I read an article the other day in the Charlotte Observer about spring fashion, and how retailers were continuing to stock their stores with adult fashions for kids. I was totally taken aback. I have seen this trend and have to say it saddens me. I have strong feelings about the fact that children should dress like children. As it is, I have a hard time finding play clothes for my daughter. You see she is at day care five days a week, and my primary goal for fashion is comfort. Up until she could walk a few months ago, she spent 80% of her day on the floor. So maybe that clarifies why I don’t love the ruffles, glitter and dresses that dominate little girl’s fashion. Now I love special occasion clothes: bring on the Easter smocked dresses and holiday gear, but where have all the play clothes gone?
And don’t get me started on skinny jeans for infants and toddlers. Why on earth would a two year old need skinny jeans? It’s bad enough that they have taken my boot cut beauties away and replaced them with the sausage casings they are calling jeans these days, but please don’t subject my tiny girl to that torture. There will come a time soon enough that she has to keep up with fashion. I don’t think it should start year one.
And what saddens me most is that its popularity drives this trend. I suppose there are lots of moms out there that love the skinny jeans look on their toddler and knee high boots on their seven year old. On my first trip to Stride Rite in South Park Mall, I saw a woman buying her seven or eight year old knee high boots with a heel. The poor child could hardly walk. And the store clerk, with a straight face, asked her mom if she had ever worn a heel before? What?!?!? I wore my first heels in high school to the homecoming dance. What is going on? I blame Suri Cruise for this shoe nonsense.
I probably sound old fashioned and most people who know me would say I am, but I just think kids should dress like kids. They aren’t mini-me’s. How they dress isn’t a reflection of us as parents and I just wish more retailers would help this Smarty Mom out, because I can only buy so much Carter’s.