Day 246 – Appropriateness

I buy most of my kids clothes as consignment shops and used clothing stores.  I discovered when we were poor parents with a newborn which stores and shops had good quality clothes at reasonable prices.  Kids outgrow stuff so fast; it’s nice to have some places where you can get clothes without spending an arm and a let on them.  Even as our financial situation changed, I still went to these places to buy the kids clothes.

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.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Just me... says:

    DD ALWAYS drifts towards the ‘dresses’ they sell for her size (kids 8).. These dresses look like cocktail dresses for grown women!! I mean, these are things I wouldn’t even dream of wearing during the day time!! And there they were, in the Easter dress aisle last spring!!! I agree, it’s fucking absurd!!!

  2. This is frikken disgusting.

    I’m a BIG fan of sex, don’t get me wrong, and I do think it’s appropriate at young ages to start introducing at least the ideas of intimacy and connection to kids (if for no other reason than to avoid having ‘fucktheneighborhoodslut.com’ be their first exposure. But the oversexualization of kids in the world today is horrible.

    My wife teaches at middle school and I swear, when I attend school functions I have to smack down the ‘look there’s flesh impulse’. Cause 7 times outta 10 they’re 12. The other 3 they’re 40 year old mom’s which is just as problematic in it’s own way.

  3. I am not looking forward to explaining some of these things to my daughter. But I can’t stand to see teens walking around with these type of shirts on, they are just asking for sex!

  4. garbonzo says:

    The only appropriate garment for our children is a nun’s habit. everything else is too revealing.

  5. Vixen says:

    *shaking head* that’s not ok!

    I guess I’m lucky in that what my daughter likes to wear and what she’s ok with me buying her are very ‘appropriate’. I like her (as she does too) to look cute, but not dressed as a 17yro in a 10yro body!

  6. Vixen says:

    *shaking head* that’s not ok!

    I guess I’m lucky in that what my daughter likes to wear and what she’s ok with me buying her are very ‘appropriate’. I like her (as she does too) to look cute, but not dressed as a 17yro in a 10yro body!

  7. I dunno garbanzo, if you’ve seen some of the dirty dirty nun smut I have…you might not be so sure that it’s the road to take 😉

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