Pink Avoidance

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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.

Outfit from Mayoral
Little girl and boxer dog

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*



  1. Jodie Melling
    March 28, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I totally understand where you are coming from I hate all the kids gender specific clothing. I will get pink clothes for Sophia but also won’t limit her if she wanted to wear a blue top with rockets on that might be on the ‘boys’ section. I know what you mean about people thinking that you had a boy in your pram. Sophia never had much hair and she got mistaken for a boy all the time, once she was even wearing a purple coat with flowers on lol.

    Jodie x

  2. March 29, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Love this outfit. It’s exactly the kind of thing my daughter would choose.
    She is 7 now and we tried not imposing the gender specific pink on her… but then she got an age where all she wanted was pink, so we let her run with it. She still likes pink but thankfully lots of other colours too. I don’t mind pink at all; I just mind when pink is the only choice or things that don’t need to be gender specific come in pink and blue.

    • Colette
      March 29, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      She’s utterly in love with her skirt I must admit!
      Good to know that your little girl has come out the other side when it comes pink! I get really annoyed with pink toys – so unnecessary!

  3. March 29, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I am with you on this. When I was pregnant I said the same thing, although I ended up with a boy so it wasn’t an issue. I do avoid pink when buying for my nieces and never buy stuff where pink is the dominant colour.

    • Colette
      March 29, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Yes I avoid buying pink for gifts too 🙂

  4. March 29, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I understand where you are coming from if I have a girl in the future I wouldn’t mind her wearing pink but would love her to wear alot more different colors too.

    • Colette
      March 29, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      It’s so easy to fall into a head to toe pink trap! It amazes me that people don’t buy more variety for their kids.

  5. March 29, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I think avoiding gender norms for children is really important, one of my step sons loves pink and the idea that a colour has a ‘gender’ is so beyond ridiculous!

    • Colette
      March 29, 2017 / 12:57 pm

      Isn’t it! I wish the shops weren’t so full of it – but then I guess they only stock what people want to buy.

  6. March 29, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I could have written this… it’s like you crawled in my brain and wrote my thoughts. I made it clear I wouldn’t have my daughters in pink right from before they were born. I never wear it myself and I just think it’s so unoriginal. There are so many colours in the world, who decided that pink denotes “girl”, it’s totally ridiculous.
    I think avoiding pink actually helps you think outside the box more. You have to work a bit harder in the girls department to find things you like, but it’s normally worth the effort for something blue or yellow or green and still girly.
    Totally agree on all the extra frivolities that go WITH the pink too. It’s like pink isn’t enough, they also need frills, bows, glitter AND cute animals, so no one is in any doubt as to what gender your little one is. x

  7. March 29, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    We said exactly the same…unfortunately our independent little lady found her pink voice very early on and is always in it, and dresses too (really impractical for trying to shove into you ski trousers out here!!) She’ll go with more practical leggings a few times a week, but then needs to have her way!!

  8. Georgina
    March 30, 2017 / 10:09 am

    I didn’t think our daughters would be in so much pink but just like Sonia they seem to have found their love for pink very early on and love it! 🙂
    Your daughters navy outfit is lovely xx

  9. March 30, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I have twin girls and one would dress herself in full pink if she could, but the other one would be dressed in blue head to toe!!

  10. March 31, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I love the idea behind this Collette, I totally agree with you apart from the fact that pink is my favourite colour ha! I do 100% get what you mean though and the amount of pink we got given in gifts was…!! I’ve never really dressed Wilf in much blue for the same reason apart from jeans of course. Lovely pictures as always! x

  11. Kerry Norris
    March 31, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I understand where you’re coming from except my eldest really does adore pink as much as I try and steer her towards other colours

  12. April 1, 2017 / 8:49 am

    We adore dresses in this house and love a bit of pink too but we have lots of bright colours and lots of blue aswell. I must admit I was one of those Mums who put their babies in little dresses. Personally I have always believed them to be more comfortable than trousers which can rub little middles. However, I love seeing what others put their children in #alivelystyle

  13. April 3, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Oh I totally get this! I was the same with B when she was a baby! Although, now she has the occasional pink garment – especially this season as I’m loving all of the rose gold!

    I love her dress 🙂 I can see you wearing something similar!

    Thanks for linking up to #ALivelyStyle xx

  14. April 3, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I’ve struggled buying clothes for this baby as I’m not a huge fan of pink either! I have ended up getting a few bits that have pink and have been given some as gifts as well x

  15. April 7, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I understand this completely and avoided pink a lot when A was tiny but she now LOVES pink and has some of the most garish pink outfits I have ever seen. Not my taste at all x

    • Colette
      April 7, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      I think I’m just too controlling – I can’t bear them to wear stuff I don’t like 😉

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