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Mom's Talk: Where Do You Draw The Line On Kids' Outfits?

Abercrombie & Fitch this week introduced, then re-labeled, a "push-up" bikini for pre-teens. If it even exists, where is the line drawn?

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Abercrombie Kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch dedicated to eight to 14-year-olds, this week introduced, then promptly re-labeled, a "push-up" bikini for pre-teens. They now call it a ''padded'' bikini top, after a hailstorm of criticism.

Where do you draw the line with kids' clothes? What's acceptable, at what age, and what is definitely not?

Jennifer Enright March 30, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I was just talking about this with a friend this morning. Kids develop at different rates and while some younger girls may require some support, my daughter doesn't yet and I will not allow her to wear certain clothes. I try to let her have a lot of input, and she has a lot of fun with creating her own style. We've had some trouble finding things that fit her well, since she is very short for her age ~ so sometimes the pants that are the right length and waist size fit very tightly around her upper legs and backside. I tell her she can wear tighter bottoms with looser tops and vice versa. There are LOTS of cute, stylish clothes at reasonable prices - from Walmart to Roxy (on sale)...but she is only 11 and that means I get the final say ~ for now!

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