Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Wardrobe wars and the my "seen" Barbie

My first wardrobe wars with my daugther came about the same time Faith was learning to dress herself. She'd pick out sleeveless shirts in January and Sunday dresses when she was planning to ride her jeep. Now she wants to change several times in one day.
About a month ago, I came home with an armful of bargains from one of my favorite biannual consignment sales. Faith had a field day. She would take an outfit into the bathroom - which was doubling as her dressing room - close the door, change and come out to model. She will likely have a very long, lean body like her Daddy. Pants that fit at the waist are too short and pants that are long enough are way too big in the waist.She likes her skirts long, so I understood when she pulled one down on her hips.Sure, that lengthened the hem, but also exposed her navel. I told her to pull up the skirt to her waist because her belly button was showing. She wanted her belly button to show, she said.
I had already been struggling with the adult-looking attire I was seeing in the stores for toddlers, now I have a 5-year-old who is not the least bit modest about her midriff. It's frightening.Where in the world did she develop an affinity for exposure? Then I saw the new "My Scene" Barbie dolls. "My Seen" is more like it with their halter tops and hip huggers and micro-minis. How can people sew teeny tiny clothes that skimpy? I realize Mattel is marketing to tweens and teens with their Bling Bling Barbie and "my seen" fashions, but what's a mother of a little girl to do? How do you make modesty cool?
- Liz

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Even parents of teens should not want their children to dress like thes dolls do! My father would never have let me out of the house in some of the outfits I see girls walking around the mall in. The amount of makeup they wear is unbelievable, too. Even when I had a job and bought my own clothes, I never would have thought to buy anything that my father would disapprove of. I had too much respect for him, and for myself! But I guess that with role models like Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan, among others, the less you wear, the cooler you are...

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