| May 2015
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Girls like Star Wars too!

When Lola was born we were drowning in a sea of pink tutus and princess sleepers. I couldn’t have been happier. Every trip through Target I would find another girl-tastic gem … those little socks that look like teeny ballet slippers? I’ll take 12!
When Penn Charles was born, I ventured into the baby boy section for the first time. I was stunned. Most of the tiny clothes were in the theme of some sort of real occupation — a firefighter with “Captain Handsome” on the name tag, a police man, an astronaut, even onesies with little bow ties.
So wait, my daughter can be a princess or a ballerina? That’s it? (Side note: I realize that ballet can, for a select few, be a real job).

The entrepreneur in me wanted to start a new clothing line. I would have created pantsuit onesies, tiny aspiring architect dresses, even an pink firefighter-themed sleeper with “Captain Brave” on the name tag.
Eventually, the sleep-deprivation took over and I only got as far as securing a domain I now can’t even remember.

Then last weekend, Lola wanted to go shopping. She had saved her allowance and she wanted a Star Wars t-shirt. The girl is obsessed with Star Wars. She has (and much purchased with her own money) figurines, posters, and pillows covering her room. We went from store, to store, to store — nothing. Sure, we found mountains of themed apparel for boys — but news flash: Eight-year-old girls think boys are gross and they won’t be seen wearing a “BOYS SHIRT” eeeewww!

We searched online retailers with a little luck. We found some princess Leia gear — but she wanted Darth Vader.
She looked at me and said, “Are girls not supposed to like Star Wars?”
You guys. We can do better. Retailers can do better. Girls want to be heroes, too.

Here’s a little video we recorded on Lola’s Star Wars merchandise issue:

Where do you find awesome clothes for your strong girls?
Let me know in the comments.

  • http://foodgeekmom.com Tara Edwards

    you totally need to hit the local comic conventions!!! We live in Wake Forest so i can advise you onall that stuff. There is an amazong one coming up next month in Charlotte. There will be a small one in August that’ll be a one day event. And our three day vocal come on be in Durham in November. At these conventions there’s tons of vendors selling clothes and toys and things and he can find lots of girly Star Wars things although not so much in the pajama aspect. I got some great connections to local artists who designed dolls and clothes and all kinds of geeky things. I would absolutely love for you to contact me and I can get you in touch with some amazing people and I’m sure they’d love to help out your daughter. 🙂

  • Lisa Brozich

    I love it. I have my 4yr old Granddaughter we are raising, and she loves TMNT, Robots and Dinosaurs. Needless to say she has lots of boy shirts, jammies, and even shoes. She does like baby dolls, and princesses too, but wont wear a dress. I totally agree, we need more clothes and accessories for girls that isnt all pink and princesses. I always love watching your family videos.

  • Toni

    Hi! First I am a girl and a HUGE SW fan! When I was 13 many years ago in a galaxy far, far away, my best friend Debbie and I would go to the theater to see SW. EVERY Saturday. We must have seen it a 100 times. Could say ALL the lines. Were ELATED when VHS was invented ( am I telling my age here?) Try ebay for vintage SW wear. Or try SW fan sites. Sadly, I gave most of my SW memorabilia to my niece who is also a huge fan. So good luck hunting and may the Force be with you!

  • Toni

    Oh, also try the Hero’s Comic Convention in Charlotte – usually in mid June. Hero’s Aren’t Hard to Find is the local comic shop in Charlotte and could possibly point you in the right direction 🙂

  • Heidi Lee

    Hot Topic often has stuff for girls, but when she gets a little older…soon. However, I bet there will be TONS of stuff when the new movie comes out. Just like my friend who really had to search for Ninja Turtles for girls…then the movie…and now it’s everywhere. I understand your situation…when I was little I wanted a Star Wars bedspread, so my mom maid me one with ruffles cause it wasn’t girly enough.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      I wish I could sew!

  • Tracy B

    Disney owns Star Wars/Lucasfilms. They need to make Star Wars girl merchandise. They might have some at the parks.

    Kim did you know Walt Disney World has Star Wars Weekends in May and June? Lola would love it!

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      My cousin is going to this! Lola would love it (and we’d go broke)

  • Jessica Lewis

    the Children’s Place had superhero girls shirts! Captain America, Avengers, we raided the online store! So true, my daughter loves superheroes and Star Wars!

  • https://twitter.com/MrsCrumley Alli

    You should check out http://www.heruniverse.com/brands/star-wars.html?p=2. The gal who created it, Ashley, is a fan girl herself and the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars! She understands girls need clothes to show their fangirl side. There are Star Wars things for young girls, though nothing Darth Vader specific. And yes, it does stink that you can’t walk into a store and buy something off the rack for Lola, but it seems there is a definite move in that direction. I found Her Universe looking for Doctor Who things, and this is an amazing site.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      I love it! I love the story. See… if I wasn’t so sleep deprived I would have done something like this : )

  • Sarah

    My 7 year old daughter LOVES Star Wars too. She had a Star Wars party last year and I ended up taking a picture of her in her Leia costume to BJs and having a photo cake made because it was so hard to find anything girls and Star Wars. Maybe we should have an all girls Star Wars playdate here in Raleigh and we can show them the demand.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      Star Wars girls unite!

  • Ali Forsberg

    Check out Karen Hallion’s shirts. She’s an artist and does lots of Star Wars shirts.

    http://www.teefury.com/people/profile/view/id/98875
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/khallion?ga_search_query=star%2Bwars

    She actually attends a lot of the conventions as well.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      such good stuff!

