I had an interesting (for lack of a better word) situation come up with my granddaughter today, that has me ready to embrace a new cause!
We were shopping for a little outfit for her to wear to the 4th of July festivities. I’m usually a little more prepared, but it sorta fell through the cracks this year. Bea has outfits that Hannah has outgrown, so she wasn’t an issue. She already had a couple of things to choose from.
Anyway, we ended up finding a cute t-shirt fabric blue ruffly skort and a red t-shirt with a flag on it, and a pair of red, white and blue flip flops. She was happy.
Then as we wandered around we found a darling pink “Hello Kitty” tutu dress w/ leggings in Bea’s size, not Hannah’s. Then a precious who-who nightie w/ matching nightie for a dolly, again in Bea’s size, not in Hannah’s. Most everything in Hannah’s size was either plain, skanky, or styled for teen-agers in smaller sizes. She was in tears.
She’s tall (not at all overweight) and wears a size 10, even though she is only 7. But her interests are still in line w/ a size 6x, the maximum size for being able to find “little girl” clothes.
I don’t understand why designers are in such a hurry for kids to grow up. Why can’t they just let little girls be little girls for awhile longer? They have plenty of time to try and look cool and/or sexy. They don’t need to start when they are 7 or 8 or even 10 or 12.
One of the dresses we saw in her size was a dark grey, straight, shift style t-shirt dress w/ a faded yellow peace sign on it. The brand name was “Mudd.” Hannah astutely said, “I can see why they call it mud, it looks like mud.”
Would it be too much to ask to have little girls clothes available up to size 12 or 14? Really?
Why isn’t there an uproar? Why are moms not refusing to buy this crap and demanding that stores carry clothes that are age appropriate?
I’m writing an angry letter to Kohl’s, but my letter is not going to cause a huge store like that to change their ways. I’m just not sure I have organizing a revolution in me, as much as I’d love to join one.