Another month, another Vogue falls from my letterbox to the floor with a thump. Like Invisible Woman, I read Vogue so you don’t have to, but I do pity the poor postie as this month’s Vogue is as thick as a brick. It’s the International Collections Special with 460 pages of ‘fashion, style and beauty’ (a lot of ads actually) and there is nothing in it that grabs my fancy apart from some lovely long winter coats, which they say will be on-trend this Autumn. Yes, we’ve reached the month of August and winter clothes are beginning to appear in the fashion media. I do admit that there’s some amazing knitwear in this month’s Vogue, although with the coats at between £500-£800 and one of the knits (a sweater dress) at £5,660 I think I’ll be searching the charity shops for something similar.

I note that two month’s ago the theme in Vogue was Ageless Style. Hmm. I believe the editor’s stance is that Ageless Style is not about what we should be wearing at certain ages, no, the words are meant to imply that one can be stylish at any age, and a piece featuring Mariel Hemingway (aged 52) indeed, states that this month (July) Vogue celebrates women of all ages.  But nowhere within the magazine did I see anyone remotely ‘old’, although there is an ad with Andie MacDowell (aged 56) showing faint lines around her eye, so for me that edition was a disappointing read. Let’s give a big huzzah then for the Guardian who regularly features Jean Woods (aged 76) in their Fashion for All Ages. Come on Vogue, you say you’re aspirational, what about us over 65s who aspire to ageless style?   Go on, next time you talk about ageless style use someone with elegance and a few real wrinkles like Jean – why not!

black-with-flowers-webDresses that can evoke an ageless style are not difficult to find in charity shops and I mentioned that I’d found one recently for £2.00 – and here it is. Can you see the label, it’s a Yessica dress from C&A. As the last C&A store closed in the UK in 2001 this is an old, old dress. And I can tell it is because, I’m a UK size 12 and at a push and a squeeze can even wear a size 10. But this dress, at size 14, is tight and it’s a bit of struggle to do up the zip. (I’m sure you all know that, over the years, as we’ve got bigger so have the sizes.) Never mind once done up it’s fine, and I’m pleased to support the charity shop and wear something that was fashionable some time ago and, in a way, is the epitome of ageless style – well done C&A, we kind of miss you.

That’s all for now

With love,
Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper


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4 thoughts on “Ageless Style?

  • 7th August 2014 at 11:50 am

    Hi Penny: I adore the look of very long coats, and will welcome them back happily, especially because Boston’s winters are so brutally cold and windy.

    Personally, I don’t think Vogue will ever feature older women.

    I don’t think we have C&A stores in America, at least not in my part of the country. What were they?

    Thanks for another entertaining and informative post.

    • 7th August 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Hello! Yes, long coats are great aren’t they! OK, C&A is a Dutch company that was founded way back in 1847, no less. It had quite big stores in the UK for a long, long time but they were all closed down here in 2000 and 2001. But they’re still going strong in several countries in Europe and here’s a link if you want to know more

      And about Vogue – just saw a tweet from Caryn Franklin@Caryn_Franklin (who campaigns for diversity in the fashion industry) of Daphne Selfe on the cover of a big fashion industry mag looking glorious and old – but in a great way. So things are moving – maybe not Vogue at the moment, but one day.

  • 13th August 2014 at 1:02 am

    I miss C&A…it used to be one of my go to shops for work clothes especially and sort of filled a niche between Richard shops (anyone remember them?) and Chelsea Girl.

    • 13th August 2014 at 7:42 am

      Yes, Richard shops and Chelsea Girl – I remember them well. And C&A was always a place I shopped in, didn’t always buy but always looked. I agree I miss C&A, and apparently it’s still going strong in Europe. I think maybe C&A wasn’t quite a Primark and it wasn’t quite an M&S and it just fell through that gap.

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