My kids r so skinny the bigger the shirt the messier they look. These are just not comfortable to play in! I would love to spend more on my Target Red Card but there is no way in hell she is going to dress like a teenager until she is one.
Please sell shorts and skirts that are long enough for junior sizes too. Tankinis or one piece that actually allow girls to move and SWIM without worrying about losing their top! Love what you are doing! Can you also tell Target that little girls do not need high heels?!?
Saw several pairs when I was there yesterday! What are they thinking?!? Love that you wrote the piece in the first place and even more that you got the reaction you did from Target. Reader comment, btw, was hilarious. We want to start our girls off as strong women without body issues. I think what you have started is a great way to get stores and designers to rethink what they are selling for toddlers.
I also am an avid Target shopper. Love love love Target. My daughter is by no means obese she is average Nd healthy but she does have hips and thighs unlike some children. Once she reached 3. The shorts were tight and the shirts were to tight only in the arm seam weird that shirts seams. I feel the clothing these days are a little risqué for the age they want to sell them at. I will also keep an eye on my Target. At the beginning of the summer, I went shopping to find shorts for my tiny toddler.
I found one style that was acceptable at Target in the girls section, and there was only one color available in her size. I also went to Walmart, where there was not a single pair that had any sort of an inseam. For our older daughter 7 years , I will buy bermudas when I see them, but they are few and far between, and rarely available in all sizes.
The only place I have found bermuda shorts for the baby is at the consignment shops. It seems like they are not available in stores these days. Thank you for what you did and working with Target.
Have you heard of Girls will be? They make great longer shorts with pockets for girls. I would love to see their products and similar products at target and kohls.
Or are they just barely hanging in? It makes me sad. I used to love Target. Retailers need to pay attention, as do the fashion designers. They are guilty of continuing the stereotypes.
I completely agree from adifferent perspective. I have spotted shopping at Target for my tween because it is hard to find clothes that are just clothes for her. Nice, simple, covering clothes. I totally agree with what u r saying my daughter is 7 and wears a size 8 and the shorts that fit r so short they ride up and uncomfortable. They make the kids seem older than they are.
We I buy shorts I try to find the longest I can. My kids r so skinny the bigger the shirt the messier they look. And make the jeans a little longer. People r getting taller now a days. I rarely so at Target anymore, but not for this reason.
With that said, I honestly never had this much trouble finding age appropriate clothing for my daughter. I hate that so many moms now have trouble outfitting their girls. I hope Target makes a change to make life for the little ladies easier! They want these girls to dress like they are 16 going on Girls should dress like girls and not street walking teenagers.
Why are they trying to sex our girls this way? Same in the UK. I also have a near 11 year old daughter who needs size 13ish clothes. Boys clothes for the same season cover both midriff and arms. I has to search online to buy my daughter shorts for kindergarten this year. Her shorts are so cute and stylish too. Wish we could fund that in the stores. And she says the are more comfy too! Kudos to you for speaking up and to Target for listening.
You use just go in and look for the shortest clothes they have because we get several denim and other shorts from Target and Walmart and none of them looked anything like what you were representing for them. Sadly, I actually did not take the shortest shorts off the rack. There were shorter ones that went up on the sides, leaving the crotch as the lowest part. The rack I pulled these from were the only denim shorts offered at the moment in my Target.
I did take pictures with other shorts too. None of them were any better. I used these in the post because they were the closet fabric to the shorts offered for the boys. True, in season they do sometimes offer Bermuda length shorts. Also, I do not represent Target. The clothes they put on the rack represent themselves. Longer shorts, and higher waists!!
It also shows their but Crack all, the, time. Hopefully more places that just Target will listen. Though, it is good to know that soon I will have at least one place to find decent clothes for my girls. I actually think the girls clothes are cute and like how they look in them. But I agree that because not everyone thinks that there should be a choice about it and not just one style available.
Thank-you for getting this some attention. It has been hard for years to find shorts for girls and young ladies. What happened to regular shorts.
We all know the ones — they cover a bottom and upper leg but stop somewhere around mid-thigh for comfortable movement and heat avoidance. So thrilled to hear that Target is being responsive.
Maybe they could adjust the boys while they are at it. Or maybe we could get a different name for those knee length things that are available for the boys. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so glad that you are getting so much media attention on this important issue and working with Target. I am certain that other vendors will have to respond once they start selling more clothes. I have been so frustrated with the selection of shorts and skirts for young girls. My daughter gets irritated because I buy her so many capris, but the shorts are just too short.
