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Stop Shoving Babies In Skinny Jeans: A Manifesto

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When I was nine years old, me and three of my best friends dressed up in the bright plaid mid 90s duds the Limited Too offered and strutted around our local store for two hours. We were “models,” part of an “in-store” program. I think we got to take home one piece of clothing, or maybe our parents got a discount at the store. Either way, I loved doing it. I loved the outfit I picked out all on my own and I loved hanging out with my friends. I felt pretty and important. It was a good feeling.

No one took my picture.

It wasn’t really about what we were wearing. It was about the experience. No one took pictures of us mugging in our tights worn over shorts with oversized flannel shirts. Because, no one really cared. Sadly, I’m about 99% percent sure that no child today could have a fun, no-pressure “modeling” day like the one I had in 1995. Why? Duh, it’s the internet’s fault! Well, the internet and the scourge of image-conscious parents that clothe their offspring in sequins and skinny jeans and blazers and iridescent sneakers and put them online for the world to see.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dressing kids in cute, fashionable clothing. When I have some of my own, you can be damn sure that I’ll be putting them in clothes that reflect my personal tastes. I’ll have no qualms telling my mom I don’t want her buying nondescript sports onesies for a boy infant or sparkly “diva” tees for a baby girl. But there’s a line between dressing a kid in a way you like and using him or her as a prop to express your aesthetic preferences. It’s a line that’s getting blurrier and blurrier these days, and frankly, I’m a little freaked out.

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  • G.E. Phillips

    I totally agree. It’s one thing to want your kids to look cute and somewhat on-trend (Face got a few pairs of hand-me-down, acid washed, elastic waist, super baggy cargo jeans that I could not bear to put him in–they seriously looked like something Steve Sanders would have worn) but it’s another thing dress them up all the time for the sole purpose of competing with other parents. Mainly, a lot of these outfits are ridiculous because of how impractical they are. One, they’re going to get in the way when kids are doing normal kid things, like climbing or running, and two–DUH, they are most likely going to get dirty/ruined! (Unless the parent is also not letting the child do those normal, getting-dirty kid things, in which case, that’s an even worse problem.) Accessories for kids like scarves and fashion glasses and heels for little girls (worn outside the house) are just really unnecessary. Dress up should be for fun and special occasions.
    PS: I blame that Suri Cruise.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I always blame Suri Cruise!! ;)

    • CMJ

      Waaaaaiiiiitttttt, what about Obama? I always blame Obama.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Hahaha Thanks, Obama!

    • Sally C

      STEVE SANDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lolololol

  • Kay_Sue

    TIL that there are children on the internet with better fashion sense than me.

  • CMJ

    Kind of off topic – I BEGGED for the Limited Too plaid, pleated skirt (royal blue!), matching sweater, and tights. I loved that outfit SO much.

    • alice

      do you remember when Limited Too was just a mini version of the Limited? like a really sophisticated teen clothing store, before it went all rainbow explosions? loved L2.

      http://cdn.thebillfold.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Screen-shot-2013-05-22-at-4.14.59-PM-640×269.jpg

    • CMJ

      Yes. Seriously, I wish I could find the pictures of me in my first Limited Two outfit (I made my mom take a picture because I have always loved putting an outfit together). It was orange.

    • Jallun-Keatres

      I remember that being the only store with jeans that fit my butt in middle school. I still own some stray PJ bottoms and stuff 15 years later. I also got my ears pierced there!

    • CW

      Most of my college wardrobe came from there, because their girl’s size 14 was the same size as an adult 2P (back when I weighed 105 lbs.) but the cost was lower.

  • Zettai

    YES! Every time I see a little girl wearing leggings and flats I cringe inside. I try not to look at them because the leggings are so fitted they makes me uncomfortable. I used to feel bad abut seeing a toddler and her mom wearing matching crop tops, but the over-sexualized styles today worry me. There is no reason for a stranger to be able to see every non-curve on a child!

