What is the matter with kid fashion?!?!?!

@ersmommy1 (12605)
United States
May 13, 2009 1:13pm CST
Anyone else have a problem with the clothing these days? I have a daughter. She will be 6 in a few months. I am having difficulty finding decent clothing for her. I DON'T want booty, Daisy duke shorts. Nothing that shows her belly. No micro mini skirts. String bikinis? Come on. Am I alone? Has modesty gone completely out of kid clothing for girls?
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22 responses
• United States
13 May 09
I think there is a problem with over x-ualizing children. I'm not sure where this comes from. On one hand, I think there may be mothers who want their children to be "pretty" and push an adult sort of pretty model on them. Then, this becomes "fashion" and other people get used to the idea of dressing kids this way. Then kids want to dress this way because their friends are. Something like that. I believe that children should be given the opportunity to be children. Yes, I know that kids start to develop hormones at about 12 and start to 'fall in love.' And, yes, I do understand that one way to attract the interest of the 'boy' you feel you love is to dress in a way such as to catch their eye. However, I really believe that parents have to draw the line. Certain sorts of dress and behavior are for older women. Not younger ones. There has to be some effort to get a girl to want a boy who is attracted to her for her mind and spirit. (But this, I mean, her emotional balance and psychological health, but someone could say thats the same as loving her soul instead of her skin.)
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@katsalot1 (1619)
13 May 09
I think another thing to remember is that young girls want to dress like mummy, I'm not sure about boys. but they probably want to dress like daddy. If Mummy isn't interested in dressing in 'fashion' then that is just hard luck! Clothes manufacturers seem to just go for what they think is going to sell, not caring about people who just want good clothes.
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
14 May 09
Hi, ersmommy I do not like seeing little girls wearing, yes, daisy duke shorts, mid rib tops, strapless, micro skirts, ugh. In short, I do not like seeing kids in adult clothes. I like old-fashioned dresses on them, they look so cute. Have a nice day!
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14 May 09
I find it difficult to find all in one sleep suits for kids over the age of 18months. They still need these up to about age three or four because they throw th ecovers off and get cold - yet canI find anyone who sells them?
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• United States
20 Jun 09
You may have to find a small specialty shop for those kinds. I know that there is a store called Fox's that sells them big enough to fit me! But there are only two locations of that store, they are both here in Cincinnati. But find a clothing store that isn't a chain, or look it up on the internet and have it delivered. I know that most chain clothing stores, at least the ones that I know of, won't carry them because they aren't what's popular.
20 Jun 09
Thanks - but I am in the UK - maybe there is a similar type of store here. Iwill look into it
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
13 May 09
I am right there with you. I refuse to purchase these for my child and thank goodness she has no desire to wear them. She is a fashion diva, loves changing clothes and shopping.Right now she will have nothing to do with the trashy looking clothes and well I plan on keeping it that way. It amazes me when I see moms and dads on Oprah and Dr Phil complaining that their 12 year old dresses trashy, well guess what you buy those clothes for her, so who is to blame.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Thank you for the BR it means a great deal to me and as this is one of my pet peeves I tend to be very opinionated about it..
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
5 Jun 09
You know, I have noticed that trend for years ( I am so glad I had a son), little girls are no longer dressing like children. They are dressing like miniature adults. They want to emulate the people they see on TV, their favorite stars and the clothing manufacturers are just too happy to seel them the latest that will be out of date a few months later. I think it is disgusting and it is the reason that there are so many problems with kids today - they don't realize they are children.
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@breezie (1249)
• Canada
14 May 09
I have a 10 (soon to be 11 year old) and I have the same problem. I don't even know why they make such clothing for children. I am lucky and my daughter wants nothing to do with that type of clothes right now. She is a bit of a tomboy and is in no hurry to grow up. She often says that she would be happy being a kid forever. It is a real challenge to take her shopping. We try to go for mostly jeans and t shirts, in the summer normal shorts (not super short ones that show butt cheeks).
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• United States
13 May 09
I agree entirely! What has happened to it? I remember shorts going down to my knees as a kid... or perhaps *right* above the knees. You look at little girls now... and I do say little... because that's what they're *supposed* to be... and more than half.. maybe more than 3 quarters of the little girls in middle schools look like they should be in bars. It's ridiculous. Not to mention, I've heard of dress codes and what you can and can't wear to school in middle schools and elementary schools, and yet by the looks of the kids coming out of the schools.. boys and girl alike... it doesn't seem like the rules are being enforced. Or, perhaps they've given up trying to enforce these rules considering it's most of what's being sold on the racks at the stores.
