Considering that I live in Florida now, my ponderment regarding the following subject seems even more relevant.
In the United States, at least, there seems to be something of a uniform among the elderly. Both sexes wear clothing that is made almost exclusively of polyester and polyester blends, with the women favoring bright flower print blouses and shockingly bright pants (usually lime green, hot pink or sky blue), and the men wearing nerdy banded bottom shirts paired with seersucker pants.
This question is something of a three-parter.
Where do old people get their clothes? Even in Kmart, you won’t find aisles full of lime green pants. (I’ve seen http://www.blair.com, but I don’t think Blair is the sole outfitter to the country’s tens of millions of old folks.)
Was there ever a time when the bright polyester clothing preferred by America’s elderly was considered fashionable? (The current crop of oldsters matured in the 1930s through the early 1950s, and as far as I know such fashions weren’t ever in vogue during that time. I;ve heard theories about the clothes being relics of the 1970s, but was it possible for so many pairs of lime green pants to last through 30 years of regular use?)
If the clothes were never fashionable at any given time, how did the style become so popular among old folks? (I’ve heard “comfort,” but if that’s the case, why the mutant colors and strange patterns?)