    • EX

      I would never put my toddler in flats because she can run better in sneakers but she wears leggings almost every day. It’s not a fashion statement and it’s not meant to be “sexualized” they’re simply the most comfortable thing for a very active toddler to play in (they don’t ride up, fall down, etc. and allow her to run around like the maniac she is).

    • Mel

      Same here, she begs to wear leggings everyday. She just finds pants uncomfortable. Ever since the diaper came off, I made her wear a skirt or a dress with them though, it just looks too naked for my taste without them.

    • Zettai

      I agree when it comes to your daughter’s age–leggings (old name: stretch pants) are nothing new to a toddler–but when I talk about discomfort and over-sexualization I mean like an 8 or 9 year old with leggings (old name: opaque tights), short jacket, etc. Basically a child who dresses like a grown-up.

      In general, when I see a kid like that I think of things like Toddlers and Tiaras, of parents who try to live vicariously through their kids.

    • Erin

      My 8 year old daughter’s leggings are exactly the same as my toddler’s leggings. I see no reason why the 2 are any different. My toddler wear’s leggings and onesies, my 8 year old wears leggings and long t-shirts. If you find that sexualized I think you have some bigger issues then my 8 year old wearing a pair of leggings, they’re comfortable and easy to move and play in

    • pixie

      I think the problem might be the leggings-as-pants trend. It doesn’t bother me seeing females of any age wearing leggings as long as their shirt is long enough and cover’s their butt, but for some reason it bugs me when I see people wearing leggings like pants (leggings, not jeggings) and crop top or a shirt that comes to the top of the hips. Doesn’t matter the age for me, it’s just a concept I find odd in public. If someone wears leggings and crop tops on here, then so be it, but it’s just one of those things that bugs me.

    • C.J.

      Leggings and crop tops are considered dance clothes at my house. They are worn with a t-shirt or sweatshirt over them at school. The t-shirt or sweatshirt only comes off when they get to dance and goes back on when they leave. Not only would I not allow my girls to wear them without something over it in public they don’t feel comfortable wearing their dance clothes anywhere but the studio.

    • Jallun-Keatres

      I wore leggings and refused jeans until I was 9… when it was COOL to wear your giga pet on the belt loop.

  • Kristen

    You will have to pry my 4 month old’s jeggings out of my cold dead hands. I feel like leggings are so super comfy. They also fit little squirmy babies better than other pants. My sister refused to wear anything but her black leggings for all of Kindergarten. My mom was so embarrassed. She kept telling the teacher, “I swear my daughter has other clothes!!” Leggings plus long sleeved onesie is the easiest, cutest outfit.

    • pixie

      Leggings are awesome and I remember wearing leggings from a really young age because of it. Super tight skinny jeans I think are more what Carrie was talking about (not jeggings, actual jeans).
      And if you want to dress up your baby’s normal outfit, assuming your baby’s a girl, you can pop a tutu on her and instant fancy outfit!

    • AugustW

      If I had to describe my 3 year old’s main fashion tastes, “pop a tutu on it” would be perfect.

    • alice

      Totally agree. leggings are awesome. they’re like pj’s but for outside. who could complain?

    • EX

      I agree. I totally came here ready to defend my 2 year old’s jeggings but then read the article and I totally agree with it. I just don’t agree with the headline!

    • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

      We have to get you guys to click SOMEHOW…

    • EX

      You don’t need to bait me. I read pretty much every mommyish article no matter what. Feel free to wonder what this says about my life…

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      It says I love you?

    • Carinn Jade

      It’s not bait, we are just super-dramatic chicks. Wait, that’s not just me, is it?

    • Christella

      I feel so used. Sigh.

      Signed, equally baiting bloggerista.

    • kristen

      True :) I agree with 75% of the article but disagree 100% with the headline.

    • Kristen

      Also, I just bought my daughter a poncho from Baby Gap as part of her Christmas outfit, which she will wear with her black leggings and striped onesie. I’m pretty excited about it.

