We already know that fashion people think it’s cool to dress little girls up like grown women, but did you know they also think it’s cool for grown women to dress themselves in children’s clothing? We know this is true, because there’s a freaking New York Times style piece about it.
In what almost reads like something from The Onion, the author speaks with several fashionable ladies who have discovered yet one more benefit to being extremely skinny: in addition to all the other kinds of privilege this heaps upon you, you can also fit into lots of nifty children’s clothing!
The article quotes a “slender” interior designer named Athena Calderone about her Gap Kids jean jacket: “If people compliment you on the look, it implies you’re slim and cool and crafty,” she says. (This is good because, as previously discussed, “you look slim” is a compliment, not a neutral descriptor.) It doesn’t get much better from there.
I’m not annoyed that some people are small enough to fit into children’s clothing, while I will have to go to a grown-up store and pay regular prices if I want sequined “party shorts.” (Why Gap Kids is selling sequined hot pants to children is a question for another day.) I’m annoyed that the article uses the topic of children’s clothing to create a thinly veiled “trend” piece about how being tiny and cute will make people think you are cool and attractive. (Do not mistake this for a trend piece about how kids’ clothes are getting so well designed that fashionable grown-ups who can fit into them are buying them. This is not that.) Way to get the scoop, New York Times.
Or, as my esteemed colleague Jenna Sauers at Jezebel put it:
Just in case you were under the impression that adult women like to shop at Gap Kids for any other reason than that they really want to broadcast the fact that they’re really, really skinny, here are all of the physical adjectives used in this Times story, by the reporter and her sources, in order: tiny, slender frame, shrunken, slim, lithe-framed, child-size, matchstick-slender.