Lockdown outfits – April 2020

There’s a lot of clothes and outfits in my wardrobe going unworn. I bought the most wonderful edgy skirt just before all the shops shut and can’t quite bring myself to wear it as it’s not, in any way, an indoor stay-at-home skirt. However, I’ll dig it out and take a pic for my next post. In the same charity shop I also bought another winter coat. I’d been looking for a long, flowing coat and pounced whenI saw it. Here it Β is.

This is very much my look for my 15-minute walk outside for the duration of the lockdown: boots, jeans, woolly jumper (it was cold last week), scarf and hat. Btw, I’ve stopped going into the little shops that are nearby and we are strictly reliant on supermarket deliveries, which I seem to be on top of, kind of got how it works. The 15-minute walk outside is very much about getting some fresh air, whilst avoiding everyone in the vicinity. People in our area are really civilised and keeping to the 2-metres apart, even walking in the road to avoid each other. Also note, no makeup and no contacts. People say they like the glasses and how I look in them, but when you see me in my contact lenses with the usual heavy eye makeup, you’ll know I am feeling 100% well.

I bought the hat in one of the local shops before Christmas. Not sure about it, tbh, it’s kind of classic but a bit grannyish.

What about this hat?

That’s quite an expensive designer hat, no less, bought from Joanna Zara Millinery and rather retro, don’t you think.

The scarf I bought recently from Warehouse’s constant online sales – it’s thick and woolly and was really needed last week. I also love the colour.

And here’s what I wear indoors, most days.

Blue jeans, soft indoor shoes and a variety of tops. Gosh, I do long to wear something more funky. So having said that, for the next post, I shall dig out all my edgy skirts and tops and give you a walkthrough of what I intend to wear once we return to normality.

And re: no makeup. I moisturise as per usual, put on a foundation and then, always, always, I colour in my eyebrows. Take another look at the pix, eyebrows are the framework for your face and it is essential, I think, to make them stand out πŸ™‚

That’s all for now, I do hope you are all keeping safe, staying mostly inside and keeping well.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

Lockdown outfits – April 2020
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47 thoughts on “Lockdown outfits – April 2020

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:07 am

    Stay well Penny. It’s always a pleasure to read your words and see your photos 🌸🌸

    • 8th April 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Eve πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:09 am

    Love the second hat… reminds me of Mary Quant in the 60’s!
    In a contrary way, I hope that the lockdown is suiting you until your health fully recovers.

    • 6th April 2020 at 3:12 pm

      Good to hear from you Penny, I look forward to your blogs. Love the coat. And I think glasses really suit your face.
      It’s a scary time now, with food shopping still difficult. We are lucky that we have a good neighbour who will get the few essentials that we really need, and I have always kept my freezer well stocked with meals I have already cooked. Skype is a wonderful thing, and we have had many family chats with our children. I hope you and your loved ones stay safe and well.

      • 8th April 2020 at 2:01 pm

        Hello Julie
        The delivery of food is very tricky but I seem to be on top of it. Skype is amazing along with FaceTime and WhatsApp. If we have to have this lockdown (which we do) thank goodness for modern technology. You take care and stay safe πŸ™‚

    • 8th April 2020 at 1:59 pm

      That hat – exactly so, it’s a blast from the past. And the slower pace is actually suiting me, although I think we could all do without the anxiety that comes with the lockdown. Take care πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:33 am

    I think you look great and I also love your frames, where did they come from? I don’t wear contacts so always on the hunt for the perfect frames! I totally agree about eyebrows, I have to draw mine in if I don’t do anything else. Hope you are recovering slowly and safely. It’s lovely to read your posts again.

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:11 pm

      The frames were bought from my optician and were in the quite high price range. I was aiming to buy something reasonably priced but the frames caught my eye. I think but cannot be sure (as their website is currently down) that they are Ronit Furst handpainted frames. I gulped when I bought them but I am so pleased that I did, especially now when I’m wearing them all the time. I shall put on my contacts once this is all over, because one of the things that keeps me wearing the glasses is that they give your eyes protection when you’re out. Thank you for your kind comment πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:37 am

    I know how you feel. I look at my favourite clothes that I’d be wearing out now, not going to wear them indoors for the cat’s benefit ! Your hats and the yellow scarf look really cosy. The coat looks exactly like one I bought ( new ) from Seasalt a few months ago ! Stay safe !