And even if the skirts have shorts under them, they are the super-small inseams like you have shown above and still show off her panties, and the skirts are too short. I struggle between keeping her modestly dressed and letting her wear the fun clothing she likes. Parents should not have to struggle like this. And she is only 8. God help me when she hits the tween years! Let my voice be added to all the others: We want our little girls to dress like girls, NOT like women.
That goes for tweens and teens as well. They are still children and should not be dressing to show off their bodies as if they were grown women. Again, thank you for your efforts! Yes, I said inappropriately…. I have to first start off by saying I never comment on these types of things, but I am so sick of our little girls being pushed by stores to wear inappropriate and over sexualized clothing. They are little girls! Thank you for this very refreshing outlook!
Thank you so much for addressing these things. My mother-in-law loves to buy clothes for my 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son. Unfortunately, my son gets Bermuda shorts and polo shirts, while my daughter gets tight short-shorts and tight tank tops and tee shirts. That is because that is all she can find in the colors that my daughter likes. Odd how my son can wear his clothes to church, and my daughter cannot. I have also noticed that as my daughter grows, she tends to plump up a bit before she shoots up.
When she plumps up, her chest area plumps up a little too and those tight shirts show everything. Not good for a six year old. I have actually had disagreements with my mother-in-law about whether something was a dress or a shirt. She said that it was a dress and was on the dress rack.
However, when my daughter tried it on, it barely covered her behind and when I told her she had to wear leggings with it, she became upset. Thank you so much! I would love to see toddler and little girls clothes that are similar to the clothing from Hartstrings.
Their clothes look like kids clothes. Beautiful article Thank you for writing it!!! And trying to find age appropriate clothes for her was and still is tough! And it should not be so hard! I would love to see more long shorts and skirts! Maybe you got there too late in the season?? I bought super cute and totally size appropriate shorts for my kids this summer at Target.
I specifically went there because they had better shorts. I went back later for more and it was like they never existed. They were almost knee length shorts for my year old girl circo brand maybe? I have the opposite problem with my boys though, and appreciate that Target sells the Shaun White skinny pants for little kids because even with those, I sometimes have to take them in.
Not too tight, not too baggy. So glad to hear they are having you voice an opinion! I want longer shorts for girls, absolutely, but how is this any different than the 80? Every picture of me from to featured super short coochie cutter shorts, one piece rompers with a. No one thought we were being sexualized; pockets stuck out of the bottom of cutoff hand Jean shorts.
That and television telling all little girls to act like teenagers, have crushes on boys, and wear makeup. Thanks for saying this. And thank you to Target for listening!
This has been a struggle all through my kid-raising years, and its just as hard finding things to fit my teen as my little ones. As the mom of three boys: Thank you so much for taking action with this issue!! I have a 5 year old and 2 year old daughter. My 5 year old has been off of the charts for height since she was born. Now she is wearing size 7 to 8 clothes. Skinny low rise jeans and tight short shorts seem to be the norm. These are just not comfortable to play in!
They have plenty of time as adults to be squeezed into skinny jeans! I wish I could find relaxed fit jeans and longer shorts that were made to be play clothes. My daughter is always trying to pull them up or complaining because they feel like they are falling down. My 5 year old is already wearing a size 1. It is difficult to find dress shoes without a heel!
I really appreciate you advocating for our girls. I do agree, much of the clothing is made too tight and short.
My two year old is almost the exact same size and percentile as your daughter-she even weighs a couple pounds more and the Cherokee 2t jeans at Target are way too big on her. She still wears 18 months. The Circo 2ts fit her. I also bought the Circo 2t jean shorts for her this Summer and they were a good length. The cloth ones you showed, however, were a bit short.
I am so grateful for you speaking out. I have wanted to for years, but have been unsure how to go about it. Just tonight we had to drive to 4 different stores before we could find ONE pair of shorts that was fingertip length or longer. It was a nightmare. Our daughters should not have so little pun intended to choose from.
Modesty might seem like an old-fashioned concept, but in our home and in our school it is in style and always will be! Yay for you and Target! I have resorted to buying gently used pants and making shorts out of them. I was so glad to see your posts and that Target is going to address the issue. My daughter is 7 and is thin with very long legs. She now wears leggings every day to school because those are the only pants that fit her without showing her underwear we live in Hawaii so pants are too hot.
The problem is that she loves to wear skorts, but every skort in her size is so short that her underwear shows, even when standing. So we recently tried going up a size at Target. She was swimming in them there is actually a huge difference in those two sizes. So glad that Target is finally going to address this. I hope that other stores see this as well and begin making changes.
