What’s the weather like where you are? Here in the UK it’s typical April showers for us with the sun out at times, which is lovely until you get an icy wind, which is how it was on Sunday when I went to Brighton to celebrate my son’s birthday.  And what to wear, I said to myself.  Be smart but be casual, I thought, and, yes, it’s time to bring out those Spring jackets before it gets too warm to wear them.

So I got out that green checked jacket I bought in the winter.  This is the outfit I wore, plus I had a scarf and hat.


But you know what, it was like all the other times I’ve worn these jackets.  They look good, but they’re just not warm enough over the lower half of the body. You see, unlike over the pond, we don’t drive everywhere.  We caught the bus into town.  And there was an icy wind.  Waiting at the bus-stop I was b….y freezing.  Yup, I looked OK but was absolutely too darn cold, that’s not good!

Really, I should have worn my green parka or one of my many winter coats.  You know, be practicable, above all be warm, and don’t worry about what you look like and so on, and so on, because that’s the sensible thing to do. But i) I’m not sensible and ii) I dismissed the winter coats because it was April, and I’ve had that parka for over 5 years now and it’s getting to be quite old, shabby and dull looking.

So here’s what I’m  wearing in town in future.



It’s a charity shop 3/4 length coat I’ve had for years that’s been lurking in the back of my wardrobe.  And obviously on trend as the Guardian’s picks for April includes a coat. I got it out a couple of weeks ago when I was having a humungous clear-out (more about that in a future post) and wore it up to London for the fitting by Masato (you’ll hear about that in May when I get the dress).

The coat is lightweight, but warm enough and long enough for those chilly April winds.  And there’s a cool retro look to that print.




April is so an in-betweeny month in the UK, neither warm enough for summer clothes or cold enough for winter togs.  But I think I’ve got the problem solved, for me anyway!  What are you wearing this month?

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S Sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session

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8 thoughts on “What to wear out and about in these cool and breezy April days

  • 12th April 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Dear Penny,
    I just did not expect that outfit to be too light…I was so sure you were going to say it was too warm, so tell me the average April temperature in Brighton…yes, it is on the coast…but so am I. Yes, it is April here on Vancouver Island, but as we had the warmest ever recorded January and February, an average wet March, but now mostly a sunny April, with showers every so often…even an overcast day, the words ‘bitter cold’ are anathema. As for the very nice coat…over here I am seeing whole sections of shops saying ‘Retro Look’ and there they are…clothes which look as though they are from the 70s-90s, and I have to wonder about that. I have a feeling they are not of the same quality–but what a time for Charity Shop shopping! BTW, as Canada is a very large country…parts are still getting snow. And Vancouver Island is populated mainly around the edges…there are still ski mountains if you want to drive upwards for an hour… Still, that outfit of yours looked perfect for winter here….with a scarf… great post, Margaret

    • 13th April 2016 at 7:38 am

      Hi Margaret and yes,in Brighton, and where I live along the coast from Brighton, you couldn’t get more south so you’d expect it to be warming up and it is, in the sun when it’s not windy, but being by the coast it’s those cold winds coming off the sea that reminds you it’s not quite summer yet! Btw, the coat isn’t a vintage one it’s a new(ish) coat but it has such a nice retro weave to the cloth. And great times to go charity shop shopping!

  • 12th April 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I love that coat by the way. Penny. The weather here in the Northeast USA is awful. We had snow over the weekend. SNOW!!! It rained all last night into this morning and although the sun is out at just about 5PM, it’s cold. I’ve been wearing my trench coat and sweaters and jeans and boots but I’m just tired of all that clothing.
    I just keep thinking that in another two to three months we will all be complaining about the heat and humidity! XOXO

    • 13th April 2016 at 7:40 am

      Yes, I’m always complaining about the heat here in mild and not very hot little old England. Please remind me when I do that I didn’t like this winter AT ALL!!!! xxxxxx

  • 17th April 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I live in Plymouth, Devon, in the South West Penninsula where the weather blows in off the cold Atlantic at this time of year. It’s been very wet here and I’m getting fed up with wearing the same old things. At this time of year, whenever the sun makes a rare appearance, I think it’s changing…..it’s going to be spring now…..and I put my winter woollies away until Autumn. Or so I think! But then it goes back to cold and wet and it all comes out again…argghhh

  • 18th April 2016 at 7:20 am

    Yes, this month the weather is quite confusing – I’m packing at the moment for a quick trip to the west country (Somerset) and I think I might have to cater for every kind of weather!

  • 19th April 2016 at 6:21 am

    Hi Penny,I sympathize with you being chilly even though you were wearing a jacket & boots,by the way, I loved the outfit! I had a shoulder op 4 weeks ago & have to keep my arm in a sling for another 2 weeks. My dilemma is what to wear as a top layer to keep warm. I wear button or zip up tops as I can wear my sling over the top of them but a coat/jacket is way too thick. Thank goodness the poncho has made a reappearance,I find they are the perfect coverup & very cosy too!

    • 25th April 2016 at 7:44 am

      Oh so sorry about the shoulder. I strained mine and it’s taken months of exercises to improve it – but glad to hear you’re wearing a poncho – so on-trend!

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