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:13 pm

      I wore something sparkly (a sequinned jacket) for a recent Skype session with a friend and felt so much better. I think the more I do Skype the more I’ll wear my funky outfits – but like you when we see no-one it’s jeans and a top for me. You stay safe too πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:40 am

    Love the perky baker boy hat! I am dressing up for lockdown, plenty of makeup and always something out of my huge collection of costume jewellery ,some of it from the fifties! Why are we saving those great outfits anyway? Let,s enjoy them! Mine are mostly from charity shops or Zara so were very reasonable prices . It cheers me up to look nice and interesting! Hope you will soon feel much better. Judy Sparks

    • 6th April 2020 at 10:49 am

      Penny, you must be on the mend as you are looking great! I’m wearing full slap, one of my (many!) dresses & jewellery every day. I know if I don’t I will start to feel very fed up indeed. I have a very light bright home and the sunshine is a great mood-booster too. This is our 4th week only food shopping and walks but I’m keeping up my exercise and hoping for the best!
      I’m with you Judy on the dressing up. I too have a lot of costume jewellery from the 50’s onwards – just made a fantastic e-bay purchase of a necklace and earrings in new almost new condition.

      • 8th April 2020 at 2:21 pm

        Hello Lynda and you’re another one who is wearing the full monty of makeup, clothes and jewellery. I wore a sequinned jacket yesterday and got out all my summer clothes this morning and wore my summer denim jacket for my exercise walk. And yes it does boost the mood to dress up.

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks re: the hat. Well done you for dressing up, because, yes, it does cheer oneself up to wear something extra special. I wore a sequinned jacket yesterday for a Skype session and felt really good – so am thinking maybe I will make the effort. Thanks Judy πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:54 am

    Glad to see you back online Penny. I have to say I am not bothering with anything much although have resisted just sitting working in my pajamas all day. I managed to get my hair cut just before lockdown. I look forward to putting my winter woolies away and getting out the summer clothes as the weather warms up. That at least will be a change.

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Got out all my summer clothes this morning and wore the summer denim jacket on my (short) exercise walk on the seafront. But don’t put all the winter woollies away – there could always be a frost in May !

  • 6th April 2020 at 10:54 am

    I so look forward to your blogs! Great pics this week too Hope the lovely weather helps
    Greetings from a still a little chilly north east of Scotland

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Greetings from a warm Brighton! I got all my summer clothes out this morning but won’t put away all the woollies as I know the weather can easily turn back to a cold east or north wind. Hope you get some warmth soon πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 11:59 am

    How have you got onto of supermarket deliveries? I am registered on Gov.UK as vulnerable and still can’t get a delivery slot on any of the supermarket sites including Sainsbury’s. Can’t seem to work out when he’s delivery dates released.
    In the meantime have registered with farm that does free deliveries across the North West and have one arriving next week.
    Stay safel

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, the deliveries have been unbelievably tricky and I’m not all that happy with Sainsbury’s as I’ve been such a loyal customer over the years. The thing is although I had a Sainsbury’s pass when it got nigh impossible to get a delivery from Sainsbury’s I trawled through all the other supermarket delivery sections and the only one that allowed me to register was Asda. I’ve been very impressed by them and the quality of their food. Anyway, I registered with Gov.Uk and after a short wait (?5-7days) Asda got in touch with me and said your name has been released and you can have a recurring slot – if you want. Because they also said all the other supermarkets in the area will be informed that I need a recurring delivery. And have I heard from any of them, Sainsbury’s included? No I have not. So I have registered and booked for recurring (once a week) deliveries from Asda. So 10 out of 10 for Asda. Do you have one near you???? Try them and so glad you have a delivery from a farm soon.

  • 6th April 2020 at 1:31 pm

    You are looking great Penny, very well put together! I love your specs btw. I also always fill in my eyebrows every day of the week – makes such a difference. All the best.

