When I found out I was going to have a boy, (and yes, I was one of those anal people who had to know in advance what gender of child I was having) my heart began beating a bit faster. Mostly due to panic.
Panic, of course, because I was going to have a baby and during that first pregnancy, your mind just sort of boggles around the concept. You try to grasp what is going to happen to your life, but most imaginings fall short.
And panic because I knew that there were just no good clothes out there for boys. Well, perhaps there were a few, but I wasn’t sure my bank account was willing to give up quite so much for something that would be outgrown in four months, tops.
Before the parents and people with girls in their lives jump all over me, just stop and think for a second. When you walk into a children’s clothing store, what do you see? Are your eyes greeted with hangers upon hangers of rugby polos, or are there dresses and stretch pants and bubble skirts and any other variation of clothing the manufacturers can think of that pertain to feminine dressing? This was also sagely noted by my esteemed co-blogger, raincoaster.
The bulk of the store always contains girls clothes, usually with the boys relegated to some dark corner in the back. And depending on the retailer, with or without cobwebs.
It’s sort of like being invited to a party, but when you get there, everyone else is being served caviar and champagne. You, on the other hand, are lucky to get some stale crackers and warm juice.
Why is this?
The women in these little boys’ lives are plenty willing to spring for nice clothes. If only we could find them.
Oh sure, there are a few clothing lines that try to tweak those standard polos, graphic tees, and cargo pants. But there aren’t nearly enough.
Part of my mission here at Teeny Manolo is to help shed light on clothing for boys that is made with style and quality, clothing that sets itself apart from the clones found in countless stores. But, not too different. Too different leads to being made fun of and not being invited to birthday parties.
So, even if it takes me
hours days weeks a while to discover clothes that meet the Glinda stamp of approval, I promise I will find them! Eventually!