Once again, Abercrombie & Fitch have stirred up the controversial pot. This time, offering a push-up padded bikini top to young girls in their Abercrombie Kids website earlier in the week. (It should be noted that Abercrombie has since changed the description from that of “padded” and a “push-up”, to something far less suggestive.
As a mother of two tween girls, I was highly irritated that this company sees fit to further lure young girls into sexually suggestive type clothing. Seriously? A padded push-up bikini top? For kids?
Like young girls need more incentive to appear more mature than their years.
And then I got to thinking. And a memory popped into my pea brain. When I was a young lass of no more than 9 or 10, I attended a little swimming party with some school friends. From my little private CATHOLIC school.
The year was around 1970, and bikinis were all the rage. My mother attempted to sew a gold lame’ bikini for me, but I talked her into getting me a store boughten bathing suit, due to ALL THE INAPPROPRIATE scratching caused by the lame’.
The suit that I chose was a lime green number. And since I wanted to make a good impression at the function, I stuffed the little lime green bikini top with toilet paper at some private point during the party. Evidently, I did not feel as though I were maturing as quickly as some of my other friends, and thought I would speed things up a little.
It wasn’t until we actually went for a swim that I remembered the toilet paper. Horrified, I watched it all unwad and float to the surface in pieces. And let me share with you, wet toilet paper is hard to hide.
I went home and admitting my deed to my mother, through heaving sobs of disgrace. Her response surprised me, as she could barely contain her laughter. Wiping tears from her eyes, she told me about an incident she suffered when she was a teenager, growing up in Mineral Wells, a very small Texas Baptist town.
She was not allowed to wear a bathing suit until she reached the age of about 17, when she graduated from high school. She met up with a gaggle of her high school friends at Brazos River, which was the local swimming hole. She wore a tasteful one piece number, but felt as though she needed a little “help” and added what she called “falsies” to the top of the bathing suit. Falsies were, as she explained them, plastic padding created especially for swim wear in the 1950’s.
She went on to tell me that she was lounging in an innertube, talking to a boy in an adjacent innertube, when all of a sudden she saw her falsies float away from her, heading down river.
She chose to ignore them, and carried on with her conversation, hoping the boy did not notice. I doubt very much that he noticed, since my mother was a very lively conversationalist.
I could have learned a thing or two about grace, diplomacy, and craftiness from my mother.
All this to say, it is nothing new for young girls to want to feel more mature than their years. But we certainly don’t need a major clothing line making it easier for them.
I for one, want my girls to enjoy their angst filled youth for as long as possible. At at the same time, I want to instill in them an appreciation for their inner beauty, instead of focussing on all that the media throws at them daily.
All while keeping a close eye on the extra quilted Charmin.
Opening this up for discussion. What do you think of padded push-up bikinis for young girls? Harmless or not so much?