      But I totally feel the author… parents have always loved getting their kiddos fancy for holidays and special occasions. But most of the time, kids should get to be kids, express themselves and be comfortable.

    • Emily

      That’s cool, because you are picking the outfit based on comfort, fit, and ease of wearing, as opposed to “This is in fashion right now!” Unfortunately, a lot of folks do that.

    • SA

      AMEN!! My toddler falls over in regular jeans….they are way too stiff and the waist seems to press into her little baby belly waaaay too much. Actually, dressing her in these is making me take a second look at my stance against adults wearing leggings as pants, b/c that girl is rocking both style AND comfort!! *NOTE: I don’t think I’ll actually start wearing leggings as pants, but damn do I want to.

    • Rachelxoxo

      You can totally wear leggings right now! They are really in style and SO comfy (like yoga pants in disguise!!) Just pair them with an oversized flowy top or long layers and ur good to go! Express even makes some jeans that I’m in love with. I think they’re called skyline fit or something, but basically they look just like dark wash jeans, but they are super stretch and so comfy! I’m 7 months prego and they are still stretching to fit me.

    • Susan

      Hey, they’re in style. Just make sure they’re thick enough not to be see-through and not so tight that they make you look like a sausage, and I agree with Rachelxoxo that they’re best paired with a longer top. The long layer look with leggings can be very cute and comfortable, especially if you have the legs to carry it off nicely. They don’t have to look sleazy! It’s all how you wear them.

    • http://lawleramericanadventure.wordpress.com/ Nicole

      Oh, I so feel you. When their little bellies are so round and soft their leggings fall underneath? I die.

    • scooby23

      I love jeggings! In fact, I think I should buy myself a new pair. I think the difference between you and the “fashion parents” is that you do this for your daughter, and they dress their children for themselves.

  • alice

    I love seeing kids in sassy fashionable outfits. It’s adorbs. But it’s obnoxious when parents try to force the kid to stay in “sassy character” longer than he/she wants.

    “Leave your hair alone!” “Keep that [obviously uncomfortable accessory] on!” “Don’t sit down on the ground, you’ll get those new pants dirty!”

    As if a five year old really wants to wear a scally cap all day….or never sit down.

  • pixie

    I agree with this. I really dislike seeing kids dressed up to be living accessories for their parents. I think some of the outfits are absolutely adorable, but I don’t understand why kids need huge purses, sunglasses, and hipster glasses. I remember being forced into stupid dresses that I hated when I was a kid that my rich aunt bought for me(I didn’t hate all dresses, just the ones she bought for me because they were uncomfortable and I didn’t pick them out, but even if I told her no, I didn’t like the dress, she would insist that I loved it). I had to wear these dresses for family occasions to make my aunt happy. The rest of the time I was happy to wear corduroys, leggings, and sweatpants. I didn’t own many jeans because I didn’t like the fit of them for a long time (high waist and boot cut was pretty much all I could get in my tiny town until I was about 11 and bell bottoms came back into style). I liked stuff that I could play and get dirty in.
    Sure let your kids dress up and have fun, you can even take pictures of them for family keepsakes or sharing with close relatives and friends who enjoy seeing those types of things. But if you dress your kid up like they’re mini-adults, don’t get upset when they get their clothes dirty, lose their hipster glasses, or get cranky at being told to pose for pictures all the time.
    Plus I thought scarves were kind of dangerous for young kids, especially on playgrounds and slides because there’s been instances where ends of scarves have gotten caught and strangled the child. I’m pretty sure my elementary schools suggested neck warmers instead of scarves for the younger students in the winter.

    • CW

      As mom to 3 optically-challenged kids, it is super-difficult to find non-”hipster” frames these days. My little one wound up with a pair simply because she is in-between toddler-sized and regular kid-sized frames and there were only a handful of frames that actually fit her. I picked the one that looked best on her face but they are a totally “hipster” style (sigh).

