I was wondering lately: does small = beautiful?
Ok, I am not trying to spark a (controversial) discussion on weight, size and shapes as I don’t think we need yet another one… especially in the run up to Xmas and the ever tempting mountains of chocolate EVERYWHERE you look (did anyone ever try to diet over Xmas? I did. Try. For 1h).
What this is really about is my insane obsession with baby girls clothes. Before you ask if I dress up my baby boy in girls clothes, I don’t… well, if you exclude the GAP tights he was wearing last winter. But this was for a very good reason. See I had to protect him from a mysterious disease aka “berd”* that seems to only spread amongst people of north african descent, especially when living in colder countries (I guess the UK qualifies no?).
Ok. So my unusual fascination is quite…personal. Personal like in “for me”.
Now, I hear you ask why, oh why, with the multitude of sartorial offerings (designer, high street, tailor made) would I be attracted to baby clothes?
Well, if you are asking this question you have probably never wandered around the GAP Baby Girl section: they hold the most gorgeous selection of the most fabulous dresses.
I always do 3 things when I stop by (which happens weekly):
1) Check if they carry my size (when I get lucky they stock some that go up to 12years but surprise, surprise, I stopped fitting in 12yo size…since I was
2) Complain to the shop girls and share my frustration that GAP does not make big enough size to fit all kind of girls (30yo girls in this instance)
3) Draft an email to GAP Inc to lobby for the baby designs to be made in adults sizes (hubby usually stops me just before pressing send)
I have been known to be desperate enough to ask my local dressmaker if he could replicate a small dress to my size. He asked “like from size 36 to 38?”, I replied “no actually “6months to 38″. He never returned my emails or call ever since. Sigh.
So what is it by baby clothes that make them so irresistible? Mums would know that the simple sight of a red jumper or a little jeans skirt and the next thing you know your kid is wearing it.
But why are they so coveted by grown ups (well, me)? After days and days of intense thinking, I nailed it down to a simple fact. Small Clothes= Bundle of Cuteness = You can’t spot anything you can’t like = You can fault the fit (not very politically correct to criticise a baby or a pregnant woman no? )
2 weeks ago, I met gorgeous baby L (5months) and baby C (8months)**. Do you know what my first reaction was (after the very obvious cooing and ahhhing)?
I need to buy me some “bouffant” shorts. ASAP.
* Basically, we blame it all (headache, sore throat, stomach pains, back pains, tooth pains…) on the “berd” or “cold air” in english
** You should see their mums…very soon to feature in their own dedicated post