adidas original zx flux John Lewis gets rid of ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ labels in children’s clothing
The clothing style hasn’t changed you’ll still find floral dresses and skirts, but the retailer is simply proving the point that they can be worn by both girls and boys.
They’ve also launched a new unisex clothing line for children, featuring dinosaur print dresses and spaceship tops.
Caroline Bettis, the head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.”
The John Lewis website still includes boys and girls sections,
but this is currently under review and likely to be brought in line with stores.
And the move has been widely praised.
This is excellent! A step in the right direction and hopefully other big stores will follow suit.
Gap, for example, came under fire for referring to girls as “social butterflies” and boys as “little scholars” in an advert promoting its new clothing range.
And Asda was criticised for the gender disparity in its clothing, with girls’ clothes featuring slogans such as “Hey Cutie” and “Ponies Rock” in contrast with “Future Scientist” and “Bows Will Be Boys” on boys’ clothing.
Not everyone is on board with the idea of gender neutral clothing for children though.
John Lewis ditches ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ labels for gender neutral line. GENDER NEUTRAL KIDS CLOTHING !!
! WTF?. Boys and girls labels and signs are informative. I think removing them could be very confusing for the consumer.
“It appears political correctness continues to march and, whether it is going in the right direction, is a point for debate. I cannot see many customers buying a dress for their six year old boy.”
But many people see the move as a huge step in the right direction, because actually, girls can like dinosaurs and boys can like flowers too.
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