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60+ and plus sizes

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Roxannediane Tue 02-Mar-21 12:01:38

I’ve just read the article today on the site regarding 50+ plus sizes and found it wanting!
Some of the shops mentioned are no longer trading and the links are obsolete. I used to love Sixteen47 but they are now closed.
Those of us who are size 20+ do not enjoy wearing clothes designed for smaller people and upsized for us without a thought about widening arms or extra length. I hate wearing t shirts with short arms, preferring to cover mine to just above the elbow, and I prefer a longer length, perhaps down to the hip so I can tuck in or leave out without it cutting me in half.
I am also not a fan of the jeggins shape trouser as I feel it makes me look shorter than I am.
Was the person who wrote this article a 20 something sized10??

Poppyred Tue 02-Mar-21 12:12:05

Someone could make a fortune if only they asked what we wanted in clothes! I like fashionable clothes but don’t want to show my upper arms or horrible shaped knees.

We oldies have more money to spend on clothes but completely fed up of above the knee dresses (WHY?) Flowers on everything designed for the over 50S (WHY?) Short sleeved fitted tops (WHY?)

GagaJo Tue 02-Mar-21 12:25:28

Have either of you tried eShakti? If you know what shape suits your body best, you can pick the styles you like and in some cases, the colours too.

Even better, you can add in your exact measurements. So if you are shorter, and add your height, you hopefully don't get super long clothes.

Poppyred Tue 02-Mar-21 12:45:36

GagaJo

Have either of you tried eShakti? If you know what shape suits your body best, you can pick the styles you like and in some cases, the colours too.

Even better, you can add in your exact measurements. So if you are shorter, and add your height, you hopefully don't get super long clothes.

Looks promising - thanks.

FannyCornforth Tue 02-Mar-21 12:46:52

Hello Jo - I've just looked at eShakti. Thank you for the recommendation. It looks great, some lovely styles on there; elbow length sleeves, cotton and pockets too!
Have you bought anything from them?

StellaGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 02-Mar-21 12:49:57

Thanks Roxannediane
Apologies, we'll get those links updated asap. Be lovely to have any good suggestions on what we could add to the page to make it more useful so please do make any recommendations on this thread and we'll do that. smile

Soozikinzi Tue 02-Mar-21 12:57:38

I am 60 and I like Roman originals clothes and find them suited to our age group . The returns are particularly easy as long as you open the bag carefully there’s another sticky strips you just put the return address sticker on and take it to the post office. It’s not free but the postage just gets knocked off the refund.

FannyCornforth Tue 02-Mar-21 13:58:24

Poppyred On inspection, I don't think that Roman Originals is quite our cup of tea.
There's a heck of a lot of sleeveless, over the knee, floral dresses on there!

Nannytopsy Tue 02-Mar-21 13:58:35

Box2 and Kasbah have some good things but can be pricy. Lagenlook are cheaper and have some very quirky things, usually in natural fabrics. They are really plus size too, not skimpy size 20s and often flowing styles.

JaneJudge Tue 02-Mar-21 14:00:46

Yours has a massive collection of suitable stuff for everyone and Simplybe smile

Sarnia Tue 02-Mar-21 14:04:47

Thanks for this post. Too many shops have lost their way when catering for the older, cuddly ones amongst us. M&S are such a disappointment for me. Sleeveless dresses, fitted dresses and some dreadful prints and colours. I shall have a look at the suggestions. Thank you.

