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  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM 5341 replies99 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I do believe not dressing old. I don't mean to offend people, but I won't step into Chico, or any place that sells elastic pants (especially jeans). I'll buy jeans with stretchy material, but not elastic waist.

    About 4 or 5 years ago, my parent's got me a gift certificate for Chicos for Christmas. My D still laughs thinking about my facial expressions when we went to shop there. This was an attempt by my mother to make me "grown-up." She also wants me to cut my hair short, but that is another subject. It took me three trips to Chicos to use up the gift certificate, and a good portion of it was on some jewelry.

    I would never wear anything but heels with jeans. As we get older (not me of course) I think giving ourselves the appearance of long lines becomes more important to balance out a few "problem" areas. I think a dark washed jean with pointy toed heels with just a touch of toe cleavage, a white shirt and some type of jacket can take you just about anywhere, be age appropriate, yet still modern and fresh.

    I shudder thinking about my favorite grey stirrup pants with oversize cowl neck sweaters that I used to wear in the 80's. Never again.
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  • worknprogressworknprogress 1523 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Actually, one of my favorite jackets is a short/bright green one from Chico's. I guess I had better not let anyone know where I got it!! ;)
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Chico's is my favorite store. I love the colors and how the same clothes can go from casual to dressy.
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  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild 22701 replies191 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Chico's has some cute jackets. My sister and I (totally different body types) have both found things we like at Chico's. It is not a regular haunt of mine, though, because it just has sort of an "old" vibe. I feel the same way about Talbot's.
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  • anothermom2anothermom2 1705 replies48 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I hope its ok to jump back in with a couple of funny (hopefully) stories about clothing. Years ago (30 or so) my mom told me that she could not buy a brand called "ecobay" (at least I think that was the name) because they were old lady clothes (elastic waist - jersey stretch- you know). Then she starts to laugh - she cracked herself up and says "who do I think I am?!" meaning she was an old lady (late 50's then.) I've never been to chico's but it sounds like this brand looked.

    Also decades ago, my friend went to interview for a job in LA. She wore a suit that was fine for a law firm in Atlanta (which is where we were in school) or NY (which is what I was familiar with). She was waiting for an elevator, and an associate of the law firm looked at her and said "who died?" Yes, I always forget that California is so much more casual than NY or NJ.

    Anyway, Hmom, how exciting for you! Good luck and all that other wonderful stuff. I thought you had kids in HS, no?
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  • PackMomPackMom 7650 replies17 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^^ I happened by a Talbots Outlet store recently so thought I would look around. Oh my,it was like stepping into a time warp or something. The prices were really good but couldn't find one single thing I would have worn.

    What's the vote on Coldwater Creek? I sometimes wander through when passing it in the mall but have never bought anything. It all seems sort of too "matched up" if that makes sense.
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  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The important thing with leggings is that, under all circumstances, your butt must be totally covered.

    Amen and amen.
    Also decades ago, my friend went to interview for a job in LA. She wore a suit that was fine for a law firm in Atlanta (which is where we were in school) or NY (which is what I was familiar with). She was waiting for an elevator, and an associate of the law firm looked at her and said "who died?" Yes, I always forget that California is so much more casual than NY or NJ.

    I don't travel on business often, but the few times I've been to NY, I've avoided the black/gray suit and have worn something professional yet "Dallas" (eg. a fitted beige jacket.) Always willing to give the other folks something to talk about
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  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What's the vote on Coldwater Creek? I sometimes wander through when passing it in the mall but have never bought anything.

    I got their catalogue for years. Then a store opened at a mall in our region but pretty far away. One Saturday morning I made the 45 minute drive out there. I was horrified to find that I was the only woman under 65 in the store.

    Chicos has likewise been ruined for me. I had a secretary who was 12-13 years older than me. She was very well dressed and always shopped at Chicos. So when I see their clothes, I think her age (mid 60s) rather than my age (early 50s).
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  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am not into dressing like my kids, been there done that. I have nicer things now, even for leisure. Instead of sweat suit, I have cashmere top/bottoms for at home. I may wear jeans out, but I wear a jacket or nice shirt on top. I am not a casual type of person, so when I go out I like to be put together. Even pool wear, it's not a T shirt over bathing suit. Cut off jeans, casual T-shirt or wife beater shirt would look strange on me.

    I guess more common than someone our age dressing too young are the ladies whose attire says "I give up." Many of us no longer have the thighs/bottom/belly we desire, but that doesn't mean we have to wear huge baggy sweatpants and t-shirts all the time. Hope I'm not offending anyone - I know that people get defensive about their clothes. But believe me, baggy sweat pants do not make our butts look smaller.

    Okay, now I can't stop. Another pet peeve: Don't dress like a kindergarten teacher unless you are, in fact, a kindergarten teacher.
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  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Final post, I promise. My youngest is an 8th grade cheerleader. One of the other 8th grade cheer moms is 29 years old.
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  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM 5341 replies99 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^^^^

    Bad flashback to D in 3rd grade ice cream day for her class at school when one of her friends asked me if I was her Grandmother! :( I was only 38, but I soon found out her mom was 24!!!!!

    Sorry, back to topic.
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  • EPTREPTR 3896 replies78 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Even if you are a Kindergarten teacher,don't dress like a Kindergarten teacher.
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  • BromfieldBromfield 1893 replies43 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What's the vote on Coldwater Creek? I sometimes wander through when passing it in the mall but have never bought anything. It all seems sort of too "matched up" if that makes sense.

    I'd put Coldwater Creek in the Talbots and Chicos category--definitely post-menopausal.
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  • ellebudellebud 2298 replies30 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The first adage: If you wore it once....applies. In soCal how you dress for work depends on your job. But in an industry where youth is importent (show business for example or fashion) to dress too young makes you look old. And you do look ridiculous. Jeans, white shirt, jacket/sweater...all are classic and elegant. Thigh high boots....not so much. Ankle boots with tights...iffy, depends on your legs. A good rule of thumb: If you see the outfit you're wearing in Glamour...don't wear it. In Vogue...ok. (Not the price tag the idea).
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12812 replies167 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Dress young - if you can pull it off.

    If you have the build, the attitude and the hairstyle dressing young will make you seem... well, young! But if you don't you'll merely look... questionable at best - ridiculous at worst.
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  • BookladyBooklady 3086 replies36 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Dress young - if you can pull it off.

    How about "youthful" rather than "young"? I actually weigh less than my beautiful 16 year old daughter, but I could not pull off 99% of her wardrobe. (There is a classic dress that she bought in Sedona that I have borrowed.)
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  • missypiemissypie 17980 replies503 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Funny, booklady. Of course, I had to look up Eileen Fisher...those clothes look pretty nice to me!
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  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM 5341 replies99 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    In the words of my D, "Never, never wear mom jeans or a "Christmas teacher sweater."

    She doesn't have to worry on either front.
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  • musicamusicamusicamusica 6388 replies80 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    When I can afford it, I love buying Eileen Fisher. I just recently bought a few pieces at Nordstromm Rack. Wonderful materials. When my film costumer H is working, he likes to dress his (ahem) more "mature" actresses in Eileen Fisher.
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