If your teenager gains (or loses, I guess) a bit of weight, how do you handle the clothes issue?
My 15.5 year old dd has gained about 10 pounds this spring. She's still very firmly in a healthy weight range (bmi 20.4) and I'm not concerned about the fluctuation. I expect that when she gets back into her sports season in a couple of months, she'll go back down... but if she doesn't, that's fine with me. It's important to me not to make her feel self-conscious.
...which leads me to a conundrum. Her shorts and pants don't fit. She often wears the short-shorts that are very popular at her school (not as short as some I've seen, but still not big or baggy at all). With the weight gain around her hips, they've gotten very tight. She can still button them, barely, but they've gotten that wedgie/camel-toe thing going on that is not very flattering (nor does it seem comfortable).
If your teen goes through a weight fluctuation, how do you handle the clothes issue? Do you just bite the bullet and buy all new clothes, or wait to see if things will settle down, or some other option? I'm afraid that to tell her the shorts are unflattering and don't fit anymore -- even gently -- could be perceived by her as critical. She's not very self-conscious or insecure, but I know how sensitive the topic is to a kid this age and I feel like even saying as gently as possible that it seems like she needs new clothes could be translated by her as "You're getting fat."
And if you do buy new clothes for your kids when they go through those stages, how do you deal with the expense? She's not interested in the clothes from the stores I've suggested (and we love to thrift and buy second-hand, but the kind of shorts she likes we have not had luck in finding). It seems she'd rather keep wearing the too-small stuff than wear less-acceptable styles/brands. She says she thinks she could find some she liked at certain expensive stores, but frankly we don't have the money for a whole new shorts and pants wardrobe at those stores -- or even more than 1 or 2 pairs, which wouldn't be enough to make much of a dent in her everyday school clothes.When she went through growth spurts as a child I'd just buy her new clothes, but it's so much harder as a teen. She is much more particular and the clothes cost a lot more.
Is there anything else you'd do? Obviously I'm continuing to encourage healthy eating and exercise habits, as we've always done, but I don't want to conflate that with her size.