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How to Dress a Boy in Girl's Clothing and Still Have Him Look Like a Boy

While I tend to parent in a mostly gender neutral way, I still get a bit annoyed when I have to correct people when they call my son "she" or tell him he's "so pretty." I think it's mostly the polite Midwesterner in me that hates correcting people. That said, I couldn't not buy something from the Calypso St. Barth For Target line for my son . . . except all of the kids' clothes were girls' clothes. Undeterred, I found a way to make this Toddler Tunic ($13) work for my son. We tested it out on a day in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I was pleased to note that only one out of about 10 passersby called him a girl (and I blame that on his cute curls).

How to Dress a Boy in Girl's Clothing and Still Have Him Look Like a BoyHere's the shirt in question. It has an adorable animal print and contrast decorative stitching.
By pairing it with a canvas motorcycle jacket (featuring a skull) we chased the femininity right out of the tunic.
The hardest part about wearing the shirt was getting it on:  We had to pop both arms in before sliding it over his head; Uli is not a fan of non-stretchy shirts going on over his head!
The girliest detail was the button closure and peephole opening on the back of the shirt. There was little I could do to remedy that issue, though.
Denim, Native blue sneaks, and some sport socks also helped to lower the girly quotient of the tunic.
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BTBWmommy BTBWmommy 5 years 1 week
Or maybe THIS particular tunic was not a good idea.
BTBWmommy BTBWmommy 5 years 1 week
I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. I parent pretty much gender neutral as well & have no problem putting my son in so called girl colors. Last summer my son had neon pink converse. He too has very curly hair & is very "pretty" & even when we dress him completely boy we have people asking if he's a girl. BUT if I had seen your son in that shirt I would have just thought "why is he wearing a girl shirt". In my opinion tunics are very gender specific & I've never seen a man wear one & thought it looked good. In fact I saw a man not to long ago in one & couldn't stop laughing. I just don't think that this works.
EvieJ EvieJ 5 years 1 week
@Studio16: I would have my daughter dressed in all pink with a bow in her hair, and people would tell me how handsome/cute/whatever my son was. This boy, however, looks like a boy, and a very cute one, at that! Love the idea of gender-neutralizing clothes. I tend to dress my daughter in boy's jeans as 1) they're less expensive and a sturdier material and 2) they don't have decorations on the bottom (b/c why does a 2-year old need a huge glitter heart on her bottom??).
Elka-Karl Elka-Karl 5 years 1 week
Thanks Studio16! We think he's pretty precious too (when he's not being a crazy little hilarious monster). :)
Studio16 Studio16 5 years 1 week
1. I'm still trying to grasp why people would think your soon is a girl? He definitely looks like a little boy to me. 2. He is precious! 3. I like the tunic. It's a very feminine tunic, but you paired it with pieces that made it look a little more masculine. It's just all around amazing.
lauren lauren 5 years 2 weeks
I love it! Uli is just too cute!