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What can dd wear when the 12slim is too short for her long legs, but the 14slim isn't slim enough?

Apparently this suggestion from the non-dance conversation starters I posted sort of hijacked a recent thread on feeling ostracized at the studio. :clapping: SORRY! But many thanks to those of you who posted shopping & brand suggestions for slender dd's! I never would have thought of trying the 5-7-9 shop at her age (11). When I was that age (and even taller & slimmer than dd) sizes jumped from girls size 14 to junior size 3 so my mom had to do a lot of alterations. I was assuming that I would have to do the same...ack, sewing! It was so nice to find the 00's fit in the waist AND came all the way to the ankles! :lol: Even better than Gap's adjustable waists in the kids' sizes which just made her look like she was wearing elastic waist pants after we pulled them tight enough to fit. Now if only I could find those sizes in other stores...the department stores that carry L.E.I. and Mudd had mostly size 3 and up in the junior dept. with a couple of size 1s thrown in IF you could find them...still too big.

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Glad you could find some jeans! Gadzooks also carries a brand called Baby Doll that comes in a 0 which is pretty long. Some of the styles can run a tad "low" so have your Dd try them on! Or you will need to purchase low-rise undies to go with them! Victoria's Secret- Body by Victoria- has a x-small and small panty that fits great! Hang Dry! :lol:

 

Before we found our new store Bui Yah Kai (or something like that) every time I would find anything that fit I would buy EVERY 0 in the store.

I would also find out when new shipments of the jeans/pants would be coming in and go to the store that day! Doesn't Jc Penny's carry Mudd and Lei jeans? You might be able to order them through the catalog.

 

Tommy, Polo and Guess have some shirts in Petite Small that run small enough in the juniors sizes! The regular size 12/14 clothes are just too big for these ballet girls! We have had more luck in the junior department the last few years!

 

We were in 5 7 9 this weekend. The "small" skirts would have fit me! Unless it is specifically marked 0- I would have dd try it on before buying anything there!

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We were in 5 7 9 this weekend. The "small" skirts would have fit me! Unless it is specifically marked 0- I would have dd try it on before buying anything there!

She tried on three brands, size 00. One pair (more like slacks, not jeans) was much too big, a pair of khakis was just a little big in the waist, but OK otherwise. The pair of jeans we bought was I think Angel brand & low-rise stretch. On the hanger they looked a little TOO low-rise, but actually fit nicely. I guess that will be the next hurdle in shopping in junior sizes...all those low-rise pants! Her school has a requirement that shirts have to be tucked in and some low-rise pants are so low that the shirts won't stay tucked in. Oh yeah, and the cost of these junior sizes (especially at "specialty" stores) is definitely more than our previous Wal-Mart budget!! :lol: hehehe

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My daughter found that the Mudd's in 00 were still too wide for her but the LEI's fit. Mudd is sized a bit more generously overall, I think, because now that she's wearing a 0, she still doesn't fit into the Mudd's. I agree with the advice about finding out when the new shipment comes in. Those 00's are snapped up in a hurry by other desperate folks :lol:

 

Eventually daughter found that sometimes a style of Express pants, XS, fit her. Also, once in awhile, they have a 00 size.

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Boy, have I "been there, done that"! My daughter is almost 5'9" and extremely thin. She was ecstatic when she came back home after her SI last summer and could wear size 3 finally. Much easier to find in the stores. We spent a few years searching out 0's and 1's in talls and I know they are few and far between. JCPenny does carry them occassionaly in the store, but you can't order Juniors from the catalogue anymore. We have found a lot at Express and Tommy Jeans also come in 0's and talls. Good Luck!!!

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I too have a dd with a similar pants size issue. I actually dread going shopping for pants with her because we usually spend many hours going through many stores trying on many different pairs of jeans before we come up with a pair or two that will suffice. We have had some degree of success with purchasing those rare size 00 and washing them in hot water and then drying them completely. Since they are usually 100% cotton it does shrink them up in the rear a bit. :clapping:

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We finally had luck in Weathervane....my dd is in the 0 size( 5'1", 80 lbs). They have different lengths, too. We didn't even have to get the "tall". I was so amazed and thankful that we BOTH were satisfied!!!The jeans were perfect length to her....just to the "fraying point" after a few days. :clapping:

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I knew I couldn't be the only mom of a super-slim dancer! Dd is just under 5' at age 11 so the size 14 girls are usually around the right length, but she is so slender she actually wore a pair of her girls size 8(!!) Old Navy jeans this weekend. They were capri length! LOL :D She did have a pair of perfectly fitting girls' slim stretch jeans by Mudd that she wore last year, so maybe the junior sizes are cut wider than the girls sizes. It seems that the stretch jeans also seem to be cut slimmer than the regular denim also...that is, IF you can find the stretch jeans in a slim which is next to impossible.

 

Oh well...happy shopping!

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I've actually had some luck at Marshall's and TJ Maxx. The racks don't have a place for 00--but if you look through the 1s and 3s sometimes you'll find some XXS or 23s or 00. Consignment shops, too, have yielded some great finds.

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Through the years we have found that the off the beaten track, less expensive, no name brands stores have smaller sizes. Clothing made out of the country as in Asia seems to be sized smaller. Little shops in strip malls especially those catering to the Asian population can be a good source. I know that it's not "politically correct" to stray away from American made but sometime you have to do what you have to do to keep those girls caught up with the style. As styles change so quickly buying these not so well, made inexpensive items for a growing girl sometimes makes sense. one of the drawbacks is that you must handwash these clothes to keep them from falling apart or shrinking. My 18 year old can still wear some of her sweaters and sweat shirts from elementary school. Her bottom caught up but not her top :D much to her dismay.

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DD grew out of her 12slims in length months ago. So I finally followed the suggestions here and got some off brand size 0 jeans. They were a tad too big. A 00 would have been better but, they weren't available at the price I paid. We remedied this problem by boiling them. They fit with a bit of growing room and there's plenty of length. For the first time in her life, jeans that fit! Yippeee :)

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Any suggestions for the older dancer? My daughter is almost 16 and 5'9" with the longest legs. She is in a size 4, but even the talls are not long enough!! We have tried all the mentioned stores, but still no success. When we buy them they fit, but after the first washing they are too short!! I actually have the same problem.

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What can dd wear when the 12slim is too short for her long legs, but the 14slim isn't slim enough?

 

 

I have this problem with all three of my kids. They are all long and skinny. My 10 year old does well in a size 00, but my poor 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter look like they are expecting a flood at all times. I wish someone out there would make a line of clothing for tall skinny kids.

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Amen! When dd was younger she either was flooded, wore baggy overalls, sweats or baggy dresses. Youngest son is even tinyer. I'm having the same struggle just a bit more. Thank goodness for safety pins!

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charlotte-Have you tried the long jeans at the Gap? I also have long legs and these are some of the longest ones that I have found. The 0's at the Gap are too wide for my dd though. Most of the 0's at common stores are (American Eagle, Gap, JcPenny's etc.,) are a size 2-4 at other stores!

She has had luck finding long jeans in a ballet size 0 at Aeropostal (?). We have also heard that the pants and jeans from Victoria's Secret are very long.

 

Levi's classic jeans in slim worked well for my son when he was little.

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