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A really special gift for Mom might be a personalized bracelet or necklace. You and your siblings could put your birthstones and/or initials on charms, or you could put a photo of the family into a locket for her. The jewelry below is from Pottery Barn Kids, but the necklaces come in 14, 16, or 18 inches long just like adult ones though they cost less.
For men: Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes is funny and smart and has some amazing insights to help men pick out some clothes to dress their age and grow old gracefully! http://www.complex.com/style/2012/03/video-author-gavin-mcinnes-shows-how-to-dress-your-age This 4-minute video will make your day.
For women 5'5" or shorter and under 140 lbs.: Now, for women, we get a little more flexibility. If you're under 5'5", you may want to consider purchasing girls' clothes instead of women's for some items since they are often almost identical and are typically half the price! Girls also often get all the best styles. They are sized for girls of all sizes up to 18 years old (size 18) and are also offered in Plus sizes. The largest size is really big!
Below is my Unofficial Size Chart, developed from my many girls' department purchases. Also some tips...
·Most plus sizes you’ll have to order online.
·You may have to remove the belt loops on sweaters or tops so that you can self-tie, or they may end up too high on your waist.
·Several places to look: Land’s End, L.L.Bean, GAP, Old Navy, H&M, R.E.I., Boden, Garnet Hill, Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Target, Alloy, dELiA's--really, anywhere girls' clothes are sold!
·Patagonia and Columbia jackets and pullovers also come in XXL kids’ sizes for a fraction of the cost of an adult jacket.
·An added bonus: Girls’ bottoms have an internal belt—takes the bulk out of your profile if you’re wearing a untucked tight shirt over the top.
Check out the Mind the GAP tab "For Smaller Women" to your right for more girls' clothes that will fit women.
You've been wondering: Do I need to make the trek down to H&M since they don't offer online shopping? Of course you do! While you're there, step into the girls' department, and you'll find this shirt for $5! It's size 13/14y. I held it up to a similar women's size 8 shirt, and it's much larger--I'd say around size 10.
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