As a mom, I have the final say on my my girls wear. Period.
I let the tween and teen have some say on their clothes, but the bucks stops with me. My tween and teen can choose their own clothes each day for school and weekend wear. Both know that they have to abide by school dress code rules. Note: School dress code rules are inconsistently enforced…depends on the day and the teacher. Even on their “days off” I monitor how short the skirt or shorts can go. I know, I know, but I don’t want the girls going out in something inappropriate.
When the girls were little, I knew that clothing arguments would be a factor in the future. I enjoyed the days of Osh Kosh, Gap, and Old Navy. Gone are the days when the only choice was color and size. My then little girls had strong opinions on color — pink, purple, or no deal! Now I have to wade through the racks at Justice, Hollister, Areopostale, American Eagle, and abercrombie to find the mom chair.
Although, I do recall a dance performance where my eyes almost bugged out.
Have you seen this CNN clip of the young girls dancing to All the Single Ladies? No? Well, watch it now.
So, were you like me shocked to the core? What was the dance teacher thinking when she chose this dance and those outfits for little girls? Where were the moms? Why did the moms not say “No” to the risque outfits? I know that when my little girls took dance classes, there were times when the costumes were the 9/10/11 year olds seemed a little revealing to me. I recall one year the older girls wore cropped tops and bicycle shorts. These outfits are nothing compared to the bikinis on the girls in the video.
The song? Why pair up such young girls with this song? My little girls danced to the following age-appropriate tunes:
- Be My Little Bumble Bee — white leotard with black appliques.
- Peter Gunn Theme — black leotard with pink appliques — lots of twirling.
- Batman Theme — black leotards with pink bat wings — strobe lights and twirling.
What do you think of clothing for little girls? Leave a comment.
Jessica Gottlieb has an insightful and carefully worded post on this subject.