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How old is too old to wear jeans?

Posted by dedtired (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 10, 12 at 9:54

I need some new clothes -- badly. I stopped working two years ago and after decades of wearing suits five days a week and usually some black stretchy pants on the weekend, I now need casual clothes to wear all week. I've pretty much worn out my casual clothes from my working days.

I need something that I can wear around the house and still look presentable to go to the store.

I was thinking of nice, fashionable jeans. How old is too old for jeans? Let's face it my posterior is a lot wider than it was back in the days when I wore jeans all the time.

I don't want the Mom Jeans look, either, although at my age it would be the Grandmom Jeans look.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mom jeans


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Just don't wear jeans with a belt and the shirt tucked in, and you'll be fine. And for heavens sake, don't wear that vest!

Fashionable to me are just plain old jeans. How dressed up to you need to go to the local grocery store?


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It's not the age that matters, it's the person. Years ago I saw Yoko Ono on TV; she was wearing jeans at 70 and it was right for her. I see she is 79 now and I bet she's still wearing them. Of course, her jeans may cost a thousand dollars and be made just for her, LOL.

I have the same problem as you. I wear any old thing because pretty much the only place I go is to the store or farmer's market. My daughter says you have to wear nice stuff anyway because it makes you feel better. But what is nice, casual stuff? Trendy jeans seem silly for older women, but mine are, as DD says, "not current." Gotta find the sweet spot.
And comfortable -- it's got to be as comfortable as an old flannel shirt. Or else I'll keep wearing the old flannel shirt.

But, yes, you can wear jeans and look good.


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I can't imagine NOT wearing jeans, regardless of age. To me, it's about finding a style/fit that's age-appropriate and doesn't make me look like I'm trying to act like the 20-somethings I go to school with!

There are an awful lot of nice jeans out there for all ages. I like Chico's slim-leg styles, which are trim without being a copy of the "skinny" jeans worn by the younger crowd, and their bootcut jeans, as well.


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People just tend to look nice for the most part where I live. I am home a lot now and since I live by myself it is easy to slide into the sloppy, comfy look. The problem is I either end up running out looking that way or have to change to go out. I'd like to get dressed for the entire day in the morning. Of course if I am doing some dirty project such as cleaning the basement or painting, I put on my crummy clothes.

I even put my makeup on to work in the yard since I always see my neighbors and chat.

I guess I need to shop around more for stylish jeans. I have one pair of Talbot's black jeans in their "curvy" style that I like a lot.

CC, I agree with your daughter. You just feel better about yourself if you looking good. The sweet spot -- good way to describe it.

When I was at the Flower Show I was appalled at some of the clothes worn by visitors. Honestly, some looked like they had been working in the barn and then came directly to the show. Baggy faded work jeans, flannel shirts or sweatshirts, dirty sneakers. Both men and women. I got the feeling that these people don't get out much.

I know it's not fair to compare, but when I was in Paris, even in the casual outdoor markets, the Parisians were dressed casually but with style. It just looked like they take pride in their appearance. It wasn't that they were dressed up, it just looked like they thought about their clothes. They are also very trim, which helps!


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I don't think there is a cutoff age. At least there better not be!! But the price of jeans that look good on you rises with age! I used to get away with 25-30 dollar jeans, now it is 50-60 dollar jeans. Part of it I think is just the general decline in clothing quality. If you want something that is made well and fits well, you will pay dearly. Heck, I can't hardly find PANTS that look good on me, or skirts. I shopped all Saturday at King of Prussia mall and I found ONE skirt that looked good on me (at Anne Taylor) and it was POLYESTER and cost $129.00. I passed.


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Is there a Coldwater Creek anywhere? They tend to sell to our demographic.


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Clothes shopping is a misery. I can't believe I used to like it. Maybe because I was young cute and skinny.

Actually, I think it's better to buy one terrific item than a bunch of less expensive compromises. I'm not sure I'd invest $129 in a poly skirt, though.

I may try Nordstrom rack this week. It takes a lot of patience and pawing through their stuff, but occasionally you find a winner at a great price.

I love the look of a great pair of jeans with the perfect untucked white shirt. I wish jeans weren't too hot for the summer.


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I live in jeans. I haven't bought jeans in a while but need to soon. I've had luck at Nordstrom but I forget the brand. I guess I wore those out or lost weight and donated them. I have had pretty good luck at Gap. They have so many different cuts that I can usually find something that works at a decent price. I have to try them all on, though, as they vary from one pair to another. They don't seem to have a firm manufacturing standard.

