A review of Marks & Spencer by Maureen Sharland written on Thursday 10th of July 2008
I have just read the article on the problems of M&S on page 7 of today's Daily Mail. I am a young 65 years of age women and, in recent years, your styles have gradually moved towards the requirements of the young woman. Hilary Roodyne is quite correct when she says we need sleeves in our dresses to hide the flabby skin at the tops of our arms. We cannot wear low necklines because the skin in that area becomes creased with age. Dresses also need to be made in the 'Princess' style. When dresses have a seam across the waist our stomachs stick out. We also need the length to be to our calfs as some of us have veins in our legs. To describe the 'princess' style the dress would be made in one piece for the front and back with darts from the bust through the waist to the hips.
Shoes are also disappointing these days. I used to always buy my shoes in M&S because they were so comfortable and classic in style.
Another disappointment is the lack of jeans style summer trousers this year. I live near the huge M&S store at Hedge End and I have been there several times to find these trousers in an assortment of pastel colours which you have stocked for years but this year you only have white or dark colours that I would wear in the winter. I have been collecting these trousers in different colours for probably 10 years and, at the end of last summer, I sent most of them to the charity shop intending to buy new this summer. Alas you have none.
I am sure the sales of M&S would shoot up if you had a reasonable selection of stylish clothes suitable for we mature ladies.
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