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To think that girls aged under 5 need a slimmer fit!

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quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:06:06

Was in GAP today & overheard a conversation with another customer & an assistant.

The guy was looking at the jackets with 'GAP' across the front in the under 5 section & the assistant said - that's a girls top - they are a slightly slimmer fit!

WTF!!! confused

ArgyMargy Mon 10-Nov-14 18:07:02

Did you mean they don't need a slimmer fit?

quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:08:30

Yes - missed out the DON'T!

MillyStar Mon 10-Nov-14 18:08:42

I find gap childs clothes rediculously small anyway! My dd is always at least one size bigger in there than other shops and sometimes two

quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:10:12

I've noticed the sizes are small too.

quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:11:11

But what parent is going to say oh I love that top on my 4 year old it makes her look so slim???

TaliZorahVasNormandy Mon 10-Nov-14 18:13:17

My DD certainly needs a slimmer fit, she's very slender.

steff13 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:14:05

I would have thought the fit was slimmer because girls generally have smaller frames than boys, so the same size for a girl would be cut a bit slimmer than that of a boy. Not because they want the girl to look slim.

quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:14:23

Then you need to head to GAP grin

quirkycutekitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:15:35

Maybe for an older child but are under 5 girls & boys really that different?

steff13 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:18:01

My daughter is 4, and she is much different than her brothers were at her age. She's hippy, for one thing. I didn't think a girl that small would have broad hips, but she does. And, she does have narrower shoulders, even though she's in the same size range as they were.

accessorizequeen Mon 10-Nov-14 18:19:26

Yes, I have boy/girl twins & she would need a slimmer fit because of her frame. They're just 6.

CantBeBotheredThinking Mon 10-Nov-14 18:19:41

The boys at nursery with my daughter are on the whole a lot stockier than she is.

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Mon 10-Nov-14 18:19:45

My dd is just 2 and wears gap size 4 shock blush she is not overweight and wears 18m to 2/ 2to 3 in all other shops!

Dragonlette Mon 10-Nov-14 18:22:02

My dd and her little male friends have always been roughly the same size, with dd sometimes being the wider one and the boys sometimes being wider, depending on who was due a growth spurt. Under 5s really don't have much difference in shape due to sex, but individual children have different shapes at that age.

pepsi77 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:24:57

I've got a 5 year old boy and 6 year old girl. The youngest has been bigger than his big sister for about 2 years. So yes, in my experience she would need a miles slimmer for than a boy.

Sirzy Mon 10-Nov-14 18:27:00

girls clothes are always 'slimmer' fit than boys simply because of the differences in frame between the two.

ineedausername Mon 10-Nov-14 18:28:18

My daughter would also need a slimmer fit, her little brother is heavier and stockier than she is.
Girls and boys clothes are cut differently. The age 3-4 for my daughter is different to the 3-4 for my son.

ACheesePuff Mon 10-Nov-14 18:30:24

There are different growth charts for boys and girls, so they probably are different. I would certainly say on average girls are slightly smaller at age 5, and boys and girls grow at different rates throughout childhood.

HappyAsASandboy Mon 10-Nov-14 18:30:48

I have boy/girl twins, aged 4, and it's my boy who needs a slim fit!

DD is stocky and solid and weighs more than a third more than DS and DS is all slinky and slim. It's like they're made of entirely different stuff!

Maybe I should get some GAP girls stuff for DS confused

TooManyCuddlies Mon 10-Nov-14 18:34:06

It's the same in all shops - boys tops (and trousers) are nearly always cut baggier, like men's clothes, girls tops are generally shorter and narrower, if it's a t shirt the sleeves are usually shorter than a boy's t shirt, if it is a long sleeved top the sleeves will taper more and be narrower too.

My DD (almost 7) can still fit into some 12-18 month Next boy's t shirts, but she wears age 5-6 or 6-7 if I buy them in the girl's section.

Partly it is because boys tend to be a bit stockier than girls, but it is also fashion. Clothes for small children are now often close to fashion for adults, and they are copying the norms for adults - where clothes are designed to make men look strong and women look slender.

My DDs are both very slight, so it is actually quite useful for me, it means I can buy clothes that don't hang off them. But it isn't a fashion trend I am particularly happy with otherwise.

fredfredsausagehead1 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:38:12

It's obvious girls carry more body fat under 5

RainbowRabbit33 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:38:37

Maybe I should head to Gap... I've just bought 3mo DD boys dungarees because all the girls ones seem to be somehow balloon-shaped. They look ridiculous on her skinny little frame! They were from John Lewis (gift vouchers, can't afford JL when she grows so fast!).

LegoCaltrops Mon 10-Nov-14 18:39:48

My DD is tall & heavy, near the top of the charts, & has been since birth. She has large hands & feet too, apparently that's an indication that they are likely to be tall? DH is 6'4" so it's possible, DD is 2.6 & in clothes size 3-4, she's slim in the middle, chunkier on the legs & arms as she's always running & climbing about. Slim fit would be no good for her!

FreeButtonBee Mon 10-Nov-14 18:40:33

Boy/girl twins here - 21 months and DTD is much slimmer than DTS. I find gap on the big side but then they are teeny weeny.

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