I've loved this clip forever. "Guaranteed to ride up." ;)

Here is a link that might be useful: Gilda.


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What's all this fuss I hear about saving Soviet jewelry?

(might go well with her jeans).

Funny, but those jeans almost look up to date with the skinny legs, but not the high waist and belt loops.

I love, love, love Gilda.


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Jessy -- ugh!!! I hate Coldwater Creek. Talk about Mom Jeans. If you have their clothes, go burn them now.


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Coldwater Creek = schoolmarm.

But I was in a store la few months ago and they aren't as bad as they used to be. The clothes used to be mostly long sacks.


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As long as the Jeans Police don't show up, you'll be fine.

I proudly wear mom jeans and love them, so easy to move in them. I do have some that "fit", and I wear those to work occasionally.

I get my jeans, online, from Penney's now, great prices.


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As Neil would say...we'll be ok forever in blue jeans!


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Good one, Sharon. I'll take that to heart. (although Neil is getting awfully old). Ha ha I just looked him up on Wikipedia. Not only is he 71, his middle name is Leslie.


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For me, the cutoff age is 50, but then I seldom ever wore jeans in my life (except in my 20s and early 30s), and I never wore them as a child. In high school, I wore dress slacks to school, and those who wore jeans were considered lower class. This was before jeans became fashionable, but I never got over the stigma. I still remember them as "dungarees".

I go to the Army-Navy Surplus Store to get casual pants for working in the yard or for casual shopping. I wear shorts most of the year, but I also wear Ralph Lauren slacks for when I go shopping at places like Melrose Ave. If I'm going to Rodeo Drive, I'll dress up a bit more, however.

I've noticed that the Italian men who visit here as tourists generally wear linen slacks or suits, unless they are right on the beach or the boardwalk. I haven't noticed so much what the Italian women wear - I think the men might be a bit more fashionable.

Denim adds pounds, and so unless you want to look larger than you are (and that used to be one of my goals), it is best to avoid it.

My mother never wore jeans or pants, and I used to make house dresses for her, but I don't think she wore them to go shopping. When I was very little, she would wear high heels, hose, white gloves, and a hat to go shopping. This was before shopping malls and so most of the stores were downtown - not counting grocery stores. I don't think she wore gloves to go grocery shopping, but she did wear a hat.

If I were a woman and were going to wear slacks or pants, I would look for something in rayon with a nice drape. I used to make women's rayon dress pants when I was doing fashion design in San Francisco.

Lars


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I want to second the Chico's suggestion. I have gotten a couple of pairs of jeans from them and I just love them. You are NEVER too old to wear jeans, just make sure they are age appropriate.

Alexa


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Since you know what mom jeans are and hate Coldwater Creek, you'll be fine.

If you're broader than you wish, I would go for bootcut jeans.
Also, for summer, look for lightweight fabrics and colors, not all denim is thick and heavy.
I can usually find jeans that fit me very well and look great for around fifty or less on sale.
Jeans over a hundred are usually more label than substance.

I think the hippest older women look best in jeans, overdressing is aging.


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I agree, you're never too old to wear jeans. My mother is 78 and she still wears them. Of course, she's 4"10" and weighs about 85 pounds!

I like LLBean jeans, they're for real people. I've also gotten jeans at JC Penny and Kohls. I don't know what rocket scientist thought it was a good idea to design "low rise" jeans for women over 50. What a moron.

OK, so what's wrong with Mom jeans if you ARE a Mom? I want the waist to come to my waist, for crying out loud, not down below my stomach like those goofy old men who think wearing their pants under their belly counts as wearing a smaller size.

I hate to shop, so if I find a pair I like, I buy a couple. I also read something the other day that said you shouldn't wear athletic shoes unless you're doing something athletic. HUH?

I did embarrass Makayla a few weeks ago, though. We went to the mall and she asked me to zip up my sweatshirt/jacket. I asked why and she pointed out that it said "I'd rather be in the stall than in the mall". Yeah? So? She pointedly reminded me that we WERE IN THE MALL! Geez. (grin)

That said, I have to admit that I don't own a flannel shirt.

Annie


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I'm five feet tall, shopping for any clothes is always torture. I do best in better stores in the petite section. I stick with tailored minimal styles. No ruffles, no puffs, no flowers. Ralph Lauren and Jones New York are my best friends. Otherwise I look like I am impersonating a 12 year old or I veer into granny.

Jeans are difficult. Sigh. I like slim legs because I am short. Roomy legs just make me look shorter. But not tight because I am of a certain age. I have a couple of pair of low-ish rise jeans. Not LOW. But I am the wrong shape (not pear) and if I lose a pound they tend to head south.

