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A little moan...women of a certain age...

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howtotellmum Mon 11-May-09 20:56:57

I am a reasonably trim, fashionable late 40s- look a bit younger so I am told- but am so depressed at lack of suitable summer clothes this year.

Everything is either sleeveless and very young, empire line and smocky ( don't want to look PG), or floral like curtains.

I am not old enough for Kalico, or CCs, don't like Hobbs ( all those spots), Phase 8 and Fenn Wright Manson are all to floral and droppy, and mother-of-the-bride, Monsoon looks garish, White Stuff and Fat Face are aging hippy...

Jesire and Whistles are drab this season...I could go on!

used to love Jigsaw and Kew, but Jigsaw is now silly prices, and everything this year is purple, navy or black ( not my colours), and the dresses are either too formal or too floaty.

Have bought one colour block dress from Boden, and one skirt Jigsaw and one skirt from Kew.

Anyone else in the same boat?

3littlefrogs Mon 11-May-09 21:02:46

Yes. I am (a lot) older than you are. I have had a (very) few nice things from fifty plus - (mostly evening wear), but the sleeveless thing really annoys me. I have given up this year, and decided the only thing to do is buy some shrugs in various colours... and just cover up my arms.

janeite Mon 11-May-09 21:09:19

Gap have a few nice dresses in at the moment, with short sleeves. Unfortunately I can't link to them as their website doesn't show the same things they have in store in the UK.

Linea at House Of Fraser? Reiss?

Lilymaid Mon 11-May-09 21:10:13

I'm of a certain age and don't want to descend into wearing what I call "cruise wear". Went into CC some time ago and was amused to hear the assistants discussing the high heeled shoes on offer, pointing out that their clientele were too old to be able to stand without the use of a stick!
I tend to buy stuff from East, but yes, I know it isn't very fashionable.

mollyroger Mon 11-May-09 21:10:40

oh it is hard. I have opted for ageing hippy grin
But I am not quite 40 yet...

Doodle2U Mon 11-May-09 21:14:29

Why do ALL tops, jumpers and cardis have sleeves that finish half up your arm - like you've grown out of it ? Bugs me that does!

AnyFucker Mon 11-May-09 21:20:16

I am early 40's

I buy my clothes from Zara, Fat Face, River Island (jeans and t-shirts, not the nasty dresses), Gap, Warehouse, Oasis and even Republic (hmm] for casual stuff

Mind you, I only do casual really, so that might skew my choices

howtotellmum Mon 11-May-09 21:27:44

Casual stuff is okay-ish- I do White Stuff but don't go for florals, lots of Kew ( last year not this), bits from JIgsaw.

Reiss always seems very "partyish"- silky and fitted not every day??

I have resorted to a few plain skirts- Kew and Jigsaw- and T shirts ,plus short cropped cardis and wrap-over cardis.

There just seems to be not much in between mother of the bride floral chiffon, and Top Shop smocky dresses!!!

fridayschild Mon 11-May-09 21:37:12

At work my glamorous colleagues of all ages are wearing see through patterned blouses with a plain vest underneath, which looks very of the moment. And also conceals the upper arms!

MorrisZapp Tue 12-May-09 13:19:08

Yup, this pisses me off no end. What's the point in shops endlessly chasing the teeny market, when us quality seekers have more pounds in our pocket to spend?

I'm totally 'White Stuff' and can still rock the look no problem (I'm 38) but am not looking forward to a future in Hobbs ffs.

My mum has never even bothered to try - she still wears jeans and t-shirts in her 60's, though not always with great success (sorry mum).

God save us from 'classic' and 'cruise' collections. I see the future, and it is taupe sad

PutDown Tue 12-May-09 17:06:56

I am 42 and do
White Stuff tunic tops over jeans/linen trousers,always with long necklace and with cropped cardigan over the top if chilly.
Occasional Boden.
Occasional Fat Face dress/tunic.
Noa Noa,Avoca,Sandwich type stuff,usually bought in sales or off ebay.
Jersey Warehouse/Oasis dresses(knee length) with ballet pumps,wedges or Birkies.
Agree re lack of shops for our age group though.
I do venture into Topshop and New Look with DDS sometimes!

PutDown Tue 12-May-09 17:08:24

Oh,forgot Great Plains,I buy summer dresses and skirts from there quite often.

LaurieFairyCake Tue 12-May-09 17:10:35

Monsoon puts all their garish stuff in the window, inside it's much more tasteful

Currently wearing navy trousers and stripy v-neck top, both from Monsoon this season.

However I am quite boring

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 12-May-09 17:18:02

I am incredibly old and do

Kaliko (hadn't realised this was a faux pas blush)
White Stuff dresses
Designers at Debenhams
Occasionally Boden
Very occasionally H&M

My secret shame is that I bought a dress in CC last year, which has been much admired by my friends.

I am now sitting here with pencil and paper poised, waiting for other suggestions.

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 12-May-09 17:20:17

Oh and forgot to say I like the three-quarter sleeve cardigans as (in my view) they provide upper arm coverage without looking as out of place as long-sleeved cardigans in summer.

sfxmum Tue 12-May-09 17:20:52

what is CC? as a woman of a certain age I thought I should ask

am with you really what is it with the sleeveless and lack of decent V neck semi fitted nice long lasting T shirt in decent colours (not pastel hues)

BonsoirAnna Tue 12-May-09 17:22:58

Have you tried IKKS?

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 12-May-09 17:23:37


CC is Country Casuals, having had a makeover (or possibly Botox or hip replacement, given the demographic)

(No disrespect intended towards those who need hip replacements)

BonsoirAnna Tue 12-May-09 17:27:17

Comptoir des Cotonniers

BonsoirAnna Tue 12-May-09 17:27:18

Comptoir des Cotonniers

BonsoirAnna Tue 12-May-09 17:27:18

Comptoir des Cotonniers

redpanda Tue 12-May-09 17:28:05

A big French Connection store? Sometimes worth a browse - although I've had some visits where I could buy loads and others where nothing appeals.

pagwatch Tue 12-May-09 17:31:31

I am 47 and I am mostly going with Day Birger Mickelson,Mango, a few bits from Gap, Comptoire de cotonnier,French Connection and Top shop .
But I have realised that I am better buying less and buying Designer things as they are not stupidly short, they are lined, and they fit me...
Milly, Max mara, See by Chloe, Joseph, Cacharel etc. I buy waaayyy less but they last. I am old

BonsoirAnna Tue 12-May-09 17:31:39

Lovely cardigan/top

sfxmum Tue 12-May-09 17:33:57

oh I see madbadperson you

actually there is a Comptoir in town never look ed in

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