    • pixie

      As long as they look good on her and fit properly. I was talking more about cosmetic glasses that are a fashion statement rather than needed for actual vision problems. I don’t really understand fake glasses on anyone tbh (and even less the recent trend of fourteen year olds in my area who popped the lenses out of the 3D glasses they give out at theatres and wore those everywhere).

    • Tinyfaeri

      My toddler is about to get a pair of non-prescription glasses to play in/with because she’s fascinated with mine. She also likes to play dress-up with hats, necklaces, scarves, scraps of cloth, buckets, etc., so it’s not exactly about being fashionable… but that’s all fashion really is (adults playing dress-up). As long as the kid’s leading the charge, there isn’t really any harm.

    • pixie

      I totally agree with that: if the kid’s leading the charge there’s no harm. Having accessories to play dress up is great for kids, including fake glasses (backtracking on what I said, I realize, but I wasn’t totally specific) even if they insist on going out in public wearing their dress up clothes. Usually you can tell when a kid has chosen to wear their dress up clothes, though, rather than looking all primped and perfect and coordinated. At least toddlers and small children I know you can tell.

    • Tinyfaeri

      How do you know I didn’t MAKE her wear the bucket to the grocery store?

  • alice

    also: i’d like to talk about how all those children look like they have more expensive haircuts than i’ll ever get :)

    (SuperCuts 4Lyf)

    • CMJ

      I love a good cut and color but I just don’t understand the point of an expensive haircut for a child.

    • momjones

      And since your first real haircut wasn’t until you were in college…and since I cried when you got it cut…and since the two of us will be discussing your beautiful hair always :)

  • CMJ

    I’ve started labeling this the “baby as accessory” trend. I have a FB “friend” who has the most adorable baby boy. She used to have a fashion blog but now all she does is take pictures of her son on this one carpet and talk about what he’s wearing – vintage moccasins, suspenders, vintage overalls…it’s really weird and off-putting. There are literally NO pictures of the the baby just being a baby. They all read like a fashion blog. Even the pictures of her and him have this weird pose-ness about them. She’s looking wistfully away from the camera in some planned outfit and he’s in some sort of vintage outfit.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love an adorable outfit…but, your baby is not a fashion accessory.

    • March

      What you said, right there. My sister works in daycare in one of the more posh parts of a large city, and she says she sees it all the time: parents who “have it all” – a job each, a fancy car each, a big house, fancy clothes, paradise holidays – and have had their children simply to complete their list of Stuff To Have. It’s a little bit sad and also a little bit scary.

  • Christella

    I was coming here to jump on the “OMG NO I LOVE DRESSING UP MY BOYS IN COOL SHIT” bandwagon, but then, ugh. I read. (Funny concept, hey?)

    I can agree that this hyper-curated way of dressing kids fashionably is a bit excessive. I dress my kids like a normal person (see: adult, teen) would like to dress, meaning not very heavy on the characters, random sports etc. It’s very basic, fashionable but also comfy. The only people who ever give me grief about the way my kids are dressed are people who have an inverted (read: less than none) fashion sense and think my kids would be better off in ill-fitting sweatpants and socks pulled up to their shins with velcro shoes. (Shudder.)

    I definitely IG my kids, but not so much because of their outfits, moreso because they reek of adorable-osity. Plus, when it comes to fashion I’m a bit of a bargain basement shopper! You’d never see me dropping $50 on a pair of skinny jeans that my toddler will grow out of in 6-10 weeks. I try to buy FASHIONABLE pieces that are also, and more importantly, AFFORDABLE! I often shop at consignment stores, but i’m just probably a lot pickier than your average thrifter. Also, my family hates me because I politely accept their gifts of overalls (barf) and winnie the pooh sweaters (triple barf) but they for some reason never seem to see my kids adorning this wear. I just… I can’t!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I want you to do a counter post

    • Christella

      I’m not gonna lie, totally working on one right now. Evil minds think alike. ;)

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      yay! email me and I will publish it

    • Christella
    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      OMG your kid is so cute!!!!!