Life was simpler when I was 16 and all I needed was a couple pair of Levi button-front 501s in size 29x29.

The next time I find a pair that fits I will buy several pairs.


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I think I'll be buried in jeans. I go to the thrift store to buy mine, usually. I can't see paying more than $5 for a pair of jeans. The kind I like the best tend to be Lee Riders stretch jeans. They are semi-low riders, and oh, so comfortable. To me they look like regular jeans, you can't tell they're stretch until you put them on. That being said, I've never tried an expensive pair of jeans. I get nearly all my clothes at the thrift stores. I've bought brand new items at thrift stores that someone must have bought but never wore.

I've read the theory about dressing nice for the day, putting on make up, the works, but it doesn't work for me. I feel paralyzed. I can't get anything done because I'm afraid I'll get my clothes dirty, or I can't move in them.

Sally


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My favorite for casual out and about are khakis. LL Bean has them in several styles and colors to make it fun. Comfy and nice looking, and yoou don't have to be 16 for them to fit. And they wash great, no wrinkles.

I am not one to wear jeans for a day out of shopping, museum, etc. I want to avoid the "flower show" look you saw. Aand yes, I have been seeing too much of that and it is not pretty on anyone at any age. Jeans , to me, are for gardening and messy work. For days at home w/o too much messy stuff, I found some cheap khaki slacks that work. For really comfy, JCPenny has some great sweats with nice tops. I may not go out and if someone comes over, they still look good.

And those low rise, hip hugging slacks are only good for those with a models figure.

And putting on a bit of makeup is like clean undies....you never know who you see and when.


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I like lower rise bottoms because I have a short waist, so anything at the waist is bad proportionally for me.

At this age, it's a balancing act - trying to look appropriate and not mutton-dressed-as-lamb, but not dowdy either.

Jeans are tough - lots of people do not look good in them, skinny or big. If your jeans are stuck in your bottom, they are too tight! If your bottom is flat and your jeans look baggy there - fuggedaboutit! If you don't look good in jeans or are plain sick of them, wear menswear-look slacks (GAP, Loft and Banana Republic always carry different styles of these) or sporty pants instead. Or see some of the sportswear at Athleta and Title Nine for casual lifestyles and weekends.


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Jeans are tricky because every company has a bewildering number of cuts, styles, and fits. Just when you have it figured out, they change those cuts and you're the Little Match Girl again, huddled in the snow clutching your last pair of properly-fitting jeans. My tolerance for clothes shopping is at a 30 minute a trip, 1 trip per month level. At that rate, my odds of finding jeans I like during a trip to the mall is about zero.

My answer is to always buy the same type - size, brand and style - of jeans, or at most a couple of tested and proven types on the "approved list". Eventually I'd like to subscribe to jeans. Every year on my birthday, two pairs should be automatically sent to me, and the least-worn two pairs automatically deleted from my closet. When I get a man-servant, I will be sure to add that to Jeeves' duties.

Even so, styles change, so you have to re-calibrate. Recently I spent an excruciating half day at the mall trying on jeans for this decade's approved list. Stayed on the list: Levi's 501 button fly straight leg, 32" 32". Made the list: Calvin Klein straight leg 32" 32". Blue or black. There. Done. Until 2020.

Funny enough, jeans actually are my "dressing up" wear. Which says a lot, and nothing good, about my fashion sensibilities. For everyday pants, I've been wearing the same type for 25 years. It is a sort of rock climber's pant - medium weight cotton twill, elastic waist with integral nylon belt, gusset at the crotch, comes in various dirt-like colors. The company, Grammici, actually started making rock climbing pants and this pant, the original G pant, was its only product. Now they seem more hipster than climber, judging by the smarmy tattooed guy models - gee, looks like every day in Portland - but they still make the G pant, thank goodness. I go through four pairs a year.

When we lived in hotter climes, my standard pants were these quick-drying nylon tropical adventurer things by Ex Officio. You know, what you pack in your devil-may-care duffel and throw into the seaplane for a week of tarpon fishing or sea kayaking. In the cold rain where I live now, those pants would be like wearing soggy Kleenex.

You know what I'd really like to find, as far as jeans go? Back about '83, I had a pair of tight jeans in green and white stripes. They were popular in Europe then, among young folks anyway. When I got back to the States, I never saw anyone wearing them. I wish I still had mine, but they were probably a 28" waist, no hope of fitting. Brooke Shields still has, and can fit into, her nothing-comes-between Calvins. Not me.


