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From toddler to tramp?

Apparently, when little girls make the jump from pre-K to elementary school, Target thinks they turn into tramps. 

I mean, I'd like to be charitable, but have you seen the ratty dresses, and tarted-up shirts and jeans they're trying to sell our 6-year-olds? With tragically few exceptions, the clothes for girls size 6 and up look like someone pulled them from the floor of Britney Spears' tour bus where she tossed them after a hard night of cheap booze and sexy time.

Meanwhile, the fall dresses for girls size 5 and under are more adorable than ever. Every time, I make a quick stop in the store to replenish our diaper supply or stock up on fruit, I pick up a dress (or two) for Josephine. I can't help myself; they're that cute.

I looked through the Target web site to pull photos of the more offensive dresses but they're all tame, even prudish, compared to what's on the floor of our local store. 

So, what does that mean? We live five miles from the White House, from the heart of the city consistently maligned for its buttoned-down, excuse me while I yawn, criminal lack of style and fashion flair. Who the hell are they dressing?  

Not my first-grader.  

Reader Comments (8)

OMG Dana you beat me to it! I even took photos, in Target, of those "girl" clothes. Of course my battery died blah, blah...lack of ambition. Anyway...did you notice the clothing line? DISNEY.

While we're here. My 3 yo got some Disney talking kind of toy for her birthday from a family member. I kid you not. It has a song that goes: "The day a girl gets married all her dreams come true." Well this may be correct if her dreams are quickies in the morning with Prince Charming before she had to find matching socks for her kids, with ear infections, who've already missed too much school to count!

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuenoBaby

Ditto!!!!! I have been lamenting the fashion dilemma since last year when Haley turned 7. What's even worse is that she's so long in the torso that even the non-belly shirts (of which there are like 2 in her size in all of America) look like belly shirts! Oh, and how about the high heel sneakers?! Seriously! It's so difficult to dress a girl, foster pride in her body, and not want to cover her in a towel (which, sadly, I have done on occasion).

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuz

I was just talking to someone about tank tops I bought for Anna (6) to go under her shirts in the winter (it gets chilly up her in MA!). I was in a hurry, saw the rack of them, and just grabbed it. They were cute with polka dots and I figured for now she could wear them under her polo shirts with the dots peeking out, yadda yadda...

It wasn't until I got home and was putting it away that the size 5/6 tanks that I realized they had SHELF BRAS in them. REALLY??? I sat there dumb-founded for a few minutes looking at it thinking it couldn't actually be THAT. Is this what we've become?? I mean, I know the argument about hormones in the milk and all that, but are 5 and 6 year olds really starting to develope and I just haven't noticed? Do they really need the extra support?

I'm with you. I'm glad my kids are tiny and can still get away with the cute dresses from the 5t and under section!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Thank you!! Although I'm a high school teacher, I'm no prude. But 'fashion' today requires girls to walk around in outfits so short and tight that their hew-haw's are hanging out. Their parents call it 'cute'. I'm glad there are still some parents like you with common sense!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermch

Argh, this is such a hot-button subject with me. I wrote about padded, yes PADDED bikini tops for 7-year-olds at powderroomgraffiti.com. The sexualization of little girls drives me insane. I'm starting to think we should look into the whole Amish thing. . .

Found you at Twitter Moms, on a comment you left for Bueno Baby. Who I also love!

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPartlySunny

Hi, my name is Julie and my babies are 21 and 19. Wah. I found your blog through Stefanie Wilder Taylor's. Fun! Here's my comment about the Target tart outfits: over 20 years ago I was at church in Berkeley, Calif. where a mother was describing her efforts to find a swimsuit for her 8 year old daughter. She was at Macys, as I recall. She asked the clerk, "Where are your suits for little girls?" When the clerk indicated the rack, the mother said, "No, those are suits for prostitutes." I re-tell this story whenever my fellow moms despair about the trashy looks being sold to young girls. It just keeps going on and on. Don't buy the garbage. If you run out of stores with decent clothes, try LLBean and Lands End.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Berry

So I am NOT the ONLY one!! I know feel like every comment for this post is like a team - and it feels GOOD!!

I was the same way about the 5T and under dresses for girls from Target. I actually stood in line on a Black Friday - not for the electronics that were such a big deal but for the cool designer that had just designed winter dresses for little girls with "Liberty of London" cotton fabric!! My husband thought I was nuts - but darn if she didn't look cute that Christmas. She is my best gift!

Now - I pay way too much for Hanna Anderson dresses because she has outgrown that dept of Target and I have a certain dress code for children - I want them to retain their innocence until it is absolutely necessary to hand over the keys!

I will probably continue to overpay for dresses that make her look like a little girl & I will triple overpay for bathing suits that allow her to feel comfortable, to jump, dive and do cannon-balls into the water - and to allow herself to develop her confidence in this crazy world.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbusybees-

I'm so glad I'm not the only one out there that thinks most of the clothes after they hit 7 are TRASHY! Anyone know where you can find some jeans for an 8 yr old that don't show her butt when she bends down? It's really sad that our girls don't have more options.-Jody

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJody Gregory

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