When I was pregnant with Chloe, I remember telling people she wouldn’t be wearing pink. It’s not that I was taking some sort of dramatic feminist stance or making a trendy gender neutral statement . . . I just don’t like pink.
When it comes to buying clothes (or shoes, or toys or anything for that matter) pink seems to be the ‘go to’ colour for girls and I’m really not a fan. It’s often not just the colour but the fussy, frilly style that seems to come with pink as standard.
People told me I wouldn’t last, that I’d soon give in and end up buying pink for my girls but if I’m honest I think that just made me dig my heels in harder! It was probably more challenging when the girls were really little, I didn’t like to put them in pretty newborn dresses tending to sway to the more practical sleepsuits or leggings – all the more so once they started crawling. (I think from the age of 6 months to just past 1 year old, dresses are a right old pain for little girls, they just get stuck under their knees when they’re trying to crawl don’t they!) I won’t deny being frustrated on occasion by people assuming I had a little boy in my pushchair just because they weren’t wearing pink, but if I’m honest it just gave me all the more reason to stick to my guns.
Of course as my girls get older, they like to have more say in what they are wearing and we all know that I’m running the risk of the pair of them coming home at 14 dressed in head to toe Barbie pink don’t we . . . but in the meantime it’s something of an unwritten rule that Mummy doesn’t buy pink clothes. Neither of them would really think to pick up pink if we were out shopping – perhaps I’ve brainwashed them – but that doesn’t mean they don’t love a girly detail. From frills to sparkles, lace or all out glitter, it’s still entirely possible to be girly whilst not wearing pink.
They’re both obsessed with wearing dresses, Chloe more so than Amy but she’s soon learning to follow in her big sisters footsteps and insisting that she wants to wear a dress more times than not. This can be challenging as kids’ dresses are not always practical are they – or at least not the ones Chloe wants to be wearing!
Refusing to buy pink clothes for my girls often means I often cut out huge swathes of a shop but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes reducing the options makes life much easier! It also means that the girls have fairly staple colours in their wardrobes (hello navy!) so things are more likely to co-ordinate – both within their own outfits and with each other (though this isn’t usually intentional). If only my own clothes were like this . . . (in fact, being honest I do have massive wardrobe envy most of the time – I’m always buying them clothes I’d love to be able to wear myself!)
*Chloe’s outfit was provided by Mayoral for the purposes of this post*