skinny jeans on kids and toddlers.

on Aug 20, 2010 @ 02:38 pm

I think its cute when younger kids wear clothes not typical to thier age. A pink skull motifed skirt on a 2 year old, a pea coat on a four year old, it just looks cute. But recently, when bringing my daughter to her daycare in the mornings, I have noticed a new fashion trend amongst the kids- skin tight skinny jeans. I  have also seen newspaper articles hightlighting the impracticality of this trend in recent publications. This has taken the "its cute to dress slightly ouf of your age range once in a while" to a new horrifying place. Ever worn skinny jeans? I'll bet you have. While I may not mind wearing them once in a while, they are not the most comfortable things. They highlight the contours of the bodies filling them and are rather restrictive. They may look hot with heels but these are the precise reasons why little kids should not wear skinny jeans. They focus massive amounts of attention of body shape and sexuality and they are confining and restrictive, which basically tells these little girls in their skinnies, that body image is more important than being able to physically function in the world. There are girls in my daughters class who are not able to particpate in gym because of the tightness and thus restrictiveness of thier clothes. An integral part of growing up is moving and playing and being comfortable with your body as well as learning everything its capable of.These types of fashion trends severrely hinder some basic childhood functions. The most absurd thing is that some retailers like Old Navy, are stocking skinny jeans in size 0 to 3 months. Surely that is not healthy for anyone.

My kid will definately not be wearing this fashion trend, but what about you, what do you think?


8 Replies

too much! on Aug 20, 2010 @ 02:52 pm

I don't have kids but I definitly thinks it's getting too far!
Where are the nice sweaters and swet pantas that I used to wear when i was 5-6 years old.
I think kids are not kids anymore but a small version of an adult!
If they start wearing thoses kinds of clothes at that age imagine what they will wear at 12-13 years old!!

on Aug 21, 2010 @ 12:09 am

i just had a mini conversation about this earlier! i think 'skinny jeans' are a bit much for kids under 12 but leggings are in too and they're cute on kids :)

leggings is one thing... on Aug 21, 2010 @ 10:41 am

Leggings are comfy and still allow movement. I dressed my daughter in them with long Tees or short dresses.

Skinny jeans just make no sense. They're going after the mommy & me look and I think that's too far. Not for me!

Too much, too soon. on Aug 21, 2010 @ 03:21 pm

I agree with beauty09, too much emphasis on trendy fashion and the poor kids end up as little high-maintenance fashionistas. Just watch an episode or two of Toddlers and Tiaras and you'll see what I mean. Those parents have lost it and the kids are paying the price! Leggings are cute (especially on babies when they have the huge diaper butt!) but when the clothes become too adult and too provocative, that just creeps me out. Just let kids be kids, their clothes should be comfortable and cute. They don't have to be avantgarde trendsetters or mini adults- just their real, loveable "kid" selves!

Parents really are having .. on Sep 01, 2011 @ 02:18 am

Parents really are having a hard time understanding kids' whims especially when it comes to their fashion. (: Especially now that it's back-to-school buying season, a number of people will be getting apparel for their young ones so they look stylish while returning to their studies. But should bear in mind the substantial markup (Markup on clothes has consumers losing their shirts) on apparel while reaching for designer jeans.

It's what people want! on Sep 01, 2011 @ 09:27 am

I worked at Old Navy throughout college and we sold a ton of skinny jeans fro kids- boys and girls. We used to just sell the skinny jeans in sizes 5 so around 6 plus yrs old but I had many customers with young toddlers who asked for skinny jeans and toddlers themselves who would ask for skinny jeans.

I don't really think there is anything wrong with, it's cute and fun and the kids love them!

I wouldn't on Sep 01, 2011 @ 10:13 am

I think it depends on the material of the skinny jean since some (especially for kids) are quite stretchy. At least it would allow movement. That said, I can't see myself dressing any of my kids in skinny jeans until like 13! Years, that is. It's more of a mature thing and I'd rather a toddler or preschooler look like a toddler or preschooler. They should enjoy being a kid. Plus, I don't even wear skinny jeans myself. WAY too much of a booty for skinny jeans! So I probably wouldn't put my kids in anything I don't even wear.

However, I would still dress them in "stylish" clothes appropriate for their age and occassion. Keeping in mind that there's no reason to dress like a teenager just yet!

Comes down to execution on Sep 01, 2011 @ 10:35 am

The thing about kids' bodies is that they come in all different sizes. Obviously that's true of adults too, but with the extreme changes in a child's dimensions happening through growth spurts, I find the skinny jean along with the other cuts sometimes serves a purpose beyond personal taste and style.

For example, one of my kids still has some baby fat in the midsection but stick skinny legs. A loose cut works on the top bit but looks ridiculous through the leg. Another of my kids has a very slender waist and hip area but more athletic legs so a skinny style looks wrong there too.

When the style is chosen according to the body type and what makes kids feel confident and looking their best (and understanding that "looking their best" is differently defined if you're the kid or you're the mom!), then I don't see anything wrong with trying out different cuts.

If however there are other, more troubling questions that are a problem ("I think I look fat in these jeans" or "I want a skin-tight look" or "I want to look like a badass"), then it's up to the parent to look out for a child's best interest. That may mean vetoing the jean choice - whichever cut that may be.

I would never allow my young children to pick a style based on the wrong underlying reasons, but I do allow age-appropriate expression of personal taste. The child that I bought skinnies for doesn't look "skinny" - it just looks like jeans that fit properly because of the body type. I would never buy any of my kids skintight styles regardless of body dimensions - that's for them to secretly wear behind my back ;)

Leave A Reply

Your Reply:


Join Our Newsletter

Stay in the loop for the latest news, contests, deals and more!