The Psychology of Gender and Clothes Sorting
Posted by Yes This I Know
A few weeks ago our baby girl finally moved up a clothing size. She’ll be 11 months old tomorrow, but she’s on her own little growth curve, so at 13.5 lbs she’s now moving up from 0-3 months to 3-6 month size. This mama was excited!! I was excited about not only the growth itself (we encourage that in our kids) but also because I could unpack a whole new set of adorable outfits. Sorting clothes is a special event for a mom, even for someone like me with absolutely no interest in fashion. I can gladly spend a few hours marveling at the smallness of the clothes my kids used to fit into and shaking my head in wonder at the gigantic clothes I have set aside for their future use.
The real challenge is in sorting clothes by gender. As I pack away Rowan’s outgrown clothes, I sort them into boxes based on whether June could use them in the future. We don’t truly need them as we have more than enough “girl” clothes for June generously provided by friends and family, but we use Rowan’s hand-me-downs as back-up outfits for the diaper bag. She ends up in them pretty frequently on our day-long hospital excursions though.
When sorting, I find a few that are decidedly boy clothes.
Likewise some of June’s are decidedly girl clothes.
But most clothing falls into a gray area of items that were designed for a certain gender, but nothing truly bars it from being used by the opposite sex.
Then there are shirts like this one.