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How Do You Find Age-Appropriate Clothes for Girls?

Fashions for the elementary school set are becoming more and more adult. Do you have trouble finding clothes for your little girls?

Does it make you cringe when you see 13- or 14-year-olds wearing booty shorts and T-shirts that say things like “future trophy wife”? How about the fact that the same attire is now marketed toward girls half their age?

It’s becoming harder for parents of young girls, not to mention teenagers, to dress them in what was long considered age-appropriate clothing. The Chicago Tribune reported last week that sociologists and retail experts confirm that clothes for girls are becoming more sexualized and are designed to look more like their moms'. And the recession has only spurred the trend, the article says, since parents are more willing to spend money on their children’s clothes than their own, and retailers have caught on.

A blog on Baby Center titled, “Why do girls’ clothes get slutty at age 7?” garnered more than 150 comments from parents commiserating with the writer’s dismay and offering ideas for stores that carry more traditional clothes.

What do you think? Do current fashion trends for girls bother you? How do you approach shopping for school clothes for your daughters?

Brian L. September 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I don't think you're totally out of line with the societal points, but it still rolls back onto parents. Society helps form it's citizens, but we still represent the society. What Carmen said above is a very strong point. These are your children and for certain things there shouldn't need to be discussion. We have too many people that have lost the balance between being a parent and being a friend. They seem to "let the inmates run the asylum."
David Greenberg September 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I've got an infant daughter - when the time comes, she's not going to be dressed like a Nun, but nor will she be dressed like a street walker. I'm fairly certain there will be some pretty good arguments about it - but that's what being a parent is all about. Teaching kids limits, responsibility, and consequences. As long as they're living in our house, my wife and I will have the final say - or at least we're going to try to have the final say. Teens can be crafty - but as I said - "consequences", so if they get crafty and we find out - well, there's consequences to be determined at a later date :-)
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duncan faber April 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Thank you! Someone who gets it. We have 3 little girls, and it drives me nuts that so much clothing that is sold is so inappropriate. Girls grow up fast enough as it is. Can't we just let them stay young? We found a site that sells beautiful, AGE APPROPRIATE clothing for girls. Here's the link, if anyone is interested. www.twirlygirlshop.com

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