Why Do We Need To Dress Our Children As Adults

Dressing up kids as mini-adults is the latest fad. What do you think about it? I feel let your children stay young and innocent as long as possible because kids grow up too fast.

My daughter has suddenly become tall and outgrown most of her clothes. So This weekend I thought of replacing a few essentials in her wardrobe. While going through the clothes on the racks at one of the popular children’s store I slowly found myself getting frustrated because I could not find a decent outfit for my daughter. The only options that were clearly visible to me were clothes that were too short, too tight, too revealing or too grown up for my girl. What I also noticed was that even the toddler section had almost a similar display of clothes. By now both of us were flustered, tired and hungry. So we decided to go to the food court, grab a quick bite and then continue with our search.

On our way to the food court, I couldn’t help but notice the dressing style of children. Girls as small as 18 months were stylishly dressed in distressed denim, gladiator sandals, and not to miss their matching accessories. While boys were smartly dressed up in khaki pants or button up shirts and pants right for them and not hanging. These days girls and boys are dressed up so crisply… but they look like mini adults. Yes, this trend of dressing up children as adults is considered quite normal, but somehow I don’t like it. Call me old fashioned or outdated, I still prefer cute children in comparison to miniature adults.

The simple frocks have been replaced with tight and skinny jeans, ultra-revealing shorts and skirts with cold and off shoulder tops; All-time favourite sneakers have been replaced by boots and strappy sandals. These clothes are becoming pretty normal for girls but I still find them impractical and not what I would like my daughter to wear. Also, not to miss out is the mascara and the lipstick these girls wear. I mean they are somewhere between the ages 2-6 and they are moving around with heavy makeup. These girls are so small that they don’t need makeup. Just running and playing around for some time would give their cheeks a lovely dash of pink and a gleam in their eyes. What is the need for them to be dressed up much beyond their age, after all, what we teach them at this tender age is what they will grow up with. Often we dress them as miniature adults which makes it hard to remember that the child is still a kid.

The trend is here to stay but the cause for concern is that with the crime rate increasing with each passing day why do we want to expose these little ones to creeps. Is it wise enough for us to dress our girls and boys in outfits that make them look way older to what they are?  I agree that all of us want that our children are well dressed but then where do we draw the line? Are we taking it too far? With the current times and we as their protector’s, we should keep in mind what that we do not cause any harm to them knowingly and unknowingly.

I agree that children, when dressed as adults, look smart and crisp, but will eventually grow up one day. Right now these children are innocent but they will definitely grow up to be adults that we groom. I don’t have anything with children dressing up as adults, nor do I dress up my girl shabbily. She is smartly dressed but definitely not like an adult…

How about you? Let me know whether you like this trend? Would you love to glam up your little one all the time? Would you opt for the simple clothes over stylish ones?

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

12 Comments

  1. January 8, 2019
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    I’m not a parent, Shubhra. But I do find it inappropriate when people dress their children up as adults, but if were to say something, they’d turn around and tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about! 😉

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019
      Reply

      Haha, Corinne, I agree. Shopkeepers also react to me in the same manner as if I don’t know what I am talking about.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019
      Reply

      Weddings are excused where children are dressed up formally and still not in revealing clothes.

  2. January 8, 2019
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    I completely agree! We are all in such a rush that we’re forgetting to embrace the innocence of childhood. My boys were born in 2004 & 2006. My oldest preferred jeans early on while my youngest enjoyed the matching sweatsuits and shorts with tees.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019
      Reply

      Yes, a child’s innocence should be embraced. I am so happy that you agree with my view. Thanks for visiting by!

  3. Jean
    January 8, 2019
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    I totally agree. We are forcing our kids to grow up way too soon…not just with clothes but why does an 5 year old need to be worried about a boy or girl friend?

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019
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      Yes, I also wonder why are kids bothered about being friends with a girl or a boy. I agree kids are treated as adults not in with their choices of clothes but other areas as well.

  4. January 9, 2019
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    I guess I’m old fashion also because I don’t like it when I see little ones with bare tummies, off the shoulder tops and super short skirts. The other thing I don’t like to see in little girls are 2 piece bathing suits with both pieces so skimpy. With all the strange happenings going around I’d want my child to be dress aged appropriate.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019
      Reply

      I am glad that someone else also shares the same opinion as mine. I love my girl to be dressed smartly but age appropriately. Thanks for visiting by!

  5. January 16, 2019
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    I have to say it’s not something I like and would actively discourage. Interesting.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 21, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks, Barb

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