We all like to feel stylish. Dress up for a party or wear those cool new jeans and shirt. But what happens when your options are limited to gender specific colors and inappropriate messages and designs? That’s the way it seems with today’s clothing styles for children. What do these styles say about healthy body images and body types? We do not push the princess diva trend with Teagan. We’re not anti-princess. If she feels like being a princess one day and then run and play with boys the other then so be it. We love to dress Teagan up in playful styles and funky, fun character tees. But we are very aware of the message each article of clothing might have as we shop or get clothes from friends. Keeping her outfits age appropriate is important to us. Clothing for girls can be tricky. Too many of today’s style tend to make girls look and act much older. Clothing shouldn’t define a child. It should inspire.
My husband and I are happy to know we have options. Pigtail Pals was created by Melissa Wardy, a stay-at-home mom who wants better options for her pre-school daughter when it comes to clothes. Melissa wants role models for her daughter that exemplify courage, intelligence, and independence.
Melissa states on her website that she doesn’t want to confine her little girl to the pink and purple world being marketed to her. When Melissa couldn’t find what she wanted, Pigtail Pals was born. Pigtail Pals tries to get away from the ubiquitous pink and purple princess-diva-drama queen trend. It is their intention to show girls that they may be bold, adventurous and heroic just like the boys!
All the shirts are comfortable and of great quality. The shirts are 100% cotton, are sweatshop and child labor free. Plus every shirt sold online will contribute to a specific charity each month. Izzy and Teagan are proudly modeling their shirts. Teagan is wearing I look good in red… featuring a female firefighter and Izzy is sporting Blue is my color, featuring a female police officer. I especially love the fire fighter shirt since Teagan’s grandfather is a retired firefighter. Maybe Teagan will follow in his footsteps? Whatever she chooses in life we will support her and encourage her to reach for the stars.
Melissa and Pigtail Pals support the idea of gender-neutrality in childhood and that hypersexualizing and stereotyping every product available to our daughters is harmful, limiting, and uncreative. We are selling our girls short, and they deserve so much better.
Our children do deserve much better. It is important to understand your child’s personality and choose clothes that make him or her comfortable. It would be nice to see the fashion industry reformulate their styles. We need to instill confidence in our daughters. Guide them to make the right choices and be truly involved in their lives. And listen! Our kids have lots to say.
Let’s all redefine girly! Purchase a shirt for the girl in your life. Pigtails is offering 15% off now through January 10, 2010. Coupon code: holidays. Oh, and the shirts aren’t just for the little ones. They have sizes for the mommies too.
Visit Pigtail Pals here.
Love, Teagan’s mommy & daddy