Now this is advice I never thought I’d give– until this morning. I went to the mall and walked through Lord & Taylor (popular department store) and the girl’s clothing section caught my eye. No, not women’s, not juniors. Girl’s. As in ages 2-16.
For reference, I am 5’2″ and weigh under 100 pounds. I am too small for most women’s clothes/dresses in size 2; mostly, the shoulders pucker or the waists are too large. Size zero is usually not sold or is made for women taller than I am. What’s a girl to do?! In the past I’ve bought office dresses at H&M (had to have tailored) and Cache (clingy material only).
So today I tried something new: trying on clothes in the girl’s section. Turns out I am a perfect fit for girl’s size 14 (for girls age 14)! In less than an hour I had picked out five dresses appropriate for professional wear and each of them cost me (with the help of a coupon and sales) no more than forty dollars!
The clothes I bought were very high quality, stylish, fit me like a glove, and incredibly flattering. They often cinch charmingly at the waist and are well-fitting in the chest and shoulder area for smaller-sized women. A number of our Asian and Indian readers are petite and slender like I am, so I’m sure you ladies understand how exciting it is to find beautiful dresses that fit! Girl’s clothes are delicate, dainty, and extremely feminine.
The best part? They are MADE for people your size, and so they fold, bend, tuck, and flare in all the right places.
Girl’s dress makers play with loads of fabrics and materials as well as shapes and designs. Even the backs of the dresses are adorable (see above)! Sheaths, smocks, frocks, tank dresses, bubble dresses, you name it, they sell it, along with convenient matching bows, pendants, pretty buttons…
So next time your heart is broken over the gorgeous dress at a popular women’s clothing store that hangs on you like a circus tent, head to the nearest kid’s section! And for you label-concious ladies out there, fear not, all your favorite designers (including Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Dior, D&G, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, and Lily Pulitzer) make clothes for this section!
Be sure to keep your work style “adult” and fashionable by paying careful attention to your makeup, hair, nails, accessories, and of course, pairing your cute clothes with sky-high heels!
When regular-sized clothes are too big for you, you’ll have to think outside of the box and keep an open mind! Have fun wardrobe sleuthing!