DEAR ABBY: I have a huge problem. I am 13, and my mom makes me buy clothes a size larger than what I need or want. I wear a size 0 pant and my closet is filled with 2's. Mom likes her clothing loose, but I don't like mine to fit that way. She claims she buys my clothes big so I can "grow into them." But how much am I going to grow at this age?
I don't like the way these clothes fit, and it seems like a waste of money because I like expensive things. Mom bought me tops a year ago that are just beginning to fit me now. She doesn't like shopping very much, and this disagreement makes it harder for both of us. I've tried talking to her. Please help, Abby. -- LOOSE AND BAGGY IN SAN FRANCISCO
DEAR LOOSE AND BAGGY: At age 13 it's entirely within the realm of possibility that you haven't yet achieved full growth. If the tops your mother bought a year ago are just beginning to fit you now, it's because although you may not have grown taller, you are beginning to fill out. That may very well continue to happen with the rest of your figure over the next couple of years -- or sooner.
While you and your mother may never have the same fashion taste, please trust her judgment for now. She has your best interests at heart.