Where do you find age appropiate clothes?

Trish - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 & as tall as a 2nd or 3rd grader & it seems like retailers today all sell clothing that makes her look like a mini-teen!! I am a Christian and raising my child as such, and really dislike the fact that designers seem to think it is okay to allow a child to look years older than she is. It is so frustrating, I just want her to look and act her age as long as I can. They grow up too fast these days...why can't retailers let them be & look like what they are.....YOUNG CHILDREN

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Iridescent - posted on 09/02/2010

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I'm having the same problem with our 3 year old girls. We've searched second hand shops. We have looked all over. We find shirts here, pants there, but it takes looking each time we're in a store that has clothing and a trip intended to find clothing (season changes) becomes frustrating after several stores of nothing we'd allow them to wear. We're to the point of looking at boys clothes to get them covered appropriately.

Sonia - posted on 08/31/2010

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I don't know where you are, but Children's Place has good clothes. I buy clothes there for birthday gifts at reasonable prices. My son is still young (almost 3) so I don't know where else you can go. Maybe old navy or kmart?

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I'll put it this way.... My 8 year olds can still fit most size 6 pants (though have some 7/8's) and I only buy them 10/12 dresses because of the cut. The 7/8 dresses that I bought them fit up top, but they HAVE to wear shorts or pants (use the dress as a shirt) w/ them cuz they are all too short IMO. Luckily they are adopting my sense of modesty. If the dress is more than an inch above the knee (at most) they also think it's too short. Good luck in your clothing search!!

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Sherri - posted on 09/02/2010

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You can't be shopping at the limited too or places like that because all of there clothes are mini teens. However, most stores I find are quite age appropriate even in larger sizes. Kohls, Children's Place, Gap, Marshall's, Burlington Coat Factory.

Katherine - posted on 09/02/2010

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Old Navy, Kohl's, Childen's Place, you can order online at all of these stores. Carter's has nice clothes, Macy's, JcPenny's.....there are soooo many!!!

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Have you considered sewing her clothes? Maybe there's a little old lady in the neighborhood who sews?
Beyond that, I would recommend snatching up any camisoles, tank tops and leggings in neutral colors that you can color coordinate with her outfits. I agree, there's no NEED for an 8 year old to have a plunging neckline...they have no cleavage!

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I'm like you, I think little girls should look like little girls. My daughter is 2, so I haven't run into too many problems yet. Like a previous poster, I do like Children's Place. But I just looked at the older girls clothes online. They seem modest, but edgy (rocker chick). That may not be your style, but you may be able to find a few things that both of you like. Old Navy is a little more tame in their girls' styles. I don't know what kind of budget you have, but GAP also has cute little girl clothes. If all else fails, find something you can live with and add a shirt underneath or sweater on top or leggings under the dresses.

Brittany - posted on 08/31/2010

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Check out Osh Kosh B'Gosh...they have really cute clothes for young kids. I LOVE shopping there!

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