Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gap Kids



I posted this on Instagram last night and I got a lot of questions. This dress is from Gap Kids. I actually frequently shop in the kids department. It sounds weird, but there are some really cute items and most brand's largest size is pretty equivalent to a size 2 in women's. You just have to be careful when selecting pieces because the proportions are off 90% of the time... which makes sense considering they're made for children. But every once in a while I will find something perfect and the price is always inexpensive! 

I usually wear the XXL in Gap Kids which is a 14/16, it almost always fits, but every once in a while I size down to the XL or, most frequently, the proportions don't work for an adult's body. The dress in the above photo is an XXL and was plenty large enough but I wouldn't have sized down due to the proportions. I am 5'6" and about 125 pounds (on a good day) so a lot of children's stuff is too short or too tight in the rear but I get lucky sometimes. If possible, have my tailor let the hem out, too! I would say this probably wouldn't work for someone who is busty or uber tall! 



Other places with great kid's clothing:
Ralph Lauren- I wear an XL 16 in girls and the same in boys-- the XL 18/20 is very large... would be perfect as a swimsuit coverup. 
Brooks Brothers- I wear the largest girls size and the boys sizes are huge. A 14 is usually plenty big. 
Crewcuts- The girl's section is almost always too small but the boys largest size is great! 

Do you have any favorite kids shopping tips or are you reading this thinking I am insane... Ok, maybe don't tell me! Have a fabulous day! 

Yours,

9 comments:

Monica {Cake and Lilies} said...

So glad you shared this! My friends make fun of me for wanting to check out the kids department (especially because the girls one at J.Crew is nottt so feasible, like you said) so I'm glad you've had some luck! Will definitely have to check out BB and Ralph Lauren...goood to know! :)

Anonymous said...

Looking for a fun, preppy dress for a summer wedding! Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Looking for fun, preppy dress for a summer wedding! Any suggestions?

Portuguese Prepster said...

I'm short and petite so I frequent the kids departments! It's a little more difficult for me because I'm busty and girl's tops are often too small. I find Brooks Brothers and J.Crew boys to be great! Haven't tried Gap though!

Christina Quinn said...

You're totally not insane -- I do the same thing (as a 5'5" person with the same weight as you)! Majorly agree with you about RL Kids - the boys section is gold for great flannels. I hadn't thought to try Gap Kids, but will have to keep an eye out now!

Christina Quinn said...

You're totally not insane -- I do the same thing (as a 5'5" person with the same weight as you)! Majorly agree with you about RL Kids - the boys section is gold for great flannels. I hadn't thought to try Gap Kids, but will have to keep an eye out now!

kTm said...

I love shopping in the kids departments at some stores! You can always find the cutest things for super cheap. The Old Navy kids department is one of my favorites, I found an adorable shift dress earlier this summer for $14!

kTm
Pick Your Beau

Lauren said...

That dress is so cute! I've never thought to look at the kids gap!

Lauren,
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Anonymous said...

I always buy casual outerwear (North Face, Patagonia, shep shirts, etc.) from the boy's department (never tried girl's because I don't usually care for the colors) where an XL fits me with room to spare but the sleeves are long enough. I also buy casual shoes (Rainbows, Sperrys, Toms, UGGs, even Nikes) from the girl's department, a girl's size 5 = women's size 7! You're not crazy, I sometimes save as much as 50% for the EXACT same pieces I could find in women's!

 

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