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madnoodle's picture

Here's an obscure, non-cooking related question that I'm hoping someone can help me with.  DD, age 11, is a BIG kid--5'2", and most of that length is in her back.  Kids' bathing suits, even in the largest size, simply do not fit.  One-piece suits are impossible, since they're just too short.  She currently has a size 16 tankini which was OK, but now that she's stretched out even more, it shows more tummy than she's comfortable with.  We've tried women's sizes, but they're all low-cut and/or have built-in bras with padding--entirely inappropriate.


Shopping options in our city are limited, and I really don't know if I want to try to buy a bathing suit on-line.  Does anyone have any ideas?


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kathymcmo's picture

(post #51815, reply #1 of 20)

I'm not sure if this will help but just in case, I'm a lap swimmer and so end up buying suits all year round, when there's little selection in stores. So I do buy them online from swimoutlet.com. They carry such a wide range and I've been using them for years, very happy with what I've gotten. They have a kids section, maybe something there would work. Or go to the smaller adult women's sizes. These are generally suits for fitness and competitive swimming, not fashion suits.


But perhaps worth a look


http://www.swimoutlet.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y

madnoodle's picture

(post #51815, reply #2 of 20)

Thanks--lots of great looking stuff there, but unfortunately they don't ship to Canada.

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Quilter's picture

(post #51815, reply #3 of 20)

Check out Land's End.  They ship to Canada - I've been buying from them for years.  They have a great selection of swim suits - for all body types - www.landsend.com


Most of their tankinis have excellent coverage - no tummy showing - and they have great fitting instructions. No hassle returns as well (as a matter of fact, I think you can take your returns into your nearest 'Sears' store. Good luck with your search.


 


 


 

madnoodle's picture

(post #51815, reply #4 of 20)

Thanks--I was just looking at the Lands End website, in fact.  According to their size chart, the biggest girls' size should fit.  Are their sizing charts accurate, in your opinion?


 


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Quilter's picture

(post #51815, reply #5 of 20)

Well, I've bought a lot of clothes from them over the years, and I've been really happy with the sizing and their quality is first rate. I even bought my current bathing suit from them.  I can't complain about the fit, it was perfect.  Unfortunately, I no longer have the 21 year old body that I wish I had - and I really looked like the 60 year old that I am.  Absolutely shocking, I tell you.

avak123's picture

(post #51815, reply #6 of 20)

I feel your pain. DD is almost 11 and is athletic-thin, but long in the torso. While she wears a 12 in dresses and pants, bathing suits are problematic this year. Most 14's are too short in the stride and 16's are tough to come by.

We did find one at Justice/Limited Too that fit well. Unfortunately, I don't know if they ship to Canada. Last weekend, we stopped at an Everything But Water and found a few that would fit, but most are too big in the boobs and the ones that would fit are SO tiny her mean Mother would never let her wear! :-)

I will keep looking and keep you posted.

Gretchen's picture

(post #51815, reply #7 of 20)

You might look at Lands End. They sell separates.


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Edited 2/4/2009 6:14 am ET by Gretchen

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #51815, reply #8 of 20)

I agree on trying Lands End/Sears and look for longitude styles.




 


Canuck's picture

(post #51815, reply #9 of 20)

Sorry, sympathy only here. My DDs were/are all tall and skinny, and finding a long enough suit was a trial. The teen ones are cut very high on the hip, so that didn't work for us, and ITA about the padding etc.


One tip: Speedo sizing is completely inaccurate; My 6-year-old was wearing a kids size 10. Costcos around here usually have Nike or Speedo suits at this time of year, so you might consider checking there, or checking with a local swim club. I found that buying a higher quality in the first place meant getting a lot more time out of the suit.

madnoodle's picture

(post #51815, reply #10 of 20)

Thanks everyone.  I'm going to go ahead and order from Lands End and see if that works.  If it does, I'm buying one in every colour.  The biggest kids size should fit.  If it doesn't, they have a basic women's tank that's offered in a no-bra option.


And Canuck--I know about Speedo sizing.  It's nuts.  My girl certainly isn't skinny--she's tall and sturdy, just like I was at her age.  The next set of swimming lessons doesn't start til the end of March, so I've got a bit of time.


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MadMom's picture

(post #51815, reply #12 of 20)

I feel your pain.  When I was your daughter's age, I wore a 14 in length, but a 7 in width.  Try to find that combination in a swim suit!  Now that I'm much much much older, fitting isn't a problem, it's just that people want to commit visual suicide after one look at me in a bathing suit!



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teebee's picture

(post #51815, reply #13 of 20)

I am just now reading your question. I would whole-heartedly agree with Land's End. Not only do they offer a wide range of sizes (plus, slim, and everything in between), but also the quality is top-notch. I have purchased their swimsuits for myself and my daughter (DD is petite and slim, thanks to her birthmother's genes), and let me tell you that you will tire of the suit before you wear it out. They also have a great return policy, as others have stated.

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(post #51815, reply #15 of 20)

I think Lands End is the best for getting a good fit, and the suits are good quality. You will have to make some measurements, which is explained, and worth it, because the suit will fit well. You may have to do a little guessing on 1/2 or so measurements, I opted for more coverage and room and came out fine.

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madnoodle's picture

(post #51815, reply #16 of 20)

Sounds like Lands End is the way to go.  I've ordered two suits, and I'll let you know how they work out.  Thanks for all the advice and empathy.

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shipscook's picture

(post #51815, reply #18 of 20)

I see you have ordered, was going to say, I am a somewhat vertically challenged gal with a long body and narrow shoulders.


I have measured all the body parts and both Land's End and LLBean can give you exact measurements of waist to  shoulder etc. on phone orders.


Not sure about LE, but Bean has a virtual "You" that is fun to try things on.


hope this works for you,


Nan

AmateurCook's picture

(post #51815, reply #19 of 20)

I was also going to suggest LLBean. They ship to Canada. I have not ordered any swimsuits from them, but have the latest Kids catalog and there are some great looking suits in there. Good Luck.

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madnoodle's picture

(post #51815, reply #20 of 20)

Thanks.  I'll keep that in mind for next time--or if the Lands End ones don't pan out.


We order from LL Bean whenever they have free shipping to Canada--usually a couple of times a year.


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AnnL's picture

(post #51815, reply #11 of 20)

I'm also long waisted (and was 5'8" at 12) so I usually buy online.  Look for suits with long torsos. 

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roz's picture

(post #51815, reply #14 of 20)

This company is my favorite for swimsuits, especially in chlorine-based swimming. They will also take your measurements and build a suit for you. Expensive, but worth it. Though for a growing 11 yr. old, this might not be a good 'fit'. I would swim three days a week, and the suits would last two years before they became 'see through'.

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Florida2's picture

(post #51815, reply #17 of 20)

I am a lap swimmer, and I order suits from Swimoutlet.com, from speedo's website, from swimlocker.com if that helps at all.