  • Laurie Williams

    TeePublic prints pop culture shirts in kids sizes and usually a choice of colors. They have a huge Star Wars themed designs. Many are mash up with other franchises, but awesome choices. TeePublic.com My daughters love Star Wars but would sometimes be teased for wearing “boy’s shirts” Come on people. Star Wars has universal appeal. 🙂
    Happy shopping.
    Laurie Williams mom of 3 Star Wars fanatics. Kyle 16, Keira 11, and Kayleigh 8.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      I love it!

  • http://www.meatballsmith.blogspot.com Becca

    Try https://www.heruniverse.com/brands/star-wars.html ! They’ve got some stuff. Think geek does too and their adult small runs sooo tiny that it would easily fit her.

    • http://theholdernessfamily.com pennternet

      good stuff!

  • http://n/a Jenna

    Check out Hanna Anderson’s Star Wars collection at: http://www.hannaandersson.com/category.aspx?id=sleepwear_star+wars%26trade%3b.

  • Julie Newcomb

    My daughter will be 11 June 13th and she LOVES all things Star Wars (and girlie stuff as well)! In 2013 for Halloween she was a girl Darth Vader. They had the cutest costume at Halloween Express or something like that here in Greensboro. it was a fitted top with a short skirt that came out with crinoline under it. ADORBS. PS. I am good friends with Gillian Goodman. I think she is the Mr’s cousin? Or maybe her husband Rob is your cousin? Anywho… 🙂

  • http://fitfunfreedom.com Alison

    Oh my goodness, we have the same problem! My 7yo daughter loves Star Wars and Darth Vader too! (“Mom, he’s not bad, he’s just misunderstood.”) She has cried many tears over the awesome shirts she sees at Target and just can’t bring herself to buy because, like you said, “They’re boy shirts, Mom. I can’t wear a boy shirt.” It’s so lame that no one makes cute girlie SW stuff that isn’t crazy expensive (given how fast they’ll outgrow it).

  • http://www.karmenskrazy.blogspot.com Karmen M.

    Try etsy. My friend makes star wars skirts for her daughters. Her business name is sweet home boutiques if she doesn’t have star wars merch on there just message her.

  • Leah Duncan

    Try Pinterest! I have a 9 yr old girl that is the same way she Loves Star Wars. She wants to see the new movie on Christmas before she opens her presents lol! We order shirts online that way we are not in the boys section at the store. She will match it with a skirt so she still get that girly side in. Since I am not a person who can sew we piece things together. Last year we pieced together a Princess Darth Vader Costume.

  • http://www.hazelbasil.com Hazel

    Not sure if someone has posted this already, but http://www.heruniverse.com/ has women of all ages and sizes clothes

  • http://www.nowhere.com Fiona

    But… What makes those jammies ‘for boys’? I’d say nothing but your attitudes, really! Do you really want your daughters to believe that pink for girls but not red?! Or that stripes are ‘not for girls’?
    Lola’s room is great, her jammies are great… Why teach her to feel dissatisfied with her taste and choices?

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/thebluebobbin Shannon

    Have you seen http://www.pigtailpals.com ? Nothing star wars but the founder is passionate about having equally great and empowering toys and clothes for boys and girls. Good luck on your hunt for star wars stuff! Stay strong, Lola! Girls are totally supposed to like star wars 🙂

  • Jessica

    Lands end has some great cool science shirts in their girls section. a lot of them glow in the dark. Say NASA Crew, diagram of a space station etc. but are cut for girls and in the girls section

  • Andrea

    Love your blog and videos…

    The solution to your problem is an easy one…

    Go to Tee 2 You on Facebook or tee3yougens on Instagram. You will find exactly what you are looking for. Upcycled or new threads put on whatever girly it you want. Find a Star Wars tshirt or fabric item you like, send it to Jen at Tee 2 You and she will customize it onto a new item. Think Darth Vader on the back of a pink hoody, R2D2 on the front of a tank or a stormtrooper on a trucker hat or bleached out flannel. The choices are endless because you decide. No one easier to work with than Jen at Tee 2 you. I guarantee you’ll be ordering all of your holiday gifts from Tee 2 You. Let me know….

  • http://www.upworthy.com/tired-of-stereotypical-girls-clothes-these-women-did-something-about-it-then-banded-together?c=ufb1 Jamie Wilson
  • http://www.modcloth.com Jamie Wilson

    And ModCloth has Star Wars themed purses!

  • Chelsea

    It’s amazing how many girls out there like “boy stuff” and the companies have not yet understood that it’s PEOPLE STUFF, not “boy stuff.” And vice versa. We are complex–give the people what they want!

  • Chelsea

    I second Hanna Andersson! My (almost) 4yr old daughter Felicity LOVES Darth Vader too! She’s got pink striped Darth Vader PJs, ones that have a scene from Darth Vader’s Little Princess on the shirt (and heart pants!) They’ve started to be pretty awesome about making them for everyone. I’m SO happy to know there are other Darth Vader loving girls!

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  • Elizabeth Cole Walker

    I am 41 years old and vividly remember wearing boys R2D2 underroose as a little girl. I also had batman and pretended to be bat girl. Oddly enough I did have a Mork and Mindi bathing suit for girls that had Mork’s suspenders. No real busines sense even in early 80’s! Good luck on your quest, but don’t let intended gender of a product suppress your fun!

  • Abby Geismar

    Zulily. I have found multiple Star Wars shirts for girls, some are for women but make great night-shirts. Whenever they do a Star Wars themed ‘shop’….they’ll have stuff for girls too. The same for Harry Potter themed clothing. It’s where we get shirts for my 9 year old (also SW obsessed). It can take weeks and weeks to arrive, but at least you can count on finding something Lola would like.

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