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Started by SorrellA on Nov 10, 2014 10:47:36 PM
Clothing children

Thread to talk about children's clothes: share questions, tips, ideas, rants. Where to find narrow waistbands and un-pink dresses, good sources of nice stuff, what babies wear in winter, teenage years?

SorrellA - 10 Nov 2014 22:49:19 (#1 of 548)

Also the thread to faint at the shoe shop bill...

MaisonLazlique - 10 Nov 2014 22:57:15 (#2 of 548)

Ebay bundles. Oh yeah.

lucicle - 10 Nov 2014 22:58:05 (#3 of 548)

Narrow waistbands, yes please. My best place is H&M but would like other recommendations. Think really really really bloody narrow. And also, how about long thin tights that don't do the baggy crotch thing. I fear I am on a hiding to nothing.

kentigern - 10 Nov 2014 23:03:21 (#4 of 548)

You need to stock up on clothes when you're in France, luc. They make 'em smaller there. I have to buy an age 12 for 10 year old treglette, and compared to her 10/11 year old classmates, she's quite small. For mail order French stuff, Cyrillus is good - although not cheap.

lucicle - 10 Nov 2014 23:06:32 (#5 of 548)

Oooh. Thank you. Are they really smaller? T wore the cardi I got her in Monoprix (age 1-2) until she was about five. She is, erm, unusually small and skinny, though. Will look up Cyrillus.

kentigern - 10 Nov 2014 23:09:35 (#6 of 548)

Definitely narrower compared to UK stuff. Try Petit Bateau too.

blaithin - 10 Nov 2014 23:25:56 (#7 of 548)

I bought the kids winter jackets in SuperU in August (that's how I roll on holiday). M's is 11-12 and L's is 10-11. French kids are tiny. And very thin.

SorrellA - 11 Nov 2014 06:31:42 (#8 of 548)

What also annoys me is the huge waistband of UK children's trousers are now mostly combined with such skinny legs for fashion reasons that they can barely get their trousers off. I've been buying John Lewis combats, which are wide legged and incredibly robust, but my MIL has bought a couple of skinny leg pairs. Needless to say the adjustable waistbands need to be pulled in about ten buttons worth.

Lemongrab - 11 Nov 2014 08:15:23 (#9 of 548)

Vertbaudet trousers come up very slim, I find.

Can anyone tell me why the pattern on girls' tights always stop just above the knee?

lucicle - 11 Nov 2014 09:27:41 (#10 of 548)

I can't believe I didn't think of France before, you know. I must be unusually dim, given that I also suffer from being too thin and the only modern pair of boots I have that fits my legs properly is French.

slumbermonger - 11 Nov 2014 09:31:37 (#11 of 548)

I wish boys clothes were a bit more imaginative, a lot less gendered and a bit less like mini versions of grown up clothes. It always seems to be blue jeans and t-shirts with pictures of pirates/dinosaurs.

Gap do some very nice pyjamas for boys, but cor, they're pricey.

blaithin - 11 Nov 2014 09:32:30 (#12 of 548)

such skinny legs for fashion reasons

This drives me crazy. Finding jeans, in particular, for M is really difficult. She usually wears jeggings.

L refuses to wear anything other than tracksuit bottoms and hoodies, so at least he's comfortable and I don't have to worry about waistbands.

Bodgit - 11 Nov 2014 12:14:11 (#13 of 548)

I always go to John Lewis for leggings and tights for my skinny pair. And Boden, for all their faults, carry on doing adjustable waists beyond the point at which other companies obviously think they can just wear a belt.

Shit, I'm so middle class.

Gap and H&M are fairly good for long skinny stuff, too.

It sounds like I should have looked for French boots for L. She has very long, fairly narrow feet but very slim legs and any boots that fit her feet are like wellies on her calves. We ended up with a pretty baggy pair that only have a very small amount of growing room, because the size up looked so stupidly roomy. And would have been size 6, which was just too terrifying for me to contemplate.

Lemongrab - 11 Nov 2014 12:19:27 (#14 of 548)

Anyone know about long-sleeved polo shirts for Winter school uniform? L is nearly 5.

kentigern - 11 Nov 2014 12:21:03 (#15 of 548)

Gap usually have them, Lemon.

kentigern - 11 Nov 2014 12:22:07 (#16 of 548)

Also, your L is at school now? How did that happen?

Lemongrab - 11 Nov 2014 12:27:00 (#17 of 548)

Thanks Kenti. Yes, he is a big tall fellow now, in Reception class. Still my baby, though!

Lemongrab - 11 Nov 2014 12:33:15 (#18 of 548)

Hmmm... £10.95 each + £4 p&p!

kentigern - 11 Nov 2014 12:36:43 (#19 of 548)

We also have some by a company called Zeco. Amazon have them: I think they're a bit cheaper.

surferboogiewhatever - 11 Nov 2014 17:17:07 (#20 of 548)

People with small-arsed and -waisted boys (and possibly girls as well, but I've never needed to find out), TKMaxx sometimes have Replay jeans, which were a refreshingly good fit on my two.

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