My dd is ten, tall, but very thin and small framed- on most clothing measurement charts she is like a five year old, apart from her height. I have always bought her Petit Bateau swimsuits as they've been the only ones that fitted, but this year the age 10 is a bit short in the body but a bit too wide, and the age 12 would be very wide. Gap is huge on her. I ordered a crewcuts swimsuit from the States, just because it was pretty, but it is really baggy, and again, not quite long enough either. So are there any makes that come up very slim? Lands End do a slim swimsuit, but only in the US range which would be a pain if it doesn't fit, (she has had them before and they have been ok though, so i will try that as a last resort). i'm just hoping there is something in the UK. I sometimes take in skirts etc for her, but a swimming costume is more tricky! She needs a costume for school swimming, they don't allow bikinis.
I like the Zara and Massimo Dutti. I wouldn't have thought of them, I thought MD only did women's things. A women's size 8 suit would literally hang off her, she wouldn't even fit an adult size 4. She has a 22 inch chest, 20 inch waist, but she's about 4'8" tall. She probably could have a tankini but the problem is the same, if the top is long enough it is hugely baggy, which just looks horrible as she looks like a starved child rather than a lovely slender reed.
My ten year old daughter has the same physique and she wears a Slazenger boy leg swimsuit (the bottom half looks like shorts). I think they look slightly odd but she loves it and all her friends want one. It suits her tall, skinny shape.
Oh, ok, I'd never thought of sportswear. Would a 28" be ok then even though she is only 22" or 23" around the chest? I'll go off and have a look at slazenger and speedo. It does help to be able to return things, I have to shop online as we live in a rural backwater... I was the same shape when I was her age (and would be now if I lost the podge!!!) but I wasn't tall until much later, which made it easier. And I am 51, I think swimsuits in the 60s and 70s were slimmer cut than now. Although my first bikini, when I was ten, had to be taken in rather a lot, I do remember that.