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Little Girls Fashion: Where Do We Draw the Line Between Fashionable and Inappropriate?

Just about every retail store is happy to jump on the latest fashions for every age girl.

Anyone else struggling with the fashion choices for little girls age 5 to 12? It seems that every year, the shorts get shorter, the shoes get higher, and the clothes get skimpier or glitzier.

I mean, do we really need our 7 year olds to wear sweatpants that say "Juicy" on the bottoms of our little girls?

There has been controversies over the recent Bikini top with padded push up tops offered for young girls by Abercrombie & Fitch  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/03/26/abercrombie.bikini.controversy/index.html

It's not just clothing, shoes with 2 1/2  to 3 inch wedges are sold to young girls age 6-12 too.

Parents need to figure out what's appropriate for their child and what's not.

Caroline Nold June 10, 2011 at 06:56 PM
I went shoe shopping the other day with my 8 year old seeking your basic white Summer sandal. All of them had high heels or excessive sparkle making them impractical. Are you kidding me? Since my child is very tall, I have had issues since she was 4 on clothing. I am blessed to have a mother in law who is talented and creative with the needle who has been able to make clothes that are appropriate for a little girl since over the size of 6X, things quickly get overly mature. It would be nice to find jeans for her that aren't low riders.
Maribel Ibrahim June 10, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I'm dreading when my daughter turns 7... Right now, she is 4 and very petite, so I can still get away with "little girl" clothes. I plan to buy secondhand items that tend to be more "old fashioned" at Thrift Stores and consignment shops. I think it is despicable that there are so few choices to clothe your girls modestly. I don't think it is cute at all when girls are dressed to look "grown up". Shows like "Toddlers and Tiaras" don't help either!
Maribel Ibrahim June 10, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I just thought of another solution.... boy clothes!!!!! They are bigger and looser! Kinda funny that boy clothes get oversized while girl clothes shrink.
Amy Leahy June 10, 2011 at 09:19 PM
My youngest daughter is now 16, the oldest is 32. The difference in the clothing choices between the two ages is dramatic, to put it mildly. I'm fortunate that the youngest one doesn't dress in the short-shorts or wear her tops too low cut, because I see the girls at the high school, some of them dressed like - to use an old fashioned word - hussies. I knew we were in trouble when Abercrombie & Fitch was offering thongs to young girls when my youngest was a 5th grader. Have you seen the new rage among NOW members? The Slutwalk Parades. Seriously. Google it.
just a Granny June 11, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Good article, Carrie. As an "Old Fashioned Nana", I get so upset seeeing little girls dressed so skimpily and sexy!! I don't even like the gyrations that little cheerleaders do during Green Hornets games! If moms would stop buying the "newest" fashions maybe the retailers would stop stocking them. Write to the manufacturers with your concerns.
Chet Brewer June 11, 2011 at 06:55 PM
I have a 15 year old daughter and I guess I didnt see anything that really bothered me till about 6th grade when the eye makeup started. My rule then was if i could tell it was there she washed her face (with comments about looking like a racoon) Since then I have said no a few times but generally if there are enough layers I'm kinda ok, or as Ok as I can be with a daughter in general. She likes to shop at the consignment shops(Kohls if she's feeling extravagant) so that's pretty cool in that regard, its at least year old fashion and only a couple of bucks
Chet Brewer June 11, 2011 at 06:56 PM
so Amy does this mean that you believe a woman who is wearing a low cut top is raped she deserves it.? The slutwalk parades are a parody that started in Toronto as a protest to a police chief who said a girl deserved to be raped because of the way she was dressed. It is not promoting dressing like a slut.
Maribel Ibrahim June 11, 2011 at 07:23 PM
Chet, congratulations on raising such a sensible daughter! I like Barbara's suggestion of writing to the manufacturers. I think in the end, money talks, so if the stuff keeps selling, they'll keep making it. We have to stand firm!!!
Chet Brewer June 11, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Sensible is in the eye of the beholder, a world without teenage boys would be better :-) I think standing firm is relative, some kids are looking for a fight sometimes, sarcasm works well, such as "so you really want to go out looking like a streetwalker, whatever, if that's what you want folks to think about you." Bluntness works wonders and generally avoids the confrontation where no one can back down. At some point you say no and stick to it when they cross over the line. I think you are right about money talks and refusing to buy the stuff is a good thing.
Laura Wiegmann August 04, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Chet, I do agree with some of what you are saying, but every child is different. If my parents had made a comment like that to me, I would have done it just to drive them crazy. Also, since you are a guy this is probably not news to you, but it is to many women. I've been working with youth for years, and have four sons, 3 of them over 20. Girls are doing much more to boys' minds than they realize when they dress in a suggestive manner; those images are almost impossible to erase, and then they react physiologically. Add immaturity to the mix, and girls are starting a progression that is like a runaway train. So, to address your earlier comment, no one "deserves" to get raped just because they don't realize the reaction they are causing, but they are, without knowing it, "asking for it" from people who have a lower amount of maturity or self control, especially in date rape situations. The reaction to slinky dress on the part of boys is much stronger than almost all girls, -and even most mothers- know. I think the boys are being submarined.

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