Ever since I got this jacket:
I have had an unholy obsession with Coldwater Creek. Did you know they have an online outlet where dresses that were originally $100+ are marked down to, like, $29.99? And even better? They do that psycho sizing that says I fit into a small. Never mind the fact that I weighed about 20 pounds less in high school and never could squeeze into anything less than a medium back then. I know the sizing is all wacky just to make me feel good and want to buy their clothes, I know this.
And you know what? It works.
My psychological weaknesses aside, my question for you all (which some of you did answer yesterday) is: Is Coldwater Creek an old lady store?
I have taken my children into a Coldwater Creek a total of something like twice, and each time they have said, “Mo-om! Why are we in this old lady store.”
Now, I like to think they called it that due to the patrons, not the clothes. Because, quite literally, we (meaning my children and I) were the only customers in the store under about 60.
Realizing this, of course, gave me reason to pause.
Are these old lady clothes? Is that why the store is full of older women? Am I really getting that old that I find old lady clothes fashionable?
Or are they fashionable clothes that are a little pricey, so mostly only older people who are no longer supporting children can afford them?
I mean, it’s Coldwater Creek, not . . . umm . . . okay, I have no idea what a really expensive clothing retailer would be. Hermes, maybe? I don’t know. But Coldwater Creek is not the Target clearance rack is what I’m saying.
I’d like to tell myself that the clothes are cute and stylish and it was just due to odd coincidence or good financial planning that only old people were shopping there, but the fact of the matter is I just had a birthday. My next birthday will mark the dawning of a new decade of my life. Obviously there isn’t going to be a two in the tens place of that decade and, sadly, there will also not be a three. Given that fact, I fear that I am, indeed, getting too old to distinguish between old-lady-cute clothes and just plain cute clothes.
As I said, though, I have spent a lot of time looking at the online outlet (things come and go and then come back! So there have been one or two things I’ve waffled on, then they have disappeared and I have been sad, then one came back and I bought it! I am currently watching for another to, hopefully, come back in my size), and my final determination is this: Coldwater Creek is most definitively a purveyor of old lady clothes.
They also have some really, really cute stuff (either that or I’m really, really old). So let me present my defense. First, of course, there is the jacket above (which I firmly put in the cute category), then there are these:
Okay, it really sucks that the pictures are so small, but they are what they are. I think this dress is very cute and can’t imagine it being classified as “old lady.” There are only two problems: they don’t have it in my size and I don’t have anywhere to go that would call for a dress like this. All right, three problems: one probably needs boobs to carry off this dress.
They do have this skirt in my size, and I have been seriously debating buying it. I can see wearing this one to church around the holidays. Other than that, however, I once again have no real use for something like this. My life is very sad, no?
I lurve this dress, but at 40-some dollars (here is where I should mention that everything I’m showing you is currentlyy in the outlet section), I don’t want to spend the money on it (umm . . . barns aren’t cheap). But it’s silk and chiffon and I don’t think I’ve ever owned anything made out of chiffon. I could totally wear this to church. Of course, being the good Mormon girl old lady woman that I am, I would need to find a jacket to go over it or a shirt to go under it.
This cardigan looks like something I would wear every single day of my life, pretty much. It’s not too Mr. Rogers, is it? Again, though, not spending the money on it right now because I don’t really need it, but that doesn’t look “old lady” does it? Lie to me if you must.
Okay, I actually bought this one. It’s a little black dress, and I didn’t have one. Isn’t it a universally accepted truth that every woman needs a little black dress? I think so. Plus? I have an occasion coming up this month (ahem . . . a Bella’s Birthday Party themed New Moon party, and you can’t go to a party at the Cullen’s in a t-shirt and jeans, you know – plus, once I put on the red supposedly-pashmina (8 bucks on ebay, so who knows) and my floor-length hooded sweater coat (aka my Obi Wan Kanobe sweater), I will look like one of the Voluturi on St. Marcus Day).
Right, so now the bigger question is, “Am I a senile old lady shopping at old lady stores or just a great big dork?” Anyway, moving on . . .
I solemnly swear that when my children get married this will not be my mother-of-the-bride dress.
So, is Coldwater Creek really a geezer hangout? You discuss while Tewt the Newt and I go check out the J. Jill website.