Sexy or silly?

Here’s the perfect gift for the toddler or tot in your life: A T-shirt with nipple tassels. British designer Suzi Warren tells Parent Dish it’s meant to be funny, not sexy, an Objet D’Aft. In an e-mail, Warren wrote she designed the shirt in response to her distaste at seeing sexy clothes on young children.

“There is nothing very sexy about a baggy, lap neck, long sleeved t- shirt for a 6-month-old. So by embellishing this style of garment with printed nipple tassels, the result is not that the baby becomes sexualized by the tassels, but that the tassels are made benign and silly by the baby. In fact the more inert, innocent and unaware the infant is, the more ludicrous the contrast becomes.”

Twisted Twee also offers “alphabet shirts that announce that B is for Beer, C is for Condom and X is apparently for a pig having sexual relations with a duck,” adds Parent Dish.

I bought a white lacy dress for Baby Julia, my step-grandchild, who probably will wear a onesie when she goes off to college. Well, perhaps I’m not on the cutting edge of fashion — nor do I wish Julia to be a posterboard for adult humor.

I’m not planning to buy her a Pole Dance doll either. though that one may be a parody. Or not.

Via Gateway Pundit.

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  1. I am surprised that no one has questioned the obvious safety hazard associated with these shirts. I would be very worried that an infant might ingest and choke on one of the tassels.

  2. Some people obviously have failed to grasp the very simple concept that once you have a child, you are supposed to act like a grown-up. Acting like an immature adolescent well into one’s thirties or forties is pretty sad even for childless folks, but once somebody becomes a parent, it’s time to stop trying to be “cool” and start acting one’s age.

  3. Unfortunately, our (American) society promotes self-centeredness at all ages…whether its the workaholic parent who ignores his child in favor of a higher (and superfluous) paycheck or the overgrown adolescent who ends up being parented by the child.

  4. Are those supposed to be post-coital pillowcases?

  5. The Suzi Warren t-shirt is simply distasteful. I would NEVER use my 4-month-old to make the kind of statement she proposes–It’s odd at best and warped at worst.

    Too many clothing retailers are pushing inappropriately “sexy” clothing on children as it is. The infant t-shirt seems like a perverse extension of an already disturbing trend.

  6. Context is everything here. I had a good hoot looking at all the products on the site. I might even buy my Mom the Mom shirt. Yeah, it’s not sexy, it’s silly. Would I put my own infant in a tassel t-shirt? Maybe not, but it’s not offensive to me. It’s a joke.

  7. Parents of prostitots will wonder someday why their kid is uncontrollable and not have a clue.


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