I don't understand why this has to be so hard.
Emma is 11. Granted, she's tall, and beginning to get hips and a butt, but she's still slender. She started wearing jeans in size 12 at the beginning of the school year, mostly for length, with that inner elastic waist cinched up good. On Monday this week I found her struggling to button some size 12 jeans after a shower. I swear, there was a 5 inch gap she needed to close, and that can't be comfortable, even if you manage to get the things buttoned. I found some size 14 jeans (Levi's with the adjustable inner waist band) in her closet that I'd bought during the summer (cheap, on eBay) and she put those on instead and they were fine. They're what is now called "pre-owned", but I still think of as "used", which means they'd been through someone else's wash multiple times and had shrunk a bit. Perfect.
However, a few days earlier I had just ordered her two new size 12 pairs of Levi's jeggings. When they arrived, I put them straight back into the mail as a return and ordered the same things in size 14. The first pair arrived yesterday, and I got it washed and ready for this morning. Oh. My. God. Watching her try to get this pair of pants on this morning reminded me of this post by Jen. Sausage casings indeed. She could hardly get the tight bottoms over her heels with my help, and she had to jump up and down to get the pants up near her waist. And then, when she crouched down, she had a nice plumber's butt showing.
These are size 14 on an 11 year old girl!! I'm seriously hoping that Levi's has simply mis-sized all these pants.
So I peeled them off of her and found a pair of Union Bay size 12 jeans that still fit just barely, but are becoming high-waters (is that term still used?) as all her pants do eventually. That too-short look is worse now that all the jeans (that aren't jeggings) are flared like we're living back in the 1970's. Flared and short has a rather unfortunate clownish effect. Luckily, Emma hasn't really noticed this yet.