we are all so different with different tastes, styles, needs and sizes. We are different when we are young, we are different when middle-aged, we will continue to be different when we age. So to lump us all together as an age-group is really not seeing us as who we are. Dress as we feel, dress as we like but with a dash of fun and frivolity is my mantra! Thank you Kezzie x

  • 10th December 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Penny! Thank you for mentioning my blog. I’ve been building up some rants the past few days. But I have to say. I FREAKING LOVE THAT MINI SKIRT! Well done you on that incredible bargain of a very age appropriate skirt and look!!!! Honestly. I love any plaid or checked pattern. And the boots. That is the perfect party look. I do like your biker chic look, but at parties, I go for comfort–and it is usually in the form of plaid with a sweater and tights and boots. Just like you!!!!!
    As for the “off the shoulder” look. No can do. I have major turkey neck. It’s vile. In fact, the only model who looked good was the young one.
    Oh. My test to tell if a skirt is too short. Bend over. If your origin of the world is showing, the skirt is too short! XOXOXO!!!

    • 11th December 2015 at 9:42 am

      Hi Catherine and no worries mentioning your blog as I just love your posts! I like them because they’re real – we can’t always be jolly and upbeat!!! And yes, that’s a good tip re: the length of a mini skirt!!!!! xxx

  • 11th December 2015 at 11:37 am

    Love the mini-skirt Penny. I was inspired yesterday (because my water & electricity were off for the day) to venture out to the Salvos stores which are more of a warehouse than a charity shop, they have endless racks of clothing to the extent that it is a bit overwhelming. I got three good summer tops though, and a nice necklace, total for the day $15.
    One of the best things about retirement, I think, is being able to wear whatever you like and be comfortable.

  • 21st December 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Your mini skirt is great and looks good with the boots. Like Sue all I seem to find are boring relics. I’m going to start going out with my friend Maureen, she always finds good stuff in charity shops. Merry Christmas.

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