Is it OK to dress a boy in leggings? In my opinion the short answer is yes…….
When Max was born I couldn’t wait to go tiny clothes shopping and as soon as I could walk (those damn stitches) I hit the shops, armed with my husbands debit card and was hell bent on doing some serious spending. But as I went from store to store I noticed something, I couldn’t miss it actually as it was glaringly obvious.
The rails were full of girls clothes, pretty pink dresses were everywhere you looked. But where were all the boys clothes? Tucked in a dark little corner at the back of the shop, that’s where. Even when I finally tracked the ‘blue’ section down I was left underwhelmed! Apart from a few brown jumpers, jeans and the odd knitted jumper there was absolutely nothing that jumped out at me and I left empty handed.
I’m not sure about you but I find jeans pretty uncomfortable and I can’t wait to get them off at the end of the day and put my leggings on. So if I find jeans uncomfortable surely a little baby must too, being all restricted in tight denim when you’re trying to learn to crawl and walk is not ideal. So it got me thinking – if leggings are my go to item of comfort clothing then surely they would be perfect for a baby – wouldn’t they?
They’re soft and stretchy making them ideal for those on-the-go nappy changes. There’s thin, lightweight materials for the summer, and thicker materials for the winter, meaning they’re great no matter what the weather. They’re usually a fraction of the price of jeans too, meaning you get a lot more for your money.
I soon found out however that not everyone shared the same opinion as me when I took Max out in a gorgeous pair of leggings that I’d recently purchased. Whilst pushing him in a trolley around our local supermarket a little girl pointed at him and said ‘mummy, why is that boy wearing leggings’? to which her mum replied loudly enough for me to hear ‘his mummy must be silly darling as only girls wear leggings’ – I was gobsmacked! What gave this stranger the right to think she could comment on how I decided to dress my child?
Gender neutral dressing dominated the catwalks in 2016, with fashion houses such as Gucci sending their male models down the runways in tailored chiffon blouses. And designers such as Tom Ford and Burberry have made a shift to genderless collections in recent years. It’s become the norm for adult clothing, so why does the same not apply for children?
It’s the 21st century, girls don’t have to wear pink and boys don’t have to wear blue. Boys can have long hair and girls can carry off a short hairstyle. Girls can play with Lego and boys can play with dolls. I could go on but I think you get my point – a child shouldn’t be restricted to gender specific toys and clothes. Instead they should be free to learn and explore and to express themselves however they wish.
High street stores such as Zara, H&M and Next, to name a few, seem to agree with me as they have an ever growing selection of leggings on offer for boys now. And if you head over to Instagram you’ll find a wealth of pages selling leggings in every pattern you could imagine. It’s where I get my main source of inspiration from when it comes to dressing Max – and it’s most certainly where the majority of my monthly wage goes.
I’ve learnt in life that not everyone has the same opinions, and there will be some people that agree with the woman in the supermarket that leggings should only be worn by girls. I’ve also learnt that other peoples opinions don’t matter when it comes to the choices I make regarding my child.
Not only is Max trendy, but he’s also very happy, and that’s all that really matters to me. So until he is old enough to pick his own clothes I will continue to dress him in leggings – and as you can see from the photos – he totally rocks them!