Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dear Fashion Designers,

Fall has hit us with a vengeance these past few days, and I've been sent scrambling to the mall to make sure we have enough clothes to keep us from freezing. I realize most people do their back to school shopping before the kids go back to school. Not me. I just hang onto every last moment of summer as long as I can. But this week I took my seasonal clothing budget to the store with the intention of spending it. Good for you, right? So I wanted to write you a letter and let you know what you got out of me.

I started with shopping for the guys. You scored with all the new screen prints. Lee really needed some new t-shirts, and I have to say the retro ad shirts had me laughing. I was tempted by the one with the picture of the Dough Boy that said "Poke Me", but opted for the polar bear drinking the ICEE that said "Mr. Cool". The t-shirts in the boys section were even long-sleeved, and I must admit that I thought you had been stalking Ben before you made those shirts. My favorite was the one with the two silly monkeys that said, "Annoying my sister: Just another service I provide." While it's true, I'm sure not gonna pay for him to advertise it. So you got $10 for one shirt for Lee. And I got a lot of free chuckles.

Next up was Bethany. I need to congratulate you on this year's fashions for young girls. With the creative release of the latest look in jeans now called "skinny jeans", you have stooped to a new all time low. Way to alienate every girl who isn't anorexic. Yet. And while we're alienating people, could you please explain to me WHAT is UP with all the BFF stuff?? Seriously! Whatever happened to having friends in the neighborhood and friends at school, friends on your team, and friends at church? Must we be inseparable from our one best friend, to the obvious exclusion of the others (or at least making sure they know they are second class)? Must we assume that if we don't have ONE best friend we are NOBODY? You can be sure you didn't make a dime on jeans or BFF stuff. I bought her a couple of cute shirts with normal butterflies, glitter, neon, smiles, and cupcakes. Make more of that stuff, will you? And normal jeans.

I only had a few minutes to look for myself, but really, that was all I needed. Because I really don't think "Rock Star" is my look. And the only alternative was "vintage frumpy". I didn't spend a penny. The look I'm after is more like "cute, hip, fun, yet modest mom". Could you please get to work on that?

Tracy P.


A Thinker said...

Amen, Amen and AMEN!!!

Check this out...
Just when you thought it couldn't get much worse for young girls in our society...

Melissa Mae said...

Tracy, I was checking out the size 7-10 area in Kohl's a couple of weeks ago and was shocked at how much the styles and options change from the 4-6x area. From modest tshirts, pants, and skirts to skinny jeans, low cut sirts, high cut shorts.... Are our girls supposed to change that dramatically when the hit 1st or 2nd grade? I'm gonna have to take a look around to see who is selling the stuff that really suits my LITTLE girl.

Melissa Mae said...

Oh, and luckily we do have some stored fall clothes that ARE modest and very suitable... thanks to ONE of my BFFs. :)

Skeller said...

Preach it, Sister!!!

And I hope your friendly rant (and those like it) makes it into some of the decision-maker-designer's hands!

stefanie said...

I've been known to tuck certain mannequin body parts back under the clothing by yanking the neckline (or skinny straps) of shirts backwards in the juniors section of Kohl's. My daughters are no longer mortified by my behavior, so they say. It doesn't get easier.

On a positive note, I got some jeans at Kohl's recently that actually have a high enough waist line that I can tuck in a whole michelin man blob. They are fantastic.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I went to a high school football game last week. It was awful. I worked with high school kids for years and years and not much shocks me but the stuff they had on (the girls) could give a professional girl a run for her money, if you get my drift. blessings, marlene

Joy said...

Its frustrating isn't it. I can vouch for the girl stuff anyway. I'm fed up with bff stuff - we never bought that either. And now all the skull and crossbone stuff for little girls - what the heck. I used to be able to find stuff at Limited too which is now Justice for girls. I'm soooo disappointed in what they offer now. It really stinks.
I'm looking for that same kind of description for my clothes too. I don't want to be a hoochie momma - we've got plenty of those around here where I live.
Shopping just isn't fun anymore.
♥ Joy

Life with Kaishon said...

Great post! I want to forward this to JC Penny and Target and Old Navy : ).

I (accidentally) spent all of the clothing budget on clothes for Naji before I took him home, so now Kaish has to wear things from the thrift store. And guess what? He could care less : ) My kid is so easy! There is this other {adorable} boy in the neighborhood that only wears clothes from Abercrombie and Fitch. And he is OBSESSED with it. Every morning when I see him at the bus stop I thank the Lord that Kaish isn't into clothes. PHEW!

Hope you find some good ones soon!

PS All you need is Love Tracy! All you need is love.