Last weekend, I went shopping for summer clothes for my daughter. I am very lucky to have a friend with a daughter three years older, who hands down some amazing clothing. So, I felt very lucky to be headed to the mall with only 2 things on my list: inexpensive khaki and denim shorts.
It was a nightmare.
Some background. My daughter is 8. She is a slim 4 feet 6 inches tall, so she is in the 95% for height and all legs. She has always been tall and I had already suffered the way too early exit from the super adorable toddler section and had entered the
hoochie mama different world that is girls size 4-14 clothing.
Although, I still walk longingly through the toddler section, wishing they made those cute clothes in her size 10-12.
I understand that some shorts will not fit her, given her long legs. However, I was not prepared for the lack of ANY shorts that would be fun, comfortable AND 8-year-old appropriate.
I looked at every short offered in 4 stores in our local mall. The denim options fell into two categories – really short and super short. One style was even labeled “The Super Shorty!” I had no better luck with khaki styles. I found either one pair of short frayed khaki colored denim or past the knee, heavy uniform shorts.
This was not the first time I had encountered this problem. Last year I ordered her expensive slim cut Bermuda shorts from an online retailer and from an upscale mall department store. They fit well, but knowing she was due for another growth spurt I was looking for a cheaper option. And let’s face it, I will barely drop $30+ on a pair of shorts for myself, let alone on a pair for her that may not last the season.
A few days later, armed with a ruler, I finally found one pair of each style at my favorite big box retailer. ONLY one style each to choose from, but at least it was something. I was angry. Why is it so hard to find a simple clothing item that will not make my child look like a college co-ed? Why was I the crazy woman armed with a ruler, running around the store measuring inseams?
Our kids grow up way too quickly as it is. I am guilty of it as well, letting my daughter do way more than I let my oldest do when he was her age. But I would at least like to be able to wait for her to dress like a teenager… when she actually is a teenager.
Have you had a similar experience? Where do you shop for your little girls? Help us out by sharing in the comments!