Why I shop in the boys section for my girl
When Jo Jo was a tiny baby, it didn’t bother me to dress her in girly clothes. Little ruffles, headbands, flowers… she looked adorable. But now she is older, and has a very strong tomboy personality emerging. She doesn’t want to wear dresses, hates stuff in her hair, and loves to run, jump, roll, dive, etc. It just feels wrong to keep putting her in glittery, sparkly, ruffly stuff when she is so rough and tumble!
But in the stores such as Target, to give an example, all little girl clothes are absolutely slathered in bows, bling, sparkles, or hearts. Every. Single. Thing. is pink or purple, or has pink or purple on it. I couldn’t find a pair of jeans without pink, purple, gemstones, or flowery designs! Every outfit is frilly, lacy, or shiny! This girl is not going to a dinner party… she’s got dirt to dig in, plastic hammers hammer, floors to jump on, food to smear in her hair! She needs t-shirts that don’t say something cutesy, hoodies without ornaments, pants she can do somersaults in!
So, to the boy section I went. God it’s almost just as bad, the opposite extreme. “Mommy’s little hunk” and “Ladies’ Man” on every t-shirt. A truck, baseball, or dinosaur to make sure that we all know it’s a “manly” outfit. The colors are great… greys, blues, and reds. But do I need footballs or racecars on my pants???
From the boys section I got a t-shirt that said “rock star” and has musical instruments, in navy and red. I got plain jean capris and denim overalls. From the girls section I found a short sleeve simple striped t-shirt in light blue.
If anyone comes across any “unisex” stuff, especially hoodies, in major chain stores for toddlers, let me know!