Walking by Baby Gap yesterday I was pleased to see the company has broadened its palette of girls’ infant clothing. Some great stuff in black & white (though the one-shouldered ruffled shirt and the eyelet vest are way too Toddlers & Tiaras for my taste).
I was feeling pretty good about that until I noticed the “I love my skinnies!” sign in the front window, over a little toddler-sized mannequin. Seriously? Toddlers are all big diaper-butt chubbies. And they are SUPPOSED to be!
I do buy “skinnies” for Daisy because she’s tall and lanky and they are the only ones that reach her ankles without falling off of her waist. So they’re not skinny on her. They’re normal-looking. But doesn’t calling them “skinnies” does send the message to kids from toddler to tween that being underweight is desireable? What about the girl who doesn’t fit into skinnies? Is she a a “fatty?” And will she be proud of that? And if Daisy eventually becomes more proportionate and skinnies are no longer normals on her, will she feel she’s too “fat” as well? Or do styles in jeans swing so much that “skinnies” doesnt feel like a personal comment on one’s body but really does describe a cut of jean?
Maybe they should be renamed “restrictives” since it’s hard to move in them…..
I work really hard not to infuse the word “fat” with negative meaning for my child. To get across the idea that there are a lot of body types and a wide range of what is healthy for people and people can be both too big and too small for their health. But there is not one size that is “correct” or “healthy.” But man oh man, that is a battle that is SO hard to fight….