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As a mom, I know the phrase “elegant little girl clothes” seems like a contradiction in terms; especially since most stores look like they cater to tiny demented-stripper-circus-escapees, rather than precious little girls.
This may have led you to believe that beautiful clothes for little girls are no longer being made; that ruffles, lace, peter pan collars, smocking, embroidery, bonnets, large collars, modest lengths, are all a thing of the past.
Well, that’s not true at all:
|All current designs for girls from well-known designers
Look familiar? Most likely not.
Little Girl Clothes are as lovely as ever. The stores that sell these precious and very beautifully made items… are just not marketing to you. Why? …. Because you’re not worth it to them.
“Ouch Tiana, I thought we were friends.” You say, irritated and insulted.
Hey! I’m not the one doing it! And we are friends, it’s just that the truth hurts.
And truth is, they aren’t marketing to me either.
The stores that sell these gorgeous dresses…just don’t think it’s worth it to market clothes to the likes of you and me. To these stores, we are Eliza Doolittle…pre-Henry Higgins makeover.
|“Can I get them pretty baby dresses Guv’nor?”
These stores market to parents who are willing to pay quite a premium for children’s clothes; where one simple PLAY dress is easily upwards of $200. And frankly…these stores don’t care to invest in marketing to you or me because they know, if we are not willing to pay over $200 for one play dress we are definitely not going to shell out + $200,000 to create a full wardrobe that will have to be replenished every year, for a fast and ever-growing child.
To these shops, marketing to wealthy parents not only supplies them with day-to-day income, it is also an investment; these shops are helping to prepare these wealthy children for their futures as doctors, lawyers, judges, CEOs, Presidents, Bankers, etc.
They are preparing them for a life of privilege, a life of beautifully crafted clothes, a life where they are fawned over, respected, listened to, loved and adored. These companies are investing in the futures of rich children, counting on them to grow up and be successful so they will then buy their rich children clothes, and the so on, and so forth, and the cycle continues ad infinitum….
|The kids grow up, to be elegant adults who
have kids that grow up to be elegant adults who
have kids that grow up to be elegant adults who…
(and they all need beautiful clothes for their beautiful lives)
|“Come on my precious one, time for your lessons”
|“Come on my precious one, time for you to be an amazing lawyer”
“So what about my baby? What about my baby’s clothes? What are their clothes preparing them for?” You ask, eyes brimming with fearful yet unbridled hope.
Let me just go ahead and crush that hope for you, Dear:
They are preparing our babies for neon-clownhood:
|You’re a lovely Lady Clown
|Current children’s designs, from a popular big box store
Look familiar?…maybe so
But it gets worse…
“How could it?” You ask. “My baby is being groomed for the circus”
Well, then there’s the bottom of the barrel….
I refuse to post the pictures of these clothes, but I’m sure a quick internet search for “girls dancewear cheershorts leopard” will bring up pictures of girls between 5-8 years old, that will make you want to gouge out your eyes…I stumbled across these “gems” while searching for “bloomers” on etsy a few weeks ago. I just cannot understand why a child would ever need to dance in skin-tight leopard “booty pants,” triangle bikini tops, off the shoulder tops, fishnet tights, and black boots; all with their little pot-bellies exposed.
I think dance is an amazingly beautiful expression of… poetry, the amazing ability of the human body, a manifestation of the soul’s journey into flesh. But why do children need to wear hotpants, bikini tops, and fishnets while dancing?
Not why do they need to dance.
Not why do they wear form fitting clothing.
But why are children dancing in clothes that aren’t even allowed in the skeeziest of nightclubs?
I wonder, are moms out there so naive to think that child molesters are not also watching “dance mom-type shows” to look at their children inappropriately?
And how do these leopard hotpant outfits prepare these girls for the future?
In what career do women wear hotpants, bikini tops, crop tops and fishnets?
Can you think of a “career” where a woman makes money wearing these things?
|O.M.G. I just thought of it! NOOOOOOO!
I definitely do not want to dress my daughter like that; not for a dance competition, not in the privacy of our home, not even for one singular moment in time. There’s an old saying that goes “Train your children up in the way they should go, and they won’t depart from it” and I don’t want to accustom my daughter to wearing clothes like that.
Could it be that elegant stores do not advertise beautiful
clothing to the average Joe(sephine), because we’ve led them to believe that we are ok with our girls ending up as clowns or….worse? Is it because they believe our children want/need/deserve hotpants instead of heirlooms?
I do not dress my girls like crazy clowns…or worse. My girls wear very very cute, timeless clothing that has such a hint of whimsy and magic that we are stopped ON THE STREET by people who simply must tell us how cute they look. I KID YOU NOT.
Two days ago while getting the mail, our Mail Lady said of our Little 1 “Wow, she looks like a princess; she has the aura of a princess.”
I want that for your little one too; for them to feel treasured; I want them to be treasured.
I will be doing a post, every week on elegant clothes for children.
The clothes will be priced well, from ordinary/normal stores, and within the most modest of budgets.
There will be full outfits and also simple pieces you can add to your girls’ wardrobe to make it more elegant. I’ll show you where to find these clothes and hopefully I will score some coupons/discount codes to make prices even more reasonable.
Just because a mom or dad does not have a multimillion dollar portfolio, doesn’t mean that their kid deserves less. Your child is elegant, You are elegant.
**Just to be certain I’m not hunted down by angry dance moms: Again, I am not against dance.
But I do not support underage girls wearing clothes that would make a stripper blush.
Hashtag, sorry NOT sorry.
(Sorry if I sound angry; it’s just because I’m angry; I want children to be seen as children. I’m sure a lot of moms and dads out there are as angry and insulted as I am. We’re just going to do something about it)