clothes for girls. 11 year olds. chubby around belly but short

Tracie - posted on 10/15/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Website suggestions for clothes for adolescent girls. Chubby in belly area but shorter. So frustrating. It's either too tight round belly or too long in length. I've tried the Gap online. Not really satisfied with the way they look on my daughter. Any help would be appreciated.

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Chet - posted on 10/15/2014

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I'll add too that Crazy 8 pants run shorter than Justice pants in my experience.

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Valerie - posted on 11/28/2014

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Hi. In my experience, Land's End has great clothes, but everything is long and I'm always hemming. The good news is that I can eventually let the hem down so she gets more wear. I also started my own site, after sewing clothing for my own daughter. Everything is customizable. thepinkbow.org. Good luck!!

Chet - posted on 10/15/2014

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Try Justice. They have slim, regular and plus sizes. Their prices might seem high, but they have promotions all the time, and promotions that can be added together. Their pants might start out at $45 a pair, but I only ever pay $12 to $25. I think that their plus sizes give an extra 2 or 3 inches in the waist, without increasing the length. They go up to girls size 18.

Lands End has extremely accurate sizing information, and their telephone agents are really helpful. Again, they also carry plus sizes, and I find that their clothes tend to run wide. They go up to size 16 for girls I think. They always have promotions for 25% or 30% off your entire order.

Crazy 8 and Gymboree also have plus sizes too. They only go up to size 12 or 14, which should be fine as long as your daughter is under 5 feet tall. Crazy 8 is more trendy. Gymboree tends to be more little kiddish, but higher quality and roomier than Crazy 8.

Guest - posted on 10/15/2014

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Buy them to fit in the waist then have them altered for length.
I have the opposite problem. My son is tall and skinny, so everything small enough around the waist to stay up without cinching the belt (which he doesn't like doing because it hurts his hip bones) is way to short. I have to buy the longer ones and have the sides and legs taken in. I had the same problem when I was a child, and my dad always had my clothes altered or tailored.

Look on the bright side--getting the length hemmed is about 1/4 the cost of having the sides and legs taken in, so at least your alterations won't cost so much.

You could also do cuffs on the jeans. Skinny jeans cuffed just above ankle boots with a cute blouse and scarf is very in right now, and you can get a regular hem instead of paying extra for the "New York" hem because it will be hidden under the cuff.

As far as brands, I like the simple lines JCrew uses in their tween collections. They are not so clingy and overly brightly colored.

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