My oldest daughter is about to be 13 and during this last year I have been trying to help her figure out how to best care for her skin type and find clothes that best flatter her figure.
Rose has her father’s skin and tends to break out some. I have extremely dry skin and didn’t really have acne as a teenager so my skin-care regimen even from my younger years doesn’t really work for her. So we’ve been trying different products to figure out what out what works best for her. She was using a Clean and Clear pore cleanser but it seemed kind of harsh so now we are trying a Neutrogena grapefruit cleanser that has some Salicylic acid in it for the acne. (It’s funny because my mother has oily skin and never used to tell me to use lotion or buy me lotion and I was always so dry as a kid.)
She hasn’t really started wearing make up yet but I occasionally pick her up a lip gloss and inevitably choose the wrong shade. Again, her skin coloring is more like her father. She is very olive where I am very fair so all the shades I wear just don’t work for her. Also, she has brown eyes where I have blue so when she’s ready for eye make up I’m not sure what to tell her.
On the clothes front, she is petite but curvy. Michael’s mother was under 5-feet tall and Rose is about that now and is probably not going to grow much more. (The pediatrician says girls’ hips fuse two years after they start their periods and that will be their height.) She is very curvy and that can come off looking heavy on short girls, but she is not heavy. I am about 5’6 and have been about the same height since eighth grade so even though I am also curvy I have more height to work with. When we go shopping I have no idea what silhouettes will look best on her. Oh and she hates to shop so you can’t get her to try on bunches to find exactly the right thing.
Rose is being inducted into the Junior National Honor Society next week and we need to buy her a dress. So I started Google searching “short and curvy” yesterday. I found out the preferred term is “petite and curvy” but I did find lots of tips for the flattering fits. Some of the recommendations included: A-line skirts, V-neck or scoop necks, monochromatic is better, tailored clothes are better than boxy and belts are good, especially wide ones. Also short skirts make the legs look longer, tapered tops and jackets also make a waist. Also articles advised heels (not ready for yet) and long earrings to help add length. So I do feel like this is helpful – we should look for a dress with a belt of some sorts, tailored, shorter better than longer and with an open neck.
So is your daughter’s shape or skin totally different from your own? Did you help her figure out what worked for her or flattered her best or just let her figure it out through trial and error? Do you have any tips for “petite and curvy” gals?