When I tell my mother about wholesale childrens clothes, she sometimes says, "Oh, we do not need that, so the differences between boys' and girls' clothes are not that big." We looked closely:
Boys clothing is just getting bigger - even if the same is on the label.
Boys get used to loose things with freedom of movement, girls are against 3 (!) Years actually permanently squeezed and feel that as normal, especially at the waist and the waistband.
You could say: Boys are physically a little bit bigger and wider than girls - but that's just not true! Size charts do not distinguish between boys and girls up to 8 years of age, both in total height and in the size of the breast and hip. Our clothes are measured by body size - as it is thought.
Girls and boys do not physically differ, but the clothing suggests it anyway: The fit of wholesale children's clothing mimics male and female adult clothing. Why clothes for 6-year-old already must be 'sexy', let's put it there. If T-shirts for girls have a wide neckline, this is a problem at least in winter. Children get used to their own reflection - boys look broad-shouldered through wide cuts, girls have a waist, although there is no physical one yet. And they see daily children in the kindergarten either the box-shaped or the watch glass form have. Is it any wonder that at some point you are struggling with your body image? The clothes are suitable for children: especially comfortable and easy to put on.
If you look at a boy's and a girl's T-shirt next to each other, you notice something else: Girls' clothing is often decorated with much more effort - ruffles here, glitter there. Even baby bodies for girls have tiny bows on it. Imagine, as long as you remember back in your rather short life, either all of your things are decorated - or none at all. That's also an experience.
Well, after my son played down one or the other girls T-shirt, I thought so: Boys clothes just last longer. And that at least makes me buy mainly boys' clothes, especially trousers.
The fabrics are thicker, more durable and the seams are better processed. And in winter they are just warmer. Why is that? Girls are expected to take better care of their clothes. That's a bit of a hen-and-egg problem: I can buy this fragile shirt, she'll take care of it - then admonish, if it gets any, what will prevent the wearer next time from wild play. Breaking this cycle will only succeed us parents.
Apart from the practical aspects - size, fit, quality - I realized that by printing certain symbols on clothes we express different aspects of our lifeworld. In our culture, women are expected to do most of the emotional work. Girl clothes are littered with emotional symbols like hearts, stars, unicorns. Boys get trucks, diggers and rockets - show them early: "Emotions are not your area." They learn that feelings are only for girls, while girls are reduced to just those feelings. Their interest in technology is not represented anywhere, as if someone were saying all the time: "Girls can not do that!"
In this way, we close our children - boys and girls alike - with a whole emotional universe. For the free development of their personality children need the right clothes - let's start!