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My 5yo daughter went shopping with her Dad and when he came back he said we will have to get rid of the dress she was wearing. I assumed it was because the dress was getting a bit small, but when he told me about what happened I was shocked.

As they were walking through the aisles doing grocery shopping, a woman walking past stopped and scoffed in disgust before saying “wearing leopard print at the age of what, like 5?” She continued saying something under her breath as she shook her head and walked away.

My daughter received this dress as a present from her 72yo Nan. It never once crossed my mind that it would be inappropriate for a child to wear, I actually think it is a beautiful dress. It was bought from Best n Less and comes in a range of sizes to fit children of all ages.

I just wanted to get the opinion of others. Is there is an appropriate age to start wearing certain prints on clothing, or maybe they just encountered a person having a miserable day..?


Posted by mom61943, 28th September 2020


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  • No I do not think so at all! Children can wear whatever they feel is right. They are at an age where they should want to experiment and let their imagination run wild. They are becoming there own little personality at this age and nothing should stop that.


  • As long as the dress itself is appropriate in style/cut/length, etc, the print should not matter. Kids love animal prints and look adorable in them. Ignore the stupid comments made by this ignorant woman who should learn to mind her own business!


  • Whaaat?! That is so rude. She should learn to mind her own business!!!
    I know heaps of kids and babies who are dressed in leopard print clothing.
    Please don’t think anything of it.


  • Strangers should learn to mind their own business. All animal prints are cute on kids. Dress your child the way you want and ignore any unwarranted advice from Strangers. Would you throw out an item of your clothing for the same reason?


  • No way! As long as the dress is an age appropriate make it doesn’t matter what the print is! My 9yo loves leopard print!


  • Wow! What a miserable person. How sad! I would ignore this person. My 6 year old loves wearing leopard print dresses or leggings. We have a few things from Best and Less and from Cotton On in leopard print. Who cares what that grumpy cow thinks, as along as your little girl is happy.


  • That woman sounds like a prissy, nosy, idiot. My view is that it’s the cut and style of the clothing that makes it age appropriate or inappropriate. The print is not relevant. (Except for slogan clothes; it really matters what your kids’ clothes “say”.)


  • Also; it is actually rather sad for someone to say such a thing and display such poor manners! An adult should know better than to say something so unpleasant and judgmental.


  • What? I dont see a problem…my 1yo had few animal print leggins…its not like she is wearing some naughty word on her top ect


  • Well it’s made as a children’s clothing so why not! Don’t worry about others


  • The opinion of a random stranger does not matter. If your daughter likes the dress and you like the dress it does not matter. I do not see anything wrong with any animal print clothing.


  • I always thought Leopard print was for more teenage into twenties age group.


  • There is nothing wrong with a young girl wearing leopard print. My daughters have both worn outfits with leopard print from little babies and still have jeans now with leopard print pockets at 16. I think the woman in the supermarket just has her own perceived prejudices about leopard print and you should not concern yourself with it.


  • I agree, when your daughter likes the dress and you like it yourself you should not the opinion of someone else serious. Also the fact your daughter got the dress from her nanna makes that the dress may have an emotional value.
    That being said I take some dress codes serious in regards my children; no high heels at young age, no make up when out at young age (I don’t mind them playing with make up when home), no exposing body parts at young age (like crop tops/bare bellies and deep décolleté’s or a shorter then a short short). However I don’t feel that I have to judge other people in doing this.


  • If your daughter loves the dress and feels beautiful when wearing it who cares what some old lady in the supermarket thinks.


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