    • 8th April 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you Lise, and ah yes, the eyebrows – they are so important. You take care πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Yes, you really DO look well, Penny. I’m so happy you’re on the mend and writing and sharing pics with us all again. I too am wearing makeup and my favourite clothes and jewellery every day. It makes me happy and it makes my husband smile (possibly a little ironically, as he inquires daily, “So where are you going today?) I love your glasses and hats … well, literally everything. Way to go on the coat. That’s a real keeper! I’m adopting your British saying, “Keep calm and carry on” as a personal mantra these days. Especially when I come home from visiting my 3 year old twin granddaughters outdoors on their front lawn, giving “air hugs”. Today I plan to sew surgical caps for our nurses who are being asked to cover their hair. Vancouver is not in total lockdown but we’re all staying home except for walks and food runs. ~~ sigh ~~

    • 8th April 2020 at 3:28 pm

      Thank you so much Karen for those kind words, my recovery is slow but it’s happening – be thankful I say. Glad to hear you’re wearing your favourite clothes. I wore a sequinned jacket yesterday and felt great – it really helps to dress up. And I too miss my kids and grandson. I sent an Easter e-card to my grandson and promised a big box of chocolates plus lots of hugs and kisses when it (the lockdown) is all over – can’t wait. Well done you for sewing the caps. People are doing the same kind of thing over here – sewing scrubs as well – hats off!

  • 6th April 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I love. love, love the coat! It reminds me of one my mother made for me, when I was an impoverished student in the 70s. My mother was an excellent dressmaker and had learnt tailoring, at some point. My coat was a maxi originally and then she converted it into a midi when the fashion changed. Unfortunately, I haven’t inherited any of her sewing ability!
    Some great photos and so pleased to see you are on the mend. Take care x

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:36 am

      Hi June, and thank you. How lovely that your mother made you a maxi coat. I absolutely pounced on the coat when I saw it because a longer length coat is so necessary when standing at a bus stop – in another age!! Now it’s useful for the sea breezes experienced on the sea-front, and although it’s warmed up a lot, the weather forecast today implied it would cool down again. Ah well, we can enjoy the sunny days for the moment πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 2:43 pm

    always a pleasure to hear from you Penny. I was also thinking that you look especially well. I am here in the New York City area which seems to be the covid capital of the world right now. I wish I was better with technology so I might access classes and book club meetings which I am missing. I usually get help from family but of course they are forbidden to visit. I live alone except for my cat, trying to get out for a walk daily , do yoga or some light weights on my own. I ordered some books after the library closed and hoping for a delivery soon as I am currently reading the last of the books from the library. Still going out to get food as I hear delivery is not that dependable. Not much else to say but do enjoy your posts from Brighton, lets us know we really are all in this together wherever we are. Stay well.

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:43 am

      We absolutely are in it all together including (and I hope you don’t mind me saying this) having really incompetent leaders who ignored the pandemic in its early stages, so we really are in this together as both countries are now facing the consequences of this. The UK is now forecast to get the worst stats in Europe. I wish our leader well, btw, we are all human, and hope he gets better.

      Glad to hear you still have some books and doing yoga. Good wishes to all of you in New York, stay safe and well and much love to you and your cat πŸ™‚

      • 10th April 2020 at 1:31 am

        I certainly don’t mind, I could call him a lot worse, and though no fan I hope your leader gets better as well
        Darby(and Linus)

  • 6th April 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Penny, love the scarf and the coat. You look fabulous in all the hats. As I do not have a β€œhat head” I appreciate seeing those who look good in a hat. I am also sheltering in place, here in the US with books, knitting, painting, exercise, walks, and Netflicks. Great series called Broadchurch, love it! Glad you are coping. Continue to stay well and stay safe. We are all in this together.

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:47 am

      I haven’t watched Broadchurch but watched similar. Good old Netflix! Amongst the dross there are some great films and TV shows, including Peaky Blinders and Better Call Saul which are both so well acted. We’ve finished watching Tiger King – amazing – and just started Unorthodox which is very good and interesting to get a glimpse of another way of life. Very good wishes to all of you in the States πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 7:06 pm

    You are looking really good, hair and glasses very nice also love the Baker Boy cap.

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:48 am

      Thank you so much Pauline πŸ™‚

  • 6th April 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Penny. Have you been wearing your face mask .?! Everyone’s wearing them these days !,!

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:49 am

      Here in the UK not many people are wearing masks, but I do see a few more these days. Think I might make one out of a scarf having seen how to on Facebook. People in my area are very good at social distancing and we now only go out for a 15-minute exercise session.

