Between Lolita and Harriet

It’s hard to find tween couture that’s neither trampy nor dowdy, writes Emily Yoffe on Slate. Her 11-year-old daughter doesn’t want to flash her underwear by wearing low-rise jeans; she doesn’t like glitter. Mom has vetoed “Nitwit Wear.”

These are T-shirts with slogans such as: “I Left My Brain in My Locker,” “I Only Shop on Days that End in Y,” and “Spoiled and Proud of It.” (At least you only want to shake your head at these. Making you believe in corporal punishment is the Happy Bunny line of clothing, available online and at various department stores, which features phrases such as “Wow you’re ugly,” and “It’s cute how stupid you are.”) It’s a comfort to know that if your child can’t come up with her own insolent remarks, clothing manufacturers are there to help.

Yoffe’s daughter also rejects clothing that makes her look like Harriet Miers. Wise child.

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  1. I can’t stand the “Bratz” culture that tramps up pre-teens and legitimizes a total lack of self-respect from 8th grade on, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find half of the Happy Bunny stickers/buttons/shirts funny.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    And the money you save with sensible clothes can go toward the limo for her 4th grade graduation party.

  3. My rule for those rude sayings on t-shirts was simply: If it was something I didn’t want coming out of their mouth, it better not be on a t-shirt.

    While shopping this season, my daughter looked at a skirt and I instantly said, “Too short” — and my daughter didn’t protest at all! I was glad that some other parents heard me because I hope it gives them the courage to say no to hoochie chick styles too.