The Soft Surroundings Catalog: A Sure Sign You’re Getting Old

  1. Dontchewonthedinnertable says:

    Ahhhh…. Not an underwire in sight….

  2. Kathy says:

    Ahahahahahaha! Lindsey, I love your sense of humor.  And I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the AARP card isn’t far behind the Soft Surroundings catalogue : (

  3. S. says:

    Right on the money again, Lindsay! You do make me laugh. (Hiccup)

  4. Melissa says:

    “Snuggle Gown”? Yeah, snuggling and dressing like a nun on a winter evening do not usually go hand-in-hand for me and the hubs…LOL

    Although dare I admit, a couple of those tunics are kind of cute. 🙂 But only with skinny jeans and high-heeled boots!!!

  5. Knewman4 says:

    Hilarious. The photos terrify me. I don’t think I am there yet? Though I DID just spend a week with my parents in their retirement community in Arizona and I really enjoyed it! So maybe over-the-hill (and wasted on wine) is my new immediate future.?

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       I think my first warning sign actually came a few months ago, when I read the first book in the “Mitford” series AND LOVED IT.

      • bereccah5 says:

        I just don’t even know who you are anymore. 😉

      • cheesehead4ever says:

        I’m 39. I think I read the Mitford books when they first came out and loved them. I also didn’t think 50 Shades Gray was that great. I must be ready for the home.

        • Paula Hunt says:

          cheesehead4ever Until a week ago, I had never heard of Soft Surroundings. All that changed when their catalog arrived in my mailbox. I am a nostril pierced, hot pink/red headed, 54 yr old Foos Fighter fan. I have friends in their 30’s and I have a friend that just turned 70. And even I shop Forever 21 and H&M for accessories (God knows my size 12 butt wouldn’t fit any clothing at these 2 stores). There is a black and gold Asian inspired tapestry jacket in the Soft Surroundings catalog that has caught my eye but I’m not ready for AARP yet. One can always wear their Victoria’s Secret articles under their Soft Surroundings tops layers, ha!

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  7. cheesehead4ever says:

    Ok I’m 39 and I don’t mind that mauve shirt. Everything else, no. But I’ve never had the body that could wear trendy clothes like Forever 21. Even as a teen. Danskos? Bought my first pair of Dansko sandals five years ago. But I’ve had old lady feet since I was 20. Bunions, no arches, heel spurs and wide….

    My goal when picking out clothing is asking myself, “would my mother wear this?”. If the answer isn’t an immediate no, it goes back right on the rack.

  8. Andrea says:

    This was hilarious.  I can so relate!

  9. Salote says:

    HAH wait till the AARP letter comes in the mail …. aaagggghhhh!

  10. deb says:

    very funny! I love Soft Surroundings but your comments are hilarious!

  11. Daniela says:

    I just snorted out loud!!! I occasionally like some of their sweaters but typed in “is soft surrounding for older women” and found your post. I am 43 but look much younger (or so I’d like to think) -I need to steer clear of this catalog for a while!

  12. Bob says:

    Gosh I found your article funny and clever! I am a (single) red-blooded male and just turned (a very young looking/feeling) 55 yrs old yesterday. After reading your comments, I just realized that in the past year or so the Soft Surroundings catalog has been slowly replacing the Victorie’s Secret catalog as my favorite junk mail fantasy piece! You should know that there are many men like me who would love to spend time with ANY women of the Soft Surroundings genre! While it is so sweet to gaze and marvel at the Victoria’s Secret girls, the real, more meaningful and authentic times are to be had with the very attractive and sexy Soft Surroundings type of women!

  13. Sickened says:

    Toxic! A garment I ordered from Soft Surroundings was in some sort of toxic chemical. Upon opening the package I had a severe, potentially fatal, allergic reaction for which I needed an epie shot. Customer service was no help and I’m extremely dissatisfied with this entire company. I’m reporting them to the EPA.

