Having trawled the shops for things that Maddy wanted to wear and getting nowhere, i gave in and spent a morning online sorting through every bl**dy clothing store i could find until my elder daughters were clothed again.
I’ve avoided having a boots rant this year, partly because the shops seem possibly to have noticed that not every parent wants their pre-pubescent daughter heeled and tassled and partly because i remembered to go and buy boots for them in August, there by not getting left with the dregs. I’ll ignore the fact that Brantanos had a pair of strappy, silver glittered sandals with a 4cm heel in a size smaller than Josie’s feet 🙄
This years rant is aimed at the fact that it is getting nigh on impossible to easily find girls clothes for children who don’t want to dress like adults, that are in anything other than pink. It’s really getting on my wick now. With 4 girls, the opportunities for not having them outfitted in a way that makes them look like a selection of mottled piggies are becoming few and far between. Tesco only seems to have velour (blech) or flouncy skirts in black, H&M is doing i know not what but doesn’t appear to want to clothe 8-10 year olds at all anymore, Sainsbury’s only has blue for boys under 2 (which is a shame as they had a cardigan in that size that Maddy would have loved!) and every other bl**dy shop only has pink, or fushia, or raspberry – or red, which doesn’t especially suit any of my children. Possibly if i was prepared to spend a fortune somewhere i could find things, but mostly then they are ‘nice’ clothes and i mainly only want roughing about clothes and i hate buying cotton stuff because then after the first wash they perpetually serve as a reminder that i won’t (can’t?) iron.
When Fran was little (and admittedly that’s 10 years ago), girls clothes were mainly yellow, orange and lime-green and if you wanted to buy blue jogging bottoms, you just did, from the boys section. Most of the clothes i bought for her, i bought fairly uni-sex, given i assumed at the time i might well have some boys at some point ( 😆 ) It wasn’t hard to do, the boys clothes were in nice enough colours and perfectly gender-anonymous. The pink thing began to creep in as Maddy was born, but even then i only added a few pinky bits, feeling that i might as well indulge it with 2 girls.
Now days you can’t buy a blue pair of trousers without it having a truck, or a monster, or “I’m a truly horrid little boy unless you feed me sweets” emblazoned somewhere on it, in any of the places that i’ve cheaply clothed my girls for the last 10 years or so. And it’s REALLY annoying – but not as annoying as the fact that nothing in the girls section comes without flounces, or HSM on it, or diamond trims and it’s all in sodding pink. I’m SO bored of pink and even if 3 of my children like it, Maddy REALLY doesn’t.
I’d spent a while flicking through boys sections in an effort to find things (a la Gwenny) but the trouble is, Maddy doesn’t like ‘boyish’ things and she likes things to be right. She might like blue, but she has a particular desire for feminine blue, not boyish blue and so boys sections don’t really cut it for her. All she wants, bless her, is a nice blue cardigan/fleece/jacket, not in pink but not with “I like to go stalking deer and smearing the blood on my cheek after the kill” written across it. (God knows what boys who like to ballet dance wear, or vegan ones, or ones that like pink….)
I’ve spent the entire morning shopping and between the Pumpkin Patch Online Outlet, M&S and Vertbaudet, i’ve finally managed to buy a summer/autumn supply of clothes that i like but that my girls will like too. Thank god for the internet, that’s all i can say.