When shopping for my thirteen year old daughter today – specifically for shorts, I found the options unacceptable – not bad, not tacky, not just skimpy – unacceptable. It is such a struggle. I’ve tried to teach my daughter to respect herself and to love her body just the way God made her. I’ve also tried to teach her that one can express herself through fashion and still dress modestly. It is so hard to convince her of that when this season’s hot items are Daisy Duke shorts, skimpy rompers and tight bandeau tops. I feel that I have to pick and choose my battles, but I’m waging war nonetheless. This one just seems too important to lose.
I spent a good part of the morning, letting the hem out of some short denim shorts that sort of resembled a bandaid for a bottom. The problem is that my daughter has a stringbean shape – tiny waist and long legs. In order to get the waist to fit (even with the adjust- a- waist) styles, I have to buy a small size. Unfortunately, Bermudas are not in her fashion repertoire. So, I am forced to do alterations!
I’m sure that our parents had the same difficulties with us. I suppose the fashions of the 60’s with the mini skirts and 70’s with the halters drove them nuts. It just seems to me that clothes keep getting more and more revealing. There is something very wrong about sexualizing our little girls. I have two boys as well. I’m sure that it becomes more and more difficult for young men to have pure thoughts and exercise self-control when they are bombarded by “it” everywhere they turn.
How I wish there were something we could do to change the fashion trend to something flattering or funky yet full coverage !