I’m trying to get a head start. Even though my daughter is young, I want to be prepared. I want to know where to go to purchase clothing that doesn’t define femininity in the form of short skirts, excessive embellishment and tawdry innuendo. Walk into any “children’s” clothing store today and this is what you’re likely to be bombarded with. Much to my dismay, finding the antithesis to this type of garb has proven to be difficult, if not impossible.
Most people would argue that a child under the age of 10 doesn’t need to dress modestly. To imply that children are sexual beings is heretical, an idea that only base or zealous minds would conjure up. The irony of this argument is that clothing meant for an asexual being, has become hypersexualized to the point of absurdity. It seems as though mainstream fashion has the idea that there is no reason to make any distinction between little girls and grown women. Miniskirts, spaghetti-strapped tops, bikinis and short-shorts are actually seen as acceptable, which to me is nothing short of deplorable.
It almost feels like a conspiracy against anything wholesome and decent. I am beside myself with frustration that maxi skirts don’t exist for little ones. Maybe they pose some kind of safety hazard? I hardly think so. Maybe they just don’t fit into the greater scheme of “trendy” clothes for kids, which speaks volumes about what kind of society we live in. I want my daughter to understand, from her earliest moments, that she is not a product, prop, or object of some stranger’s sordid pleasure, which some of these clothes would have you believe. For me, it’s about teaching my daughter how she will be expected to dress as she matures and becomes an adult. That means about 90% of what’s being sold today just won’t cut it.
After tirelessly trolling the internet for some semblance of simple, modest clothing, and pretty much coming up empty-handed, I concluded that this might be something I need to solve on my own. I won’t get anywhere complaining, especially while my sewing machine gathers dust…