Shopping Tip for Shorties: Kids Clothes

Ask yourself this: Can you imagine life as a short-arse? What difficulties do you reckon are there for people who are shorter than the average 5ft4?

Taking one look at my outfit pictures, you can see my eternal issue in life:

I’m super short – or as I like to say: “I suffer from acute lack of height”
At only 5ft in height, there’s things in this world that are freaking difficult, things that normal height people probably never encounter…

- I can’t reach the floor with my toes when I sit on the bog or on any chair (which means I’m never sitting in the ideal position for my back, even with the most ergonomic adjustable chairs, because the seating area is also bigger than my thighs are long!)
- My car seat has to be the closest to the steering wheel (which makes me look like a right idiot)
- I have to stand on tip toes in photos to not look like a dwarf next to any of my friends or even better constantly wear heels (so I’m constantly in pain and it definitely also doesn’t help my already screwed-up back)
- Kids who are 7 or older are generally taller than me (can be dangerous when walking alone as I look like a kid from behind, hence an easy target)
- I have to prove myself more than normal size people because people literally look down on me (and consequently don’t take me as serious)
- I constantly have neck pain and I’m getting horizontal wrinkles on my forehead from having to look up constantly when I talk to people (which also means I get nice sunburns in my face and again, doesn’t help my back)
- I have to clime onto surfaces (yes, even at work!!) to reach top shelves, etc (not embarrassing at all)
- I feel like I have to be Size 6-8 to actually look proportional (think Kylie Minogue, Christina Aguilera – they are might height but look proportional because they are so incredibly tiny)

But what is really the most frustrating is the issues I get with the fashion world, which can be an absolute pain to deal with. Not just the issue of looking like a fool trying to get an item down from the top rack or shelf reaching and stretching until everything hurts and then admit defeat because that stupid hanger just wont move or because I can’t even find the price tag (honestly, I seldomly even bother looking at items that are above my head level), but more importantly: NOTHING EVER FITS! Having to cut off up to 2 inches off jeans really sucks! After all, I freaking paid for those two inches of fabric too!! And those cute jeans that have decorations or zips on the ankles? Well I don’t even need to look at them. And then there’s the issues with dresses constantly being too long, skirts being too long, etc. Being short freaking sucks!! If I had £100k, I wouldn’t even hesitate to get a leg lengthening surgery done! That’s how much I hate being short.

And of course the fashion world can only cater to so many different shapes, sizes and heights. There’s petite ranges, but not all fashion retailers do them, which is a shame. And then, despite the fact that they use less fabric, they still charge the same or even more.

So what with hating being short and not finding anything good about it, I’ve finally found something that I am excited about that only short people can benefit from: Kids Clothes!! Yup, Kids Clothes!! It’s a bid odd to steer into the kids section, but for example the teenagers range from New Look FREAKING FITS ME!!!! To hell with the shame and embarrassment! This is exciting!


Here’s a comparison of almost identical if not very comparable items:

Adults (left) v Kids (right)
£9 saved

Adults (left) v Kids (right)
£5 saved

Adults (left) v Kids (right)
£4 saved

skirtsAdults (left) v Kids (right)
£6 saved

So on average you can save between £5-6 per item in comparison to the adult version! Who doesn’t like a bargaineous shopping spree (yes, that’s a word, right? ;))

Of course this wearing kids clothes as adults only works for the slimmer brigade of adults – Size 8 is roughly the same size as 12-13 Years and Size 10 is about 14-15 Years, which is the biggest size for kids. With these being kids clothes they work a lot better for those who find that normal size ranges aren’t great fits and would reach for petite sizes if available, as these are tailored to shorter limbs and stuff too.

For those who suffer from acute lack of height like myself:
Finally, thanks to New Look, I finally have 7/8 jeans that actually are 7/8 jeans on me and not an inch longer than my leg length! And I have a cropped denim jacket that actually looks cropped on me and not just a bit shorter than normal!


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20 Comments on “Shopping Tip for Shorties: Kids Clothes

  1. Stacey

    I'm only 5ft2 (just when I stand up really tall lol) and have all the same issues!! My feet swing when I'm sat at my desk, I can't reach the top of my kitchen cupboards and buying maxi dresses is the biggest bain of my life!!! I can honestly admit I have bought many items from Newlooks kids range!!! Much cheaper and they fit like a glove!!! Xxx

  2. Sophie

    I'm only around 5ft2 and can agree with all your comments! Wish I was a bit taller so felt more in proportion! I'm a size 10 so could probably get into kids clothes. I must try it, especially if things are cheaper!! xx

  3. Kat

    I'm only 5 foot too, yay for short people! I don't really mind being short until I go clothes shopping. New Look is actually my favourite place for jeans because they do a 28" length so they fit perfect!

  4. Leanne

    Great post! I think I'm a pretty average height, haven't measured myself in years but I reckon I'm about 5ft 5in. Wish I could bloody fit in kids sizes though – I'd rather be short and petite than be restricted to plus size sections in the rare shops that actually have them!

  5. Kayleigh Gerrard

    I'm 5'1 and only 18, I've been wearing 12-13 years from new look since i was 12-13! It's great, although I sometimes find the jeans aren't very well tailored for those of us with hips, so I end up with a gape at the base of my back :/ Glad you found them good for you though! :) x

  6. Ms Bubu

    I'm 5ft1, and I also have the same problems, of course! I'm not too bad accepting this, but i have to say I hate shopping for trousers and jeans! And it sucks to buy a £10 pair of jeans in Primark and paying the same amount to have them hemmed! I used to buy in the kids section when I was 20, but then i gained weight and couldn't do this anymore. But now I'm a size 10, thanks for reminding me! :)

  7. Kayleigh Gerrard

    If skinnies fit in primark it's not so bad… they look okay ruffled up at the ankles, and if you buy 7/8ths in there it's a little betterPrimark petite jeans are still 30" though! :(

  8. Afef

    wow what a coincidence! I bought the cutest dress ever from the new look teens section last saturday :D! Finally clothes that don't need hemming :)!!! (Plus everything in that range is SO much CUTER than the adult patterns :)!)

  9. xmisslorix

    Haha, this is a great post, I'm 5'2 and I find it really difficult to get clothes that fit properly, especially jeans or pedal pusher type trousers, normal sized ones just look like ankle grazers on me. I love supermarket kids depts for shoes too I have a pair of boots that are gorgeous, soft leather and have out lasted any other pair of boots I own. Asda also has a great G21 dept that has some funky stuff xx

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