Written by Samantha
Browse the aisles of the little girls’ section in any given clothing store and you might think you have stumbled into the wrong department. It looks like the girls department. The signs says “Girls”. The sizes begin at XS-4/5. Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers’ merchandise surround you and yet – most of these clothes look like they belong a 21-year-old, not a child. Skimpy tops. Super short shorts. Thongs. Heels for infants.
My five-year-old daughter and I went shopping last weekend and the stores were crowded as always – racks of new spring clothes filled the aisles. Gone were the sweaters and coats of winter, sundresses and tank tops covered the store. What gem did my little one bring to me -wide-eyed, expectant-hoping against hope I would temporarily lose my mind and purchase? A pink bra and panty set with her favorite tween pop star plastered all over the fabric. Surely it wasn’t meant for her I thought, checking the label-twice. To my dismay, it was a size 6x. What, pray tell, does a five-year-old need with a bra?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to dress my little girl as a little girl. Why are these clothing companies trying to sexualize our children? Why are they so anxious for them to grow up? All of the moms I know have the same problem and agree that a large portion of what is available for little girls is inappropriate, so who is buying this stuff?
There are some companies that haven’t given in to the latest trend (Lands End for example), but sadly, they are few and far between. Luckily, at the moment my daughter’s favorite ensemble is her Super Girl costume. I’ll take red tights and shiny capes over skimpy bikinis and daisy dukes any day.