Who remembers this movie?
It was one of the movies from my childhood that demonstrated how little girls can be fun, full of light, adventurous, brave and girly all at the same time)
It’s no secret that I like to dress my girls in dresses all of the time. People usually ooouuu and ahhh over their cuteness and wonder why we’re all dressed up. Um…well, life is an occasion and we dress for it. But other than that, I have LOTS of reasons for dressing our girls in dresses:
1) I like to dress my children as CHILDREN, not as mini adults.
Their cute kid-clothing is a reminder to them and more importantly myself and other adults, that we are dealing with CHILDREN and they should be treated as such. Their clothes are visual reminders that they are kids who need love, patience, and more patience.
2) I dress my girls up, in order to instill self-respect in them and to let adults know that these girls are loved and respected, and thus you should respect them too. Am I playing on established psychological principles?…you bet I am.
3) I dress my girls in dresses because they are girls and it is good and fine for them to be feminine. My husband and I have worked to ensure that our girls can express their femininity without shame and without fear of violence. This is a privilege that too few girls can enjoy; there are many areas and neighborhoods where girls have to hide away their femininity, because of bullies or abusers.
4) Our girls do not wear short shorts/skirts/dresses or anything that bares their legs (unless they are doing ballet). Why?
Because HOW THE HECK can they learn to roller-skate, or try to run as fast as they can, or be daring, or try to jump as far as they can, or roll on the ground…when they’re afraid of scuffing up their knees and legs?
If our girls wore shorts, they would scratch the flesh off of their legs off when they fall!
Our girls wear stretch pants/thick footless stockings under their dresses and they can do everything their trousered companions can do and not get hurt…badly.
And we’ve had to throw away a few pairs because the knees got holes in them. Well, better holey pants than skinned knees.
We also try to wear thin long sleeved shirts when we’re going on a hike, to the playground, out to play…because getting a slide burn, or skidding on your arm or elbow is not fun either.
And because of our clothing choices, are girls also don’t have to sit primly on the sidelines, like I’ve seen other little girls doing. These poor kids that are stuffed into Kardashian-eque short shorts, unable to run and play because the shorts are so tight and so short, they’re basically handicapped from being a kid.
My girls routinely:
Play on monkey bars
Rabble-rouse on the playground
Have tea parties
Play with dolls
Bake with Mom
Build room-spanning structures
Excel at Math
Do Science experiments…
All while being girls in dresses.
Yup. It’s possible to be gendered and a fully functional member of society.
So…in honor of the fun, adventurous and feminine spirit of our lovely little girls, I’ve collected lots of dresses, tops, pants and shoes that can help your little girl live, play, and explore!
(((This page is updated routinely, because things sell out)))
** Lots of things are $25 and under!
Your Little Miss is awesome and so are you; know matter how you dress.
“I know, right?” Says Shirley
This is our way of dressing and living in the world as it stands now.
What’s your way?
p.s. If you see words, posters, or links in my post, those are things that I’ve handpicked and put in my blog especially for you. They lead to more information and if you like, you can buy what is featured; it’s usually a book, an online movie rental, or a cool product.