There has been plenty of complaining in the past on this blog about trying to shop for clothes and getting nowhere, and today is/was no exception.
Designers are still putting out ruffles, wild patterns and colors, beads, lace, jewels, rhinestones, pearls, bangles, spangles and polkadots - often on the same garment. In addition, they are sleeveless, backless, strapless and/or nearly frontless. (I made that up.) Women my age try to hide their myriad of imperfections, not make them available for all to see. If the clothing has high necks and long sleeves, they aren't really practical in our warm summer climate. We need something in-between.
Skirts are really long this season, and I won't complain; however they are very full, ruffled, multi-tiered, horizontally striped, lacy or gored. When you are hippy, or your belly protrudes, that's not what you need.
When I found a pair of pants or a skirt I liked, it wasn't available in my size. If it was my size, it was made for someone not long out of their teen years, if that. If I - wonder of wonders - found a skirt or top that I liked and in my size, the only partner available for it was size 4 or 3x, and not age appropriate. Often the patterns in my size look too "old-womanish", which I attempt to avoid - even though I'm not trying to fool anyone.
What's an old lady to do???
I have a penchant for natural fabrics (linen, cotton and silk) and there are too many blends on the market now. I hate polyester and acrylics. I decided to go to a shop that features natural fibers, which I had not been in for several years, and I was shocked at the styles for women of more than average size, with price tags to match. who wants to pay $78+ for a simple all cotton t-shirt? If I'm paying that much, it has to have a very good sense of style and cut and it must be great quality. I don't want to see loose threads and misplaced stitches.
After traipsing around the shops for hours today (and I wore the wrong pair of shoes for that), I came home with 2 pair of pants and 2 tops. None of them matched and none of them were what I was originally looking for: something to wear to a college reunion and something to wear to a wedding this summer - and hoping that they would be one in the same.
See those dresses above? They are meant for someone young and someone who is adventuresome, neither of which I am any longer. Please, won't someone tell designers to start catering to the mothers and grandmothers of these girls???