Clothes for a chubby kid

Ronnie - posted on 09/01/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My elementary school-aged daughter is a bit chubby around the middle, she has lost a little weight and we are working to get her weight down. In the meantime, I would like her to look her best. What kind of clothing would make her look pretty and feminine, but slimmer? It seems like many of the clothes designed for girls are so over-designed and over-patterned . . . they draw attention to my daughter's middle.

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Michelle - posted on 09/01/2014

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My middle kid has the same issue, and people think it's diet but considering all 3 of my kids eat the same thing and only one has a weight issue with the other two borderlining too skinny, I think there's more to the story than most people think because most people really don't think before they formulate opinions about the health of a child, and I'm telling you this in case you get that stare of death from a stranger when your chubby child dares to eat a cookie in public. Just remind yourself, that person is an idiot.

I prefer to think of my child as a cherubim. She's cherubimish. The body of an angel.

With that said, clothing. I buy those stretch pants and leggings for pants because the biggest issue with bottoms is finding something wide enough without going over her feet. These ball up at the bottom of her ankles without her stepping on her pant leg. Then she loves dresses, so I've been buying dresses to wear over the leggings. If we don't do a dress, it helps to add one of those skirts to the leggings. If we don't do a skirt or dress with the leggings, I look for really long t-shirts. She's 6 years old, and she fits in 10/12 pants, but 14/16 shirt. Just like my pregnancy, I can't find shirts easily that fit over her belly. So I look for t-shirts that are longer in length, and honestly, I love the Woman's 3/5 size t-shirts at Walmart on her. They don't go too low for cleavage issues, yet they are long enough to cover her butt (plumber's crack) and tummy. I accidentally found that because last year I was a size 3. This year, I'm more of a size 12, so she inherited a lot of my old clothes. The other thing I do is I let her wear one of my old tank tops, spaghetti straps, size 3/5 from Walmart usually (padding removed from the built in bra), and she can wear that under shirts that are too short or show too much cleavage. A neighbor kid also got all my kids wanting to wear a bra way too early, but I will admit the training bra is great also to wear under lower cut tops. Fortunately, the in style is to look like a hot mess from an old Madonna 80's video. You can successfully match polka dots with stripes on kids in this day and age, which is funny.

My friend's mother is one of those conservative, hoity toity people. She is better than you and me darnit. She is better than everyone, including herself. That's her personality. She saw my friend's kid in some clothes from Justice, you know 50 dollar shirts. She's like, "I can't believe you bought your kid trashy cheap clothes. That outfit over there, the solid navy shirt and khaki shorts. That's cute. Where did you get that?" My friend was like, "it was on sale for 5 bucks out of a Walmart clearance bin." The preppy expensive clothes from the 80's is now cheap crap, and the cheap crap you'd get from an 80's thrift store is overpriced, featured in the mall. I love it. And it makes it really easy to dress kids. You have more creative freedom with different body sizes and kid preference.

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Sarah - posted on 09/02/2014

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Whatever she is comfortable in. She's school-aged after all. Take her shopping - let her show you what she'd like to wear (within reason and appropriateness).

Ronnie - posted on 09/02/2014

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Thanks for your thoughtful post, first off it was hilarious, particularly the bit about the snobby-acting lady! All of your suggestions were helpful to me. Considering my child will be starting school here in my neck of the woods, back to school wardrobe is a big issue.

You and I have a lot in common insofar as kids. I have four - my cherub is also the middle child and my youngest and eldest second are willowy. My oldest has an athlete's solid figure but she has a small waist. They are all on the exact same diet! To be honest, my middle child just has a bigger appetite than all of my other children.

I hadn't thought of going into the women's department; I'll have to try that. I love the leggings or skirt under a dress idea. The over-sized tee shirt or long shirt idea is great too because she has had a few issues with the equator peeking out over the horizon of her waistband.

I just don't like that seared to the stomach look one gets from buying clothing that is her size.

Also, since my kids grow so quickly, it's not worth it to me to buy expensive clothes - so I like thrifting, shopping Walmart, Target. I occasionally shop at Justice but I never come out with an armful of stuff from there.

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2014

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I forgot to mention... Spaghetti strap tanks. I tie the tops of them into knots so they don't dangle.

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