    • scooby23

      I love your kid’s outfits! They’re cute and fashionable, but not in a way that would get in the way of play!

    • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

      I definitely don’t think dressing your kids in a way you want or IGing them is bad at all. I’m sure I’ll totally do it. I buy a ton of clothes for my friend’s daughter and they’re always of a very Etsy-ish aesthetic. I imagine I will do the same with my own child and put it all on Instagram too because duh. It’s just that sometimes it seems like it’s veering away from fun sharing to commodification. Not at all saying YOU do that….just, that’s what my posts’ overall argument is.

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      THANK YOU! I am completely aware that I make up for my own parent’s lack of childhood fashion taste (and the direct effect it had on me by adding to the reasons why I was bullied), as well as my dislike for character fashions, flowery, glittery and pink diva and princess wear, by having fun dressing my daughter in skinny stretch jeans with suspenders, cute graphic sweaters, Converse sneakers and cute (and practical) accessories like cowls and a gazillion tuques and hats) or leggings, legwarmers and her kicks. But I’m 90% of the time buying on sale or at cheaper clothing locations like Joe Fresh at my grocery store (seriously, if you live near NYC or in Canada, check out Joe Fresh, I heart them). Until the day Ziggy straight up says “Mom, I want that sparkly Sofia the First dress” (where you will then find me silently puking in the aisles, wiping my mouth, straightening myself up and saying “Okay…”, I will keep having fun dressing her practically and cutely and sometimes you might even find a damn picture on my Instagram account because Yes-We-Made-A-Cute-Kid-And-Check-Out-These-Ridiculously-Cute-Size-5-Adidas-Kicks-I’m-Dying.

      It feels good to my ego when the daughter of my daycare director says “Ziggy is the best dressed kid! Where did you get those boots, I want them in my size?!” because it’s so the complete contrary of the traumatizing experience I had growing up.

      At the end of the day, OMG SO FIRST WORLD PROBLEM, but damn it, she gets her 4 food groups, she’s clean and is exposed to learning and playing, and we put a roof over her head, so no one is going to make me feel bad about having fun with the other essential need, clothes.

    • Christella

      Ahh omg! Rachelle I think I love you. I love Joe Fresh for my kids (woo Canada!) and Ziggy may possibly be the BEST. NAME. EVER.

      Clearly we not only adorn our children in amazingly stylish (yet affordable) clothes, but also with wicked awesome names. ;)

      crawltheline.com

    • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

      LOL! Okay, the coolness is in the nickname – which is surprisingly 2 letters longer than her real name. I think I’ve only rarely dropped her real name here. I think I would have had a hard time convincing my husband that naming her after an ethereal superhero alien rockstar would be AWESOME.

  • JPen

    YES!!!! I was just saying last night how I am getting more and more creeped by this! Dude, leggings are totally one thing. I think I wore stretch pants exclusively until I was like 10. But its the whole making your kid look like a fashonista, its kinda weird. I bet 10 bucks if that kid got to pick out what they wanted to wear, it wouldn’t be anything close to fashionable, but it would be rad! Because little kids are rad and I dont think they want to wear leather pants, or carry hand bags. But hey maybe they do. Wait..nope just asked a 5 year old. He said he wants a cookie. See, kids don’t care about your fancy clothes and photo shoots. They just want cookies, always.

  • deliciousironing

    I confess my daughter wears skinny pants and leggings to school, but it has less to do with fashion and more to do with her zero percent body fat and there are very few pants that fit the kid. I found one style at Old Navy and bought 4 pairs. That does not mean we have fashion sense, however. She’s still pretty raggedy looking most days, but at least her butt isn’t hanging out. That’s pretty much my standard for fashion, right there.

    • CW

      Exactly! Skinny jeans/pants/leggings look WAAAAAAY better on skinny kids than regular bottoms. I do layer them with long tops or skirts so that the backside is properly covered.

