This morning I got an email announcing that J.Crew was offering an extra 30% off their sale items, so I went to JCrew.com to check out the selection. I love J. Crew as much as the next prep school alum and can’t wait to put my daughter in their clothes.
As I was browsing the girls’ section, I couldn’t help but click the link labeled “jewelry and accessories.” After doing a double take to make sure I was in fact still in the girls’ section, I proceeded to scroll through lots of pastel-hued, sparkly headbands, bracelets, necklaces and rings. The little girl in me was giddy, but the mom in me wasn’t exactly sure how to feel.
My daughter will be two next month and I sometimes let her wear my necklaces and bracelets to play dress up. But would I buy her her own jewelry? I’m not sure. I want my daughter to enjoy being a kid as long as possible and can’t quite resolve in my mind if buying her jewelry would be a fun, dress up activity or if it would make her want to grow up faster.
Maybe if the jewelry was more like the stuff I wore as a kid–lanyard friendship bracelets and ring pops–it wouldn’t be as questionable for me. But the truth is, a lot of the J.Crew girls’ jewelry is actually stuff I would wear myself, which makes me wonder even further if I would let me daughter wear it.
So what do you think? At what age would you let your daughter wear this J. Crew girls’ jewelry? There’s no denying it’s cute, but too grown-up for little girls? Check out some of my favorite pieces in the slideshow below and share your thoughts in the comments.