I've recently been browsing baby girl clothing out of curiosity while we wait to see if we're having one (I can hear my husband in the background praying for a boy so that I'll have no excuse to buy any more clothes)... and I am really not happy with baby clothing designers right now.
Especially for girls' clothing. What is with all the FLOWERS? And the LACE? And the RIBBON (Note to self - look up definition of 'rouched')? And the completely nasty patterns on so many of these things? Animal prints? And must every single shirt, no matter how simple, have those stupid ruffles at the hems? Must we have an entire category devoted to not just shorts, but also capri pants, for the newborn who wants the trendy mid-calf look? And faux-wrap? Puhleeze. (Actually it's not just faux-wrap, it also has the requisite satin ribbon, a dull flower pattern and lace on the collar and advertises the snaps on the back as an asset for quick and easy dressing. Sure.) And if you don't want to stop at a wrap that's faux, how about faux-fur? It seems like half of the girls' clothing is designed by taking adult (or rather, high-schooler) clothes and shrinking them, resulting in, as a coworker and father of two daughters says, "parents being forced to dress our kids like prostitutes."
Boy's clothing isn't any better, really. The same way that girls can't wear anything other than flowers, boys are apparently genetically predisposed to clothing with a vehicle or a symbol from some sport on it. I like to dress my boy preppy (at least, as long as he still lets me choose his clothing I will), so we don't have many of those items. His closet is full of shirts that come in about four colors total, the only difference being how thick the different stripes are.
Most of the stores I checked put together ensembles and give them names. At Gymboree, the girls' outfits names: Gingerbread Girl, Sprinkles on Top, Home Sweet Home, Heart To Heart, Winter Princess, A Neat Package. The boys? Little Aviator, Flight School, My Hero, Fired Up, Hot Stuff, Fishing for Complements.
OK, really, I have no interest in censoring clothing. They wouldn't make it if people weren't buying it. And I know full well that weeks or months or years from now, if I do have a girl (an October birthday, right? right?...), I will end up purchasing and loving some of what I currently make fun of. What I really want is more choice. I don't want to be stuck to the same four colors and patterns with such close division along gender lines.
Is there some line of baby and toddler clothing that is not too expensive ($25 for a onesie she'll wear for three months tops and poop all over three times minimum? No thanks) that has decent patterns? Is there a baby clothing designer that gets as wigged out as I do at baby girl t-shirts with gathering in the middle of the chest? I'm hardly a fashion maven (I pretty much wear solid colors all day every day), but I do have some appreciation for style on others, and I can't help but think that somewhere out there, there is someone designing clothing for babies that I can afford and that doesn't have ruffles.
Everyone should get one thing they're allowed to really hate with impunity. And I really hate the ruffles.