Pink to make the boys wink? Not in this house thanks!

It’s not that I’m not a girlie girl – I love clothes, shoes and make up (oh yes I LOVE my make up) but I just don’t understand this pink thing.

I don’t understand the obsession with girls’ clothes being pink and really what’s the need for pink toys?! What’s wrong with them just being normal colours. Why do manufacturers feel the need to make the same toy in pink just to make it “ok for girls”?

I set a “no pink” clothes rule for Chloe early on – partly because before she was born I thought she might be a red head like Ben and that pink wouldn’t really suit her. In fairness Ben never wore baby blue as it didn’t suit him, I think both of them just look better in bright colours. It was certainly tricky to find nice sleepsuits that weren’t pink!  Now I know at some point she is likely to turn round and demand an array of pink sparkly clothes and I will likely have to give in to that (to a point!) but for now we will stick to not buying pink clothes.  I just don’t like pink!

It’s amazing how much pink stuff there is out there – but we do ok. I don’t spend my time trying to dress her like a boy, I love her to wear dresses and I like to find clothes that still have girlie details; a bit of a frill, some sequins etc but just not pink! Chloe wears a lot of navy and red, she suits bright yellow and green.  My biggest issue though is shoes. Even with the pinkest wardrobe in town do you really want pink shoes? My standard response now in Clarks is “Bring me what you’ve got in her size that isn’t pink or purple!” I don’t want to buy lots of shoes, she needs one (maybe two) pairs that go with everything. A pink shoe is never going to go with everything is it?!  I’ve found Start-Rite seem to do a nice collection of navy or red shoes and by far my favourite pair of shoes she’s had so far have been her bright blue Converse – gutted that she’s grown out of those already!


  1. katefever
    August 28, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    I feel exactly the same. Despite only having one girl, I have never felt the need to dress her head to toe in pink. There are so many pretty clothes out there that are not pink. I love my daughter in yellow. I expecially like Chloe's yellow tshirt/dungaree outfit!

    • August 28, 2013 / 3:08 pm

      It's gorgeous isn't it 🙂 Granny bought her that outfit for her birthday!

  2. August 30, 2013 / 12:32 am

    I like this post so much that I am now following you on Twitter and writing a comment! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!! Did I clearly express my appreciation for you being an evolved mother and forward-thinking woman who does not fall into the trap of gender stereotypes??!! I have two boys and used to dress them in a pink polo or t shirt from time to time just to see what people would do…and they, of course, made comments about my "daughter." They were nice comments, but they assumed that he was a she b/c of the color shirt. Grrrrr. My boys will still CHOOSE to wear their (much bigger now) pink polos from time to time–They are 14 and 17 now.

    • August 30, 2013 / 7:15 am

      I love a boy in a pink tee on occasion! (Tho Ben would look a bit daft with his bright red hair bless him!)
      I do remember someone asking me about my "little boy" when Chloe was wearing jeans and red tshirt – nevermind that that t shirt had puff sleeves and a bow on!
      My little lady loves nothing better than to get covered in paint, dig in the garden or play rough and tumble with her brother – but she equally loves to play with her dolls. So far I think we're striking a good balance!
      Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂 Will be back to check out your blog later x

  3. August 30, 2013 / 1:59 am

    Whatever color she is wearing, your daughter is beautiful!! When I was little, I was the only granddaughter, and my grandmother bought me EVERYTHING pink! Needless to say, by the time I was a teenager, I did not own a stitch of pink anything! LOL! Visiting from the Friendly Friday hop! Have a great weekend!

    • August 30, 2013 / 7:17 am

      Thank you 🙂 I do think she's gorgeous but then that's Mum bias isn't it 😉
      I think my mother in law would LOVE to buy a lot of pink but she's realised that she would be wasting her money as I just wouldn't put Chloe in it! I do wonder if Chlo will kick back as she gets older and be obsessed with pink 😉
      Will pop over to your blog shortly x

  4. August 30, 2013 / 10:28 am

    We're very much of the same view. My daughters wear every colour – including pink – but they're not defined by it for a second. It's just one of the many colours in their wardrobe.
    I'm hoping this'll hope stave off the obsessive princess thing I see in so many young girls.

  5. August 30, 2013 / 10:32 am

    I think it's fantastic! A girl doesn't have to wear pink and she may not even suit pink! I think it's fantastic she wears happy colours that really may her look good. Good for you!!

  6. August 30, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    As a committed pink lover and wearer i love all the cute little pink outfits and am gutted when my friends with girls demand no pink. love all things pink!

    • August 30, 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Aw fair play to you Steph – you'll just have to sprinkle extra pink on the ones who love it 🙂 x

  7. August 30, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    As a committed pink lover and wearer i love all the cute little pink outfits and am gutted when my friends with girls demand no pink. love all things pink!

