The current trends for today’s girls are quite frankly, well, scary. As I was strolling though Target, looking for a birthday gift for one of my daughter’s friends, I was struck by the lack of functional and age appropriate clothing offered in the ‘Girls’ section, not to mention the non-existence of toys that focus on anything but physical appearance. (I settled on a Lite Brite, if you were wondering. Who doesn’t love those things?)
I have a daughter who THINKS she wants to wear pools of tulle, rolled in sequins (a phenomenon that developed once she attended kindergarten), but who spends a lot of time running around outside, staining everything she owns. I understand her need to feel feminine–shoot, I love me a sundress and sandals–but looking like a walking disco ball is just plain tacky. And when your child returns from a trip to the mall with Grandma, looking like a harlequin, it’s time for an intervention. Plus, this mom is trying to diminish the damage of awkward childhood photos. She’ll thank me later.
This is why I love looking to independent artisans. These looks satisfy my daughter’s need to move around freely, while still looking stylish. The most important part is that she’ll still look like a 5 year old; kid-approved and mom-approved. Is that a truce I sense a-comin’ around the corner? I think it is.
Makie Striped Shirt
Floral Leggings by Baby Janes Designs
Chasing Mini Dress
Harriets Haberdashery Dress
Bitsy Blossom Shoes