Our first thought when we saw this photo: weird. American Apparel introduces: Kids Shiny Leggings. AA is known for some out-there products (slashed leggings, all-mesh dresses) but their selection of kids clothes has been pretty tame until now. Now, I like leggings, and I like shiny things, but the combination of the two was just never for me, unless I was going to an 80s rocker party. And when I saw them on this little cutie, I thought, "Oh, come on now, do we really have to try and push kids into these tacky eyesores?"
But then I realized that maybe this is exactly the sort of kooky thing a kid get away with and in doing so raise far fewer eyebrows than if their mom or teenage sister slipped them on. The great thing about being a kid is that you (hopefully) were completely un-self-conscious, and would run around in a pair of pajamas with a blue one piece bathing suit over top (a personal favorite outfit of mine.) Everyone just thought you were adorable, and you didn't even care! We grow older and everything changes both for good and bad. But maybe we could all use a dose of our carefree childhood choices? It'd certainly make things more interesting. Alas after going back and forth, we've decided that these shiny leggings are still creeping us out. So while we won't soon be purchasing them for our friends' little ones, they certainly got us thinking about trying to embrace our inner child more (just in a different fashion) and letting the kids we know do the same. --AMANDA JEAN BOYLE