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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Clothes Horse? Me? Neigh!

“They’re for everyone” said Lily Allen, interviewed on telly about her new frock range for New Look. “Young, fat, thin, tall, everyone will look good in these”. Yeah, right. And did she say they’d suit, um, anyone over 35? Did the over 40s get a mention? No, we frocking well didn’t. It’s not Lily Allen I’ve got a gripe with, I quite like the way she looks and if I was her age I’d probably be bopping around in plimsolls and a dress too. I even think I did. And it’s not the other celeb range of clothes from Madonna, Kylie and Kate Moss I’m moaning about either, it’s the lack of decent high street clothes for women of a certain age.

Ok, when I rant about clothes for women of a certain age, I do of course mean clothes for me. I’m only just over 40, yet I’m starting to wonder what to wear and where to buy it. My staples are bought from Next and M&S but please don’t tell me it’s only a matter of time and I'll be looking at polyester and nylon tops in BHS. Save me from the vision of wide-foot sandals I know is hovering on my horizon. I want clothes that won’t push out cleavage / midriff / bum. I want clothes that aren’t see-through. I want clothes that Lily Allen wouldn’t want to wear for another twenty years. So where does a sane woman over 40 with a busy life flex her Maestro card these days on the UK high street to buy pretty, hard-wearing, long-lasting clothes? Your suggestions all welcome please. I mean it. I really do want to know.

[Originally written for Dollymix]

5 comments:

Steve said...

If it's any good to you, chuck, my wife swears by on-line stores such as abound and Fashionworld.co.uk...

KAZ said...

Stop wingeing woman and get off to Top Shop while you still have the strength.

Old Cheeser said...

Ever tried "Primark", pet? Yes one can be snobby about these things but they've actually got a lot better now. The flagship store on Oxford Street is heavenly! Check out my coverage of Primarche:
http://trashcheesevision.blogspot.com/2007/05/
primarche.html

Although perhaps their clothes don't last for ever...but on the plus side they're not expensive so you wouldn't have to shell out too much. Why not try Kaz's suggestion of Top Shop then? (Or Monsoon is nice isn't it?)

JohnnyFox said...

Next, Zara, Reiss, John Lewis ... they might not take DSS vouchers, but they're alright and you won't get electric shocks from the fabrics.

Failing that, you could always try the catalogue Granada wardrobe uses to make Liz Macdonald look like the sort of "mouton" James Martin would have in a very slow oven quick and lively on Saturday Kitchen.

Flaming Nora said...

Cheers all for your suggestions. I quite fancy a copy of the Liz Mcdonald outfit catalogue! Hmmm...

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