So my daughter had a birthday party today and it was a swim party (indoors of course, it’s snowing!). So I went through my kid’s clothes, trying to find the bathing suits. The ones from last summer are too small. She had one Sponge Bob suit that was a little rough for wear. So I decided we’d have a field trip to Target to pick up one. Since I’d been there the other day and saw they had some swimsuits already.
I’m not really a prude–or, hell, maybe I am a bit, but the swimsuits I saw there had me squicking out with a big eeew vibe. I swear to God, almost every suit looked like something you’d see on a twenty-something. Or maybe the juniors. NOT the kids section though. And certainly not for my five-year-old. Seriously, one little sneeze and these little bikini tops will fly right off your kid. The few one pieces they had were so fugly there’s no way I could make my child put it on (I myself am a recovering badly-dressed-child). And even they had like the sides cut out to show their waist.
I refused to buy anything. Screw it. My kid could wear the ragged Sponge Bob suit. When I returned home I got online and searched to see what kind of suits I could expect to find at the normal stores.
Old Navy (don’t even get me started on their girls department which has had the ugliest clothes for the past few years–Karen knows what I’m talking about) had just as many skankalicious suits. As did Gap. Now, most of these stores have a few token ‘normal looking bathing suits for kids’ but they go fast. Because I think many parents are having the same WTF are you serious? reaction I am and really grab them right away.
Here’s some of the OMG really? suits I saw today… keep in mind these are in the girls section–not teen.
Does nobody see anything wrong with this? What do you think? Am I a prude? Or do I have a valid complaint here?
FYI: Here’s what I’m thinking is age appropriate for a five-year-old….