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ok older mners. ( late 30's/40) ... where do you go to buy your clothes
is it just me or does anyone else have a real dilema when chosing clothes. Some shops are a definate no no .... too young, others ok with a mix of styles, but I just don't feel i'm ready to go down the crimplene suit route yet.....???
Err I'm 41 - does this make me a senior citizen? I shop at Gap, Zara, Hennes, Jigsaw, Kew, Topshop, Boden, and the occasional thing from Oasis, Monsoon, LK Bennett (one suit - on recommendation of Mumsnetters). Have lately found some nice work clothes in Cos and Massimo Dutti but I ithink they're a bit specfic to London. The main thing that links these shops is that they're either local to me or near work (or available online) - the thing that restricts me is time to shop. And they're not too expensive, but they're not Primark either. I don't really fit Next and never find anything in my size in M&S. Occasionally look in New Look/DP/French Connection/Bennetton. Have never bought anything from River Island! I think the trick is not to go too young (some things only look good on those slim of thigh and flat of tummy). I'm also a sucker for a nice cardy (have far too many cardies and never the right one to wear with anything so am always on the look out).
There have been a few articles in the papers on this of late urging us to avoid cheap shops and dress in investment clothing (I think this is meant to mean something from netaporter - rather than my budget). But obviously there is a middle ground.
For the record I did buy a few too many smocks this year, but will offload them come winter very lightly worn (maybe this should go on the giveaway thread).
I was out looking for trousers to wear to work on Saturday and looked in M&S, Principles and Debenhams having already tried Next a few weeks ago. I've decided I won't be buying any this year because I hate bootleg cut and can't find anything else, except in jeans which I already have plenty of.
I'm not trendy enough for most shops (though will never go the crimplene/nylon route) and I also expect clothes to last more than one season so there is no point in buying this year's high fashion as I will stand out a mile next year when I'm still wearing this year's clothes.
oasis, topshop, warehouse, french connection (although usually in the sale), M&S limited collection, occasionally next and Kew (for work). For casual days - fat face, gap, white stuff. I have bought shoes from New Look and the occasional smock from primark.
I'm 35 - doe sthat count as an older mother?
Although I feel 15!
Next - armarni (no I'm not a designer snob!) - shoes, Patrick Cox (gorgeous, bit different)... urm, can't think of any more at the moment.
My other half reckons I'm trying to cling on to my youth - I wouldn't mind but I think I onlt bought a hooded body warmer thingy last year as I couldn't find a decent coat that didn't make me look 60!
Oh yes ok
Today I am 43 (heck!) and am wearing
Charles Tywhirt ladies stripey shirt (bright colours, in sale)
pale fawn tailored trews (M&S discouted at school fashion show)
Sole pair of smart shoes - high heeled and point toed from local indie shoe shop sale
(theme emerges here...)
Undies - M&S knicks and Fantasie expensive bra.