So apparently Jean Paul Gaultier is launching a couture line for children during the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Featuring items like mini tulle dresses with silk bodices and bolero jackets decorated with Swarovski crystals, the line will retail for about $1,2000 per piece. Sure, they look cute, BUT:
This is a TERRIBLE idea. No child needs couture clothing. Not even the children of the rich and famous. Not even for special occasions. Here are three very convincing reasons why.
1. Kids are messy. Do you really want little Timmy getting finger paint or spaghetti sauce all over a garment that costs more than most people’s monthly rent?
2. Kids grow EXTREMELY quickly. That stupidly expensive dress may look adorable on Baby Jessica now, but in three months, it won’t fit her anymore and you’ll be out $1,000. Everybody loses.
3. The “kids getting older younger” phenomenon. This is a real thing, by the way. It’s why nail polish is now target at five-year-olds and why modern day Barbies are meant for three-year-olds. I’m not Puritanical and I don’t see letting kids play around with makeup and dress-up and such as evil; that said, though, KGOY is a little concerning (see: Toddlers in Tiaras, the oversexualization of children, and so on). Peggy Orenstein addresses it better than I ever could in Cinderella Ate My Daughter, so go check it out if you want to know more. It’s an excellent read and well worth your time.
Maybe it’s just me, but seriously. Would you dress your child in $1,200 outfits? Why or why not? If you fall into the “yes” camp, I’d love to hear your response—maybe you can shed some light on the couture kid’s clothes phenomenon for me, because I honestly don’t get it.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.