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Peppi, for some reason I have never looked good in khaki slacks. They always look like they are wearing me instead of me wearing them. Hard to explain.

Mutton dressed as lamb. That's exactly what I want to avoid.

I find that Ann Taylor and Banana Republic pants are not made for women with voluptuous hips. I used to wear GAP jeans all the time, but I haven't been in there for a long time. Along with Baby Gap they should have Geriatric Gap. That company has most of the bases covered with Old Navy for the young and broke, Gap for those with a few bucks to spare and Banana Republic for the slightly more upscale set. I should send an email and tell them they are missing a large and growing market segment.

Enough with the ads for walk-in tubs. Show me some geriatric jeans!


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I am very curvy with large thighs, so I HATE shopping for jeans. However, I just found some you might want to take a look at. I bought them at Talbot's, they are the "curvy" fit jeans. Of course, I *still* have to have the waist taken in, but that is par for the course for me.

Check them out, they may work!

Nicole


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so you guys are telling me that my trip to the Wesco station for the sunday paper this morning was a fashion faux pas?

I wore a pair of black yoga pants, Danskin brand, that I bought at a yard sale for 25 cents, topped with a Tractor Supply t-shirt that says "I'm a farmer, someone has to feed you people" and a black Carhartt sweatshirt/jacket that zips up the front. No make-up but I did put on deodorant and brush my teeth!

I think I was a bit overdressed, standing in line behind the woman in her pajama pants and a camo sweatshirt, LOL.

Oh, and for the record, I HATE jeans. I've never found one single pair that is truly comfortable or that fits well or looks good. When I was a teenager I wore boys Levis because I had no waist and no butt. I still have no waist and no butt, but I'm busty. Low rise jeans will never work for me, they just slide off my non-existent butt, giving me the ever popular "plumber's" look. At least the Mom jeans stay up!

Khakis don't really do all that well for me either, if they fit my waist they're far too baggy in the rear and thighs.

I have two pairs of "travel pants" that i bought at Sam's Club, they fit and look better than anything else I've tried. I really thought I'd splurged, TWO pairs of slacks, and I paid $30 a pair for them, something unheard of in my life. I seldom have $100 worth of clothing on my entire body, counting underwear, bra and purse!

Gawd, I hate shopping.....

And that reminds me, I need a haircut. It's been over two years. Another thing I just hate to do.

Annie


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Annie, I think you and have the same utilitarian fashion sense. But I do like my jeans. I am not the curvy shape either, I have no side hips. So the jeans that are curved to fit most women leave me with a strange bagginess. Gap has a cut that is pretty much straight up and down on the sides and those work pretty well for me. I have heard Lee jeans fit well and someday I might look for those.

I have dress pants but they don't work for me for everyday wear. I ride a bike most days to run all of my errands.

I can't make friends with my khaki trousers. I try. There are several pairs hanging in the closet. I put them on, look in the mirror and take them off every time. I guess I bought them out of desperation when I was working in-house in an office environment and couldn't show up in my pajamas for work like I do at home. I do wear some khaki capris in the summer. I remember thinking I looked pretty good in my khaki pants in the 80s but I also weighed about 105 pounds and it was the 80s.

On the topic of mutton dressed as lamb, I used to see lots of moms shopping for themselves with their daughters at Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch and other juniors stores when I would go to the mall with Alice. Of course they were younger than I (I'm one of those 'older' moms) but they still looked a bit desperate in their spaghetti strapped camisoles, low rise jeans, and logo hoodies.


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Just curious what are 'mom jeans' about these: coldwater creek jeans.

This is what I think of for the dreaded item: Draper & Damons


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How old is too old to wear jeans?

Coldwater Creek jeans look possible. They opened a store here. I'll have to see if they carry petites in the store and if they work for me.

More mom jeans below.

Here is a link that might be useful: LL Bean.


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I love jeans and practically live in them. I have several different styles but one thing they all have in common is a skinny, straight leg. I even have a new pair with a fair amount of bling on the back pockets :)

I have skinny, fairly long legs and dammit, I'm making the moist of it! Now that tire that runs around my waist.....baggy is good! LOL


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I have skinny, fairly long legs and dammit, I'm making the moist of it!

Okaaaay.


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Jessy - I was going to say the same thing, as I've had luck with their "natural" cut jeans and like their no-iron shirts, which are truly that. Generally, though, I find them too frou-frou for me because I like more tailored clothing.

I also recently discovered Faded Glory mid-rise bootcut denim at Walmart for $14. I rarely ever shop there but one night happened to walk by a display. They're lightweight, which I like, and happen to fit me perfectly. My only complaint is that the regular length is unusually long, while the petite is a little too short. But for the price, who can complain?

