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Old 01-08-2014, 12:42 PM
 
Location: La lune et les étoiles
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True style really is ageless. Women from 18 to 108 could wear these outfits....


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Old 01-08-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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True style really is ageless. Women from 18 to 108 could wear these outfits....

Yeah, sure. If they want to look like overdressed idiots.
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Old 01-08-2014, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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thanks Jukesgrrl - I've never seen a Steinmart (heard of them though) - Macy's only occasionally has 0 and only in I.N.C. Petite (overpriced Macy's brand and often trendy/odd LOL) - we don't have Dillards here either.
Surprised to see you don't have Dillards in Metro DC, but I checked the website and, indeed, you don't. There are locations in VA, but not near you. You do have an issue if you are a size 0 and want conservative styles. Most of the stores catering to a 0 are pretty trend-oriented.

Banana Republic has size 0 and 00. They are relatively fashion-forward but they have suits and basics like pants, skirts, and tops that would suit anyone. A weather presenter on one of my local TV stations has her clothes provided by Banana Republic and she wears pants and suit jackets every day. There's a BR on King Street and one in the Pentagon Fashion Center Mall.
Petite Suit Collections: Shop for dress suits, blazers, skirts, separates, suit pants, suit vests in petite sizes | Banana Republic

I think your best bet would be the Potomac Mills outlet mall in Woodbridge. Smaller sizes tend to be better represented by the pricier stores and some of the more expensive department stores have outlets at Potomac Mills. Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus (Last Call), and Saks Fifth Ave. (Off Fifth) are all represented there. Also, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Kasper (smallest size a 2) have outlets there. Mind you, outlets today usually don't have the same merchandise the main stores have (they buy lines just for the outlets), but they tend to keep to the same styles and size ranges they sell in the actual department store. But the best thing about Potomac Mills is: they have a custom tailor in that mall.

Do check Steinmart, too, if you get a chance, but there isn't one in Alexandria. I think the closest one to you is the one out by Dulles Airport.

(If you wonder how I know this stuff, I used to live in DC and also I once worked in retail.)
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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thanks for all the detail! I didn't know there was a Steinmart in the Dulles area, I also have been saying I need to get to Potomac Mills. M.Kors and C.Klein are cut too large - I don't wear super conservative but steer clear of glitter, sequins, the fake "leather" inserts, etc. - I'd prefer things that last more than one season - I haven't been in Banana Republic in a few yrs. (I did go to that King St. store before).

Thanks again - I still keep looking! (How I miss Petite Sophisticate!)
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Mt. Lebanon
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OK, my opinion is that with age comes better quality and simplicity in style. I am appalled by the poor quality of merchandise in some of these popular stores at the mall, even upscale ones, like Larrimor's for example. It's plastic, plastic, plastic. What is this? the new 70s?

I for once, try as hard as possible to stay away of plastic (polyester) and made in China. I'm looking for cotton, cashmere, silk, wool. I look for quality items. I don't have brands that I follow blindly. I rather go by the look, by the items I'm missing or wanting. Oh if we are talking brands, I love Coldwater Creek, Antropologie for some stuff - their pants never fit well on me. I probably am the only one on the planet who hates Coach purses and Vera Bradley, that I find appropriate for small girls and absolutely hideous on grownup women. The rest, clean lines, up to 3 colors, minimalist at best. If I have to shine (say go to some event or function) I choose one item to be the focus of attention, be it red lipstick matching with the purse or maybe the shoes or the earrings. Not more than one, because at this age - mid life - one doesnt want to look like an xmas tree. AT this age less is more.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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True style really is ageless. Women from 18 to 108 could wear these outfits....

Those outfits are horrible. If I saw someone in either one of them, but especially the first, I'd laugh.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:01 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Casual--L.L.Bean. Everything else--Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Talbots, Chicos. They can be expensive but you can get them on sale or at an outlet.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:09 PM
 
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Did anyone check topsjeans.com yet?
Shopped with them recently and the quality seems to be pretty decent.
Also, love the "Details" tab on their products.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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True style really is ageless. Women from 18 to 108 could wear these outfits....

Yup, the first one for karate practice and the second one for Sound of Music tryouts.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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But which stores sell small/petite sizes that aren't for teens? I have to buy 14/16 girls or sometimes find 0,1,2 that fits - not often though - tops are fine, I'm a regular small (although quality out there is a whole different issue).
My daughter wears a girls 16 from Walmart, or a 2 petite from White House Black Market, or a 6 petite from Ann Taylor. Talbots pants don't fit her, but their skirts are fine, in a 6. (she's a teen, but tiny ladies' sizes fit her much better than teen sizes and she likes a more classic style anyhow)
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