Where to Buy Dress up Clothes for Older Kids?

Updated on December 04, 2012
D.G. asks from Houston, TX
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My daughter still loves to dress up in costumes, problem is all her dress up clothes are too small. She's very tall for her age so she is a size 8. It seems like all the dress up clothes in the store are geared to smaller kids, though she just turned 6. I'd love to buy her some for Christmas, just need to know where to shop!

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answers from Appleton on

Thrift stores. You can get old wedding and prom dresses -- business suits anything else you can think of. Look on the half priced racks for some really good deals.

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answers from San Francisco on

My niece loved to play dress up, well into her teens.
She has Down Syndrome, so of course there was no selection when it came to dress up clothes for a somewhat chunky 14 year old :-)
But the thrift stores were amazing treasure troves, old prom dresses, dance/theater costumes, bridesmaid's gowns and high heels/costume jewelry galore, and cheap, cheap, cheap!
Most of the commercially produced stuff is not only small, bad REALLY cheaply made.
And think about it, in days gone by, what did little girls "dress up" in?
Yep, mothers (and grandmother's) old finery!

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answers from Fort Collins on

We check after-Halloween sales, online, and thrift stores.

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answers from New York on

Go to a second hand shop get some gowns and things and cut down.

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answers from Victoria on

Etsy has lots of custom clothes of all prices. You can have them made for her. There are even outfits for day wear to disney land. Pintrest also has cute ideas and most of the images you can click on to bring you to the origonal link (if you didnt already know this).



answers from Los Angeles on

Thrift stores
Costume shops (Party City type)
You can, also, make some yourself (put together or sew etc).

Edit: Also, raid your own closet for older dresses, coats, shoes, costume jewelry, fake fur coats, heels. Put them in a "Treasure Chest-type of box for a cool Christmas gift.


answers from Los Angeles on

Yep, thrift stores and craigslist.



answers from Las Vegas on

My friend sold some to Kid to Kid. Check there. She lives in Vegas, but they bought them, so maybe.


answers from Chicago on

I'd check a vintage/thrift store like Ragstock (I dunno if you have that in TX). Many of the bridesmaids' dresses from the 50s, 60s or 70s can serve as ballgowns.



answers from Pittsburgh on

Look at littledressupshop.com. Love their quality. They have some adult size dressup stuff. U may get lucky.



answers from College Station on

If you want actual costumes, Amazon is a great place. Or, if she just wants 'dress up clothes" and does really care what they look like, then resale shops are your best bet. I have also hit the big box stores on Halloween clearance.



answers from Houston on


Very good prices on pettiskirts, boas, bows, hats, etc. It is generic dress up items---no named costumes or anything but it is a good site. Sign up and they will alert you to sales and coupons.

I use to get most of my daughter's things from thrift stores around Halloween time.



answers from Miami on

If you have the funds american girl they have size 14s etc.



answers from Dallas on

I agree with the other two thrift stores are the best place to go cause you can find all kinds of stuff!

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