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Best Clothing Stores for Women over 50

By Sandra Roussy March 27, 2022 Makeup and Fashion

As we get older, our tastes in fashion items changes. That doesn’t mean that we have to start wearing frumpy granny-looking clothes as we get older, but we tend to start dressing and choosing our outfits according to the natural changes in our bodies and lifestyles.

For example, some of us may put on some extra pounds after menopause, and we may not be so comfortable in tight mini-skirts anymore.

Also, as our lifestyles change, we may not require as much formal and office attire in our wardrobes. Personally, if the last few years taught me anything, it’s that I really enjoy comfortable casual clothing that I feel good in. Of course, I still like to look cute (for those Zoom meetings), but I have noticed that my outfit choices and my go-to stores have also changed over the years.

Here is our list of the Best Clothing Stores for Women over 50:

  1. Talbot’s – an American staple with a wide range of sizes: petite, plus, plus-size petite, and misses.
  2. Land’s End – started off catering to the yachting industry, they have extended their styles and looks over the years but still keep it casual and affordable.
  3. Ann Taylor – classic and elegant designs tailored for the professional woman in mind.
  4. White House Black Market – exclusive signature designs and special collections that are refined and feel tailor-made.
  5. M.M. Lafleur – for the discerning woman who knows luxurious fabrics and is willing to pay a little more for quality items.
  6. Everlane – a go-to for basics and classic cuts. Perfect for older women who prefer a minimalist look over a trendy one.
  7. Nordstrom – offer a wide selection of different fashion brands and cover a variety of looks – from casual to professional.
  8. Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) – created to help older women find jeans that they could be comfortable in and still look stylish.
  9. Bloomingdale’s – iconic department store that offers a variety of brands.
  10. Draper’s & Damon’s – mix classic style with modern inspirations as they design with the older woman in mind.
  11. Chico’s – offer quality items that are designed for women over 50.
  12. LOFT – a go-to brand for fashion-conscious professional women who like to look and feel good.
  13. J.Crew – classic styles that you can trust to take you through the years.
  14. Eileen Fisher – known for its simple yet stylish designs and also for its quality sustainable fabrics.

Thankfully, more and more retailers are realizing that older women enjoy purchasing clothing that suits their bodies and styles without falling into the “old lady” look.

So, I’ve put together my favourite stores that have great selections that cater to older women and their lifestyles. Some are very affordable while others have higher price tags.

Personally, I prefer shelling out a little more for a quality item that I know I will wear for years to come and that won’t need to be replaced quickly. As I get older, I tend to go for quality over quantity when it comes to clothing.

Along with my curated selection of stores and retailers, I’ve also handpicked some of my favorite pieces from each store.

Talbot’s

Talbot’s is an American staple that has been around for several decades. Their dedication to quality and style has kept them in business for all this time. The preppy/nautical look of their collections caters well to older women.

Also, Talbot’s has a wide range of sizes: petite, plus, plus-size petite, and misses.

Authentic TALBOTS Marbella Stripe top

Authentic TALBOTS Marbella Stripe top is perfect to match with your favorite pair of jeans or chinos.

Land’s End

Land’s End is another American retail success story. They have been around for almost 60 years and started off catering to the yachting industry. They have extended their styles and looks over the years but still keep it casual and affordable.

Land’s End has wide size ranges – petite, tall, plus size, petite plus, and tall plus.

Land’s End fleece cowl neck tunic sweater

I like this fleece cowl neck tunic sweater in heather grey. Looks great with a pair of black leggings.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor offers classic and elegant designs tailored for the professional woman in mind. Her timeless collections are perfect for women of all ages. Many older women enjoy the excellent fits and quality fabrics.

Ann Taylor open poncho wrap

I love this versatile open poncho wrap!

White House Black Market

White House Black Market is a go-to for many older working women. They offer exclusive signature designs and special collections that are refined and feel tailor-made. WHBM is quality-driven and you know that every detail of every piece is perfectly thought out.

White House Black Market matte jersey wrap midi-dress

This matte jersey wrap midi-dress is gorgeous and easy to wear. Wrap dresses are very flattering for most body types – from thin to plus size.

M.M. Lafleur

M.M. Lafleur is for the discerning woman who knows luxurious fabrics and is willing to pay a little more for quality items. The minimalist and stylish look of M.M. Lafleur keeps customers coming back.

M.M. Lafleur sharkskin pants

I cracked for these sharkskin pants offered in several luscious colors. Sharkskin is a machine-washable wool blend fabric that has slight color variations for a textured look.

