I am just learning to accept that I am getting older, but do I have to accept dressing old too? Why do clothes for middle age seem to resemble what my great-grandma would wear around the house? I may be 44, but I am not ready for this! I have style, but the clothes in the store do not. Jennifer Lopez can have nice clothes, why not me? So many times I have walked through the Junior’s section of various department stores and wondered, “Why don’t they have that in my size?” I am not talking about tight-fitting shorts or cropped tops. I am taking about cute and trendy clothes that would look good on anyone under 70.
Why can’t manufacturers make clothes for people who are young at heart? Do most 40 somethings wear baggy printed dresses resembling a grandmother’s night-gown? I think not. When I walk through Macy’s the clothing styles look old. Boxy. Then I walk through a trendy place like H&M and I become a bit frustrated because the clothes are made to fit a 90 lb girl who is 5’4″ tall. The clothes are trendy but not made to fit someone who has a woman’s body. I am far from voluptuous at 140 lbs and 5’7″ tall. I feel on the border (age and body style) of being able to carry off these young styles. What is a woman to do?
In H&M I bought a dress off the rack without trying it on (because I was in a rush). It was a T-shirt dress and it looked comfortable and cute. How bad could it be? When I got it home, I discovered a problem. It was short. Very short. I was afraid to bend over. Or sit down. (Clearly the new trend is to show off your underwear.) I resorted to putting on my SPANX in an effort to make the dress hang a bit longer. I have worn it a few times so far, but I am still not sure about it. My boyfriend loves the dress (it shows a lot of leg). It must look better than it feels.
I was just thinking that if this dress was a bit longer, I would wear it a lot more. A dress like this I could wear every day in the summer. I would have it in every color! I guess I want to make a plea to designers and manufacturers to make some clothes that are trendy for women like me who want to dress our age. Not young. Not old. Something in the middle. Something trendy, stylish, and practical (So I can bend over to pick up a can of tomatoes at Albertson’s without mooning the guys stocking the shelves.)
Another area of challenge is jeans. I used to buy jeans at the GAP. This year the styles just don’t seem to be keeping up with the times. My answer? Victoria Secret. Yes, they sell something that is not lacy or an undergarment. I found jeans that are trendy AND fit. Hallelujah! They probably fit better than any other jeans I have ever worn. I even bought two knit shirts from the same catalog. It seems crazy that I am spending more on clothes at Victoria Secret than bras and underwear.
How do you feel about middle-aged clothes? Where do you buy age appropriate but trendy clothes?