This week, a reader asked me the following question on Instagram:
“Do you have any fashion advice for tall children? My two year old is in a 4-5T, and the next size up is in big kids clothes. As much fun as shopping is, I’d rather have her in more age appropriate stuff. I know it’s not a big problem right now, but it will be when she’s 10 and is in teens’ clothing sizes”
As I pondered this question, I began to sympathize with my reader and understand why she would have some concerns over being able to find appropriate clothing for tall kids. Even though I don’t have kids yet (don’t worry family members…it’s on the agenda), I still wanted to try to get some feedback on this question.
I first punted the question to my #1 source on the topic of kids – my tall sister. Next, I put out a call for help on the Tall Fashion Adventures Facebook page and received some uber helpful feedback from several people. One of the things I love about the “tall online community” is that it’s very collaborative and supportive and such a great place to turn to for advice.
Without further ado, here is a summary of the tips that I received from a few fabulous tall moms:
Sis said that she hasn’t really had difficulty finding age-appropriate clothing for my 7 year old niece yet and didn’t feel too worried about it for the future. This brief and positive response was comforting in and of itself.
Angie from Not Another Tall Blog
Angie, a 6’4 mother of two, very generously offered to do some research and report back. She did a great write-up on her blog that you can read here.
Ashley – Owner of Mommy Long Legs Maternity
Ashley chimed in on Facebook with some great insights for both boys and girls. Here’s a summary of her thoughts on clothing for girls – Gymboree carries appropriate girl clothing through size 12 and you’ll get great quality clothing that you can hand down from one kid to the next. Shop their sales, stock up in the off-season when items are on clearance and use their coupons. The trick for not breaking the bank is to avoid buying the super cute full price items because they’ll always go on sale. I’m sure that’s easier said than done since little kids’ clothes are so darned adorable but Ashley makes it very clear that you must resist! Mini Boden, while pricey, has great classic styles ranging from kids to young ladies. This would be a line that girls can utilize as they get older.
Hop on over to the FB thread on this topic to read more about Ashley’s experiences (including the desire to dress her 3 year old son in happy prints like puppy dogs and monkeys only to find that the big boy sizes he was wearing came with skulls or flames).
Rajahnique from TallnNatural
Rajahnique has had issues finding pants that were long enough for her thin daughters without being huge in the waist. She realized that elastic-waist jeans were the best bet (although sometimes the extra bunching is still irritating).
Krista’s recommendation for tall/thin kids is to buy the pants at Old Navy with the adjustable waistbands. That way, if you have to go up a size for extra length, you can just cinch the waist.
What great feedback! It almost makes me want to have kids. Hah!
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