  • 7th April 2020 at 1:22 am

    You have the best selection of hats, Penny!! I’ve been wearing them more since my hair won’t cooperate…even inside.

    • 9th April 2020 at 7:51 am

      Yes, I do have many hats but they are mainly winter hats. I do struggle to find good hats for the summer, although now we’re more into the UK’s version of Spring weather I shall get out my fedoras – they are fun. Take care, Jodie and have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  • 7th April 2020 at 6:59 am

    The baker boy hat is very cute indeed! You still manage to look stylish going out for your walks. I spend the days either wearing gym gear (for an online workout) or walking gear (fleece, soft shell jacket). I sometimes change into a work wear outfit, and maybe even a sequin top, if there’s a video call that’s worth dressing up for. Glad to hear you’re in good spirits Penny and making a solid recovery.

    • 9th April 2020 at 8:48 am

      I wore a sequinned jacket for a Skype session with a friend and felt so much more myself – so important to keep up one’s standards πŸ˜‰

      Recovery is good but slow, I have to remember how unwell I was and allow myself to heal. It’ll come but it’s frustrating for someone who was always out and about.

      Also the glasses which everyone says are nice. Yes, but it’s not the face I like to see in the mirror. However, I have decided to keep wearing them for the duration of the ‘unpleasantness’ as I think they must stop some of the eye touching that one does and maybe even offer a small amount of protection.

      Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

  • 7th April 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Longing to wear something more funky ….. in a nutshell, Penny! There just doesn’t seem much point. However, I am dressing which is more than some are doing from the posts I see on Facebook! As I’m working from home, I need to get dressed and put on a spot of makeup to get into work-mode. I admit, however, to not being quite as well groomed as I would if anyone was going to see me!

    • 9th April 2020 at 8:57 am

      I found wearing a sequinned jacket for a Skype session with a friend really boosted my morale so I shall get out my glad rags for every face-to-face call we have! Oh yes, the grooming! I didn’t get to the hairdressers all through Jan and Feb and missed that window of opportunity to get my hair done. It will be so long. And then I also didn’t get to the dentist, beautician and chiropodist – gosh longing to go to those.

      Take care πŸ™‚

      • 10th April 2020 at 10:11 am

        Home maintenance has taken on a whole new meaning in my house.
        I’ve booked a pedicure this afternoon – for me and by me!

  • 8th April 2020 at 10:35 am

    Hello, Penny
    It’s lovely to see that you are on the road to recovery. I love that new coat! What are your tips for seeking out such things? I never seem to have much luck with finding good quality clothing, even though I visit shops in a fairly affluent area (Bath). My recent charity shop successes consist mostly of things for my home (beautiful long linen curtains for Β£20, storage basket Β£2 and some crystal tumblers for Β£3) although I did pick up a navy summer linen dress for Β£11 which will be useful for work (I am a teacher)… when we eventually get back to normality! Trying to keep to a routine in these strange times is the key, I think, to maintaining sanity! I hope, when you are fully recovered, that you will show us your new home. It doesn’t seem that long ago that you were showing your old home with that lovely Made.com sofa! Wishing you a speedy recovery. Stephanie xx

    • 9th April 2020 at 9:05 am

      The navy linen dress sounds as though it was a very good find. I think the thing is to always look and understand that 95% of the time you find nothing – and then all of a sudden there it is, the one item that is just what you want. I’m really missing the trawls through the charity shop racks.

      I very much agree with you that a routine is the key, but I often reflect on how privileged I am to be a pensioner, in that I don’t have a job to lose or a mortgage or a young family to provide for. I worry about my kids and feel concerned about the whole of our working population. To keep sane I then lose myself in the blogging world which is lovely. Thank you so much for your good wishes, Stephanie, you take care πŸ™‚

    • 9th April 2020 at 9:07 am

      Yes, I have decided to wear more funky clothes especially for those WhatsApp, FaceTime and Skype calls – it really boosts one’s morale to do so. You take care πŸ™‚

  • 15th April 2020 at 5:29 pm

    LOVE the coat, the hats and the scarf so much!!! And your eyeglass frames are super cool!!! I haven’t work makeup since March 13th hahaha – gotta love quarantine life!!! Stay safe and take care!!!

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