The Tog Shop
P.O. Box 176
Jessup, PA 18434-0176
For all of us, along with death and taxes, comes the inevitable spectre of elastic-waisted trousers. I recently received a catalogue from The Tog Shop and was surprised, indeed, that it was not accompanied by an invitation to join AARP (my husband has already received one of these and it was not a pretty sight). To be perfectly frank, the prospect of aging horrifies me far less than that of wearing elastic-waisted trousers (which I feel should be relegated strictly to maternity wardrobes). This being said, The Tog Shop catalogue carries a number of brands: Leon Levin, Haymaker, Alfred Dunner, Foxcroft, and Koret--whose speciality is clothing for women of a certain age.
It is true that, as one ages, most of us do not want to encounter the horrified glances and averted eyes occasioned by that syndrome known as "mutton dressed as lamb." There is something to be said--at any age--for three-quarter sleeves (covers upper-arm wobble, sometimes cruelly called "bat-wings") and low-heeled loafers. The advantage of these clothing lines is that all the separates will easily mix and match, interchangably, they are, undoubtedly, very practical, and I am sure they wash and pack well. There is, somehow, something about these clothes that depresses the hell out of me. It is probably because I can see most of these outfits coming off of a chartered tour bus, completed by fanny packs stuffed with senior discount coupons.
I would say that they are best for their accessories--handbags, shoes, sandals--and for their bathing suits, which are (unsurprisingly) very modest and offered in a nice range of colors and patterns--but I somehow, just cannot get my mind around those elastic-waisted trousers (shudder). As with any catalogue, check their website before ordering, especially the "clearance" page, to see if there are any good deals not represented in the printed catalogue (it can't hurt to get into the practice, in anticipation of all those "senior" discounts!!).