It’s a revelation that surprises no one: girls like things boys like. And vice versa.
Girls like climbing trees, catching bugs, playing in mud, and girls really like trains. Particularly Thomas the Tank Engine. How can anyone resist that earnest, disaster-prone little engine?
In answer to the rising demand, Mattel has released a new collection of Thomas & Friends clothes, with options for girls as well as boys.
The range comes in a classic colour palette of navy, red, white and Thomas’ signature azure blue. We love that the Thomas references aren’t always overt, but they’re enough to make a lover of the island of Sodor very happy.
The red t-shirt dress has a repeating pattern of hearts and tiny trains. The distressed denim overall dress has bright red snaps and a small Thomas and heart graphic at the hem. There are t-shirts and leggings for layering, and there’s even a navy swimming costume with a red placket and a picture of Thomas chugging along.
The collection includes pieces for kids aged zero to four years, and there are options for boys too. Myer will be carrying the range exclusively from November for a limited time. We foresee stampedes to the girls’ section.
When looking at the sea of Elsa dresses at any given daycare centre, a person couldn’t be blamed for thinking that girls innately like princesses and pink and being “girly.” But gender biases – the toys kids like, the clothes they want to wear – are learned.
Advertising teaches them, peers teach them, and even parents teach them. The new Thomas & Friends clothing range for girls is a milestone on the road to equality, and for tiny pigtailed train engineers, it’s a happy triumph.