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Dear manufacturers of clothing for small boys

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monkeymamma Sat 07-Jun-14 14:57:11

I am not a dude, or indeed a little man. I may well be cuter than my daddy, or better looking than my daddy, but I do not judge it seemly to declare this publicly. My younger sibling, when he or she arrives, is unlikely to refer to me as his or her "big bro".

My behaviour, within the limits of the capabilities of a two year old, is reasonable if not on occasion exemplary. Therefore I would suggest that slogans which draw attention to it's less pleasing aspects, viz "little but loud", "here comes trouble", "cheeky monkey", "little monster", et cetera, are not appropriate.

I am not in the army, I am not a surfer, a trucker, or a rapper. And I am far too young to have heard of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, or Guns n Roses, whatever they are.

Like most human beings, I don't suit nasty, dreary, washed out colours such as: faded navy, dung brown, sun bleached green or barely-burgundy. Ditto burnt orange and sludgy beige. I know that the idea of using bright, gorgeous colours and attractive, inventive patterns similar to those used by your colleagues in the girlswear department fills you with worry, but I promise that most mums and dads and other purchasers of children's clothes don't share these anxieties.

And that is all.


ThinkIveBeenHacked Sat 07-Jun-14 14:59:14

Dear MonkeyToddler,

Please advise you parents to shop in stores other than Next.


Clothing Manufacturers.

RoseberryTopping Sat 07-Jun-14 14:59:52

Totally agree!! It's so hard to find some fun clothes for my boy without them having stupid slogans on or boring blue.

Little girls have sooo much more choice. I'm always jealous.

EatShitDerek Sat 07-Jun-14 15:00:50

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RoseberryTopping Sat 07-Jun-14 15:00:52

It's not just next though, it's most high street shops. A couple like H&M are ok but we don't have many round our way.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Sat 07-Jun-14 15:02:24

Also, I am not a member of the SS, and hence do not require skulls on all my clothing.

rainbowfeet Sat 07-Jun-14 15:02:24

Try H&M ... The little boys stuff in there is lovely.

simonthedog Sat 07-Jun-14 15:03:04

I totally agree with you, but as a mother of two girls I have to say that I think the choice for girls is awful too.

FatalCabbage Sat 07-Jun-14 15:03:37

Morrison's for colour - although even they drop off at 6-7 onwards.

I wish they'd make little boy waistbands higher. No toddler needs low-rise bottoms.

EatShitDerek Sat 07-Jun-14 15:04:33

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LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 07-Jun-14 15:05:08

Is this more what you are looking for?

scratchandsniff Sat 07-Jun-14 15:05:34

I agree. I hate tshirts with slogans. I managed to get some nice bright Summer clothes for Ds in h&m and Sainsbury's. However I have a feeling it'll all change when he's 2. Clothes from that age on seem to try and make them into little teenager's with band tshirts or aztec print etc.

AuditAngel Sat 07-Jun-14 15:06:06

Have you tried Vertbaudet? DS is nearly 10, but when he was small he had some great outfits in red, orange or bright green.

phantomnamechanger Sat 07-Jun-14 15:07:02

do not require skulls on all my clothing

^^this is my absolute pet hate why why why skulls on every type of clothing, from PJs to wellies, bleurgh!

Effjay Sat 07-Jun-14 15:07:25

pumpkin patch online - the best I've found for boys clothes. Good value when sales are on.

Igggi Sat 07-Jun-14 15:07:39

Hear hear

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 07-Jun-14 15:10:01

I agree about Skulls on kids clothing. I refuse to buy clothes with skulls or bones on. My son is not a pirate, and even if he was I doubt he would want to advertise that fact!

Canus Sat 07-Jun-14 15:11:00

It's odd though, the shops offer these slogan covered things for sale, but I rarely see any small children wearing them.

its all summer dresses, plain t-shirts, leggings and shorts for girls; and joggers, plain trousers and plain t-shirts for boys.

With cardigans or woolen jumpers. Even hooded sweatshirts seem to be the preserve of over 8 around here.

Toadsrevisited Sat 07-Jun-14 15:11:54

I agree completely! Also, why do do many tops have pictures of wonky terrifying 'puppies'?

AuditAngel Sat 07-Jun-14 15:12:48

I also got some amazing deals a few months ago from Pumpkin Patch for DS, including a bright orange (not fluorescent, just bright) insulated jacket, burgundy trousers with a toning striped top.

AuditAngel Sat 07-Jun-14 15:14:36

pumpkin patch boys wear

You don't mention your son' sage, but perhaps some of these?

SoftSheen Sat 07-Jun-14 15:15:29

Try Boden or M&S.

PassTheCakeitsbeenatough1 Sat 07-Jun-14 15:15:39

Totally agree, I almost relented in Matalan the other day and bought slogan t-shirts, so sick of looking for anything decent. And low rise waists on toddlers are ridiculous.

There is not plenty of choice for boys at all.

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Sat 07-Jun-14 15:16:20

I love the t-shirt in the link. Makes me wish I had a toddler boy again.

BrokenCircleBreakdown Sat 07-Jun-14 15:19:29

TootsaMacginty do lovely unisex clothes-sale finishes at midnight tonight. I get lots of stuff there for my boys

Also littleshrimp do some funky boys bits-all oeko tex cotton and made in England

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