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Can you dress teen dd for me ?!!!

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christmaschristmaschristmas Fri 19-Jun-15 18:17:39

Hello smile

Dd1 has asked me if I can get her some new clothes for our summer holiday and for next weekend (she is - in her words - unable to dress herself!). We are going to Europe for a month, not on a package type thing and next weekend she is going to a party and a day out.

Ideally she would like;
-new bikini - BIG boobs so always a struggle
- new dresses
-some new shorts/skirts
- tops
-and things to wear in the evening when to too warm for a jumper but too cold for nothing
-general holiday wear

She is a size 14 (quite overweight) and about 5"5. In her words, she would like clothes to make her look slimmer and minimise her bust - we have had a problem with attention from older guys sad

She wants quite fashionable clothes as she says she always feels frumpy around her friends (size 6, blondes)

She is almost 16.

Could I have some advice please and maybe a few links?


also.. username does need to be updated but don't know how grin not appropriate for summer !

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:20:35

River Island might suit.... DD is 16, size 12/14 and finds New Look sizes are small (dependent on style of course), the same for Forever 21 and Top Shop. River Island seem to be more of a woman's size than a teen size IYSWIM?

I've been to Bluewater a couple of times recently, there seems to loads of sales on.

We're going on holiday in a few weeks so I am on the same mission as you! and it don't come cheap!

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:22:29

Also Dorothy Perkins do nice cropped jeggings in bright colours at the mo. DD got some nice sandals in River Island that seem to go with lots of things too - I'll find a link....

I think find a starting point and remember what you've bought and mix and match some basic items and build up your summer wardrobe that way rather than buying random things that don't go with each other.

christmaschristmaschristmas Fri 19-Jun-15 18:23:25

Thanks for replying. I agree with the ridiculous prices they're asking, I was shocked last time I went into the city centre. I will take a look at the mentioned shops, unfortunately won't be able to get to any before we go but I can look online smile

Dd is standing behind me and says to add to the above post: nothing skimpy !! Haha if only dd2 would say that !

Truffle40 Fri 19-Jun-15 18:23:49

Johnny b is very good

dingit Fri 19-Jun-15 18:24:24

You need cup sized bikinis which are a bit of a holy grail.
I managed to get dd one from Next and Dorothy Perkins (online), side 32dd. Yesterday I noticed M&S had some in their sale.
Not sure about anywhere else, as she's size 8 otherwise.

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:24:31

River Island Sandals also in white

HelenF350 Fri 19-Jun-15 18:24:32

I got some nice bikinis in Debenhams last year. I have 34E/F boobs but managed to get triangle bikinis that actually fitted! Along with some other nice bikinis with cups and they weren't that expensive.

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:25:26

Boux Avenue for bikinis

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LettuceLaughton Fri 19-Jun-15 18:29:12

Does she wear bras fitted as per the standard MN reccomendations? That can make a ridiculous difference to how one looks in clothes.

Delphine31 Fri 19-Jun-15 18:29:48

Bravissimo and John Lewis both do bikinis for larger cup sizes. They don't come cheap but are worth it for the support and coverage!

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:36:23


Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:38:26

playsuit easy to wear, light to pack, no "what top to wear with these shorts" decisions!

christmaschristmaschristmas Fri 19-Jun-15 18:39:16

Thanks ladies! She is always fitted and gets bras / previous bikinis from bravissimo so think they fit well (and probably as per MN recommendation?) I can't unfortunately get her a v expensive bikini along with all the clothes . She is a 32 G if that helps??

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:41:12

For beach basics, at a more affordable price, Matalan has some nice playsuits here

christmaschristmaschristmas Fri 19-Jun-15 18:43:06

Does anyone know how bravissimo sizes compare to M&S? She has spotted a bikini she likes !

Bunbaker Fri 19-Jun-15 18:43:49

Debenhams for swimwear. My daughter is nearly 15 and loves New Look and Primark for clothes.

Kbear Fri 19-Jun-15 18:43:51

Maybe get one well fitted bikini and a couple of bright coloured kimono jackets that are in fashion at the moment?

Madamecastafiore Fri 19-Jun-15 18:46:20

My Dd is 15 and loves H&M for throwaway fashion.

Jack Wills for T shirts with a pair of denim shorts and Havanas look good in any teen regardless of size.

If she is large of bust the best thing you can buy for her is s fantastically well fitted bra. Will make all of her clothes look better in the blink of an eye.

Madamecastafiore Fri 19-Jun-15 18:47:18

Sorry didn't see bra thing already covered.

Look on eBay for bikinis, they often have good buys in larger sizes.

Dismalfuckers Fri 19-Jun-15 18:48:38

Boohoo have some really cheap clothes that would be just the thing for summer.

Their sizes are weird, so order various; eg skater skirts tend to be quite voluminous and dresses can be small. They also do a "plus size" range, sometimes higher necks, less revealing and sometimes have all the sizes covered.

gingerbreadmam Fri 19-Jun-15 18:48:59

missguided boohoo and the outlet on asos are usually quite reasonable. i would go for playsuits and maxi dresses if she feels comfy in them? maybe with some nice wedges and a nice kimono.

new look and asos do amazing bikinis, sports styles are quite in fashion so not as revealing more crop top style might feel more comfortable in something like that? probs easy enough to find a nice swimsuit too.

last time i was in primark they had a lot of shorts with like pom poms on the bottom that are really cute and might be nice with a plain vest top? sure new look boohoo etc will do similar.

Bunbaker Fri 19-Jun-15 18:49:28

Jack Wills is horrifically expensive. I very much doubt a teenager will wear clothes bought this year next year, which makes paying £19.00 for a T-shirt seem rather ridiculous.

Dismalfuckers Fri 19-Jun-15 18:50:38

Oh, and asos is good too, although their website is frustrating!b

If you join the premier service you pay a bit but get free next day delivery and returns. It's a good service.

The app is probably better than the website. Again sizes vary.

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