I have to hem all shorts for my Boyd…not fun! Good luck and u am glad someone is taking up this fight!!! Props to you my friend, for taking the time to do this. And props to you Target for listening. I hope other stores start to realise how inappropriate it is for grade schoolers to be wearing these kinds of clothes and what it teaches our daughters subconsciously.
Also, kudos to Target for being a respectable enough company to recognize wham they are in the wrong and to do something about it. Congrats on getting a response from Target!! So glad that finally something is being done. Consumers have the power if they only realized it and got together. We are the ones giving them money. They are supposed to cater to what we want. We need to make it loud and clear.
Every year since about age 5 or 6 has been a challenge to find styles that are not miniature versions of Forever 21 or something I saw my high school female students coming to school in. Here is what I heard from her this fall: I love La La Loopsies and I want a shirt! True, they could be sold out before we get to the them, but I think the stores might order more for the younger ones.
It is such a smart choice to build their loyal customer base by really finding out what they want to see on store shelves and then supply exactly that!
Really good this brings one concrete changes. Thank you for this! Kohls and Target are 2 of my favorite stores to shop at. However, this year, school shopping for my youngest left a terrible taste in my mouth. Tops were all sleeveless, and tank tops, including dresses. Shorts and skorts were way too short.
Why is it so hard for them to take into consideration at least a normal dress code for students? My daughter likes girly, pretty things, and they are hard to find, and still be allowed to wear at school.
I agree that they could make shirts a little longer, especially in the smaller sizes for younger girls. If the Tshirts are too right, it is east to buy a bigger size. My middle daughter is tall and thin. I think one of the best things clothing manufacturers could do is to offer more variety- make fitted AND non-fitted shirts for girls; make skinny AND wider jeans. Not all girls are built the same or have the same style. More options would be nice. Thank you for the work you are doing!
I would like to add to lots of companies, not only Target that skirts and dresses need to be longer and looser. And there is NO reason that a little girl needs to wear a bikini swimsuit ever. I received by mail a catalog with little girls in little bikinis.
They had on make up. It nauseated me—what is the goal of that look?! This is an awesome start. Plus also conforming to the school dress code. I prefer my sons shorts at the knee or just below, but at least mid thigh to the knee is a good range for my girls. Thank you for your work and all the more that will go into it!!
I think half of the prob now is morals and respect for yourself. I have a problem dressing my 5 year old daughter respectfully too, as well as myself. The availability of decent clothes for girls and women is almost non-existent. Thank you for taking a stand. I have a daughter who I have always had trouble finding clothes that fit her appropriately.
She is 14 now but even when she was younger. We live in Fl where it gets hot…. Find the length but they are 4xs to big in the waist. She wears a size 2 in jrs. I will be looking forward to Target changing out their styles.
It really started this summer when I went in search of non-booty shorts. I bought the Shawn White shorts you showed, they are really cute. The problem comes in that girls want to wear clothes made for girls. Thanks for vocalizing the issue. I refuse to dress my 8 year old daughter in clothes that are even inappropriate for teenagers!
I love that you addressed the problems with sizing too! Everything seems to be cut small. It is not just a problem with Target. Have you ever been in Justice? Their clothes look like they want girls to be hanging out a bars!
If Target changes their kids clothes to a more age appropriate and size appropriate style, then I will take my daughter to buy clothes there!!! Love how rather scientific your approach is! Thanks for being our voice!
I went with the athletic shorts you featured because they were longer — and those appeared to be the most popular option at my target.
Be careful with too long for boys. I think som boys shorts are too long. I hear ya on the girls though and I applaud your crusade. I know how much time it takes to go to the store,do this kind of research, and document it all with children alongside of you. Please keep the conversation with Target going. We all need you! Thank you Target for paying attention!!! And she is right, this is not something isolated to a specific store, or brand.
Extremely short shorts seem the norm for even very little girls. The hem line is waaaaaay too short on clothing for girls, across the board. They were wearing shorts that were knee length and that is the style today. While the author here does not go out of her way to point the issue with girls clothing to the sexualization of our children, that is exactly what it is.
And it needs to stop. What are we to do?? I totally agree with you about size! I have a 7 yr old girl and 8 yr old boy. It drives me crazy. Sometimes I do let her wear her brothers clothes because hers are too short. But coming from experience I thank you for speaking up! I hope this is a change!! Please oh please if you have any influence at all. Even cute ideas have a skirt way way high — too short for even leggings.
