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Old 08-14-2013, 01:15 PM
 
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My 15-year-old daughter has an apple, with a heavy bust and thick waist. She is chunky in the torso but not obese, and her arms and legs are on the thicker side of average (not slender like some websites suggest). She needs some new clothes for school but shopping for her can be very tough outside of sweats and slouchy clothes. I have been reading about flattering styles in dresses and tops, but I read conflicting information like "create the illusion of a waist" and "don't draw attention to your midsection." Neither I nor my other daughter (17) are apple shapes and I am having a hard time knowing what to look for. If I look through Google images, I see similar styles in both the "do" and "don't" list, so I am lost. She is about 5'6" and a size 10.

A stumbling block for us is that my daughter is special-needs and emotionally more like a child in elementary school, not a sophomore in high school. Therefore, nothing short (minimum length just above the knee) or too "old" for her. Fifteen is already a tricky time to buy clothes, as I am well aware with our older daughter, who is 17.

Those of you with apple shapes (or better yet, those of you with junior-high and high-school daughters with apple shapes), can you please advise me what to look for?
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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My 15-year-old daughter has an apple, with a heavy bust and thick waist. She is chunky in the torso but not obese, and her arms and legs are on the thicker side of average (not slender like some websites suggest). She needs some new clothes for school but shopping for her can be very tough outside of sweats and slouchy clothes. I have been reading about flattering styles in dresses and tops, but I read conflicting information like "create the illusion of a waist" and "don't draw attention to your midsection." Neither I nor my other daughter (17) are apple shapes and I am having a hard time knowing what to look for. If I look through Google images, I see similar styles in both the "do" and "don't" list, so I am lost. She is about 5'6" and a size 10.

A stumbling block for us is that my daughter is special-needs and emotionally more like a child in elementary school, not a sophomore in high school. Therefore, nothing short (minimum length just above the knee) or too "old" for her. Fifteen is already a tricky time to buy clothes, as I am well aware with our older daughter, who is 17.

Those of you with apple shapes (or better yet, those of you with junior-high and high-school daughters with apple shapes), can you please advise me what to look for?
-A-line skirts and dresses. Sweater dress with a flare/empire waist with tights

-Stretch jeans in a multitude of colors with a tunic top.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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try knee-length shorts paired with a flowy high-low top (these are usually sheer, so a colorful inexpensive tank underneath)

V-neck or scoop-neck tunic top over leggings/jeggings paired with a statement/bubble necklace

Straight leg trousers with a surplice wrap top (w/ a bright cheap tank underneath)
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's hard to picture a size 10 as chunky or thick. I think maybe it's just that she's not as well-proportioned as you and your older daughter, so you feel like she's too big. If she's not aware of any figure flaws and asking for clothes to conceal them, then just dress her to fit in at school.

Boot cut jeans and polo shirts should be fine. T-shirts are good too, with a plaid shirt open over the t-shirt if she wants one or if it's going to be cold. I'd steer clear of skirts for school.

She's not large enough to need to hide in long tunics over leggings, and bright colored stretch jeans are a trend that's going to be gone soon (I hope).

Here are a few shirts that might be good:
Indispensable Knits, Three-Quarter Sleeve Surplice Top: Tees and Knit Tops | Free Shipping at L.L.Bean
http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/p...2%26slotId%3D6
http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/s...2%26slotId%3D6

Steer clear of stores like Deb, Forever 21, Wet Seal, Love Culture...those clothes are going to be older and more revealing than you're looking for (but Deb has cheap costume jewelry that my girls love).

Also, if you're choosing shirts that button over the bust, make sure she moves her arms back and forth with the shirt buttoned so you can be sure it doesn't gap around the buttons when she moves. Some tops like the surplice top I linked to above may need a few stitches in the V to make sure it's not too low cut.
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