I have had a reasonably good response to my shopping expedition post and for that ladies I thank you (courtesy’s graciously). This has prompted me to rant about the following:-
Sadly I would like to be as clever on the computer as http://www.irishkatie.wordpress.com 🙂 but alas I am not, therefore I can’t put up a vote block unfortunately to get opinions, so in my usual rant and rave style I shall blog.
For the mature women out there who are of ‘normal’ sizing (which in Australian standards is anything from a 10 to a 14) we need help!
Is there any manufacturer out there who would lay their reputation on the line to produce clothing for women in our age bracket say 45 upwards that:-
1stly isn’t outrageously expensive.
2ndly doesn’t make us look like we have purchased from Rays tent City &
3rdly is modern and stylish
Though there is a list a mile long of designers/manufacturers when we venture into the copious amount of clothing stores at shopping centres, there is what we say ‘slim pickings’. We stroll through the racks and shelves heading towards a colour that catches our eye only to look at the price tag and sigh in disbelief.
Our top designers Carla Zampatti, Alex Perry and the like design the haute couture line – would they be game enough to design for us? We unfortunately aren’t the Miranda Kerrs or Gretchen Gazelle (oh that we were) of this world and cannot don any article of clothing and make it or us look fantastic.
We are normal and we have ISSUES.
Arms – being untoned. Legs – being slightly veiny . Tummys – slightly or more than slightly protruding. Hips – larger than we would like and thighs – see hips.
The answer may be simple – Arms, Legs – cover up with pants or long skirts (this suggestion is feasible).
Tummy, hips and thighs – wear floating material that doesn’t cling to your body parts (also feasible).
HOWEVER May I enlighten you – Us ladies of more mature standing (crap ok – old) would like to still look stylish without having to pay an exorbitant amount to do so. So many items out there for the ‘youngens’ that with a little thought could also be carried off by us. I’m not talking the so short your bottom is visible, or so low-cut your navel can be seen, or side cut away jobs where on the young the waist is defined, on us our muffin tops hang out like half empty balloons.
All we ask for is for someone to be on our side, nothing more, nothing less. Fashion that is reasonably priced, with patterns/prints that don’t require the wearing of sunglasses to to wear and that caters for our ‘ idiosyncrasies’ .
I for one want to look stylish, I buy clothes that suit my body type, when I can find them that is, and not what the fashion trend dictates, however it seems to be getting harder and harder to find such suitable attire.
So unless in the thickness of an Australian summer we are forced to wear long skirts, or pants, or long sleeves, gaudy patterns or outfits resembling a marquee we are left with not much else to choose from, unless of course we pay ‘Top $” for it. Just give me a nice pair of wide waist band (to cover muffin-tops) linen pants with a wide leg and a nice summer shirt which doesn’t cost an arm and a leg **sorry I chuckled when I wrote that* – am I asking too much?
Too much to ask? Am I being unreasonable? I shall leave it to my readers.