Clothing for an older woman with limited physical range (gift)
November 27, 2020 1:50 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for Christmas gifts for my mother who lives independently but is in her 90's and should be easy on/off. I am thinking pant suits suitable for doctor appointments and church, but with the ease of sweats.

My mother has lost enough weight in the previous two years that her old clothes no longer fit. She had a bunch of outfits that fit the criteria but now the stretch pants fall off and the tops are so loose she is swimming in them. She is very old and has the appetite of a bird so we are looking at size small petite.

I see pants that look ideal at Vermont Country Store but the price is prohibitive. I am looking to spend no more than $120 (kinda poor at present)but get at least two complete outfits. She has always liked the nice plain fashion of LL Bean but again, pricey and the bottoms are much more legging like than would suit an older lady.

Things I am looking for:
Pull on pants or with an easy zipper/button for arthritic fingers.
Matching or easy mix and match.
Nicely cut top, preferable button up. She no longer wears a bra, so a looser cut.
A knit that looks presentable without ironing and is machine washable.
She is VERY frugal, so if the clothes seemed expensive it would cause her anxiety. She doesn't want any money spent as it is 'wasteful' but this is really a need as she has lots of appointments with various doctors and hopefully will be attending her regular morning mass at some point.

She lives alone and independently which she prizes, would love to see her in clothes that she would love.
posted by readery to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Costco makes pretty good pull-on ponte knit pull-on pants that are not legging-like but still essentially like yoga pants. Betabrand makes a similar "dress pant yoga pants" that go on sale frequently. Both are very comfortable and machine washable.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis at 2:00 PM on November 27, 2020 [1 favorite]

No specific suggestions, but I'll throw out that searching for 7/8th or ankle length joggers right now will get you a lot of pull on pants options that will fit a person who wears size petite small. Many of them will be much too form fitting to be good for someone with limited mobility, but the loose cut ones might give you some good options.
posted by deludingmyself at 2:08 PM on November 27, 2020

Not clothing, but I bought these for my 94 year-old MIL and me: magnetic jewelry clasps. Now we both can wear necklaces that have fiddly clasps. Might be that your mum can wear necklaces she hasn't been able to in a while.
posted by angiep at 2:10 PM on November 27, 2020 [1 favorite]

Check out Lands' End Starfish pants? They can be expensive too, but there's a good sale today.
posted by fussbudget at 2:18 PM on November 27, 2020 [2 favorites]

Check out all of LandsEnd, this is their strong point and they're almost always having sales. They will also flood your inbox with 40% off coupons as soon as you've bought something so there's really no need to ever pay full price.
posted by The Librarian at 2:23 PM on November 27, 2020

LandsEnd!! 50% sale until midnight!
posted by readery at 2:47 PM on November 27, 2020 [2 favorites]

Buck & Buck have simple, comfortable clothes with a bunch of different adaptive options, from pull-on to side zip to hidden Velcro on their button-downs.
posted by assenav at 8:09 PM on November 27, 2020

For my mum, Alia Petite was the answer.
posted by kate4914 at 10:23 PM on November 27, 2020 [1 favorite]

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