Appropriate Clothes for “Mature Ladies”
I live in the St Louis area, and found this article in the local newspaper, the St Louis Post-Dispatch. The author, Patricia McLaughlin, is a Lifestyle/fashion columnist. Now that I have entered the “mature” 60+ category myself, this article really hit the spot with me. In part, she says “Extensive recent anthropometric studies have documented the effects of age on women’s bodies: The head is carried forward, shoulders roll forward to widen the back and narrow the chest, spine shortens and condenses, rib cage expands, bust falls, waist thickens, abdomen rounds out, buttocks flatten. You end up with a completely different body. Thanks to anthropometrics (it’s a fancy word for systematic body measuring), garment manufacturers finally have the data to make clothes designed to fit and flatter that body. But, if any of them are actually doing it, they’re keeping it very quiet. ”
Obviously, sewing for ourselves can help with flattering fit and style. It seems that the pattern companies are starting to address this issue — Butterick’s Connie Crawford line is one. We can only hope for more…..
If you want to read the entire article, here’s the link: (from 2/28/09)