Help needed - getting teen to pick the correct size clothes!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2001
Help needed - getting teen to pick the correct size clothes!
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Mon, 10-31-2011 - 6:17am

Hi all - thought I was done w/ the teenager board for a while.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2001

I'd start slow.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998

Part of the problem is that many teen clothing stores don't sell plus sizes, which is what she needs. So if she is shopping at, say, American Eagle, they just aren't going to carry her size, so she will be forced to squeeze into whatever they have. It's the squeezing, not just the number on the label, that is probably frustrating to her. Even thin girls can feel fat when their clothes are too tight. For this reason, I would avoid department and regular teen stores altogether.

Have you tried an online search for plus sizes for teens? There must be a market for these, and a place catering to teens will likely have a lot cuter stuff than a place like Lane Bryant, which is really geared toward adults. She should be able to wear the same styles as her peers, just in a different size.

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Registered: 07-26-1999
My ODD moved from Michigan to Texas 6 years ago, and its definitely an adjustment, just in terms of weather. She still tends rarely to wear outerwear, just just opts for sweatshirts and long sleeved t-shirts a lot of times compared to the native Texans who would wear full on winter gear for the same weather. I wouldn't spend too much time in too much outerwear, you may find she won't wear any of it.

I can't speak to the self esteem issues, but I will suggest one particular store. If you have one, seek out a Maurices. They have adorable and fashionable plus sized clothing for teens, they have regular sized clothes also, but half their store is plus sized and the sales ladies are usually very great about helping find the best clothes to fit the body. They also have a website (www.maurices.com), but obviously going in is your best bet. Hugs, I'm sure its a transition for everyone!
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-1998

Forever 21 is a very, very popular store for teens in our area and they have a plus size line (and also affordable!) You have to call ahead to make sure what local stores carry them but certainly, you can order online in they aren't carried locally. They have all the hip new trends. Check out their website under their plus options.

The trick is getting her to TRY some plus size options. Once she sees how good well-fitted clothing made for her proportions look, she may be more open.

Tell her those numbers are just that numbers. Marilyn Monroe wore a 14 (just don't tell her how a 14 back then was more like an 8 now.... even an 8 is still larger than your average model these days!) It's really not about the size and more how they look on you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999

We had a problem w/ my former DSD too--she was very tall and large.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999

musiclover12, I was trying to remember what show that was that did something along those lines.

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Registered: 05-27-1998

I forgot about Forever 21! DD loves that store because their stuff is definitely affordable and cute. It's good to know they have a plus size section as well. Now if only someone would carry a "tall, but emaciated" section for my 14 yo DS!

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-08-2009

You are a very special and good person to open your home and pour your life into hers.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-03-1999

Lane Bryant may have been for women years ago, but these days, it's all about teens & 20's.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2001
..."no one knows what size you are wearing--they only see how you look and people look much thinner when they are wearing the appropriate size, rather than being stuffed into clothes that are too small."

Exactly! :)

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