Browsing in stores is one of my past times. I’m not sure why I do it because it always results in a few purchases. So it may start out as browsing, but it turns into a full-blown shopping trip. The best part about it is, I enjoy going alone. It’s my quiet time.
As I was browsing, I remembered that my twelve-year-old daughter who is a slim size 2/3 and 5’8″ tall needed shorts for the summer. I went to three different stores to check out their juniors department, Target, Kohl’s and Macy’s. I found myself feeling frustrated. All I have to say is ENOUGH WITH THE BOOTY SHORTS! There were plenty of short shorts and few that were in between.
What I describe as in between is some reasonable length in between your thigh and your knee cap. Of course that will vary by height and overall shape.
My daughters think I’m a bit over the top or old-fashioned as they say. There might be some truth to that but I’m not worried about it. The length options were high-rise, low-rise, short-shorts and bermudas. My girls feel that bermudas are a bit outdated for the teen girl but the booty shorts are just too much. I guess that’s for parents and daughters to decide (or just parents). I want my twelve-year-old to look like she is twelve. The challenge is she is tall for her age, and wearing junior clothing.
I understand that teens want to fit in to some degree, but there has to be boundaries. I’ve talked to my daughters about the objectification of women and what that really means. On the other hand, by no means do I want my daughters to be ashamed of their figure because they are in great shape. I want them to be fashionable and to feel good about themselves.
I do not want my daughters to think that a boy liking them is correlated with the amount of flesh they show. If a boy likes you it should be based on what’s on the inside. I recognize that physical attraction usually plays a part in many relationships from the onset but that should not be the only factor. I tell them often, you are not your hair, and you are not your clothes.
For the sake of discussion, my fifteen-year-old daughter says “well what if you just like the shorts because they are short and for no other reason.” Being the analytical person that I am, my response was “then one needs to be able to articulate what it is that they like about those short shorts specifically and why?” There is usually a reason for most things.
Over the top or not, I’m just wondering what the rationale is for those who are making the shorts? Is that the style and the trend? I’d love to see the data that supports that. I suppose if consumers have few options, short shorts are likely to sell. I may just have to get old school and dust off my sewing machine.
My daughters would be horrified.
I’ve learned that shopping for clothing without my girls is pointless. They have to join me to try things on for fit. As long as I’m paying, I have some say in the matter.
This is my parent rant for the day.
Am I over the top? What are your thoughts?
Peace and Blessings,