    • C.J.

      My younger daughter wears skinny jeans for the same reason. Her legs are so darn long though that I have to buy them too big to be long enough and she has to wear a belt. They don’t look like skinny jeans the way she wears them.

  • AP

    I hate kids wearing leggings-as-pants. It’s tacky on adults and creepy on kids, and if they’re tiny enough to wear diapers, the Diaper Pouf on the back is icky.

    I don’t have a problem with kids wearing leggings correctly with a long shirt though- and they’re great for letting dress-wearers play without worrying about skirt manners.

    • Simone

      Diaper Pouf.

      Hee hee.

  • Ashley Feit

    It’s a good day if I even get pants on my toddler, or myself for that matter.

    • brebay

      My son didn’t wear pants until he was potty-trained. In public, yes, but in the house, it was a diaper and shirt.

  • http://expandng.com/ lisacng @ expandng.com

    I get sick of seeing kids in adult fashions. Why does every day have to be a photo shoot? These parents keep feeding the children’s clothing industry that keeps making these ridiculous clothes. I wonder how these parents feel when these kids get stains or rip these clothes because goodness knows my son comes home from preschool covered in paint and food stains.

  • Ddaisy

    Ughhh I have so many memories of my mom forcing my sisters and me to wear the most hideous, uncomfortable clothes that we HATED because she thought we looked adorable. (And I know she thought that in good faith, but it was the early 90s, so they actually weren’t adorable at all). If I could have, I would have worn a t-shirt or sweatshirt with baggy leggings every single day for, like, 7 years in a row.

    • Christella

      The 90′s hated fashion.

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  • Ptownsteveschick

    I should start a “real” fashion blog featuring selfies of my daughter and I in pajamas at 2pm, my daughter’s recurrent bedhead despite many brushings, her self picked outfits of striped yoga pants and opposite striped tshirt. Yes, I think that would be a hit hahaha.

    • Amber Starr

      Again, I love you *LOL*

    • AugustW

      Haha. I have a collection of pictures I’ve taken of my daughter’s bedhead. It’s epic some mornings.

  • Kimberly

    Here, here!!! Well said.

  • rebecca

    My two year old is a force, and I mean that in the most loving way, but there’s no way in hell she’d let me put skinny jeans on her. Getting regular pants on her is like getting my dog to stop licking himself. Good luck. The girl tore a tutu to shreds, literal shreds, at 18 months. Funniest thing I have ever seen. And when she found a tiny piece of it laying on the floor later, she beat it with a lunchbox like she was killing a spider. I will stick with the basics and let her choose. Which means most days it’s the same damn shirt with a “neigh-neigh” on it and her pajama pants, if any. I’m telling you, A FORCE.

    • brebay

      girl. rocks.

  • Stacey

    I post pics of my baby wearing Cheerios. Doing the Internet wrong, I guess.

  • Ana

    This reminds me of My Imaginary Well Dressed Toddler Daughter on Pinterest. It’s hilarious.

    https://www.pinterest.com/erikuharanduh/my-imaginary-well-dressed-toddler-daughter/

    • Michelle Pittman

      Quinoa and her friend Chevron would be so proud of the shout out…or they may be completely indifferent as they are probably way too cool for shout outs…

    • rebecca

      This is one of all time favorite “go-to” spots when I need to laugh.

  • koolchicken

    I do both regular baby clothes (fleecy rompers, onesies and baby legs) as well as “stylized” baby clothes (colored denim, fancy jumpers, polo shirts). I dress my kid for me, and I like it when his clothes match mine in terms of style level. I do not leave the house in yoga pants, hell I don’t even own yoga pants. So there is no way my kid is going out in pajamas. I dress appropriately when heading out and my son will learn to do the same, because that is what you do. If you wanted to be treated like a bum then by all means dress like one. But expect to do that when you’re 18 and no longer living in my home.

