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dinodino27 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:25:35

I have had most of my clothes since before kids and upwards of 10 years. Since kids I just don't get time to look around the shops.

I have a night out coming up soon (rare). I feel my skinny jeans look good (could be wrong!) So thinking those and nice top.

But where does one buy a suitable top. I have looked online at oasis, boden, french connection but really struggling and wondering where other women my age shop.

I am 42 and a size 12-14 (fairly slim bit with a belly! - that I'd like to hide) and i'd say my style is fairly casual - but obviously for night out i want something a bit fancy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated as i really do not want to look like 'mutton dressed and lamb' but also don't want to look 'mumsy'.


ohtowinthelottery Sun 02-Mar-14 21:28:12

I'm afraid most of my clothes come from Matalan or the supermarkets - with the occasional outfit from Monsoon for a special occasion.

memyselfandl Sun 02-Mar-14 21:33:05

Primark to Monsoon. It doesn't matter what age you are, if you feel good in it the label doesn't matter.

dinodino27 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:36:29

I understand what you say memy AND and if i had the time to actually get to a shop I am sure i would be able to sort this out BUTI am going to have to buy online as no time to get to shop.

emsyj Sun 02-Mar-14 21:39:57

I've just bought this from Banana Republic - would be very forgiving around the tum area, you can leave it open or button closed, sleeves can be worn full length or rolled up as shown in the picture - it's a silky floaty fabric. I wore it with superskinny black jeans, big pearl necklace and high courts out to dinner last night.

pudding25 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:40:11

Look on ASOS website.

Ilovehamabeads Sun 02-Mar-14 21:40:32

I'm 40, most of my stuff comes from Dorothy Perkins.

tiredandsadmum Sun 02-Mar-14 21:40:35

for me it is Boden (sale), M&S, supermarkets, desigual (sale only but god their sizing is weird), some of the debenham designers. I buy on ebay quite a bit so have picked up some interesting bits and also some great casual stuff for school run, gardening etc, at really reasonable prices.

I don't like fashion particularly so avoid the really trendy!

emsyj Sun 02-Mar-14 21:41:07

Oh, I am a 12-14 and the Medium is a perfect fit.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 02-Mar-14 21:41:59

Fat Face, White Stuff, Rocha John Rocha at Debenhams and Smart big work deals suits from Jigsaw.

Only1scoop Sun 02-Mar-14 21:42:41

Boden mainly sale smile
Laura Ashley
Odd bits from primani and peacocks

Joysmum Sun 02-Mar-14 21:43:43

M&S and Peacocks for me.

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 02-Mar-14 21:43:48

Any High Street shop.
40 is no age, times have changed since you became middle aged at 40.

SpagBolgs Sun 02-Mar-14 21:44:37

I get my clothes from Boden,Crew and occasionally jules

KittensoftPuppydog Sun 02-Mar-14 21:44:54

Tk maxx and charity shops. Jeans from h&m. Posh handbags and nice boots. Job done.

dinodino27 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:45:29

thanks emsyj really like the banana republic blouse - exactly the type of thing i am looking for - think i will order in in a medium.

aquashiv Sun 02-Mar-14 21:45:48

Like Desigual too. Or Helen Douglas House. Is brilliant for designer and posh gear finds.
Can't be arsed with fashion though.

Athrawes Sun 02-Mar-14 21:46:16

Today I am wearing
Boden jeans
Underarmour top
Lululemon cardigan thing

Tomorrow could be fat face, boden, marks and spencers (not per una!!!), vintage heaven, kathmandu, macpac, max, white stuff

dinodino27 Sun 02-Mar-14 21:46:32

Going to have a quick look at crew and joules too not heard of them before

Fortyisthenewthirty Sun 02-Mar-14 21:46:51

I tend to buy dresses from ASOS and would almost always wear a dress on a night out (dressing it down with boots rather than heels if it's not that kind of night)

For a dressy top, I would do ASOS, FC, Coast, Karen Millen, Ted Baker, Oasis, maybe Warehouse, Debenhams as a last resort. Department stores like HOF are good so that you can scan lots of concessions without having to trawl the high street.

I would avoid Next and Marks and Spencer like the plague.

I get nearly all my casual stuff (except jeans) from Superdry at the moment.

Hmmm, I'm wondering if I dress too young now, as my dress sense hasn't changed that much since my 20s!

InkleWinkle Sun 02-Mar-14 21:47:59

Depending on cash flow I like Peacocks, Dorothy Perkins or Joe Browns.

Have a look at Joe Browns website.

skillsandtea Sun 02-Mar-14 21:48:00

Mint velvet

cardibach Sun 02-Mar-14 21:48:16

I'm with LadyBeagle. 42 is young! I'm 49 and still buy clothes wherever I like -DPs, monsoon, Primark, Wallis,Debenhams. Wherever really. Don't think you need to shop 'for your age' - nothing is more ageing!

gordyslovesheep Sun 02-Mar-14 21:49:37

anywhere! Mainly Next, River Island, DP's, Matalan, H+M, M+S and supermarkets because those are the shops we have locally

biscuitdunkerette Sun 02-Mar-14 21:50:01

White stuff. Love the tunic tops and dresses - very flattering over the middle smile (I'm 41)

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