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Old 11-30-2011, 04:32 PM
 
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OK girls

I'm over 40 ... waaaaaay over.

And I need to spruce up my work wardrobe in a hurry!

I just got through a day of shopping for clothes and I am exhausted and near tears. I've found very little to wear, other than a couple of play-it-safe suits. Bring on the gray and black, I guess.

Everything is either too young -- ie, mini-skirts, tights .. or too old .. elastic waistband, cut too large in the waist.

I've looked everywhere for age-appropriate clothing that is still fun and not too old. Chicos, Coldwater Creek, J Jill, Talbots.

Bleh!

The clothes are either boring (I just can't work baby blue or seafoam green or peach. No bright colors except for cranberry. Cranberry is everywhere -- like it's the only appropriate color? What is up with that? ) -- or too over the top (check out the zebra print blazer at Chicos.).

Chicos and CC in particular were frustrating. Everything is so baggy in the waist I looked pregnant! And the pants are too short -- ?? Ditto with the "brands" at places like Dillards and Macy's -- ie, Jones New York.

Where do YOU shop? Any secrets to share? What about online retailers?

Thanks for letting me vent.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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Ann Taylor Loft works for me!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:31 PM
 
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Are you looking for 'business casual' or more formal clothes for work? If the latter,
Talbots online has a cute houndstooth check jacket and skirt and a flannel jacket in vibrant green that would be striking with a black pencil skirt. If business casual is more your speed, how about nice black pants and a jewel-toned pullover and cardigan from Lands' End?

If you can wait a couple of months, spring clothes will be out. Good luck!
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:37 PM
 
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I still get most of my basics from places like Gap and J. Crew.

I get inspiration from Anthropologie. I buy stuff on sale there occasionally, but mostly I just do a riff on their looks and find fun/trendy stuff at places like TJ Maxx.

You can also "modify" trends for the younger set. Tights and mini-skirts for example. Colored tights are fun (and warm!). Just pair yours with a classic knee-length a-line skirt and some updated pumps or oxfords.

As I age, I honestly just don't want to think about clothes so much, so I've kind of adopted a uniform (Think "Steve jobs" or "Diane Keaton"). Black jersey or grey flannel skirts, dark-wash straight-leg jeans, white t-shirts and yep, black mock-t's. Add a blazer or cardigan and I'm good to go.

I add color with accessories. Tights, scarves, a great pair of earrings.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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As I age, I honestly just don't want to think about clothes so much, so I've kind of adopted a uniform (Think "Steve jobs" or "Diane Keaton").
She's Chico's new spokesperson.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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My dress clothes are from a small and independent online company in England that offers classic styles in high quality fabrics. My casual clothes are from a small and independent online company in Wisconsin that supports women-owned co-ops and fair trade. I knit all my sweaters and scarves.

Except jeans, I don't buy anything from chain clothing retailers or department stores. When possible, I bought clothes from local shops in countries we visited.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Kohl's, Marshall's, and oddly enough - Walmart's. I got a pair of black Lee pants after searching futilely for a pair of Dockers that fit - I'm short, -and- full-figured, -and- short-waisted. Those "belly trimmers" are elastic which accentuates a pooch rather than eliminating it - and all womens' Dockers now come with "belly trimmers" or waist slimmers or whatever their catch-phrase is this week. I needed a pair of pants that sit -on- the hip instead of under it or over it..just slightly below the waist. If it's too far below, it slides down and I have to constantly hitch them up. If it's too high, it looks like there's no space between my boobs and my waist.

Lees actually looked perfect - a little too long in the hem but the rest of it draped over me flawlessly.
Who knew Walmart would have something I'd actually be willing to pay for.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Add in - same boat but I can't find anything that fits (small and petite).
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Is Dress Barn still in business? They have great clothes for all ages, especially over-40s ... stylish, yet classic. (Yes, clothes can be stylish AND classic).
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: California
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As I age, I honestly just don't want to think about clothes so much, so I've kind of adopted a uniform (Think "Steve jobs" or "Diane Keaton"). Black jersey or grey flannel skirts, dark-wash straight-leg jeans, white t-shirts and yep, black mock-t's. Add a blazer or cardigan and I'm good to go.
That's a good idea. I've sort of done the "uniform" thing with my casual, stay-at-home clothes, I just buy more of the same whenever the old things wear out. When I was younger I was kind of a clothes horse and when I got pregnant I remember telling people to get used to seeing me in the same couple of outfits every week because I didn't want to spend the $$ for "temporary" clothes. I feel that way about everyday now . A couple things that look good...buy them in multiples...DONE.
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