In many ways, baby has always been a boy’s job.
“I would say that 80 per cent of the time when you’re talking about children, it’s about the boy, but it’s the girl that really has a lot of influence on the child’s fashion choices,” said Christine Fennell, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.
But that may be changing.
In a world where gender identity is increasingly recognized and discussed in mainstream society, parents are increasingly seeking out child-friendly products, especially as more people start looking for gender-neutral options, Fennill said.
“This is going to have an impact on the way children are dressed,” she said.
Fennel, who studies fashion for the Sauder school, said there’s also a growing awareness among parents of the fact that children need to be able to wear clothes that reflect their gender identities.
“In many ways we’re seeing the evolution of the family as being more and more child-centric,” she explained.
“When it comes down to the child, I think gender is the primary consideration.”
Fennll believes it’s time for parents to give their children an option to be child-free.
For the first time in decades, children under four are being encouraged to have their own clothes, says Fennells research. “
What I’d really like to see is that parents feel that they can go beyond that as well.”
For the first time in decades, children under four are being encouraged to have their own clothes, says Fennells research.
While it may seem like a small thing, she believes it could make a big difference for future generations.
“Children in families where they’re gender non-conforming are often very concerned with what their gender-identity clothing will look like, Fawns said.
She says it’s crucial for parents and other caregivers to be involved in their child’s dressing and make sure that it’s safe and child-safe.
“But there’s nothing stopping me from getting into the adult clothing market as well, just to be safe.” “
We’re going to pick up some clothing to wear as a baby,” she says.
“But there’s nothing stopping me from getting into the adult clothing market as well, just to be safe.”
With files from The Canadian Press and the Canadian Press Photography, CBC News