Dresses For Girls – From Traditional to Trendy to Transitional

There are many opinions in the world concerning whether girls dresses, as a gender specific kind of garment, are really worthwhile beyond fashion and tradition. If we think about it carefully, girls dress are the one article of clothing worn only by girls and never by boys. Girls, of course, wear many styles of pants that their male peers can adorn as well. Dresses (and skirts) remain the only modern day wardrobe component that is gender specific and strictly for girls. Does this matter? Does it set girls unnecessarily apart from boys? We really do not know. However, we cannot imagine the discontinuation on girls dresses given their utility and appreciation among females in all age groups, from tots to teenagers to trendy adults and even grandma’s.

One way to contemplate girl dress is that females have more options in being able to wear styles with pants or skirts. Poor boys could not enjoy the advantages of dresses, even if the idea of wearing a dress seemed a good functional choice. Or does western society revere the male image more than that of the female; enough to keep it separate and different in all outward appearances, including clothing? Again, we have no answer. It is an interesting difference to consider. Are girls dresses the remaining “wisdom teeth” of the fashion world, somewhat primitive and existing today for purposes unknown? Well, we do have some insight, if not the answers, to that.

As a successful retailer of children’s clothing for over ten years, we find that girls dresses are extremely functional and easy to wear, grow with, and select (especially online) compared to suits for boys. A dress is a more transitional garment than a set of pants, shirt, vest, and jacket. girls Dresses come in one piece, there is no stride measurement, no in-seam or out-seam. While we must be sure the chest and waist are fitted to the child, and that length is appropriate, there remains much more variance to fitting a dress than there is to fitting a boy’s suit. A difference of an inch in length for dress pants will appear awkward; however, it may not even be noticeable in girls dress. As a girl grows, a dress will remain wearable longer than a pant suit will for a growing boy. In our experience, the rate of exchanges for sizes is much smaller with dress than with suits for boys. For practical considerations, dresses are easier to select for fit than are boys’ suits. girls Dresses are also easier to care for (steam, clean, and store) than the traditional dress pants, shirt, and jacket.

The next thing to consider is that dresses are easy to wear. Today’s dresses are not the movement restricting, complicated garments of generations past. There is a common sense problem with clothing that restricts physical movement and play for children. Modern day girl dress are comfortable and easy to move in, more so than are boys’ dress pants and shirts. Consider this: how many boys do you see twirling for joy in a new tuxedo?

Which leads us to our last point in favor of girls dresses, they are fun to wear. The fluffy feel of soft material layers against the leg is a pleasure, like a kitten rubbing against your leg with affection. The freedom of the knees to bend and straighten without the encasement of a pant leg is wonderful. Skipping is very much fun in dresses unless there is a slip and a scraped knee.

So, our argument would be in favor of dresses for reasons of practicality and enjoyment. We can certainly add design and beauty to the debate as well. The most iconic fashion images of human kind are girls dresses, not so much the many minute variations of pant suits worn by men. Perhaps the conclusion is: too bad boys cannot wear girls. They are more easy to pick, fit, and flit about in than are dressy suit options for boys.