Here is a link that might be useful: Faded Glory jeans


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Pam, get thee to Nordstrom or Bloomie's and look for "Not Your Daughter's Jeans". They're tailored, well made, comfortable (a bit of spandex) and come in a variety of rises, styles etc. They're just great and worth the price. I can often find them at Nordstrom Rack if you have one in Philly.
No need to look frumpy and NYDJ are definitely a better fit for me than Ann Taylor or Gap. I've bought a few pair of jeans over time at Coldwater Creek, but lately their stuff has become more matronly than ever and don't even consider Damon's & Draper's. That's our mother's generation! LOL!


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Jessy, I may have to give Coldwater another chance. Somehow I think of clothes to wear to a square dance when I think of that store, or denim shirts with flowers embroidered on them. You nailed the mom jeans with the Draper ones. Anything with elastic in the waist or pleats screams mom jeans. Actually pants with elastic waists scream "I am so old I have to wear pants I can pull down quickly because I have to pee RIGHT NOW."

The boot cut jeans kind of work for me because they balance my hips. Saddle bags on the top means boot cut on the bottom.


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OMG Johnny !!! LOL


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Work it Sharon!

I've had NYDJ. I liked them.


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OMG Pam, you just made me spit out my coffee!

CC has improved, but frustrates me because they'll take a nicely tailored jacket that would be perfect for work and then use a frumpy fabric with either a weird print, odd texture, or metallic thread. I don't get it.

I have a pair of the NYDJs, but I find them too heavy. They're definitely well made, but the denim hasn't kept its shape for me in the wash.


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Geriatric GAP, LOLZ!!

Loft had the Curvy style trousers too - more room in the hips. I don't have side hips either so those didn't fit me.

J Jill has the Wearever collection - basically wash and wear pull-on/drapey styles. I like the wide-leg palazzo style for work. I also like the ponte knit material popular now. I have a couple of palazzo trousers in that knit and they are easy to wear and attractive, plus no iron.

I take a lot of clothes to a tailor to adjust. It's very worth it to find a tailor to make off the shelf clothing fit you better. I bought a Jones New York dress on sale at Macy's to wear to my friend's memorial last month. It was $49 and after I had it fitted it looked like a couture dress.

So if you need adjustments to make a pair of jeans fit better, by all means do it.

Now, don't get me started on women our age in shorts...


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When you're approaching a certain age, capris are the new shorts. Very fetching with espadrilles and a breezy smile, whether you're 15 or 50.

For women, anyway. Flood pants have never quite caught on for men. We have "cargo shorts" which have paired up with fanny packs and applique t-shirts as the ultimate anti-fashion.

As long as we're going on about clothing, how about sliding over to headgear? Here in Hipsterville I now see many men wearing hats. Fedoras, pork pies, short bowlers, anything with a brim sparse enough to make the hat a "statement" and not something you'd actually wear to keep rain at bay, which is, of course, the actual legitimate utilitarian reason to wear a hat in Portland.

Sadly, the hat wearers are all men. Some look pretty good, others look like Oddjob, but they are all men. Where are the ladies and their glorious hats? Headgear hasn't caught on with our fairer sex. Alas.

I think I've whined about this before. Sorry. It must be the graying neurons.


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I thought maybe after the royal wedding, hats for women might be more prevalent, but alas, no. I wish they were popular because I happen to look good in hats. There are a number of events around here each year where the women wear hats. They are all fund raisers held outdoors, and events at the hunt club.

So far I have not noticed hats on men except for the standard baseball cap. Oddjob, funny. We had a teacher in high school who looked like Oddjob. Oddjob Sobczak.

Back in the 1950s all men wore hats. I remember my dad always wore a hat. He would put it in the dining room table when he came home. I loved to put it on and walk around in it.


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Be a trendsetter and wear hats! I say this to dedtired and all the other ladies here.

For the men - sigh. A hat indicates, and should be accompanied by, a certain grace and elegance in dressing and comportment. A hat is the finishing touch on a well-attired, well-groomed, well-put together man. A hat is not to be plopped on a slouchy, ill-dressed, messy-haired man. Just as we don't put neckties on fishes, we don't put hats on slobs.

Hatted ladies are never slobs. You never see a bright bonnet, or a crisp Panama, on a slovenly woman. But men think they can wear crap and it's okay because they put on a hat. Absurd.


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I have several African hats that I like to wear, but my favorite looks something like this. It is very comfortable and keeps my head cool. A lot of the African clothing is also comfortable and cool.

