What’s With Little Girl Clothes?

February 28, 2013, In: baby
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If you will permit me, I’d like to get a bit real today and talk about children’s clothes. As we’ve been out looking for items for the baby registry, we inevitably walk by the clothing section. Brett and I have both noticed that the boys section is full of color – red, blue, yellow, green, orange, brown, black, etc. And when you look over at the girls section…it’s an explosion of pink and purple.

However, what really gets me are the messages sent to our little boys versus our little girls. Here is a perfect example. We spotted this outfit yesterday while shopping.

Little Executive Boys Outfit

That’s great. We’re building up his self esteem and setting high goals – telling him he can be a future executive.

But look at the equivalent message we are sending to our girls…

Little Princess Girls Outfit

Really? A princess?!? (And the other options do not seem to be better. It’s either a princess or cute.) How does that help build her self esteem or set good goals for her?

I’m pretty passionate about this because I am a female a business owner. When you look at the stats, there are a lot fewer women in positions of power than men and I feel this is something we need to change. Perhaps it can start with something as simple as little girl clothing. Let’s give our daughters something to aspire to that isn’t marrying a prince.

Do you agree? Or am I being too hard on the clothing industry?

    • Megan
    • March 5, 2013
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    My husband and I had the same conversation a couple of weeks ago regarding toys. Girls are pushed to play house and dress up, where boys are all about tools and legos. It seems that society tries to teach girls and boys what they roles should be in life from a very young age and we both disagree with that.

    I love that my daughter loves to learn about using power tools and fixing things (hello, most DIY blogger I have met are women who do all the work themselves) and I am hoping that one day she does have the passion to be a business owner or somewhere high up in the work chain.

    Sorry this is so long. Megan

    • Reply

      No need to apologize for the length of the comment. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. Completely agree on the toys! I find myself rolling my eyes a lot as we walk through different stores – especially those with girls sides and boys sides. I grew up building things with blocks and hope my daughter will enjoy putting things together too.

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