If you’ve gone shopping for boys clothing recently you may have been overwhelmed in a sea of blue. While blue is a traditional and popular color for boys, sometimes manufacturers overdo it a little bit. Okay, more than a little bit. But if you look around a little, you’ll find that many clothing companies have more to offer in boys clothes than just blue or light blue. In fact, some might surprise you.
Why do people always choose blue for boys anyway? Yes, it’s a traditional color, but is that the only reason? As many of you may know, sometimes it can be a little difficult to determine the gender of a child just by looking at them. While hair-length can help, it isn’t always an open and shut case based on short or long hair. An acquaintance who had a girl at the toddler age would sometimes dress her up in non-girly clothes when going out and invariably received many “What a cute baby boy” and “What a handsome baby” comments, despite the girl’s pink stroller and medium length hair. Some parents, frustrated with that, will opt for exclusively boy clothes or girl clothes to avoid any possible irritation based on people’s comments.
But if a parent doesn’t care about the comments from strangers and is getting tired of all the blue, bright blue, light blue, navy blue and teal choices in baby boy clothes, there is hope. One of the first things you can do is spread out your tentacles into the world of hand-me-downs. Not every parent will be comfortable asking others for clothes. Some may not like the idea of their boy wearing cast-offs from other kids. Others may not have lots of family or friends with kids a little older than their own. But if you don’t mind and you can find some sources, hand-me-down t-shirts and the like are great for broadening the horizon of your little one’s clothing options. They’re better than cheap baby clothes – they’re free baby clothes. Plus it lets you try out some different color options, such as yellow, orange, purple or even pink, without throwing money down the drain on something that your child will hate.
Another choice is to make your own. Sure, you could spend a lot of time and energy sewing patterns together if that’s your thing. You could also buy a cheap pack of white t-shirts and dye them. If your child is old enough, you could even involve them in the activity. Pale colors, tie-dye, even batik – the options are limitless. It could get your child thinking about something other than blue and be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Finally, try to think beyond the blues. When it comes to boys clothing, blue is everywhere. But it’s not the only choice. Searching through online stores for brands such as Old Navy, Carters, or OshKosh will reveal many things available that look great, but aren’t blue. Green, white, brown, black, gray, yellow, red, even purple things are out there. But, please, avoid the pink. Essential Baby Things, and the boy you’re buying for, will be glad you did.