Mamas, don't get me wrong: I luuuuv pink. But it sometimes feels like kid's clothing designers (and retailers) are trying to shove pink clothes down the throats of our little girls. Like pink is the only way to express femininity. (Or glitter, or tulle, etc. etc)
Growing up, I typically avoided pink and all things fussy. I was a huge tomboy and always felt…like someone else when all decked out. (The dresses in the 80's just about killed me.) But despite my insistence on denim-everyday (wow – not much has changed), I still wanted to look like a girl. And consequently, I wanted clothing that would let me play hard, but was just a tiny-bit girly….without being fussy. Not all tomboys want to be boys (although my haircut was a different matter…sigh).
I'm loving all of the choices out there for little girls today. Yes, there's a ton of pink. And yes, there's a ton of glittery-tulle explosions….but there's also a ton of adorable, simple basics with just a hint of girly-chic. Pieces that pair really well with hiking boots. Cause you can't really rule the jungle gym in dainty little ballet flats. (Or the rink. How awesome is that old photo of roller derby girls? LOVE.)
A Simple Striped Dress
This simple yellow and white dress from Gap's new Spring line is actually what inspired this article. Wear it now with red thick tights and warm, black winter basics, with rainboots and a windbreaker this spring, or sneakers this summer.
The below outfit would've been my favorite outfit at age 6. And 8. And heck – probably even now.
Sweatshirt + Leggings
Bright green, navy and yellow will never be wrong. And dots and stripes will never be wrong. There's gotta be some sort of formula in here somewhere…navy + yellow + green = x(happy dots + cool stripes) where x=I love my outfit? Yes.