Fernbergien Tue 02-Mar-21 14:55:23

Last year bought elbow length sleeve t-shirts from Cotton Traders. Had quite a few colours.

sf101 Tue 02-Mar-21 15:11:10

I prefer elbow length sleeves and cotton fabrics instead of all this polyester. My bug bear is wide gaping neck lines on larger size tops, my head and neck are normal size its just my boobs and hips that are bigger!!

kittylester Tue 02-Mar-21 15:16:02

I have an hourglass figure- ok a day glass figure - and I can't cope with flowy type clothes (though topsy looked great in loose fit linen last time I saw her) but i don't like tailored stuff either. I'm a lost cause!

ayse Tue 02-Mar-21 15:34:49

Just read this thread through. I’m what is called ‘normal’ but all of you are not alone in complaining about clothes for older women. I too would like to buy elbow length dresses that are not flowery with a little additional space round the armholes and not so snug to display my old and a bit saggy body. Most modern clothes seem either shapeless like sacks or badly fitting especially around the bust area. I generally find that clothes that nearly fit have the bust about 2inches too high! This is what comes of those very nasty and uncomfortable push up bras that I refuse to wear.

I’ve virtually given up shopping for clothes unless I really need something new! In fact, I loathe clothes shopping as it more often than not leads to great frustration and disappointment.

My sympathies are with all of you. You are not alone.

GagaJo Tue 02-Mar-21 16:38:33

Yes, I have bought from eShaki, and would again.

I would say you have to pick carefully. Last time, I loved two of the 4 dresses I ordered. The other two were OK but didn't suit me. If I had thought about it carefully, it would have been obvious they wouldn't suit me.

I would say the jersey fabric they use is nice. Very good quality. But the poplin less so. I would like to try a couple of summer dresses next. And maybe a couple of tunics.

Poppyred Wed 03-Mar-21 11:03:06

And don’t get me started on V neck and low cut tops and dresses that show up wrinkled décolletés! 😂😂

Roxannediane Wed 03-Mar-21 11:17:53

I buy from the langenlook site too - kit and kaboodal. Some of their stuff is great - just have to be careful about washing the heavily dyed with other clothes. Box2 and Froxx are great - especially their sales.
Thanks Gagajo for the eshakti recommendation!

Kestrel Wed 03-Mar-21 11:19:15

My pet peeve is polyester fabrics - esp for summer dresses and tops (!) I know it doesn't wrinkle but I often get hot in cotton let alone man made fibres. Disappointing to find most clothes seem to contain some polyester these days.

Poppyred Wed 03-Mar-21 11:38:56

Roxannediane

I buy from the langenlook site too - kit and kaboodal. Some of their stuff is great - just have to be careful about washing the heavily dyed with other clothes. Box2 and Froxx are great - especially their sales.
Thanks Gagajo for the eshakti recommendation!

Just had a look - they all look massive and floaty plus sizes. ☹️

GagaJo Wed 03-Mar-21 16:13:39

I sound like a brand ambassador, but I definitely am not...

The other great thing about eShakti is that you pick the basic dress (or jacket etc) and then get to amend sleeve length, neckline shape and depth and length. All of their dresses come with pockets, unless you don't want them in which case you can request them without.

Sparkling Wed 03-Mar-21 16:17:29

Do you mean size 50, surely not, how can clothes be that big. So assume it’s age 50 plus. I like Roman, used to like Debenhams, Wallace and Principles, can’t wait to go shopping again.

Millie22 Wed 03-Mar-21 16:36:29

F but no suggestions for me really

Blossoming Wed 03-Mar-21 16:38:10

I find Roman Originals too long. I’m 5ft 1in. I was looking at a couple of calf length summer dresses on one website, very nice. Read the description, the length meant they would have trailed the floor and the design meant they couldn’t be turned up. The model was 5ft 11in wearing a size 8!

Roxannediane Fri 05-Mar-21 11:49:46

Hi Poppyred, they all look massive because in lockdown the only model they have been using is a size 8, short lady called Helen. I disregard all the frilly stuff and go for the plainer, fuller things. One of my favourite tops is a style called portofino which looks enormous on Helen but great on me. I have an’ ample bosom’ and large upper arms but for my size, I still have a waist!! Lockdown was great in the summer but this winter I have put on half a stone which has to come off!!!! So all the wider sizes hides a multitude of sins!😬