Everlane

Everlane is a go-to for basics and classic cuts. Every season, without fault, they offer timeless and classic clothing items that are perfect for older women who prefer a minimalist look over a trendy one.

Everlane organic cotton crewneck top

This Organic cotton crewneck top is great for everyday wear.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is an American department store that many older women love to shop at. They offer a wide selection of different fashion brands and cover a variety of looks – from casual to professional.

Nordstrom lace sleeve stretch crepe blouse

Check out this cute lace sleeve stretch crepe blouse.

NYDJ

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (NYDJ) was created to help older women find jeans that they could be comfortable in and still look stylish. They are definitely not “mom jeans”! The jeans are designed with slimming panels in the front and curve enhancing technology in the back. They have a petite and a plus-size section.

The brand is now offering more than just jeans. They carry trousers, sweaters, and blouses – all with the older woman in mind.

NYDJ easy-fit Ponte trousers

One example is these easy-fit Ponte trousers that can be dressed up or down.

Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s is another iconic department store that offers a variety of brands and has a following of older women who can readily find clothing that they feel comfortable and stylish in. Bloomies (as the regulars like to call it) is over 100 years old and still going strong.

NYDJ tie dye flowy button down shirt

Tie dye flowy button down shirt

Draper’s & Damon’s

Virginia Draper opened her first dress shop in 1927 with the idea that all women should have “smart things to wear.” Today, Virginia’s vision is very much a reality as their designs continue to mix classic style with modern inspirations as they design with the older woman in mind.

Draper’s & Damon’s

A flirty pantsuit in royal blue is one great choice from this wonderful designer.

Chico’s

Chico’s rose to the top of the older women’s clothing market by consistently offering quality items that are designed for women over 50.

Chico's striped cardigan sweater

Striped Cardigan Sweater

LOFT

LOFT is a go-to brand for fashion-conscious professional women who like to look and feel good. While following trends, LOFT doesn’t go overboard on flash-in-the-pan trends that are here today and gone tomorrow. They concentrate on stylish pieces that can take you through several seasons and even years.

loft chambray tapered pants

Chambray Tapered Pants

J.Crew

J.Crew styles are classics that you can trust to take you through the years. Their soft preppy look never goes out of style and women of all ages love the look and the quality fabrics.

J. Crew silk-cashmere cropped T-shirt

This Silk-cashmere cropped T-shirt comes in a variety of colors.

Eileen Fisher

The Eileen Fisher brand is known for its simple yet stylish designs and also for its quality sustainable fabrics. At the Eileen Fisher design studio, there is no fuss about upcoming trends. Emphasis is put on structured pieces that provide ultimate comfort.

Have you been thinking of creating a capsule wardrobe? This store is the perfect place to do it.

Eileen Fisher washed organic linen long shirt

This Washed organic linen long shirt looks great over leggings.

More Clothing Stores for Older Women

Here are a few more recommendations from our Sixty & Me readers. Thanks for all your great suggestions!

J.Jill

J.Jill offers easy and relaxed styles that reflect the confidence of women with a rich, full lives. Started in 1959, the catalog-born retailer has over 280 stores nation-wide. 

J.Jill cuffed knit ankle pants

Trendy embroidered cuffed knit ankle pants.

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings  is a brand dedicated to helping women feel confident, stylish, and always comfortable. Comfort is key!! Their range of products includes apparel, accessories, shoes, bedding, and home décor.

soft surroundings linen wide leg cropped pants

Linen wide leg cropped pants 

Maurices

Maurices signature phrase is “Feel good fashion for real life.™” and their collections reflect this perfectly. 

Maurices button down blouse

Classic Plus Size button down blouse.

LLBean

LLBean  is another renowned American retailer that is perfect for active older women. From basic shorts to outdoor equipment, this is your one stop shop for your active lifestyle. 

LLBean sweater fleece long vest

Sweater fleece long vest 

What’s your favorite store or brand? Is it on our list? If not, share your favorites in the comments below. Do you find that you have changed the way that you dress over the years? How would you describe your fashion style today?

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Cc and water

Frankly I prefer clothing suiting the pop scene I love kpop and dramas. Athleta, do not like clothes that are too lose and makes my body look frumpy. Talbots Loft are stores I frequented when I was working now I can wear clothes that reflect my personality. Sexy, daring no so called classic matronly clothes.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website: www.sandraroussy.com

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