If you follow my Instagram you’ll probably of noticed I wear quite a lot of kids clothes. This has started in the last few years or so.
Being 5’2″ in height, teen ranges often fit my height much better than any main range, and petite ranges are not as common as you would think. After losing weight a few years ago I realised that my size 10/12 frame seemed to fit a lot of the older sizes of some kidswear ranges and to be honest I kind of like some of the clothes better!
So can you get away with wearing a kidswear piece of fashion when you are 40 plus?
I think you can! You need to follow a few rules though and here are my 5…
1. Can I pull this off? Just as you’d look at a piece of main range fashion you need to ask yourself if the design is appropriate for you. Sadly for me now in my 40’s, certain super cute prints like Hello Kitty that I wore in my 20’s now look rather out of place, however each to their own and if you love it, then go for it! I’m still rather partial to a fun print t-shirt though and find more ‘classic’ designs like Disney, smiley faces, retro logos etc all work really well – if you feel great in it then do it!
2. Will it be too short? Its great to not have to alter stuff but then again wearing a dress that is super short is probably not the best idea. Consider wearing it as a top or with leggings underneath instead.
3. Will my boobs fit in it? The amount of items I’ve had to pass on because of my D cup bust! If you are busty you may have to look for items that are more stretchy instead.
4. Not all ranges are created equal. Make sure you try everything on. An age 13/14yrs might fit in one store but be tiny in another, the same goes with length. Most teen ranges go up to 15/16yrs so make sure you shop around.
5. Stick to certain types of clothes. Unless you are very petite, skinny jeans and other very fitted items are a no no. Look for items where the design makes them boxy or more voluminous. Also look out for shoes and boots which often go up to a size 5 or even 6.
And as a final plus, in the UK its all 20% cheaper due to being VAT free!
And here are a selection of some of the teen ranges I’ve worn.
Tammy Girl cropped t-shirt – a boxy shape means a easy fit regardless of it being size 152-158 (12/13yrs) and I love that this is actually cropped on me whereas most adult cropped tops sit on my hips in the most totally unflattering way.
Love Australia UGG boots – When I wanted a pair of Kensingtons I realised the kids size 5’s where over £100 less in price! And the only difference? They are a tiny bit shorter (as am I!) and have a zip, which I actually prefer.
Tammy Girl strapless maxi dress – I love maxi dresses but often they don’t love me – to buy a dress and not have to shorten it is a dream! A stretchy strapless dress like this in size 164-170cm (14/15 yrs) fits perfectly.
915 for New Look shoes – as a size 5 most kids ranges have shoes in my size. I hate high heels so its a great way to find dressy low heeled shoes and sandals. I might not like high heels but I do love a party shoe!
M&S indigo jumpsuit – A great length, although it was a little tight on the bust at first. Being cotton it had give in it so after a bit of wear (and slight stretching!) it was perfect. This one is age 13/14 years.
M&Co. Kylie necklace – obviously this is one size but kids jewellery ranges have some nice little pieces and my nickname is Panda!
915 at New Look jumper – age 14/15 years. This was an example of trying items on as some of the range came up very small.
Store Twenty One Christmas tops – Both in age 11-12 fitted me at a size 10-12! The green top is a boys one so dont forget to have a look in the boys ranges too!
So, are you ready to have a browse in the kids section the next time you go shopping?
All these photos are from my Instagram – Follow it here for fashion, style, my life and loves and all the things I find beautiful.