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Party dresses for the (ahem) well rounded teenager?

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BirdintheWings Mon 08-Dec-14 13:01:36

DD is on the pleasantly plump side at 13, and embarrassed about it. Long slim legs, but a square, solid set of shoulders, 5 ft 7 in height, 36-38 bust and quite a round tummy. She finds clothes shopping excruciating as she doesn't want adult clothes ('bo-o-o-ring') but doesn't fit the average teenage ones. I've tried pointing her at things that are quite loose from the shoulders but she complains she looks pregnant or the size of a house.

Any ideas for places that would be worth trying for some party and casual wear?

(She is definitely NOT preggers BTW.)

SparklyReindeerShit Mon 08-Dec-14 13:06:48

Sorry as this is not about a dress but are you sure she's 36/38 bust?

BirdintheWings Mon 08-Dec-14 13:16:05

She genuinely is, yes. 36 measured under the bust, around the rib cage; not much more that that on top of it. She is clearly the girl M&S think they design bras for.

FlossyMoo Mon 08-Dec-14 13:26:37

River Island seem to have a good range and looking at their web site the Teenage wear (what I understand to be fashionable <old giffer>) is mirrored in the adult fashion so she will find similar in her size.

Peplum tops/dresses seem to be popular and would hide her tum if she is conscious about it. Skater dresses may also have the same affect.

SparklyReindeerShit Mon 08-Dec-14 13:29:45

Dorothy perkins? They are quite fashionable (I hope!) and come in larger sizes and taller options.
Or newlook?

gingerbreadmam Mon 08-Dec-14 13:33:48

glamorous do a lot of loose shirt dresses that could be worn over thick tights or leggings. add a nice statement necklace and i think would be teenage friendly and not highlight any bits she feels uncomfortable about.

bank also do lots of lovely patterned leggings that could again be worn with a loose chiffon type shirt or any nice dressy top really and maybe dressed up with a biker jacket or something.

BirdintheWings Mon 08-Dec-14 13:37:09

I had to google peplum. I am now educated. Not that I personally need any extra sticky-out bits just there, but I can see it might be good on her shape.
I don't think we have a Dotty P near here but there might be a River island. She really needs to try things on -- we've had enough years of unwrapping disappointing things that don't quite fit!

FauxFox Mon 08-Dec-14 14:31:12

She needs a skater or 'fit and flare' style with a defined waist and fuller skirt.
black with collar
leopard collar
ditsy tea dress
dip hem
stars - love this one
cosmic unicorns

Debenhams have loads online but nothing inshore so if you can order a bunch and send back the duff ones.

BirdintheWings Mon 08-Dec-14 15:20:31

I suspect she'd love the idea of cosmic unicorns -- she's still quite 'little' at heart! Thanks for all the amazing suggestions.

chdmum2491 Mon 08-Dec-14 18:44:42

id.agree with.the.peplum.idea im not a small person wink but i.always get.compliments.if.i.wear a.peplum top !.soz.bout.the .... fat thumbs

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