Lars


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Hats mess up our hair and they're pointless, for the most part.


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Well it so happens I'm an octogenarian and I wear jeans. I am not slim anymore but I'm tall, have long legs and LLBean for more rugged jeans work well for me and I like Chico's for dressier jeans. Chico's are cut lower than I like but I rarely, make that almost never, wear anything tucked in. The JCP's momjean's thing was gross. Butts turned up like the rising sun are not appealing to me.LOL When I know I'm going to be "in public" I usually wear a nicer shirt, sometimes like a jacket, unbuttoned, with a tank top under it, or some kind of nice top. Many of the stores mentioned never worked for me when I was younger and certainly don't now. I expect I will always wear jeans but I do have nicer, dressier pants as well. As an adult, I've always loved clothes.

And I almost always wear makeup, at least lipstick, unless I know I'm going to be doing heavy yardwork. And that's for me...makes me feel better about myself.

jude


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Chomp, chew, chomp, chew...

That's me eating some of my words about Coldwater Creek. Their new catalog arrived today and actually there are some very cute dresses inside! :^P


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I wish BF could read this post, he might understand why I always want to take a friend along when I go shopping--for moral support. I think it is as close to the "hunter gatherer" experience we can get in the modern world! Like John says, there are so many variables when it comes to pants. NOTHING I hate shopping for more. And then you find a brand you like, and two years later they completely change the style of them! Plus we are now dealing with the general decline in quality of most items.

As for hats, I wear them a lot! I work outside a lot, and they keep the sun out of my eyes and the bugs out of my hair. But like Bbeez said, hats mess up your hair. BF came home the other day looking like Moe of the Three Stooges. "What is up with the hair?" "Sorry, I was working outside all day, wearing my hat."

I love a fine hat and have a few, but cannot be worn inside. Not too many fancy occasions where I can wear a nice hat here in the northerly climes. When I'm wearing a hat, it is usually a wooly ski cap.


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I wear a hat when I'm gardening. I also have a visor I wear when I go for a walk in the summer or to the beach. I really need to protect my skin as I am now paying the price for a youth spent toasting myself. I also have a few knit hats to keep my ears warm in winter. Hats also work well to keep my hair out of my eyes. Yes, they do make a mess of my hair.

I'll have to check out Coldwater Creek. Maybe things have changed.

Jude, I bet you look good in a pair of jeans.


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The thing with Coldwater Creek is that they do have some nice things mixed in with all the junk.
That page shown above for jeans, some are ok, but some are knit!

They are also way over priced for the quality (medium at best) and have nothing that can't be found in any department store, for much less and much better quality.

I have sent too many things back to them but have kept a few things here and there. Recently, I was in a store and had a $25 gift certificate, I could not find one single item that even remotely tempted me to try on.
$80 for some poly old lady shirt? Nope.

Their styles haven't keep up with current looks much either.


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I agree, I'll bet Jude looks great in jeans!

Bumblebeez, that means I have to drive 50 miles to a department store, shop for the darned things and after 3 hours I will have found nothing that fits or looks good and I'll go home ticked off, having driven 100 miles round trip with no end result other than I need to double my blood pressure medication. (sigh) I think I've mentioned how much I hate to shop?

So, I want a place on-line with easy returns, it's only 3 blocks to the post office!

OK, so I should cross the knit "jeans" off my list of interesting items, LOL.

Annie


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I also got the catalog and was eyeing some stuff. Martha Stewart Living has a monthly coupon for CC. This month's code is NFA1040 for $25 off $100 minimum purchase.

Here are more discount codes I got in the mail:

Loft 25% off $75 or more online purchase. Code SPRINGP2VB thru April 11.

Chico's $10 off a full-priced sweater thru March 18 Code 13848

Chico's 50% off highest-priced item with $100 minimum purchase thru March 18 Code 10187

Don't say I never did anything for ya!


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I can't imagine not wearing jeans. I have better luck finding decent fitting jeans than I do other styles of pants. Unfortunately I can't wear jeans at work. Boohoo. I've recently bought both Levi's and Lee jeans that I like. Straight legs, mid rise, mid weight denim. BTW - IMHO jeans can only be woven cotton. Those knit pants aren't jeans.

Capris are what I don't get. I don't think they look good on anyone. Shorts are better even if you don't have great legs. Above the knee shorts - the below the knee kind that men wear drive me nuts. So ugly!


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Another reason to shop at Chico's...no where else can I wear a size 3.


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What the heck are "knit" jeans? I went to the CC site to see what several of you were talking about and I don't understand. Are they knit like sweatpants and made to look like jeans? That is wrong on soooo many levels! EW!

