Girls’ Clothing Guide
Girls’ Clothing 101
Types of Girls’ Clothing
Girls’ Outfit Sets
Girls’ Clothing Buying Tips:
• Shop together to find the right size and style
• Take her height, chest, hip and waist measurements for the right fit
• Stay loyal to brands you love for the right fit every time
• Stock up on basics like jeans, leggings, socks and underwear
• Stick to neutral shades or a few solid colours for easy coordinating
• Buy a size up to allow for growth spurts and save money
• Polycotton blends provide easy care, comfort and durability
Girls’ Clothing Features
Girls’ sizes go from seven to 14, but actual fit can vary from one brand to another. If you find a brand that suits your daughter’s body type, stay loyal to that label to make shopping easier and get the best fit every time. Keep her waist, hip, height and chest measurements on hand and update them regularly because kids grow fast. If in doubt, buy a larger size — she’ll grow into it in no time. Some brands offer slim, regular and plus sizes, while others have drawstring or adjustable waistbands to give her the flexibility to tighten or loosen for comfort and movement.
Kids’ clothing should be easy to care for, stand up to wear and be kind to delicate skin. Consider buying children’s clothing that combines the comfort of natural fibres, such as cotton and hemp with the practicality of synthetics. Polyester/cotton blends provide the best of both worlds for comfort and easy care. Natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool, silk and hemp, are breathable and keep kids dry and comfortable. Synthetics are more durable and repel stains, but may be more apt to irritate skin or trigger allergies.
Girls’ pants and jeans come in a variety of cuts for different fits, styles and silhouettes. Straight-leg pants are a traditional shape, with the same width from thigh to ankle, that is flattering for most figures. Boot cuts are straight from thigh to knee, with a slight flare below the knee, and are always popular. Trendier styles that come and go with the seasons are flared jeans, which widen out below the knee, and skinnies or girls’ jeggings, which have a tapered, tighter fit. While most are enduring styles, your daughter may prefer one cut over another. Staying loyal to a brand, cut or style can make it easier for her to get the right fit every time and for you to restock her closet.
Zippers, Buttons & Drawstrings +
When buying clothes with fasteners, such as zippers, buttons and drawstrings, choose something that is easy enough for your daughter’s age and ability to dress independently at school. Zippers are easy to use and save time and effort, so they’re helpful for younger girls, especially on hoodies and outerwear. But zippers and zipper tabs can break or get stuck, so you’ll want to make sure that zip-up garments are closed before washing to avoid snagging and damage. Buttons tend to last longer and are easily replaced, but a nuisance if missing. Drawstrings can be handy on pants for adjustability, but avoid strings on hoodies for general safety reasons.
Stitching & Finishing +
Sturdy stitching is a sign of quality construction. The higher the stitch count (per inch) the stronger the seam, so look for short, tight stitching to ensure clothes can withstand daily wear and plenty of wash cycles. Check for double seams, hem stitches and bound edges that make it less likely for clothing to split or fray. Beware of loose thread which may be a sign of weak stitching or low production standards.
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Girls’ Clothing Care Tips:
• Pre-treat stains before laundering
• Wash coloured and black garments, sweaters and hoodies inside out to preserve colour and softness
• Wash whites in hot water and brights, denims and darks in cold water to preserve colour
• Wash high-pile items separately from darks and fabrics that catch lint
• Hang garments to dry on a clothesline or set dryer on low heat to prevent shrinkage and preserve colour
• Hang dresses on hangers in closet to keep neat and separate from daily activewear