"The Let Clothes Be Clothes campaign, has shown we can get things changed and is hugely inspiring"
Caroline Lucas, MP
Marks & Spencer Childrenswear Range 2017
What we cover:
Children's clothing, shoes and accessories (0-16 years)
Gender marketing in the UK
Gender coded designs
High heels aimed at girls
Sun safe swim and beachwear
Culture of sexualisation
Body image & self esteem
"I think that Let Toys Be Toys and now Let Clothes Be Clothes are going a fantastic job... it's not just about unconscious lazy stereotypes, but outdated attitudes about what boys and girls can do."
Jo Swinson, Author & Former MP
"It's got to go - labelling clothes/toys "boys" or "girls." Let parent and child decide, not the gender stereotype."
Belinda Phipps, Chair of the Fawcett Society
Gap"Little Scholar" v "Social Butterfly" - 2016
Founded in 2014, Let Clothes Be Clothes is a grassroots campaign calling for an end to lazy gender stereotypes in the design and marketing of children’s clothes.
Over the past 30 years products aimed at children have become more and more split into "for girls" and "for boys" - this includes toys, clothes, footwear, accessories, stationary, books, games, lunch boxes, cards and party supplies.
Instead of providing real choice, retailers are offering only two types of product design - both based on regressive and harmful stereotypes about what girls and boys should like, wear and play with.
Many of these ideas may seem innate (ie, a natural inclination of girls towards dolls or boys towards cars), which is perhaps why the practice of segmenting the market in this way has been so successful, but they are based on traditional cultural ideas, not factual scientific ones. There are for example more differences between individuals of the same sex, than between the sexes themselves.
Children are pretty much child shaped up until puberty, so why have separate girls and boys sections at all? We advocate choice and responsible retailing, and a revolution in Childrenswear retail that looks to new creative approaches, not outdated and regressive gender stereotyping.
Our core aims:
Advocate responsible retailing
Challenge harmful gender stereotyping
Call out unsafe products & sexualisation
Raise awareness with consumers
Support unisex retailers
Promote classroom equality
Click here to read more background information about Let Clothes Be Clothes, and what inspired founder Francesca Cambridge Mallen to take a stand against gender stereotyping.
"Boys" slogans across UK High Street - 2017