Girls don’t have to wear pink. What do I mean by this? I have offended a few people by saying this, who respond ‘but I like pink.’ They misunderstand what I am saying. I’m not saying girls should never wear pink, but I think that they should be wearing pink through choice and not through lack of it.
Personally, I’m not a fan of pink, especially the baby pink variety, and when it involves frills. That doesn’t however mean I never put my daughter in pink; she wears the pink outfits that have been gifts, she will wear a pair of hot pink leggings if they match a dress/top, but that’s through choice. I make my daughter’s clothes so I cannot complain of lack of choice, and every colour/fabric/outfit that she wears is thought out, but I have many customers who thank me for offering them alternatives to the high street plethora of baby pink, baby blue and lemon for newborns in particular.
I’ve overheard conversations in shops, or even at my own stall when I’ve done craft fairs, ‘…that’s green you can’t buy that for a girl!’ Erm, why not? Children can wear any colour. A while ago my son chose a pair of hot pink beach sandals, unfortunately they didn’t have his size so he went for green in the end, but he was met with ‘you want the girl colour?’ from the sales assistant of a well known shoe brand. His response, ‘no, I want the pink ones.’ Like I say, we ended up with the green ones in exactly the same style because they were the only ones available in his size, but I wanted to give him the biggest high five when the same sales assistant then said to him ‘these are great because mummy can put them in the washing machine’ and he turned round and replied ‘or daddy!’ We wonder why there are still problems with gender equality when remarks and stereotypes like this are placed on children!
In summary, as you can see from my Etsy shop I started making children’s clothes because I was frustrated at the lack of unisex clothes for children and babies, in particular non pink, girlie and frilly clothes for girls – why can’t girls wear lions and dinosaurs? And boring, sexist slogans for boys, why can’t my son wear a top with a rabbit on rather than a big roaring dinosaur? Don’t get me wrong Harry loves dinosaurs and diggers and has many tops bought for him with these on, but he’s free to choose any of my fabrics for clothes, regardless of colour or subject matter.
If girls want pink, sparkles and unicorns then great, they have so much choice out there, but for those who don’t let’s give them a choice too. If boys wants to wear bright rainbows and rabbits rather than dull navy and grey then as Alice O’Keeffe wrote, let’s not restrict them. No matter what their personal choices let kids be kids and clothes be clothes.