And Jude - LOL on the Chico's sizes LOLOLOLOL!
Alexa


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I don't believe in "old lady" clothes anymore, unless you really do want to look like an old lady. Which likely means you have no fashion sense at all, clinging to styles that were popular many years ago. Inappropriate clothing is a whole different subject....

I've worn jeans most of my life, both basic and fashion jeans. I just learned a new name for jeans when reading this thread. "Mom" jeans are just what I have always thought of as old lady jeans. I try to wear fashion jeans that are age appropriate, yet comfortable. Gone are my days of having to lay on the bed to try and get the dang jeans zipped.

For around the house I buy inexpensive tops and jeans, pants, Capri's and shorts. I'm not careful and seem to get grease spots on my tops... so I end up changing into my better casual clothes... even to run to the grocery store.

I should wear an apron when cooking but never remember.

Nancy


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My mom is 84 and she still wears jeans. So I don't believe there is an age limit on jeans. But I'm another that wouldn't be caught wearing Mom Jeans. I haven't seen any that are flattering on a women's body. They just look bad on. I usually wear form fitting jeans. I buy some of my jeans at JCP. A.N.A is the brand and they fit well. I also get my jeans from Boston Proper catalog. The "Paris Fit" boot cut. I don't like baggy clothes that just hang and don't do anything for your shape.
I too put on mascara and lipstick along with jeans and a nicer top when running errands. You never know who you will meet and I just feel better when I don't look grubby going out to do stuff. NancyLouise


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Nancylouise, I usually wear siimple gold (colored)hoop earrings too. My ears are double pierced and I leave the small studs in all the time. Amazing what they do when your hair or makeup is not at it's best. If I do run to the grocery store, not looking very good, I will invariably see someone I know. Law of averages?


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Yeah, knit jeans is a new concept to me. I've seen late night ads for stretchy flannels made to look like jeans (in the manufacturer's mind), but they are horrible!

Jude you are a riot. It's funny but I feel like a fatty because I need a size 3 at Chico's. Guess I need to change my mind set. I'd love to be a size 3 at Bloomingdale's. At the rate I am going I will soon be a 3X (kidding!).

Has anyone bought clothes from the Soft Solutions catalog? I got one and there are a couple tops that look nice. For the price, the quality better be very good. I wonder.

Here is something else that is a problem for me. What do you do with clothes that you've worn and plan to wear again before washing? Hang them back in the closet? Put them on a shelf? I don't like to mix the "worn once or twice" clothes in with the freshly laundered clothes that are hanging up. I end up draping clothes over a chair and that looks awful. So where do you keep "slightly worn but not dirty" clothes?


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I wear yucky clothes at home- gardening, cooking, dog snuggling clothes, so I always change into nice clothes before leaving the house (and always wear makeup, jewelery, etc,)

It comes from years of my mother yelling at me to change out of my school clothes and into at-home-clothes.
Occasionally I wouldn't, (I wanted to wear them!) and she would drape me in towels at dinner.

Of course, I didn't do the wash back then.


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I put my once worn clothes in my bedroom over a chair. I don't like mixing them with the clean clothes either. After they are worn a second time they go to the laundry room and wait to be washed.
Jude,me too! I forgot about the earrings. Never without them. Don't want my holes to close up. NancyLouise


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Dedtired, I think knit "jeans" are awful, too.JMO BTW, I'm 5'9' and as I said my legs are long so it takes a lot to"cover me".lol I've bought a couple of things from Soft Surroundings and the quality doesn't come up to the price. And...the last thing I bought, a longish sweater type, coat with an interesting 1 large button at the neck, went on sale with the next catalog. Don't think I'll order from them again. Just realized you said soft solutions, but just in case we're talking about the same one, think twice before you order from them.

I hang once worn in the closet. It may be weeks beore I wear that item again and I'd have clothes draped everywhere. Another question, what about clothes that have to be dry cleaned? With dry cleaning prices these days, only wearing clothes twice, could get expensive. A lot of times I change clothes after church. Our church is rather informal where dress is concerned so I don't always need to change.


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Yes, I meant Soft Surroundings. I thought maybe the quality wasn't so great judging by the "ingredients." Too bad. They have a shirt that is long enough to cover my lumps and bumps, but it costs nearly $90.

I wash a lot of things that say dry clean only. I do hang them to dry. I wash sweaters using Woolite in the gentle cycle of the machine and lay them flat to dry. When I was working I'd take my suits to the cleaners about twice each season, presuming no spills or splatters. Dry cleaning is awfully expensive.


