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Shop It: Kids Clothes for Small Grown-Ups

Oscar de la Renta's newish kidswear line doesn't run larger than girls' size 12, and I think it's for a reason that has more to do with moms than middle schoolers. Curbing his children's wear at 12, instead of 14 or 16, silences one of the sneakiest weapons in the arsenal of petite and slim women: shopping designer kids clothes for themselves.

It might might sound odd a first, but it makes total sense—girls' sizes 14 and 16 can often fit 2 or 4-sized women; and while they share the same aesthetic as adult-sized counterparts, their prices are way more affordable. (The same goes for boys-sized blazers and sweaters, if you're looking for a slightly-boxy but cropped fit.)

It's all nice to know if you're an adult shaped more like Kiernan Shipka than Kate Upton, but, perhaps, annoying if you're a designer who wants to sell your fancy adult clothes to fancy women. And not see five-foot-nine Carla Bruni-Sarkozy wearing a bandleader jacket you designed for little kids (Stella McCartney) instead of one of your runway pieces.

But with clothes to pilfer from the pre-teen set that are this polished or adorably preppy, it's hard to blame small grown-ups for shopping the kidswear market. (Oh, and saving on the usual hemming and tailoring fees in the process. That too.)

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Don't bother drying it on high heat: it's perfectly shrunken already.

Largest Size Available: Girls XXL (33-inch chest, 29-inch sleeves)

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Just add a slouchy tank, string bikini top and old school sunglasses.

Largest Size Available: Boys 14 (26-inch waist)

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As seen on the impossibly well-dressed Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. (And yes, we mean the kids' version, specifically.)

Largest Size Available: Girls 14

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That elastic waistband should afford a little wiggle room.

Largest Size Available: Girls 14 (26-inch waist)

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Play up the grade school assembly vibe with a satchel and patterned loafers.

Largest Size Available: Boys 20 Husky (38-inch chest, 32-inch waist,  39.5-inch hips)

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Let the tails of your oversized buttondown peek out underneath.

Largest Size Available: Girls 14 (32-inch chest)

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It's supposed to be knee-length, so you'll have a little leeway if the hem hits higher.

Largest Size Available: Girls 16

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They're best a little cropped, anyway—especially with a pleasted skirt or gauzy maxi dress.

Largest Size Available: Boys 18 (34-inch chest)

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It's like mini Missoni, with a small price tag to match.

Largest Size Available: Girls 16

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An essential fall layering piece—and under $100, to boot.

Largest Size Available: Boys XL or 16 (28-inch waist)

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I swear I just saw something just like it on Net-a-Porter this morning.

Largest Size Available: Girls 14 (32-inch chest)

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Contrast the starchy workwear feel with a metallic pencil skirt.

Largest Size Available: Boys 14 (29-inch waist, 34-inch chest)

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What to pair with tall flat boots and a cup of apple cider.

Largest Size Available: Girls 12

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The shorter inseam should save petite girls from the usual hemming fees.

Largest Size Available: Girls 16

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Cover the drawstring waist with a wide leather belt and it'll look way fancier.

Largest Size Available: Girls 16 or XL

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On warmer days when you just need a t-shirt underneath, you'll appreciate the snugger fit.

Largest Size Available: Girls 14 (26-inch waist, 34- inch hips, 5'5' tall)

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I pillage Steven Alan for these kind of shirts on the regular. Except, of course, I pay a lot more.

Largest Size Available: (30-inch waist, 5'10" tall)

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