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If you have a mum in their 70s or 80s....

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Parisbanana Tue 20-Aug-13 19:53:24

Where do they buy their clothes?

My mum is approaching 80 but doesn't look or act it! However she really struggles to find clothes she likes, that are comfy but not frumpy etc.
We have finally got through to her that beige/fawn/taupe/cream/pale khaki do nothing for her and she is wearing stronger colours and looks a lot better for it smile
But she just doesn't get inspired shopping, doesn't have the energy to traipse round all day but isn't into trawling the Internet either,

She asked me to ask you where your older mums get their clothes smile

camtt Tue 20-Aug-13 19:56:50

a fair bit in M&S, plus some boutiques that she has been going to for years in local towns. She buys good quality things in the sales mostly and certainly doesn't dress the way her own mother did in her late 70s. Actually when I am home I often let my mother choose clothes for me and although there are a few fails she usually chooses well.

buttercrumble Tue 20-Aug-13 19:57:47

Bon marche and matalan unfortunately ,I gave up years ago blush

Trumpton Tue 20-Aug-13 19:59:53

MIL is a very stylish 90 and likes Eastex , Viyella, some M&S. I totally agree about the bloody beige, she looks fab in brighter colours.

PeriPathetic Tue 20-Aug-13 20:00:16

Department stores and small boutiques usually. Well made and well cut stuff life Viyella. Well, that's the only brand I remember. Never M&S.

LynetteScavo Tue 20-Aug-13 20:00:44

M&S, or Country Casuals.

Or some weirdy organic fair-trade cotton kaftan brochure.

SunnyRandall Tue 20-Aug-13 20:06:35

M&S, BHS, Bon Marche etc. Always looks nice though although she won't listen to my MN bra fitting advice

dexter73 Tue 20-Aug-13 20:07:43

My mum is a huge fan of Per Una, with a bit of normal M&S thrown in. She particularly likes all things 'speziale' hmm.

cece Tue 20-Aug-13 20:19:17

Good quality stuff in the sales. Country casuals, viyella, Edinburgh wool mill, jaegar, John Lewis and debenhams.

Organic fair trade catalogue here too, plus outlet type shops (Edinburgh woollen mill etc), plus lots of other mail order places that I've never heard of. She has avoided the beige trap and is tall and slim and doesn't really look her age.

Marylou2 Tue 20-Aug-13 20:28:26

My mum's in her 70s. Loves Boden, Jaegar, M&S, House of Fraser, John Lewis.

celticclan Tue 20-Aug-13 20:35:47

My mum loves New Look, she is 76!

kiwik Tue 20-Aug-13 21:04:44

John Lewis - if they don't sell it, mu Mum doesn't buy it.

LogonMounstuart Tue 20-Aug-13 21:14:19

John Lewis for mine too.

I am turning into my mum already.

ggirl Tue 20-Aug-13 21:31:56

My Mum lives in Canada wher the clothes shopping is truly dire..she gets excited in Mackays ,M&S and East.

bigTillyMint Tue 20-Aug-13 21:36:58

My DM is 82 and has dressed the same way for as long as I can remembersad She is not remotely fashionable and is still wearing clothes that she made herself, both sewn and knitted. Other than that, I think it's mainly M&S or Edinburgh Woollen Mill type stuff. Beige features as well as dull prints that she puts with home-made natural colours jumpersconfused

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 20-Aug-13 21:47:03

Gerry Weber.

Parisbanana Tue 20-Aug-13 22:15:41

Thanks everyone.
I think my mum needs to head to department stores more. She tends not to spend much on clothes, a hangover from when they were younger and we had very little spare cash. She can afford better quality now and think she should push the boat out a bit and will probably find more.
I'll pass on all your suggestions.

SandStorm Tue 20-Aug-13 22:17:45

M&S, Debenhams, BHS and my DD1 has just introduced her to Primark which she has taken to with aplomb!

MyBoysAreFab Tue 20-Aug-13 22:20:41

My mum is 75 - she shops mostly in charity shops but is a complete snob about it and only buys "good makes". She actually usually looks very stylish and is not averse to being a bit quirky. She does love a Per Una cardi with mixed coloured and shaped buttons tho' grin

Chubfuddler Tue 20-Aug-13 22:22:31

Mine keeps pinching my clothes, so Boden, top shop, new look etc. when she buys her own its debenhams and m & s.

Chubfuddler Tue 20-Aug-13 22:23:11

Could you book her a personal shopper session in John Lewis or somewhere like that?

TSSDNCOP Tue 20-Aug-13 22:25:02

M&S jeans, skirts or trousers.

Autograph or Coast tops for best which I buy her.

Casual t-shirts/jumpers rest of the time depending on season.

She has UGGs too. She's 76. She likes to spot fakes grin

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 20-Aug-13 22:28:13

Pruner for special occasions - or should that be speziale occasions? grin
Primark, Asda and "Mataland" for every day.

She is very fond of pink. She has dyed pale orange hair. hmm

OhDearNigel Tue 20-Aug-13 22:28:34

Next, saisnbury's, coast, phase eight. My mum looks amazing at 70

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