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 Call me old fashioned or outdated, I still prefer cute children in comparison to miniature adults.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and skinny jeans, ultra-revealing shorts and skirts with cold and off shoulder tops; All-time favourite sneakers have been replaced by boots and strappy sandals.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?