Tuesday, April 17, 2007

bikinis and high heels

Mary and I went shoe shopping last evening for her 1st Holy Communion. We had already purchased a lovely white satin dress with an overlay of tulle and a little jacket to match. I sewed tulle onto a satin covered headband since all the veils I saw were too fancy for such a little girl. We tried the base exchange earlier and hadn't found anything so we headed to the mall. All I could find were white shoes with 1" high heels and lots of straps and rhinestones before we hit Payless and finally spotted a proper pair of Mary Jane's.
Thank goodness, for after wandering around the consumer paradise for 1/2 an hour I was almost convinced that there were no modest options for girls above the age of 2. I have been shopping so long at the local thrift shops that I didn't realize how tacky most girl's clothing is these days. Did you know that you could find leopard print bikinis for toddlers or shirts with suggestive messages for elementary schoolchildren? I will continue to stock up on solid and striped tshirts, jumpers, and jeans for the girls. They may be plain , but I would rather describe the look as "timeless". "It is a far, far better thing to be classic than trashy," as Charles Dickens might have said.


Lorri said...

Our PX had the most appalling dressy shoes for girls! They all had heels, even the toddler shoes! My 6 yo tried them on anyway and didn't like the way they felt. We found appropriate shoes at Payless, too.

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Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

I was thinking the same thing the other day. I was buying my son some jeans and simple collared shirts at Target, and I wandered through the girls' clothing for a little while. Over-priced and under-covering! :) What ARE they thinking?? Or are they?

Milehimama said...

It's not just little girl clothes. The boy section (size 6 and 8!) has T-shirts that say things like "Chick Magnet", "Little Sisters Suck" and "D + Student".

I started buying them the plain black and gray ones in the Hanes underwear section.

Although I must say how peeved I was that I couldn't find Easter shoes for my 3 yo girl that were flats!

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