Do Super Skinny Girls’ Jeans Encourage Eating Disorders?

Do Super Skinny Girls’ Jeans Encourage Eating Disorders?

Mom Jeanine
July 16, 2010


Children's Fashion, Good Question, hot topic

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Last night I got a sneak peek at Old Navy’s 2010 holiday collection. While I was busy obsessing over an adorable pair of ruffled mary janes, though, my boss was wondering what message Old Navy’s super skinny jeans were sending little girls.

Old Navy is definitely not the first brand to manufacture skinny jeans for little girls, but they very well may be the first to have sewn the words “super skinny” right into the jeans. I get that super skinny references the style of the jeans, but you can’t help but wonder what little girls will think every time they slip these jeans on.

Now don’t get me wrong–I love skinny jeans, especially on little girls because they can pull them off. But should we be calling them something else for impressionable young girls who already have enough pressure to be thin? Weigh in in the comments.

Ironically, Old Navy’s super skinny jeans are available in plus sizes, so at least they’re attempting to be inclusive of all sizes and body types despite the unfortunate stitching at the waist. And really, if Old Navy was looking for something to sew on the jeans, they should have went with super cute because that’s what the jeans really are.

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  • Tricia
    July 19, 2010

  • ‘Skinny jeans’ denotes a style/jean cut, not a specific pant for a specific shape, hence the reason they’re sold in all sizes. I’d say Moms have nothing to worry about. Good blog post though, brought your site a lot of attention!

  • me
    July 20, 2010

  • I would definitely not buy any jeans for my 6 and 8 year old daughters that were labeled “super skinny.” They will face enough pressure in life to look “right” without having it labeled in their clothes.

  • GHWaite
    July 21, 2010

  • Maybe if mommy spent less time in front of the mirror fretting and obsessing about her weight, this would be less of an issue for the kid.

  • Jennifer
    July 22, 2010

  • I read the comments so far and I think the naming on the jeans is too much. Yes they denote the cut of the jean but what about the girls that want to try on those jeans and they don’t fit. I have visions of little girls standing in dressing rooms crying because they now think they are fat, as they don’t fit the skinny jeans. Can’t they be named somthing else, like tight or fitted? I think the same holds true for the adult version…just change the name and it wouldn’t be a big deal.

  • Amanda
    July 22, 2010

  • They are cute but I am not a fan of them. Neither of my girls own a pair of them.

  • Pen
    July 22, 2010

  • I don’t think it’s a big deal. Kids know if they’re thin or not–it’s not like the jean is somehow going to be a revelation for them. I live in a climate where you need fitted jean legs to fit inside clunky winter boots.

  • Nancy
    July 22, 2010

  • I don’t have a problem with them, because my 5 year old is super skinny. I buy the jeans with the adjustable waistband, but many times the legs are so huge. She has two pair of skinny jeans that fit her perfectly, so I may have to check these out.

  • Beth Carmain
    July 22, 2010

  • I get your point, but really, shouldn’t the greater concern be for girls’ clothing with wording across the rear drawing the attention of EVERY SET OF EYES (men, grandfathers, EVERYONE) be more the concern? Nothing says, “please stare at my daughter’s rear like wording across it. For real.

  • Amy
    July 22, 2010

  • I feel like we’re looking too deeply into an issue where there isn’t one — and I’m very sensitive to the eating disorder issue. Boot cut, skinny, super skinny, flare…whatever!

  • jill
    July 22, 2010

  • I think this labeling sends a horrible message to young women. My 7 year old grandaughter already refers to herself as fat. She does not hear this from family but from classmates and TV commercials. She is long and lean and very shy. I really worry, brcause at some point (age 10)? they no longer really listen to parents but to their peers.

  • pierpimumma
    September 10, 2010

  • WINNIE MOLLIE Additionally, listening is difficult because people EBONI

  • pierpimumma
    September 10, 2010

  • SAMIRA SUNNY because your role has changed from one of listenin YANIRA