Help overweight tween girl find clothes that fit
March 7, 2012 12:42 PM Subscribe
Please help me find stylish, attractive clothes that fit well for a tween girl who is somewhat overweight and not particularly tall-especially jeans, other kinds of pants, bathing suits, and other such items where expected weight/height ratio really matters and can't be fudged in the way that dresses and skirts can. They should be relatively reasonably priced, but I'm willing to splurge if that's the only way this is fixable.
posted by corb to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (24 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Details: She is a bright, intelligent, amazing girl who is 9 years old and extremely fashion conscious. We used to love going shopping together, but now it breaks my heart to see her go into the dressing room carrying a heapful of interesting clothes, and walking out again sadly holding perhaps one item that only fits poorly and trying to see the best side of it. She is not obese by any stretch of the imagination-but she unfortunately carries most of her weight in her stomach. This means pants that she can manage to button or zip are too long. This would be fixable with hemming, but also they seem to not go up far enough to the waist, thus occasionally leaving her with "plumber" situation that is intensely embarrassing for her.
Help! I'm enough at my wits end that I'm considering having at least a few clothes tailored for her, but I've never had this done for a child, and have no idea where to go, how expensive it would be, or if it would even be possible to get "Everyday" clothing done. I have found some places online that offer "plus" sizes, but I haven't been able to find a place that explains just what sort of waist size fits what plus size. I would prefer in-person stores, but only if they offer enough of a selection likely to fit to make it worthwhile, and not leaving her feeling worse about herself. I realize the situation may not sound desperate, but there are complicating factors, including self-esteem issues on her part that make it somewhat dire.