Friday, June 10, 2011

If Age is a State of Mind...I Might Need (Retail) Therapy


Therapy because I might have a split personality. Because lately I’ve noticed something when I’m shopping...

The demographics in the departments I shop are decidedly split. Between nice cotton-topped old ladies and belly- (or butt or boob or all the above) baring teenagers.

Huh. This is definitely strange as I don’t fall into either category. I’m somewhere in the middle. Yet, when I was looking for shirts at a local department store and saw an elderly woman eyeing the same shirt...I knew it was time to move away from that rack.

Same with when I was shopping for a new skirt. Looked to my left and saw a skimpily dressed teen looking at racks of sundresses next to me.

Not good. Not good at all. What does this mean?

Why am I shopping in the same sections as older women and young girls? Why are my tastes the same (and, gulp, what does this say about my sense of style)?

I think I need help. Or a stylist. Or both.

But for now, what I want to know is where do you women in the 30-50 demographic shop???  Because I know it’s not with me. LOL!

23 comments:

Aimee said...

If I need cheap cotton t-shirts its Target all the way. If I need work clothes its usually Banana Republic or Ann Taylor.

For nice casual clothes, I shop most exclusively at Boden. It is a UK company that I started shopping at for the Doll so I could get her clothes that were appropriate without looking Amish (America has a real problem with dressing little girls).

I found I loved their clothes for grown women too.

They can be expensive but I get a ton of emails for deals from them. usually nothing less than 20% off and free shipping. My fave promotion is buy 3 things get the 4th for $1.

www.bodenusa.com

Peacecat said...

I'm excited to see some suggestions here because struggle with the same issue when shopping for clothes.

I recently received a copy of the J Jill catalog which had clothes that appealed to me that weren't revealing or frumpy. Unfortunately, they were out of my budget, but at least it gave me some ideas of what to look for.

Tonya Kappes said...

I shop H&M for some really cute tops or Target. Sometimes I hit a couple boutique stores in The Towne Center for the different top no one has. I really don't like shopping at ALL!

Booklady said...

Mostly, I shop at Christopher Banks or Target. And when I want to be wild, the Harley Shop. If money were no object, I'd shop at high end vintage shops. I love clothes from the 40s/50s. I guess I really have a split personality when it comes to clothes.

Books by Heather said...

I do love Target t-shirts--have a ton of them. And I did try Banana Republic recently and found some decent jeans. I have lots of trouble finding tops and dresses, though. I'll give Boden a look, Aimee, and Tonya, you need to take me with you to those shops!

Andrea C. said...

Maybe the old woman and the teen were having identity crisis and not you! :)

The Cat Bastet said...

But for now, what I want to know is where do you women in the 30-50 demographic shop???

Landsend.com. LOL! I love it because the clothes fit and I don't have to deal with teenagers.

Cathy Akers-Jordan

Linda McDonald said...

Oh, you are so not alone with this issue. I feel your pain....I'm right there with you.

Cindy D said...

Christopher Bank and Coldwater Creek (which is online, too) for professional clothes. I'm really glad that Macy's brought back the Karen Scott brand - my favorite tops. I shop there and Kohl's for casual clothes. That is, if I count - I'm almost 60 but I don't think my taste has changed to elderly yet!

Aurian said...

I mostly hate shopping, so I buy my clothes at one store, for bigger persons, called Ulla Popken. They have trendy and casual and stylish.

Carol S said...

Being on the upper edge of that age group, I usually shop at Kohl's or JC Penny. It is all cotton for me, I don't wear polyester; Kroft & barrow or Alfred Dunner.

Kristin A. said...

Oh how I can relate and I am at the low end of the group! I no longer even bother with department stores as it seems they don't have a department for ME! I don't shop much, but find nice tops at Eddie Bauer (Outlet) and Fred Meyer (do they exist in your neck of the woods? gotta love that "one stop shopping"!). Gap (Outlet) is probably another good one as is J Crew. Always a good idea to sign up for emails to receive discount codes.

signlady217 said...

Ugh! Shopping for clothes has gotten too depressing, so I rarely do. Which means that some of the clothes in my closet have been there for 10 to 15 years! A few things I'm not even sure fit anymore. (I guess maybe I should check? Scary thought.) When I was teaching I wore a lot of polo shirts, they are so comfortable. But now it's mostly t-shirts. And it's not just the fashions themselves for me, I have to factor in "how many layers will this end up being?" because the hot flashes (instead of the goblins) will get me if I don't watch out! Told you it was depressing! :(

Lynn in Texas said...

Same shopping problem here, and I'm past the 30-50 category. I've been wearing mostly Land's End clothes for several years--love their return policy-- and you can try on things(even the dreaded swimsuits, ugh) in the privacy of your own home and just return anything anytime for any reason, no questions asked!

Shel said...

It isn't with me either. My taste is what my husband refers to as "My grandmother would wear that!". His grandmother is 84.
If I have to wear something besides jeans and tshirts I yell at Chris to come pick it out. He's got a good eye for what will look good on me and most of the time what he picks out ends up being fairly comfortable too. As long as he's an active part of the shopping, he doesn't even mind going with me, which I hear is highly unusual for husbands.

Books by Heather said...

Okay, does anyone else want to shop at Aurian's place -- Ulla Popken -- just for the name??? LOL. Too bad it's SO far away. ;)

I might have to give Lands End a try. I usually like the look of their stuff but I've never bought from them.

ev said...

Coldwater Creek is one of my favorites- for business, jeans, tshirts, but especially jackets. I love their jackets. The fact that they are timeless styles is a bonus.

I also shop at Kohl's and love their sales.

I'm 51 and haven't managed to embarrass my family out in public the way that I dress. Usually.

Vickie said...

Tar-jay, Old Navy, Eddie Bauer...my closet is full of clothing predominantly from those three stores. I am 50 years old.

Bella said...

I can't help since I'm in Canada, but we have a great store called Cleo up here, which fits that demographic perfectly. Old Navy is great for casual clothes too.

Sarita said...

This happened to me this week. I was browsing a rack of dresses, turned to my left and found the sweetest young thing browsing beside me. Oops!

I came home and ordered something from the territory ahead catalog.

kristine said...

I'm def an Old Navy gal. I like comfort and simplicty... and savings! It has them all, and I always know what size I wear there. No having to try every lil' thing on. However, that being said, lord only knows what others think of my "style"... since I've never considered myself as having any. When I try too hard, I look worse. It's best for me to stick to basics. I also love Target for dresses, the occasional GAP item, and for holidays I'll pick up nicer dress clothes at Kohl's.

Griperang/Angela said...

I just read your post and I could have been typing that. I don't know what happened to just regular clothes.

Chris said...

I have struggled with this for years! It is frustrating, because it seems that the reasonably priced retailers seem to market to the two age group that you mentioned, but for those of us who do not fit within those groups either have to dress inappropriately for our age or shell out the big bucks.