Little Girl’s Dresses

by jennine on September 29, 2008

There it was, at the flea market… the most darling dress in the 50cent pile. It was exactly what I was looking for, a plaid mini dress with interesting details. But it was a girls dress, a big girl’s dress, big enough for me to wonder if I could fit into it. I placed it over my body, you know the way you ‘try on’ clothes without actually putting them on, people were staring at me probably thinking I was nuts. And I am.

It’s not a new thing to wear children’s clothes, gosh, there are 10 year olds bigger than me these days, and I’m pretty much the same size as I was at 13, different shape, but similar weight and same height. I’m not particularly thin, but I’m a small person. Sometimes I’ll scan the children’s section for clothes with a smaller fit, or something campy and fun, and often they are cheaper than women’s clothes. As for this dress… it was 50 cents, so I took a gamble. And sure enough it fit alright… a little tight, but I rather liked it..Plus it has a built in petticoat.

Do you ever wear children’s clothes?

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vasiliisa September 29, 2008 at 5:06 am

Yes ma’m I do. Mostly tops: I have narrow shoulders and small boobs, but adult hips and I’m over 170cm tall. (But some girls dresses can make nice tunics…) I’m very bitter that I can’t wear kids shoes though!

missmilki September 29, 2008 at 5:35 am

Yeah, I used to do that all the time but for some reason I haven’t found anything good children’s clothes in a long time - I do always scan to see if there’s anything good. I’m only 5ft so I’m the perfect height for kids clothes but I’m fairly ‘curvy’ so tops don’t work so well and unless its a larger size hips can be an issue too. Now shoes are another story - I’m only a 35 (or sometimes smaller) so I can get children’s shoes easily - my main worry is that they’ll look too childish though so I mainly stick to runners or maybe ballet flats - definitely nothing pink or flowery!

Ashe Mischief September 29, 2008 at 7:44 am

I loved when I was finally “skinny” enough to wear kid’s clothes… meaning like a child’s XL and it fit me in a fitted fashion. But why not? I managed to get a favorite sweater from the kid’s section at Target. I’m ALWAYS lamenting that Old Navy doesn’t do grown-up versions of some of it’s children’s clothes. (Which are seriously more hip than most of the adult’s fashions.)

Sometimes I can wear boy’s shoes, which are great for Converse or Adidas shell tops… it skills a couple of bucks off the cost!

Christy September 29, 2008 at 7:50 am

This is so cute on you! I wish I had a figure that allowed me to wear girls’ clothes. Even at my skinniest, though, I’m too busty for girls’ sizes.

Jeanne September 29, 2008 at 7:52 am

Yes, I do! I’ll wear little boys’ tops, mostly sweaters and jackets and things. Recently I bought a Batman logo sweater (something I would have bought anyway if it had been in my “real” size/section!) from the boys’ section of H&M.

jennine September 29, 2008 at 8:50 am

vassilla-oh yeah… tunics! i have to keep an eye out for that, even if the dresses are too short.

missmilki-i’m curvy too, and yeah, it isn’t often to find something in the kids section… honestly i haven’t found anything in ages.

ashe-dude tell me about it, old navy has TONS of great stuff for kids. but even thier adult stuff isn’t that grown up anyway.

jeanne-you’re super tiny, so i bet you look adorable

Mel September 29, 2008 at 8:52 am

All of the time. Right now, in fact. I’m short and angular with small boobs, so they work perfectly. And like you mentioned, they’re so much cheaper!
My favorite thing is to get a little girl’s dress that I would never wear as-is (usually because there are too many ruffles) and then just chop it up until I like it. Dye it black, make it backless … there are so many options for little girls’ dresses.

jennine September 29, 2008 at 8:55 am

oh my goodness… i never even thought of that. you totally opened the floodgates here.

tricia of September 29, 2008 at 9:04 am

yep, sure do.

one of my favorite secondhand pieces of all time, this little acid wash jacket, is child sized. the armholes and back fit me just fine, but i can’t button the front. no matter, it works like a little bolero that way! :)

i also have a really cute vintage mickey mouse sweatshirt i found in the kids section of my fave thrift…

Kezia September 29, 2008 at 9:07 am

you look adorable. i doubt i could fit into anything children’s. besides, i’m almost 35!

Leah September 29, 2008 at 11:43 am

Oh that’s a lovely dress! I often see children’s clothes that I’d love to buy & wear, but I doubt I would actually fit into much of it.

jennine September 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm

@tricia ah the acid wash jacket… that’s a great idea, because many jackets from that time were oversized. kids jackets must be perfect.

thanks kez! but remember i’m not far behind you!

kimberley Lovato September 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

ok, ok jennine. Rub it in…you can shop in the little girl section while most of us, ahem, big girls, must go to the regular racks. Kidding. you look adorable and I may raid my daughter’s closet after looking at this.

Ruth September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I love children’s clothing! I also shop in children’s shoes often, for comfortable flats.
You look great in this dress. The lace tights make it grown-up sexy.

Poochie September 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

I’ve worn kids shoes before and have swiped some of the cuter t-shirts. I haven’t tried dreses though.

I should start and, agree, Old Navy has the cutest kids stuff. So does Target rightn now.


Lady Julianne le Fay September 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Only a couple of tops I got as a kid that were heavy on the lycra!

I’m too tall for children’s clothes. I stopped fitting them really when I was 13! They’re all just too short on the torso - adults clothes were all too short on the torso for me until the long top trend began (may it never end!)

yulanda September 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I like the pairing with the red lace tights.

& I shop in the children’s section all the time.

Natalie September 29, 2008 at 5:36 pm

You look so adorable and happy! I love that front panel of the dress and collar.

sarah September 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

thats great! I’m in fashion design school and last spring everything I made was about making little girl dresses from the 60′s/70′s for grown up girls. Some people didn’t really get it, but Im glad Im not the only one digging the style!

Imelda Matt September 30, 2008 at 3:47 am

Jeannie, stop it! You’re too camp for you own good. The first thing that came to mind is Baby Jane Hudson. If I started shopping the kids section I’d be arrested as a potential peda or mistaken for Angus Young.

Hailey September 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm

how cute, wish I could shove my big butt in one of these (lol)!

Shen-Shen September 30, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I have a feeling I’ll be doing the same thing when I’m not a girl anymore…

MY Fashion Frenzy October 2, 2008 at 6:38 am

So cute. =)

Jordana October 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

OMG, you are the cutest ever! Love the red lace tight…unexpected and fabulous!

I love finding stuff that’s not meant for our age or gender. Last week, I wore a pair of white ruffle socks like I had when I was eight years old. Takes me back.

jennine October 3, 2008 at 3:11 am

hehe, i’m a sucker for ruffle socks!

nanditha October 4, 2008 at 6:52 am

yes,this is really a cute one!

Gem October 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

what an awesome find! it looks great on you :D

Torchy October 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Awesome! I tend to wear little boys t-shirts which considering the size of my bosoms suprises everyone. My current fave thing is polo shirts from the school uniform section - i got a pack of 3 white ones for £4.50 and they fit great and are practically disposable at that price.

And somewhat of a strange one…i sometimes buy boys underwear from H&M kids, i can’t resist the Batman boxers!

jennine October 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

ha! that’s awesome… i never thought to buy h&m boxers! but yeah, i’m by no means nubile figured, but i find that it’s more having small shoulders than anything that allows me to fit in childrens clothes.

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