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hodgson67 Tue 30-Jul-13 13:02:15

During recent heat wave I went to buy shorts for my daughter. Tried major high street shops, my choice was really short, really short or really short shorts. Whether you think this length of shorts is suitable for young girls - I personally don't, there are almost no alternatives. Girls come in all shape & sizes & one style does not suit all. My daughter is quite slim - these shorts make her look skinny, larger girls look uncomfortable, however more than that I resent the total lack of choice. It is not pester power by my daughter, we actually had a choice of really short shorts or no shorts. One exception m&s do one pair mid-thigh one colour up to 8 yrs. Is it me, I just want a choice!

WorraLiberty Tue 30-Jul-13 13:03:54

There's plenty of choice on the internet?

SoftSheen Tue 30-Jul-13 13:10:05

Try Boden (online)- they do lots of longer-length shorts/ cropped trousers for girls. Including some currently in clearance at up to 70% off.

chicaguapa Tue 30-Jul-13 13:10:18

YANBU. It's lazy retailing, same as endless pink or pink-trimmed clothing for girls.

Could she wear a size 8 in ladies? Or maybe you could buy some jeans and cut them so they are mid-thigh.

gobbledegook1 Tue 30-Jul-13 13:11:26

I went shopping with my Mum a couple of weeks ago and had exactly the same problem. As pretty as some of them were I just don't have the figure for them!

CocacolaMum Tue 30-Jul-13 13:12:30

My dd is 7 but the height of a 10yr old so has to wear size 10 yrs - the difference is styles for girls between those ages is huge! I did find what I wanted online though

Crannog Tue 30-Jul-13 13:14:21

Yeah I found the same thing. I ended up getting a few pairs in H&M but the selection was shocking.

livinginwonderland Tue 30-Jul-13 13:16:06

It's what's in fashion. Stores aren't going to buy in stock that won't sell, it's not good business sense. You'll get more choice online.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 30-Jul-13 13:48:29

we got most of dd's from Sports Direct with a couple of pairs from Asda

hodgson67 Tue 30-Jul-13 14:24:06

Actually contacted H&M & eventually got to speak to a lovely lady. She said they did stock 1 longer style but it was completely sold out. I think that the ' it's what's in fashion' is only partly true. Even when skinny jeans were in fashion, they didn't stop making non-skinny jeans. What I'm talking about is one choice for everyone! That's like M&S only selling thongs! Ouch!

GrimmaTheNome Tue 30-Jul-13 14:34:09

You'd think they might get the message that if the longer style is sold out, maybe they should stock more such?

Part of the problem is the denim ones are (I think) mainly meant to go over leggings/tights, which makes the shortness less bad - but in this weather obviously that doesn't work.

I did get some from ASDA for my DD (a short 14 yo) which aren't too bad. They usually do the cycling short style - can't remember if they've got any at the moment.

StickyFloor Tue 30-Jul-13 14:36:05

Glad it is not just me. I don't want my dd (9) in hotpants all the time and I have not found anywhere selling mid-thigh shorts online or on high street. In the end I have cut off some pairs of trousers from Primark instead!

2much2young Tue 30-Jul-13 14:36:30

yes I got some longer shorts from H&M in the spring. Try ebay?

2much2young Tue 30-Jul-13 14:40:29

don't know your dd's age but here are a couple of examples

long blue ebay

ebay stripey

Also, what about boy's shorts, they often come in a longer length don't they

snoworneahva Tue 30-Jul-13 14:41:32

I've struggled to find longer shorts for me nevermind dd. Fashion is a big fat pain at times!

Tweasels Tue 30-Jul-13 14:49:06

I noticed this also, DD is only 2 and I don't really want her wearing denim cut offs, she's not Rhianna, she's a two year old.

Some of the shorts look really uncomfortable too. I eventually got some cotton ones from M&S but they were very, very short.

Twirlyhot Tue 30-Jul-13 14:49:20

Boden usually had loads but you either pay full price or buy the day the sale starts and grab a bargain. Most of it has gone now.

2much2young Tue 30-Jul-13 14:49:56

try SportsDirect lovely and really cheap

Twirlyhot Tue 30-Jul-13 14:52:51

100% polyester too.

DontmindifIdo Tue 30-Jul-13 14:55:14

I think you're going to have to start shopping in the boys sections for her. At that age there's a lot of pastels in the boys section in Sainsburys in decent length shorts, so they wouldn't look too much like she was wearing an older brother's hand-me-downs. And every retailer you visited and didn't buy anything, ping an e-mail to their customer services. It might not make a difference, but enough parents do this, then they will start selling other things (in the same way several retailers have started stocking colours other than blue and pink, people complained, they trialed other colours, discovered they sold better than yet another blue t-shirt with a 'mummy's little monster' slogan or a pink one with 'daddy's little princess', and so increased their lines the following season).

member Tue 30-Jul-13 14:56:51

My main problem has been finding pull on shorts with a stretchy waistband rather than jeans style with button & fly fastening

littlemisswise Tue 30-Jul-13 14:59:26

Gap have some. (You need to scroll down to under the skirts.)

morethanpotatoprints Tue 30-Jul-13 15:02:41


I have had the same problem, poor dd is wearing rolled up leggings or those shrunk in wash and dresses if we go anywhere.
Why oh why do manufacturers think we want our dds walking round with their ass hanging out? Are they all bloody purvs

MyDarlingClementine Tue 30-Jul-13 15:08:27

I loathe these short shorts, I think they are horrid. I dont think they look nice even on women. girls. with nice figures.

SneakyBiscuitEater Tue 30-Jul-13 15:14:14

Both my DDs wear boy's shorts that are knee-ish length, much more sensible. Chino type ones and denim with soft jogging bottom style waistband. Mostly from supermarkets.

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