Recently, a Gucci ad landed in my email inbox. The ad was promoting back-to-school fashions for kids. It featured two very well dressed children styled head to toe in Gucci. My initial reaction of the ad was “Wow! These kids are fly!” My second reaction was “These kids look like little grownups.” Dressing young toddlers and children as adults has become the latest wave in fashion. Photos of little boys and girls styled like 20-somethings are all over Instagram and Facebook, and has been labeled “Fashion Kids.”
No doubt about it, these Fashion Kids are fly, but some of the pictures come off as a bit disturbing. From the styling to the posing, the fashionable children are portraying an image that is decades older than they are. Accessories such as sunglasses, purses, hats, makeup and vests are used as aging tools in majority of the fashion kids’ ensembles. Little girls pose with their hands on their hips, lips puckered out, and their legs crossed while little boys pose with their hands in their pockets or throw up the peace sign.
Fashion Kids are cute now, but what will happen as they grow up? Having their parents style them, pose them, take their pictures, and post pics online can lead to many issues. These children may become obsessed with their appearance, act the age they’re portraying in their wardrobe, or even become self-absorbed. I don’t think the parents understand the messages they are relaying to their young, easily impressionable children.
Have parents gone too far with this Fashion Kids trend?