Not everything needs to be modest — but a few choices would be nice. She would love to go as a frozen character — but those are not to be found unlike the abundant choices her 4 year old counterparts have. This is a great point! Not only is everything made to make girls looks sexy, but also if you live in cold or wet areas I live in Seattle there is no way, even if you wanted to wear one of the skimpy costumes, that you could outdoors trick or treating!
Please offer some cute options of costumes that are school clothing rules appropriate. Girls wants to be cute and fun or funny, not sexy! I am a Grandmother now but have wanted to see different clothes available since my girls were little!
There is a cartoon going around on FB that shows a lady holding a piece of clothing and the caption reads, do you have this in a size for people who actually eat? I find this to be true in ladies sizes also. Of the places I shop, Target is the worst for this. I totally agree with you. An inch inseam is too short for anyone.
I like Target and would love to find more appropriate clothes there for my daughter. I wish target would carry over their toddler girls clothes line into bigger sizes I have a very tall 6 year old. Cute, little girl looking clothes. Once we get out of the toddler sizes, our choices become skulls and violent-themed characters….
Great job I have 3 girls and face the same problem. I hope they take the advice as well as other stores. We are modest and follow the fingertip length rule even out of school.
My daughter is 14 and I rarely let her shop in Jrs anymore. When my daughters were in band, and they had to sit on a stage in the required black skirt, I had to purchase TWO skirts for each daughter and have a seamstress add the extra fabric JUST so they would have a skirt they could sit in on a stage.
Even with the fabric of two skirts, they were still above the knee. This is no joke. My husband is constantly putting my 15 months old little boys clothes in my 3. I applaud you for not only writing the first installment of this post, but the follow up.
I am currently pregnant with my second my first is a boy and know we will face YEARS of frustrations while shopping if it is a girl.
However, stores need to offer longer inseams for those who would prefer that. My shorts all have at least a 4in inseam so I definitely would never put my BABY girl in a 1in pair of shorts.
Since it was incredibly hard to find, I bought some in every size they had available because I was worried I would never find more shorts like that again. Thanks for your pursuit of practicality!
I am so happy to see that Target wants to hear from parents. That means they should be loose enough to move in, tough enough to take some wear, and long enough that they cover what ought to be covered specifically, not show miles of tummy if a kid is on the monkey bars, and long enough to be at least mid-thigh, preferably closer to the knee.
Dresses should be knee-length. All of a sudden, my 5 year old because my girls always seem to need a size bigger is expected to dress like a 12 year old. I end up shopping at lands end more with the exception of a modest dress here and there from target. I love that I can buy a size 7 dress for my 7 year old and have it be long enough AND just appropriate for her age.
Girls tend to be shorter than boys, so it make sense to me that a girls small would be a BIT shorter than a boys small, etc. I also think boys wear their shorts and t-shirts over-sized when I put my son in clothes that fit, he looks weird next to the other boys at the bus stop. The one thing I wish you had addressed is skirts and dresses. Yes, yes and YES! I refuse to put short shorts on my daughters.
Thank you for being our advocate. My girls almost always have to wear shirts under their dresses or a cardigan. Thank you so much for doing this, I love target but have also been so disappointed in clothes for girls being too short and too tight!
Hope they make some changes! Our little girls do NOT need to look sexy, this is awful! I am thankful in many ways that I only have to dress. I also make my own cut off shorts buy cutting jeans to the knee length I prefer. I am glad target took it seriously. I have found the best time to buy decent length girls shorts is spring before the summer stuff comes out! The shorts for girls are a decent length then. School shopping is awful!! My 6th grade daughter found NO shorts that met the fingertip rule for school!!
I am the mother of a 3 year old and a 7 month old and I have a question, WHY is it so hard to find clothing with no characters on it? I HATE character clothing, i dont buy it at all, except pjs when i really need them.
I dont want my kids being a walking advertisement. No character bedding, plates cups etc. I just dont like it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I have 5 children, 2 of which are girls. At ages 15 and 13, clothing brings a lot of debate in our family. Both of my girls are active in activities where they are not just sitting in a chair all day. The length of shorts, skirts, and dresses at most stores is ridiculous. My girls can not reasonably perform any regular activity in the length most stores provide. Bend over to pick something up?
Sit down anywhere other than tucked under a table? Better not, unless they want someone looking up their skirt. They want to look good. They do not want to dress like a boy. They already get my money in other departments. I would love to be able to add more clothing to the list. Can I just say thank you. A simple walk through the girls clothing department back then had me wondering what parent in the world would put this on their child.
I have a tall 12yr old who has to shop in the teen dept. Can we please stop dressing our daughters like hookers?
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