Take this jacket from Zara for example:
I like it: it's fun and people would notice me, but maybe for the wrong reason. We are talking fashion for over 60s here and I have to admit that this is aimed at a slightly younger market. Zara is trendy and, though I would look fine wearing it now, by next year fashions will have changed and there's nothing worse than wearing something that is obviously last year's fashion trend. If I had a huge budget I might succumb and buy it however, even with a recent tax refund, it would be inadvisable to buy something that will start looking dated. I am trying to streamline my wardrobe and build up a capsule collection that will all work together, so it's a definite no-no.
I have tried shops that cater for the more mature woman, but many of their jackets are, frankly, boring. I don't want to look like mutton dressed as lamb, however mutton dressed as mutton can be dull. My other problem is that many of them are too large for me. I don't want huge shoulder pads and a jacket that drowns me. Yes I know that shoulder pads can be removed and sleeves shortened, but if the jacket is too long as well, it's not a good buy.
I may be over 60 but I'm a UK size 12, which I believe is US size 10. I don't think that qualifies me as a Plus size does it? I even have over 60 friends who are slimmer than me! I have actually seen Over 50 fashion collections that start at UK size 14. Why? Some of the designs are good, but they don't have them in my size.
What I am looking for is a stylish black or navy jacket, slim-fitting (as I like to look slimmer and taller than I am in reality!), well-designed and made from a decent material so that it will last me as long as my previous black jacket. Is that too much to ask for?