Clothes can be a sensitive subject for children who are even just a little heavier than other kids their age. Difficulty finding clothes that fit well and look fashionable can lead children to have low self-esteem, and feel as if they don’t fit in with their peers.
What Is Meant by “Husky”
It’s not as popular as it used to be, but clothes designed for heavier children has frequently been referred to as “husky” sizes. Husky clothing is created to accommodate a heavier child with more room, but without longer sleeves or pants legs. Husky is typically a term reserved for boy’s clothes, while girls tend to have clothing labeled as plus-sized.
Finding Size-Appropriate Clothes
Despite the availability of some husky and plus-sized clothing options, it still tends to be very limited, and often these clothes don’t look as fashionable as their smaller counterparts. Many parents find themselves buying adult clothing for their heavy child, as opposed to trying to find children’s sizes that look great and also fit properly.
The difficulty of finding plus-sized children’s clothing has led some parents and designers to create items specifically for these children, although it’s a relatively new market.
How to Choose Flattering Clothes
You can help your child feel and look better by choosing clothing that is flattering to their body type. The two primary mistakes to avoid are buying clothes that are either too big and tent-like, or fit too close to the body. Both clothes that are too baggy and too tight can make a child look heavier than he or she really is.
- Pants: Look for pants that skim the top of your child’s shoes, and ensure they have a rise that brings them just to the waistline. If pants fall below your child’s waistline, it can emphasize a tummy.
- Jeans: When it comes to denim and jeans, opt for rich, dark denim, which is slimming. Choose tops with vertical details and stripes, which can elongate a child and create a slimming effect, but avoid horizontal stripes.
- Dresses and Skirts: For girls who enjoy skirts and dresses, it’s good to choose options that hit right at the knee. Any longer or shorter can make a child appear heavier, and also shorter. A knee-length skirt or dress is not only age appropriate, but serves to lengthen the leg line and the entire body. Tunics are another great option for heavier little girls, particularly tunics with an empire waist, as long as it’s not too shapeless or baggy.
Ultimately, the best way to choose flattering clothes for a child of any size is to look at fit above all else. Fit is going to make or break the way an outfit looks, and a good fit can do wonders to ensure a child is comfortable and confident. If you have the option, you may consider having at least a few items in your child’s wardrobe tailored, such as a few pair of jeans or other basics.
Do you have any great fashion tips for a heavier child?