Today’s visit to the mall was exciting as well as interesting. Exciting because a trip to the mall doesn’t happen that often and as a fashion fanatic, I get all the good feels when I get to shop. And interesting because, well, please read below.
My daughter and I walked into her section after I spent some time oogling new trends. I have a 4 year-old. I should expect to find the usual colorful, fun, cute shirts with a puppy on a skateboard high-fiving a giraffe. I did not see one puppy. What I did see were crop tops everywhere.
I love fashion. Always have. And as a fan of fashion, I seem to have imparted that on my daughter. Though her style is still evolving, I foresee great taste in her future. What I do not see is the need for any child to be wearing a crop top as part of an everyday outfit.
Let me share with you the definition of a crop top.
A crop top is “a woman’s casual garment or undergarment for the upper body, cut short so that itreveals the stomach.”
Hold on. A woman’s garment for the upper body cut short so that it reveals the stomach. So I ask once again, why does a child need to wear a crop top? This is a problem.
Clothing Options for Girls
Yes, parents have the authority to say no if their child asks for that particular clothing item, but this shouldn’t even be a conversation we should have to have! My child should not be seeing this half item in her department. Why this being approved?
I Googled this topic to see what was going on and I actually had to scroll down 6 hits to find anything remotely recent in headlines. That is alarming too. An article by Kelly Wallace with CNN noted that “girls’ shirts and shorts are narrower and shorter than boys’.” And Rachel Simmons, an expert in girls empowerment and bestselling author and scholar in residence at The Hewitt School in New York stated that “over the past 15 years, there’s been an increasing representation of girls in highly sexualized ways, whether it’s what they are wearing or what they are doing.”
I am not sure what to do. Do those of us who disapprove write and make a complaint? Personally, I think such items shouldn’t even be made. How do we stop it at the source? Don’t you think there needs to be set standards that manufacturers and designers abide by? That seems like the logical solution. Until then, you can always contact the company. I did. And will continue to do so. For our children’s sake.