“TRAMPY” KIDS. SPOILT FOR CHOICE?
I have been clothes shopping for my daughter in Target for 12 years now and I can safely say she’s never left the house looking like a street-walker.
I can also tell you, that when I was a kid growing up in country Australia there was no choice in children’s clothes at all, and most of us girls looked Amish.
Oh, my, we would have loved a pair of leopard skin ANYTHING!
Back then it was illegal to wear animal print under the age of 26.
When I head that Port Macquarie mum and primary school teacher, Ana Amini posted on Facebook that she was not prepared to shop at Target again because it was selling clothes that made young girls “look like tramps”, I was surprised.
“You have lost me as a customer when buying apparel for my daughter as I don’t want her thinking shorts up her backside are the norm or fashionable,” Ms Amini wrote.
I was even more astonished to read that the post had gathered more than 50,000 likes by this afternoon.
Is the Target at Port Macquarie different to the one at Warringah Mall?
Because I find plenty in the racks for Maeve to wear…or have I been inadvertently been shopping in Target’s 7-14 formal wear department?
Somehow stumbled into the “non-ho” aisle?
For every skimpy pair of shorts (in fab colours,easy to wash and as cheap as chips) there are plenty of leggings, jeans, ¾ length pants and cargo pants. There’s no need to buy a low-cut top, or you can layer them with t-shirts or singlets.
And the range of stuff is amazing – jackets, handbags, hats, scarves, jewellery, lots of cute shoes. I can’t get over how lucky kids are to have the choice of all this stuff. How affordable it is.
When I was a kid ( uh,oh, here we go) children’s clothes were HIDEOUS!
They were just scaled down versions of adult’s clothes. Dresses in gingham for casual and velvet for good. As I write, I almost gag at the memory of what I had to wear to church: an emerald green velvet dress with a flouncy skirt and ties at the back worn with white, lace-trimmed socks and black lace up shoes.
My school shoes.
Because the local shop didn’t stock anything in kid’s footwear except Volleys, Bata Scouts and gumboots, or , if you were lucky, there might be one a pair of red patent leather Mary Janes that you’d dream of owning in your lifetime.
Can I say it? I think some mums and kids might be spoilt for choice these days. It’s not a matter of what’s available, but surely, how you pull it together. And, it seems to be hitting the spot with most mums and daughters… the only hazard at my local Target is getting there before most of the racks are picked clean.
Might be time to quit posting on Facebook and instead go on Twitter with: “WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING LOOKING LIKE THAT YOUNG LADY?”
PS: Here’s a little something I wrote earlier… Shopping With Maeve. Absoultely Fabulous.