So many of us insist on putting together perfectly coordinated outfits for our minis so they don't leave the house looking ridiculous. A British dad, Simon Ragoonanan, gave his three-year-old daughter carte blanche to choose her own clothing. And the results couldn't have been more awesome.
In the stay-at-home dad's blog, Man vs. Pink, the outfits are documented. In a world of "full of gender-biased marketing" the little girl's choices are the perfect mashup of superhero motif and girly frill.
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“We know she needs to be her own person, so it’s really up to her what she wears and what she’s into from now on,” said Ragoonanan.
And what a relief to see that she didn't naturally gravitate to all things pink and glittery, but left to her own devices, chose a lot of items that would typically be considered "boy" apparel.
Apparently the outfits aren't randomly selected. Ragoonanan's daughter puts quite a lot of thought and deliberation into what she will wear on a given day, although "sometimes she gets distracted by toys."
As for Ragoonanan, his daughter is clearly a trailblazer, receiving compliments everywhere she goes for her distinct style sense that comes from exposure to a range of clothing and interests.
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Personally, having a little guy who's expressed exactly zero interest in the duds that cover his back, I find this idea interesting. Just goes to show the degree that parents—and other adults who buy the clothing—impose their own narrow ideas of what comprises girl clothes and boy clothes.