I Will Never Let My Daughter Wear Apple Bottoms Clothing

I Will Never Let My Daughter Wear Apple Bottoms Clothing

Mom Jeanine
July 30, 2010


Children's Fashion, hot topic, Jeans

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And this is why:

These jeans are intended for girls who wear a size 4-6x and they have apples as the back pockets.

Okay, let me backtrack a bit. My understanding of the whole Apple Bottoms brand is that it’s designed to appeal to women with curves, specifically women with big butts. Get it? Their butts are apple (-shaped) bottoms. Lots of the jeans have apple-shaped back pockets to accentuate and/or draw attention to just how curvaceous the woman wearing the jeans is.

No surprises here, the jeans are not my style, but if you have curves and you want to flaunt them, go for it. I think Apple Bottoms are fine for women. My problem with the line arises when they start making these same jeans for little girls, i.e. 4-year-olds. Who, exactly, thought it would be a good idea to draw attention to a little girl’s rear end by affixing apple-shaped pockets to the butt covered in sequins?

I recently got into a little tiff because someone gave my daughter a pair of Apple Bottoms jeans. I politely gave them back and told the woman my daughter doesn’t wear Apple Bottoms. She was initially taken aback, and in retrospect I can see how it came off as rude. But it’s not like I gave them back because they were cheap or too low-brow for me–I really feel strongly about not supporting a brand that sexualizes little girls’ jeans.

A friend of mine thinks I’m totally nuts because I always rant about this. But what are your thoughts? Am I reading too deep into these stupid jeans or do you think it’s problematic, too?

Share your opinion in the comments.

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  • niki
    July 30, 2010

  • I’d say you’re reading to much into it. I mean I get you wanting to take a stand on things but this may be going a bit far in my opinion.

  • Lynn
    July 30, 2010

  • I agree wholeheartedly with this viewpoint. I say you’re spot on. It is problematic and what bothers me is how subtle the message is that’s being sent. I wouldn’t buy a pair of these for my 4 year old either.

  • Todra
    August 4, 2010

  • I can wholeheartedly agree with you about not buying little girls jeans that make them sex objects. It’s inappropriate. However, I think your assessment of the purpose of Apple Bottoms for adult women is off.
    I am very curvy, although thin. I am shaped like Jennifer Lopez. Brands that are cut for women with curves are necessary. I can’t go into The Gap and get a pair of jeans shaped for a straight girl. Size 6 jeans (my size) have zero room for hips and a round butt.
    It’s not about showing it off. It’s about fitting it in a pair of jeans! I don’t, however, need all sorts of sparkles and crap on the pockets. I love my butt (according to a recent fashion magazine, my butt is the new fashion accessory – LOL) but I don’t need to make it look even bigger with crazy pocket decals.

  • Claire
    August 4, 2010

  • Prob reading too much into it. I think any kind of “bling” jeans are meant to be cute for young girls. I try not to controk every aspect of my daugher’s life so that she won’t rebel when she’s a teenager, hopefully. I think I need to more worry about short mini-skirts when she’s older – THAT’s a sex object!

    Also, a gift is a gift. You don’t give it back! You say thank you and then do what you please. If they ask why she isn’t wearing them, say “they didn’t fit right.”
    I would be offended if someone gave back a present I gave their child.

  • Jamie
    August 16, 2011

  • I find it funny that I would have agreed whole-heartedly with you 5 minutes ago, but now that I’ve seen the pictures of the jeans above…Well, I’m a little embarrassed to say that I think they are pretty cute jeans for a toddler. Especially those aqua ones. LOL!

  • Anastasia Roberts
    August 25, 2011

  • I agree with Claire’s assessment, I don’t think it was appropriate to give them back. No matter how hard you try to be polite about it, it is not possible to do so without it coming off the wrong way. You could donate them or your child could wear them under a longer top like a tunic if the decorations make you uncomfortable. My personal take on them is that as an adult woman with curves, I would not wear them personally because they look like children’s clothes. Sexualized is quite frankly the last thing that springs to mind when looking at them.

  • Jenne
    September 22, 2011

  • I think there may be a line between, say, writing stuff on the rear end of your athletic shorts– especially for teens and tweens, who actually might have curves– some and having decorated back pockets on pants for a little girl.

    [In fact, I'd say decorative pockets are a lot less disturbing than, say, ruffle-bottom tights for toddlers! :) ]

  • Munx
    September 23, 2011

  • Maybe a bit overreactive here… They won’t fit a little girl the same way they would a curvacious woman. I would have asked for a gift receipt probably and say I’d want to exchange for a different style.

  • Jarreau
    December 8, 2011

  • im 4 feet and 3 inches so im not very tall have long legs and small feet one i don’t agree i have been skin tight jeans since was age 12 and i don’t give crap what people say most girls at that age wears tight jeans way too damm overprotective when she hits teenage is going fucking rerget live because won’t give any damm self steam most girls at that point go crazy to point they want kill them selfs so i say give you damm kid more turst i hate parents like you ! i know would fucking be going crazy as you kid !

  • Theresa
    April 8, 2012

  • I don’t feel they are inappropriate for a little girl. I purchased a pair of white acapris. They have the apples embossedin multiple color thread. My daughter doesn’t know what sexy is and she loves apples. what if the jeans had elmo on the pockets? would that be drawing attention to a little girl’s “assets”? I think by saying they are sexualizing a child is what is bringing negative attention. Not the pants themselves.