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gender neutral t shirtOliver above in a gender neutral charity tee from Liberty for the Kids Company.

My sons rock a vivid, bold, bright and patterned wardrobe, just as they are individuals, who love watching Tinkerbell as much as Thomas the Tank Engine, their wardrobe is diverse, striking and not restricted by gender.

Xander wears leggings, Oliver loves his patterned shirts and both boys always look super cool (in my biased opinion)!

Parents, like myself, all over the world want to liberate their kids’ wardrobes and let them wear what they like and about time too.

I want my children to feel free to express themselves as they wish and you’ll see pink, red, orange and yellow tees and shirts as much as blue, green and greys in their wardrobes from designer labels to high street stores. 

I 100% welcome gender neutral clothing too, not just on the catwalk but for every store on the high street, not as a trend but the norm with kids wearing clothes that work for both boys and girls as well, it’s that freedom of choice to simply buy a football shirt for your daughter if you wish or just cute striped/polka dot/ printed tees and shorts/jeans for either gender. 

One of my favourite stores, Selfridges were frontiers in embracing gender neutral clothes, with a shopping experience designed by Faye Toogood that merged men and women’s clothes. 

This bold move has been named Agender and aims to be completely sexless and although the movement itself is being embraced more by women the men are following suit and pushing boundaries too.

Men often opt for skinnies made for women and male celebrities are regularly embracing women’s clothing (remember Beckham in a skirt). Hot. 

And gender neutral kids clothing is really gaining momentum too… 

Franchises such as Marvel are already bringing both genders together with films appealing to all children like The Avengers and spin off products, and Disney is also breaking away from its fairy tale princess ideal and creating realistic, 21st century protagonists in their narratives like Finding Nemo. 

There are so many brilliant gender neutral stores online too.

You can already find great kids clothes deals at LamaLoLi that can be worn by either gender and although the site is categorized into boys and girls sections, there are no models wearing the clothing on offer on the product pages, allowing parents to make a gender neutral decision.

As designer Rad Hourani said (although he doesn’t design clothing for children sadly):  

‘Who decided that a man should dress in one way and a woman in another? Who imposed these codes?’ and he couldn’t be more right.

Gender neutral clothing should be the future for kids clothes and let’s hope it is. 

 

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9 Responses

  1. Jasmine Poole

    Actually, I haven’t noticed anything about this kind of appeal. I’m totally amazed. By the way I don’t have any issue with the situation like this and I also don’t have any issue in opting neutral clothes for my baby.

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  2. susankmann

    Love these types of clothes, especially for boys. I hated all the usual boy type clothes when they were younger, all dark blue, browns, etc. I love bright colours for them. x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Susan, I agree, love boys and girls in bright, vibrant clothes that really shows off their personality x

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  3. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    I love that tshirt it is amazing. I love the range of clothes available and I can’t wait to see what Boo chooses when she is a bit older =)
    I have to admit of my favourite tshirt that Boo has is one with a rainbow on but it is neutral and it is gorgeous.
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  4. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Honey, you’re absolutely right about gender neutrality needing to be at the forefront of parents’ minds. I am yet to find a website or shop that doesn’t sort the kids’ clothing into boys and girls. Furthermore, companies that sell t-shirts for girls in fitted styles and capped sleeves, and t-shirts for boys that are not in all of the same shades as the girls’ are certainly not gender neutral companies.

    Little girls do not need tiny, form-fitting t-shirts any more than they need high heels. Little boys do not need to be made to feel that they are excluded from any colour that occurs in nature.

    And don’t even get me started on themes. If I had daughters, I would not for one second have them believe that Star Wars and dinosaurs weren’t for them.

    The day I click onto a clothing website and see a little boy rocking a bright pink (not salmon pink or token trim) t-shirt, or a little girl with a proper sized t-shirt and a bona fide scary monster/muscle car/dinosaur/Thomas the Tank Engine emblazoned on the front, will be a day to rejoice. Until that day, clothing companies are FAILING our children and are brainwashing the weaker and short-sighted parents.

    ALL clothing companies take note.
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    • honestmum

      I absolutely agree and I am currently working on an exciting new project and venture that will hopefully, when it sees the light of day, will make you happy lady x

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  5. Becky

    Oh I love that top and I am totally with you on gender neutral clothes thought my 10 years old does now absolutely refuse to wear pink
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Becky, it really is important our kids feel they can wear all the colours of the rainbow and not be restricted x

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