  • Sam Inoue

    My kid wears clothes like that, cause she likes dressing like me, her dad and my niece. She likes skinny jeans cause its like our outfits, she looks super cute, but I am not gonna post tones of pics of her on the internet cause its just weird. I also dress my baby in hipster clothing, but again it feels like you shouldn’t plaster their face all over the internet.

  • Evelyn

    It gets harder and harder to dress kids as kids rather than mini adults or fashion accessories as it gets harder to buy normal kids clothes. The fashion for skinny jeans is driving me mad when it comes to kids. I just had to buy jeans from the boy section for my 4 year old daughter as all the girl jeans are almost spray on and at four years old she finds them uncomfortable and hard to pull up herself. She loves running around in trousers (or hill rolling clothes as she puts it) as much as she likes pretty dresses but she pretty much only likes boy trousers or leggings as the girl ones are not practical for an active girl. She is a slender girl and if she finds girls trousers too tight then half of her class must find them impossible. The choice of dresses can often be a bit too fashion focused, sexy and impractical too, even at the young age of 4. At that age clothes should be practical and look good in a way kids like rather than adults. I try to dress her as a kid and not an adult but the choice of clothes in the shops makes it so hard.

  • RSR13

    I wish I could get my 5-year-old to dress like Suri Cruise or the cool kids in Crewcuts catalog, but she picks the tacky Disney princess t-shirt or something neon, flashy or otherwise bedecked every time. I was able to have my little fashionista until she was about age 3 (and yes, I treasured every compliment on her carefully curated etsy wardrobe), and then I realized it’s not worth the battle. Around the same time, I started to re-think my relationship with FB, and how I indeed spent too much time curating my online image with subtle images but screaming subtext: hey everyone, look at my big house, exotic vacas, crazy mud runs, yoga poses, hot friends, witty insights that show just how well-read I am, wild nights out, and of course, super smart and stylin’ youngsters. I called it quits and signed off for good. I doubt I’m missed, and feel I’m a better person when not thinking about how to appeal to an audience for the photos and thoughts that comprise my life.

  • Yves

    When I was a kid I wore leggings everyday. Except they were called stretch pants and some had stirrups. The name has gotten more appealing at least.z

    • EmmaFromÉire

      I wore the ass out of my stirrup leggings, things were the absolute bomb!

  • Alicia Kiner

    I’ve had a big issue with this since my daughter was about 4. Basically, when skinny jeans started being popular again. I was comfortable with her wearing leggings, because she always had a long shirt on or dress (the girl doesn’t get how to sit like a lady), but skinny jeans not so much. They always seem to be super low cut, and they’re tight, and I just don’t get why little girls need to dress like that. BUT, since she is in school, I let her have a say in her clothes. I just get to say No if something is inappropriate due to weather or activities for the day. Dressing my kids up the way I want them for pictures, however, is my right as a mom. They both pick out the majority of their clothes, so when I pick outfits from their clothes for pictures, they should be comfortable in them. It’s not like I’m dressing them up in something they wouldn’t normally wear.

  • Kat

    Fashion kids of Instagram = Toddlers and Tiaras for hipsters.

  • doxgukka

    i hate seeing babies dressed as mini adults. i hate baby jeans. i hate baby puffer jackets. baby fur vests, wtf. buy a doll for god’s sake.

  • scooby23

    Honestly, I really hate this trend. It makes me feel like these kids are missing out on a central part of childhood. The part where you can wear purple stretchy leggings with the tiny hole on the right side ankle, beaten up Disney Princess light up shoes, and an oversized Sesame Street shirt out for the day and no one’s going to judge you. It’s tough in the world of fashion once you get older, so I think little ones should enjoy their “play clothes” while they can. I mean, if this is what they want to wear, that’s what they want to wear, but none of these kids in the pictures ever look happy or comfy. And how are tots supposed to play in those clothes? Or are they too busy blogging about Starbucks on their iPhones to have a childhood?

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