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I hang once-worn clothes up in the closet. If they are too dirty to hang up, they are too dirty to be worn again.

Oh, there are exceptions, and I smunch those dirty clothes up and stuff those under the bed and fish them out the next day to finish the car repair or home project or ditch digging or whatever. I do that because I'm a guy and SWMBO has been unable to beat this habit out of me, though it is not for lack of trying. I think everyone needs some mini crosses to bear, and this is hers.


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I have a place in my closet where I hang clothes that have been worn but not yet ready to be washed.


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John, after my XH and I split, I cleaned out his side of the closet. I can't tell you how many balled up clothes smunches I found. Disgusting!!!

Don't get me started on my closet. I don't even need to use hangers. The clothes are so squashed in there, they hold each other up.


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You know, I remember when only farmers wore jeans or denim. It was prohibited in high school by our dress code, even. Now they are everywhere!

OK, I'm way out of my league here, LOL. I don't have enough clothes to wait weeks between wearings. I used to have office/work clothes and farm clothes and nothing in between. Now I have no use for business suits and that single pair of black pumps that I wore with everything.

I'm 5'2" and do not have long legs. I also have a big bust and short waist, no jeans look good on me, they either come up to my ribcage or they fall off my butt (or both, I can't figure out how that works) I hate 'em all but I'm far more likely to go with jeans that feel less awful (none are comfortable) than choose them based on how they look.

Since I'm retired my wardrobe now consists of one pair of Carhartt sweat pants, two pairs of dress slacks, one pair of capri pants, half a dozen assorted t shirts, both long and short sleeved, a couple of long sweater/cardigans and a zip up sweatshirt (black) and you have my entire wardrobe.

I never wear jewelry other than my wedding ring, I haven't put on a pair of earrings in years, I didn't even wear them to Ashley's wedding.

Shoes? I have one pair of black Avia sneakers, one pair of muck boots (also black and not the $100 ones either, the $11 ones from Tractor Supply, goes with everything, even those maroon Carhartt sweatpants), one pair of snow boots, one pair of white flip flops and one pair of black Skecher flats.

Although I've been to Chico's, I've never been able to actually spend what they want for clothes, regardless of size.

In spite of my completely non-existent fashion sense and my woefully inadequate wardrobe, which I did not realize was woefully inadequate until this very instant, I still don't think you're ever too old to wear jeans, if you want to wear 'em.

And yes, I realize that a very large percentage of my woefully inadequate wardrobe is black. I like black, it goes with everything and I don't have to think about matching, I'll wear it until they invent a darker color....

Annie


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Annie! We have the same body (you are taller) and wardrobe as well as interest in fashion (zip). If you open my closet it sucks all the light out of the room. If it isn't black it's denim or brown. A few tailored shirts that look like men's shorts only smaller and with darts. I do wear earrings. I may not put on mascara but I never leave the house sans earrings if I leave the house. I have many.

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Men's shirts.

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I wish I could be that relaxed about my clothes, but I would look weirdly out of place around here if I wore jeans and a t-shirt, only. In the garden, yes, but out and about, no.

I have a lot of black and wear only black pants because they help camouflage my larger bottom half. I never go out without makeup (foundation, two subtle shades of eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush and lip gloss)and jewelry (earrings, ring, watch, one necklace that never comes off and often another necklace or scarf).

I also own about 45 pairs of shoes, counting flip flops, etc. I counted them one time. Some I rarely wear except once in awhile. Since I gave myself shin splints wearing heels that were very high (painful!), all my very high heels are going to the thrift shop. Boo hoo.

My closet needs a major intervention. Maybe I can get one of those psychiatrists from Hoarders to some over and help me.


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LOL, Pam, if you were shorter, I'd come clean your closet, then I wouldn't have to go shopping for years!

Eileen, that is exactly the problem. I have no interest in fasion at all. I'm clean, I'm covered up. It's good. My girls shake their heads and even Makayla has gently criticized my "fashion" choices. (grin)

I do wear blusher, mascara, a bit of eyeliner and lipstick. I haven't worn eyeshadow since high school. I did have a pair of diamond earrings once. I was afraid I'd lose one so I never wore them. Now I can't find them, they are "somewhere safe". Yeah.....

And now I have to go shower and put on some makeup. I'm getting my hair cut today, it's been over two years and Elery says it needs it. Another thing I hate to do and Susan had better just shut up and cut my hair and nix the local gossip that makes it take twice as long as it has to. Oh geez, I'd better hurry, I have to stop at the bank too, I don't think that $7 that I have there is going to be enough!

Annie


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