My mother is ninety and likes
To wear a nice dress.
But she is tiny.
Size ten, and only five feet tall, she likes
Colour, nothing too clingy.
And needs a collar.
She would also like some nonslip
Ankle boots that are
Size four and a half.
Nobody seems to cater for
Small, slim people of a certain age
Who are not terrifically flexible.
Do not want low necklines.
Do not like black and beige.
Taken from the “Wardrobe Mistress” column in the Sunday Times’ Style Magazine, 29 September 2013. Submitted by Kirsten Luckens.