The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 November 2006

You're too young to have an Inner Slut

There's a scene in Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl that's always stuck with me. It appears that someone has it bad for Gregory's younger sister; in fact, the someone in question says admiringly, "She's only ten, but she has the body of a woman of thirteen."

At the time, this seemed innocent and goofy. Twenty-five years later, it sounds like a warning shot: somewhere between then and now it became de rigueur to turn tween girls into oversexed Bratz. A week doesn't go by that I don't get some Googler looking for risqué photos — even fake risqué photos — of twelve-year-old Dakota Fanning. One could argue, I suppose, that I don't deal well with female sexuality of any sort, and maybe that's even true, but I can't see any upside to having middle-school students looking like tired call girls.

Enter Up Stream Girl, which aims to be the anti-Abercrombie and/or Fitch:

We founded Up Stream Girl with a desire to provide fashion apparel with a more feminine, classic look for girls, teens and juniors. The kind of clothes we had when we were younger, but with today's fashion — the fashion which makes these clothes great! Fun and cool colors, new fabrics and great styles. We call these "Today’s Classics".

We know today's girls can be demanding when it comes to the clothes they wear. And they should be. They want clothes that make them look and feel both beautiful and feminine. We also know that our girls face challenges that we never had when we were their age. The clothes a girl wears says a lot about her. The confidence she shows, her beauty, her character, and her belief in herself, can all be inspired by the clothes she wears.

And surely there has to be a middle ground between the burqa and the "Who needs brains when I've got these?" T-shirts.

(Discovered here.)

Posted at 6:21 AM to Rag Trade

Nice to see someone supplying the demand for modest but attractive girls' clothes.

Gregory's Girl is a funny and sweet movie, but I like Forsyth's Local Hero even better.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 10:43 AM on 3 November 2006

I'm so pleased to know that there are other Bill Forsyth fans out there!

Posted by: Call at 11:40 AM on 3 November 2006

There's a terrific cartoon by Ed Sorel. A couple of aging, dissipated rock stars (you know the type) discussing their groupie conquests in the dressing room. "She was fifteen," says one, "But man, she had the body of an eight-year-old!"

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 7:50 PM on 3 November 2006