Today, we all went on the rounds. The kids needed a few “new” pairs of pants, and Garbanzo has shrunk out of most of his pants and shirts. School clothes were needed for all. In the midst of our looking, I found this shirt – size 6:
Really? A size 6 girl “likes it rough”?
Who deemed this shirt appropriate? Was this a woman’s shirt that someone made into a child’s size so that mom and daughter could have one?
My 9-year-old DJ asked me when I looked at this shirt what that meant. I told her it meant that someone was doing a bad job looking out for kids.
Having two girls has made me very annoyed with the kids fashion industry. Low ride tight fit jeans on a 4 year old? Really? Cropped top shirts with bare midriffs? Whatever happened to kids pants – sturdy, fit well, appropriate for the age of the child? Or shirts that didn’t make a 5-year-old look like she stepped out of a Brittney Spears video?
But it seems they are taking adult fashions and shrinking them down to kid sizes. As parents we already have the challenge of ensuring that our kids aren’t exposed to anything they shouldn’t be before they are ready. We have to carefully screen TV, books, and movies. I don’t mind doing that. I mean, it is my job as parent. However, the clothes thing drives me fucking loony. I expected this to be a challenge when they became pre-teens and teens – at an age when their bodies were hitting adult sizes, but not at such an early age.
This has been a complaint of mine for years, but seeing this t-shirt set me off again.
I’m just glad I’m rubbing off on my girls. During our perusal through the racks, DJ pulled something off of it – a shirt – and said “Did they put this in the kids stuff by mistake? This looks like a woman’s shirt – not for kids.” Sadly, it was for kids. But, at least a 9-year-old could tell it was not appropriate.