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@katsmeow1213 (28845)
• United States
13 May 09
My friend recently offered to buy my 6 and half year old daughter a swim suit. I have been complaining about girl's clothing for quite sometime, and this friend, who doesn't have kids, thought I was over exaggerating. Now she completely understands. She had to look at 3 different stores just to find a 1 piece suit because I refuse to allow my daughter to wear any sort of bikini. The suit she did find had skull and crossbones on it, which I still rolled my eyes at because I don't think that's very good for little girl's clothing either, but that was the only 1 piece suit my friend could find, so we'll have to deal with the skull and crossbones. It's just nuts.
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• United States
13 May 09
I feel the same way. I'm a very modest person and don't want my daughter to wear skin bearing clothes. I don't mind knee length shorts. But I don't want her showing off outside. That's just not right. Little girls need to be little girls and be dressed as such. Have you tried Amazon.com? They have an adorable collection of brightly colored dresses and pant sets that are completely modest and appropriate for little girls. I can't remember the name of the collection, but most of the clothes are under $25. I plan to stock up.
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• United States
13 May 09
Im only 19 and this was even an issue while i was growing up. My mom made alot of my clothes when i was little because a lot of things my dad wouldn't let me wear! ha. It is hard because if you don't like a certain style, that style is mostly found in every store you go to. Its what it is nowadays. Everything is older than it should be.
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• United States
14 May 09
Modern outfits are accommodating the teenagers of this time. I'd say if they want to wear anything revealing to spice up their attire then why not let them? It's not the outfit, it's the person wearing it... LOL, like this would ever happen today. Let her pick what she wears, after all she is growing up.
@breezie (1249)
• Canada
14 May 09
I have to say that I disagree with you. The child she is talking about is 5 years old. She shouldn't be wearing revealing clothing at all, infact they shouldn't even make it in those sizes.
• United States
20 Jun 09
Gawd, don't get me started! My daughter has had a shape since she was 8 months old, it was already hard enough to find clothes that kept her looking like a kid, before they started in with all this "Honey I Shunk the Hoe" clothing lines. Its like there's some pedophile making all this stuff. I was completely outdone when I went panty shopping for my daughter. Took me forever to find just some regular briefs. They had panties in her size that were cut so small they almost looked like thongs! Come on, thongs on a 5 year old? WTF is wrong with these little girl clothing designers?
• China
14 May 09
Girls have more choices than boys on clothes selection I suppose. Sometimes I feel that girls are like flowers, whenever you put what on them, they will show so beautiful scene to you. Hence, you need to give her some colorful clothes like skirts that are not so short and some little jeans which I like best.
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
14 May 09
I think more and more clothings nowadays are getting more liberated because when it comes to the style they are becoming more showy. Showy means more flesh are being shown even if the customers are kids. For many those are fashion but for me they are not so good. Kids should learn to be more conservative when they are still young and just turn to be more liberated when they grow older. I guess people are no longer giving importance with the comfortability of clothes but they are already giving more importance with the style which is most likely uncomfortable. There are still more clothing companies that do not produce sexy clothes for young kids so better look for them.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 May 09
i am with you, kids clothings are getting weirder and sexier.. at times i would just buy my 4 year old daughter tshirts and pants, good thing she still does not complain!
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
14 May 09
Nope you aren't alone in that.. My mom and I have been talking about that. And how small the straddle of some shorts are some are not very wide at all but have big legs to them and it is very revealing. I think that a few designers need to go back to school and learn how to redesign children's clothing and what is proper for them..what is cool for a teenager or adult is not cool on a young child it. Some clothing in children sections aren't even suitable for children.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
14 May 09
I couldn't agree with you more. What happened to cute little girl clothes? So many stores are trying to sell clothes that make you six year old look like she's 16. It's just silly. What happened to sundresses and regular shorts and t-shirts? People must be buying these clothes, though, but I don't like that style for little kids. Let them look and be like little kids.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
14 May 09
It is unbelievable what they have for little girls now. I won't even allow my 15yr old to where half the trash that they have out for much younger girls. Yes, there are decent clothes to be found but you have to really look around. JC Penny seems to be really good and they have great sales. Target has a pretty decent variety to choose from.
@yoyozhou (356)
• China
13 May 09
yes, I also don't know which kind of cloth to be chosen for the clothing is too changeable today.The cloth which is in fashion today maybe is out of fashion next week. It is a problem. I think children usually like the colourful cloth.Moreover ,I think the texture and ingredient of the cloth is important for us to read.A good cloth must be safe and comfortable to wear.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
13 May 09
M daughter is only 2 and I have the same problem finding clothes for her too. It is a little sad when all you can find in 3T clothing in the summer time is daisy dukes.