Because she's growing so damn fast we decided it would probably be best to buy clothes for when she's older. We have a TON of clothes up until about 1 year old (hooray presents!!!) but not too much for when she's older than that. Off we went to the sale rack to look for 12 month+ clothes. I'm a super fan of the sale rack, especially when it means I can spend $5 on something she'll grow out of in 3 weeks instead of $30.
Immediately I was totally pissed - what the fuck was with these girl clothes? Now, granted I was at the sale rack so maybe all the cool moms already bought the great girl clothes, but basically everything was either pink, had ruffles all over it, or had text all over it talking about how cute something is. I was highly annoyed. I'm not against pink, but I find the plethora of pink highly annoying. If Zoe wants to like pink, that's totally fine, but I don't want her to be forced to like pink because that's the only fucking color of girl's clothing that they make. Because it certainly seems like that sometimes.
I didn't take any pics while we were there, but from their website I would just like to make a comparison. Here is a "boy" duck onesie
And here is a girl's camel onesie
I guess only boy can like ducks. Girls have to like hearts.
When you look at their socks, what do you find? Well, the first 5 pairs of girl's socks have ruffles and out of the 9 sets you can get, 5 are fuuuulllll of pink
There are actually 16 sets of boy socks (I guess they like their feet covered more?), and they've got a greater range of colors: green, maroon, gray, orange, yellow, white, blue, teal, black, red. Why can't these be girl socks as well?
And why is this even specifically a boy or girl onesie?
But can you guess which one? Ohhhh, boy. Because girls apparently don't like camping.
It was so infuriating. Out of all the stuff we got, we only actually got one "girl" item of clothing (a green tank). The other items? "Boys." And the hilarious thing is that they were totally not gender specific items: one had headphones on it (I guess girls don't like music), there was a baby blue onesie that had balloons on it and said "let's fly," and the most hilarious things - a white tank top and an orange tank top. Really, a thick strapped, plain color tank top is specifically a boy shirt? I was amazed. We also got her 5 pairs of socks. Again, all "boys."
Now, conversely, there is a great store in Oakland called Oaklandish. They make awesome onesies and toddler clothes. And none of them are even marketed as "boys" or "girls," it's just, hey, here's a onesie. And they're awesome
(godzilla found here)
(acorn found here)
(california found here)
(bridge found here)
Different colors, different images, different styles. All can be for a boy or a girl. And I love that they actually get that.
I have friends who have boys that say the opposite - shopping for boys is no fun because there isn't a lot of variation or the clothes aren't as fun. I guess no matter which way you go there's something worth complaining about. I just wish they made a girl's onesie with a big fat saw on it. You think I can find that?
Zoe would sure like it.