  8. August 30, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    I love this post. As I type I have a baby wearing a pink Everton sleepsuit on, but we try to stay away from pink, in the main, too! I love to see them wearing light blue and mt baby girls have ginger hair so they really suit green as well. My eldest is a tom-boy though so pink is generally off the menu entirely for her, although as she approaches the 'tween' years I can see pink being her colour of choice – if her Nan gets her way anyway! x

    • August 30, 2013 / 7:17 pm

      My sister is a red head and there is a particular shade of green that is known in our house as "Nicola Green" haha – it just really suits her 🙂

  9. August 30, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    I did put my daughter in a fair amount of pink when she was tiny but also went for neutral colours. My son was in lots browns and darker blues. Now he is more likely to wear pink than his sister – suits his blond hair and blue eyes

    • August 30, 2013 / 9:04 pm

      Aw I bet he looks purely angelic! 🙂

    • August 30, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      Good for you! 🙂 The dress sounds lovely!
      Of course when I buy presents for girls now I have to stick to my own no pink rule so as not to look like a massive hypocrite – so I bought my friend's daughter a gorgeous denim shirt dress – she loved it!

  10. August 30, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    I'm a boy. Well okay, I'm an old man. But I have lots of pink, I look really good in it. But I also don't get the need to smother girls in it. Mrs B has very little, almost no pink and to be honest it doesn't really suit her.

    I love the fact you are just dressing your children on what they look good in; proper little cuties you have!

    • August 30, 2013 / 9:05 pm

      I too would look dreadful in pink! Perhaps we should take a stand and make it a colour for the boys instead 😉
      Thanks – I think they're cute too – but then I would lol ;o) x

  11. August 30, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Great post, And Clo really suits yellows and reds! I do have to admit my daughter has some pink clothes, (including a very girly pink ballet outfit) but she really suits bright colours and blues especially so wears a variety. One thing I particularly hate is all the pink toys that are around! Especially ones that have an 'orginal colour scheme' then bring out a pink version? Why?! this really bugs me.

    • August 30, 2013 / 9:07 pm

      I think girlie pink is more than acceptable for ballet – she'd look a bit odd in a navy leotard and tutu (tho I might be inclined to search one out haha)
      Fully agree on the pink toys. RIDICULOUS>

  12. August 30, 2013 / 9:21 pm

    I do think pink looks pretty on a little girl, but I have to agree with how for something to be "girly" it has to be pink! Heck, boys can enjoy pink too!
    p.s. I love the navy and white striped dress…gorgeous!
    Ty for your comment on my NYR post, sorry for the delay in returning the favour, haven't been in the blogosphere the past week!

    • August 31, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      No bother! Thanks for stopping by! 😀 x

  13. September 20, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    When I was going through the babies clothes I realised there was an awful amount of pink there and I immediately thought "Colette would be dismayed at this" lol. It wasn't intentional though and I must admit since then I've made a concerted effort to not buy anything else pink.

    In all fairness though she does also have a lot of navy, purple and red stuff too. I'm not a massive lover of yellow or green (not for Jack either) so can't see those featuring much in their wardrobes in the future.

    • September 20, 2013 / 7:43 pm

      It is really hard to avoid! You have to make a very concerted effort lol. Wait till it comes to buying shoes!
      Green is Ben's favourite colour so he would always choose to wear it 🙂

  14. January 18, 2014 / 7:51 am

    I agree there are so many beautiful colours. Green is often overlooked!

  15. January 18, 2014 / 8:08 am

    As a dad, I completely agree. I've had the opposite experience, where both my boys have been through phases where they love everything pink – pink Christmas trees, pink cars, right down to their favourite item of clothing being a pink jumper – and we have allowed them to revel in it for as long as it lasted without ever discouraging them.

    Our daughter has a lot of pink clothes but also plenty of neutral colours. The same goes for her bedroom – although if I'm being honest that's because each of the boys had that room first and I've been to lazy to repaint it …

    • January 18, 2014 / 3:38 pm

      Neutral rooms for the win! I couldn't be bothered to keep redecorating every time their favourite colour changed 😉

  16. January 18, 2014 / 8:46 am

    I did the same with dd (shes now 14) then at 5 she went through an "everything pink sparkly and princess"! At about 9 it was all black and emo. Now at 14 she is very flexible about what she wears and can be a different person in different environments! She doesn't have much pink though…

    • January 18, 2014 / 3:40 pm

      I dread the pink sparkly phase though I know it will happen!
      We got her a fabulous grey petticoat for Christmas & the first thing she said was "I princess" 🙂

  17. January 18, 2014 / 9:44 am

    My goodness im so glad im not the only one disagreeable to pink! We were lucky to be given handmedowns in the 1st clothing sizes and they were mostly pink.But now we re buying our own there is no pink in sight!x

  18. Hannah J
    August 26, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    I have a boy and won a pink onesie in a competition. The company who produce the pink onesies encourage them for girls and boys. Well my husband didn't agree and decided that it would find a new home. If our boy asks to wear pink down the line it was fine but while he can't make the choice he can't. As it would happen I accidentally dyed some of his onesies in the washing machine so they ended up having a pink tinge…..oops! In the mean time we'll wear every colour under the sun.

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