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    DD is 4'9.5" tall and solid (took her measurements the other day so I'd know what to order if she decided she was too embarrassed to wear her shirts without bras, or if she wanted a light support sports bra for PE, which she will do in person) which means she's rapidly outgrowing kids' sizing.

    All of my go-to brands (Primary, TCP, Tea, etc.) run too small for her now, and while I'm a little sad, I'm also being a realist here:

    My child was never going to be petite. Ever. (DH and I are tall.)

    I just ordered her new shorts for summertime, but went to the women's section at Old Navy (because they run funky) and ordered according to her measurements (her hip measurement puts her at a 4 but her waist brings her up to a 6 or 8; I went with the 4 because waists aren't adjustable in adult sizing) ... and because they were $10/pair on a one-day special. (Plus used a free shipping coupon.)

    Are there other brands I should be poking around in during this weird phase?
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    Junior sizes will be the next step. American Eagle has good stuff. Any junior departments at a department store will work too.


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    Juniors stores at the mall. Old Navy, Target, Kohlís. There was a lot of trying on clothing at that age as they were transitioning to adult sizes. Now DD (15) goes shopping with her friends and Iím not involved at all (except ordering stuff online from Nike)


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    We did well with Old Navy--starting with super small sizes at first. t shirts were never really an issue--its shorts and pants. Also try Gap, Ann Taylor Loft.
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    American Eagle is expensive and their bottoms runs small imho. Dd1 was in a 2 or a 4 there when she was still in a zero or maybe even a 00 at Target. She is now a 6 there and still a 4 at Target, Old Navy or H&M (but imho H&M needs a true pre teen department....like they have in Sweden...). You might also try Uniqlo.

    I was one of those kids who went straight from a kids 14 to a 8 petite and barely 4í11 at 11 years old and there was way less selection then than their is now. Things got a little better when I hit about 5í2Ē by the end of 7th grade and juniors werenít too long pants wise. I sympathize with you and your daughter. I didnít need more than a basic no wire A cup until I was 18 so I am not much help there, but Aerie bras have been good for Dd1 as have Warnerís Cloud 9 bras, but the smallest band on the Cloud 9 I believe is a 32. You might also try Jockey.


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    This hasn't been as bad of a transition as I expected with the exception of swimwear. It's really tricky to find decent swimwear that has some light padding but it's long enough in the torso for my girls. I know I am old fashioned but I'm not really comfortable with bikinis at this age for my girls....so that's been challenging. For everything else, it's just a lot of trial and error. More brands are taking kid's sizes farther than before also....for example Walmart shorts from the girls section turned out to work this year even though my girls are now 5'5". It's helpful because they are still often cheaper! Dresses are also sometimes tricky because if they fit up top, they are way too short. We have also had good luck with Old Navy and generally find a lot of their clothes at thrift stores. They like American Eagle and GAP jeans and fill in the rest with whatever's cute and cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melaine View Post
    This hasn't been as bad of a transition as I expected with the exception of swimwear. It's really tricky to find decent swimwear that has some light padding but it's long enough in the torso for my girls. I know I am old fashioned but I'm not really comfortable with bikinis at this age for my girls....so that's been challenging. ...
    I'm dreading swimwear, tbh, but when I was DD's age, I wore Speedo and TheFinals one-piece suits until I asked for a bikini. And my bikini was fairly modest - I wasn't comfortable with anything else ... plus, my grandma was buying.

    I think my biggest issue with bikinis isn't from a modesty perspective (although there's that) but rather with a "can I swim in this thing?" perspective - you can't really swim in styles made for tanning and DD swims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuggleBuggles View Post
    Junior sizes will be the next step. American Eagle has good stuff. Any junior departments at a department store will work too.
    My sister wore AE. It's ... not my favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieW625 View Post
    American Eagle is expensive and their bottoms runs small imho. Dd1 was in a 2 or a 4 there when she was still in a zero or maybe even a 00 at Target. She is now a 6 there and still a 4 at Target, Old Navy or H&M (but imho H&M needs a true pre teen department....like they have in Sweden...). You might also try Uniqlo.
    I don't like AE, or Aeropostale, both of which my sister LOVED when she was DD's age. DD's teenage cousins adore Hollister.

    Maybe it's me, but I think that Uniqlo also runs small; I'm trying to find things that don't cost a lot but also don't give her a body complex. She's 11 and squishy, some of which is completely normal for her age and some of which is because she's refused exercise in favor of watching TV, video games, and playing with her tablet.


    I was one of those kids who went straight from a kids 14 to a 8 petite and barely 4’11 at 11 years old and there was way less selection then than their is now. Things got a little better when I hit about 5’2” by the end of 7th grade and juniors weren’t too long pants wise. I sympathize with you and your daughter. I didn’t need more than a basic no wire A cup until I was 18 so I am not much help there, but Aerie bras have been good for Dd1 as have Warner’s Cloud 9 bras, but the smallest band on the Cloud 9 I believe is a 32. You might also try Jockey.
    Yeah, that was me, too. I wore hand-me-down petite clothing from my dad's cousin Denise. Denise was a flight attendant until she retired, so she always had cute things, but the woman is TINY. I could wear it in 5th grade, but not after I'd hit my growth spurt in 6th/7th.

    I'm not overly concerned about bras right now; she measures roughly a 30A, so we're in what's effectively bralette territory. I wore Jockey cropped camis under my uniform blouse until I started wearing an actual bra (34A) in 6th grade because I got really self-conscious (thanks Neighbor Boy!) right about then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzywednesday View Post
    My sister wore AE. It's ... not my favorite.
    Ok...but theyíll sell sizes that might fit her. Iím just saying donít jump to womenís stuff because it is cut differently.
    H&M is a great suggestion too.
    Youíre not shopping for you.
    Eta- swim wear isnít just bikinis and utilitarian one pieces. I can swim laps in my tankinis. Im not racing but I could probably do them in some bikinis too. Athlete and Title 9 make some fantastic 2 piece suits built for sport. Iím all about 2 piece swimwear because of the bathroom. So much easier to deal with.
    Donít let your brand issues make this challenging. This can be fun for dd to experiment. You never know what might work now.
    Try Kohlís juniors too.


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