  14. spinetingler says:

    Er, if that one woman needs some company for Christmas Eve, I think that I can clear my schedule…

  15. 77355 says:

    i happened upon your article right after, i promise!, having put down the Sundance catalog, fired up the ipad and searched “clothing similar to Soft Surroundings” !!! i was wracked with quiet laughter and quiet snortle bouncing my side of the memory foam enough to waken hubby. tooooo funny! honestly, have found their lightweight drapey peasant blouses look good belted with narrow pants and tall, sensible ;-D wedges.
    must read more of your insights!

  16. deborahclayton says:

    This is just too funny to read! I love it but unfortunately it’s true! I am 60 and love to dress stylishly. I used to be a size six, and that was before the new sizes have really screwed up everyones idea of what size they are. I weighed 117 to 120 on the average for years. Then middle age and menopause takes over and boom, so I do wear tunics with skinny jeans and leggings now. I try hard not to look frumpy and old, but really, when you are my age do you seriously think that we should dress like a 25 year old? That is just wrong, and really looks bad. There is nothing more pathetic about a women trying to dress too young looking and coming off looking really stupid. You can look great and attractive with the right style and appropriate “age” clothing. Too much skin is not pretty at middle age. Mom jeans are NEVER OK. They are just wrong…..

  17. Linda says:

    Ha! Loved reading your post. You are so right and I don’t care if loving Soft Surroundings means I’m over the hill. I’m 53 and I’m so glad I found Soft Surroundings because their designers truly understand my aging body! If it wasn’t for them I’d be in the dumpy old lady section of Penney’s or Kohl’s. Shudder.

  18. Rich says:

    Hilarious comments! “It’s always 5 o’clock at SoftSurroundings!” LOL! I do admit I’m married, on the under side of 50 and totally agree with Bob. I get the catalogs in my own name as I buy gifts for my wife there. I wonder what the mailman must be thinking but oh well, he can get his own. 🙂 Btw.. my wife looks amazingly hot in their sweaters! Were they gifts for her or more for me?

  19. Trish Riley Lyon says:

    True beauty is ageless. Don’t buy in to anyone else’s idea of what any age should be like. Be yourself….

  20. Tiffany says:

    ….I’m almost 29 and I already buy clothes from this catalogue as well as Coldwater Creek. It’s just comfortable and it hides my mom bod. I don’t feel bad about it. In other cultures it’s weird to wear clinging clothes and quite frankly the real fashion crime here is women of any age wearing leggings as pants. Okay fine if your tunic covers it but goodness it better.

    • Nowafossil says:

      NOW I’m depressed I’m a reseller comping a long jumpsuit on this site and saw too much of myself in your comments. Dam, I AM old! I actually bought a string bikini last summer (I’d not worn one since I was 16 years old, and damned if it didn’t look good, like head turning good! But last winter brought peumonia and a 10lb weight loss and my body caught up with my age. 54. And it seemed to happen OVERNIGHT! It seems my already tiny boobs gave up being perky and traveled south grabbing hold of my butt along the way. I now not longer shake my head at the women who watch Jane Seymour a infomercial. And 2, count em 2! Sets of Marinette lines. Their the worst!
      Do you ever catch yourself in the mirror or when take a pic with your phone and autoreversepopsupand our like “holy s–t, what was that? Whos that old woman looking at me? It scares the s–t out of you when it dawn’s on you…… Welcome to old age lady!
      I’m taking a 2nd look at that jumpsuit and it’s looking QUITE COMFY! (This coming from a woman who once drop kicked a NYC sewer rat that grabbed hold of my stiletto clad foot while I was trying to hail a cab at 2am outside the Limelight in NYC. I THOUGHT IT WAS A FERAL CAT! Till I saw it scurry down the alley.)

      • Just a fossil says:

        I had to follow-up because there’s no way to proofread when you comment. Forgive me my typos but at 46 while I slept a stroke came and stole the smart part of my brain. I’m still looking for it.
        If anyone find it, send it my way. It’s missed. But at least I’ve learned to laugh at myself.

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