Aging Parents: Mother’s Day Gifts–Fashionista or Frumpy-Dumpy, What’s a Daughter to Do? 2015 Continued…Part 2

Eileen Fisher has shops throughout the US (click Store locator)).Her high quality, easy-care knits are well-made, washable, pack easily and always look fresh. While expensive, you can find them on sale. Mine have retained their shape and fit over decades.

Styles are “today” yet–possibly surprising–sweaters are perfect for older women. I’m guessing (based on one pair that I’ve worn for a decade) all of her knit slacks have elastic waist bands and fit well on skinny or overweight women. Paired with a loose top and loosely fit cardigan sweater, muffin tops–as well as flabby arms–vanish.

EF’s sweaters and tops look good on all body types and all ages. Forget that the models are always young and cool-looking. 60 and 70-year-olds, especially larger women, love the sweaters (some come in brighter colors). The proportions are “generous.”  “Small” can easily translate to EF’s “PS” or “PM .” Because it may be harder to get the size right, if mom doesn’t already wear Eileen Fisher clothes, don’t buy on-line.

  • Try to find them on sale. Lord & Taylor (NY) often has them on sale (see catalog and website) as does Nordstrom’s Rack in Scottsdale, AZ which has racks devoted to high and higher end designers, including Eileen Fisher. What girl doesn’t like a quality bargain!

Added bonus: While it seems French women learn scarf-tying in preschool, American women often struggle. Thinking a scarf could nicely update a mom’s outfit (or our own), I’m including this EF video: 7 Ways to Tie a Scarf”

j.jill. Bricks and mortar stores (store locations) or catalog shopping,  Great merchandise for older–or youperfect V-neck tanknger–women. Check out their “Wearever Collection,” which received excellent comments from women 45-65+. Sr. Advisor R, still at 101, likes pairing j.jill’s knit tops  with cardigans, to make an outfit with skirts (she no longer wears pants).

Serengeti catalog shopping. Traditional clothing, like Alfred Dunner, for older women. Note the sensible styles: long-sleeve jacket, skirted bathing suit, Alfred Dunner shirt and tank set (pants extra). Click the clothing below for details.

Swirl Pattern Shirt & Tank Set

Ocean Blues Faux Skirtini

And isn’t a zipper-front robe from Serengeti’s “Outlet Sale” a warm, snuggly way to end a day?

Happy Mother’s Day Shopping!

Floral Embroidered Velour Robe

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