Thursday, February 3, 2011
On a hobby horse
I went down to Big W (a Walmart equivalent) to pick up photos yesterday and was given the Autumn baby and toddler catalogue on my way out. When I got home I dug out Ginger's size 1 chest of clothes. Size 1 being the size I presume she will hit for most of our winter - I may yet be proved wrong, as I have been for summer:)
I put all the clothes we have collected in that size on our bed, sorted according to type. Some are clothes we have been given, some we have thrifted and some I just bought when they were marked down at the end of last season. I identified the gaps and started to go through the catalogue to see if there was anything in it that would help fill them. For instance, she has 8 summer dresses in size 1 (the things that happen if you don't check your box regularly enough), but only 1 winter dress.
I found a few things in the young baby section which I think look good (in particular, the pointelle tees and floral corduroy dress on p. 24), but then I turned to the baby boys (p. 26-27) and toddler pages (p. 28-31) and I was horrified. The clothing there, both for boys and girls, is simply not age appropriate. Since when have short skirts and hip hugging jumpers been decreed acceptable for an infant or toddler. Since when, have baby boys needed an ACDC t-shirt. To my mind, it is just wrong. A child is a child and should be dressed like one.
So, that is the explanation behind the new button that has appeared on my sidebar.
I will step off my soap-box now:)