Justice Might Make Me Go Blind.

by Risa Green


Over the course of the last two weeks, my daughter and I have been preparing for her to go to sleepaway camp. We’ve ordered labels, we’ve bought toiletries, we’ve stamped and addressed envelopes, and, most importantly, we’ve gone clothes shopping. I love shopping with my daughter. She’s a clothes horse (a chip off the old block) and she looks great in everything she puts on (and knows it). But because she has to wear a uniform to school every day, we don’t shop for her all that often, which makes the times we do shop really fun and special for us both. But this time, our shopping trip was a little different than it’s been in past years.


I suggested that we start off at Target for some of the basics, and then round things out over at Gap Kids, like we usually do each summer. But my daughter was not having it, and instead insisted that the only acceptable store at which to shop is Justice. If you are not familiar with Justice, there are only two things you need to know in order to understand it: 1) Sequins and 2) Zebra Stripes. So the next time you see a little eight year-old girl walking around in a silver and black sequined, zebra-striped cap, a hot pink tee-shirt with a zebra-striped heart on it and black and white zebra-striped detachable sleeves, you can feel confident in assuming that her ensemble came from Justice, and also that she is probably my daughter.


No matter how much I argued that sequins were not exactly practical for overnight camp, my daughter argued back that EVERYONE wears this stuff to camp. (I didn’t bother asking how she could possibly know this, considering that she had not yet even been to overnight camp). But then my daughter made the further argument that if she does not wear Justice to overnight camp, everyone will laugh at her. Ahhhh, I thought. So that’s what’s going on. We’ve got a third party shopping with us, and it’s name is Self-Conscious. Well, I thought. Nice to meet you, S.C. I was wondering when you would finally arrive.


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Like you, I too first believed that they were over priced but I soon learned their clothing is actually very reasonably priced. In fact, I purchased about $2000.00's worth of clothes for about $150.00 back with their winter clearance and additional 40%. I am still super proud of that.lol Anyways, on to how to get cheap clothes through Justice. They have a 40% off of the entire store almost continually, all you have to do is sign up for their little news letter. They usually clearance and sale their clothes continually and you can use the 40% on top of the clearance and sale prices. So, all in all they are quite reasonable. I have found I can pick their clothes up cheaper than Wal-Mart or Target in fact. I like to buy my children the clothing they want and if I can do so at the same price then I figure why not. Everyone likes to like what they are wearing and I find my daughter takes better care of her clothes if she likes it.


what about the simple fact that price of clothes @ Justice is out of this world. I have a daughter (age 10) who is a clothes horse - unlike me - but i make her look at the prices and ask her if she had to pay for it - would she... that makes her think twice about the $25 T-shirt from Justice vs. the $10 T-shirt from Target or Wal-Mart. I know and remember the days of dressing like everyone else in high school- aka Benneton and Guess? ... but my mother refused to pay more than $20 for a pair of jeans... and a $80 sweater was out of the question... anything i wanted i had to pay for. I suggest she appreciate the value and expense before she tells you how mortified she will be for not being cool. its not COOL to spend $25 for a T-shirt that will be filthy by the time camp is over. :)


My daughter is also going to camp for the first time and the word I got from moms is to expect everything to be extremely dirty. So I'm actually sending T-shirts that never get worn because they are exactly what you'd wear at summer camp. Ask your daughter how she'd feel about her clothes getting really dirty and whether she still wants to take them. But I also remember the S.C. time of life.


I have many friends who have young daughters (myself having a boy who only cares for jeans and Tshirts) and these mothers do not entertain such issues.

As long as the payment of such clothing for their daughters is coming out of pocket from their own finances and thus the daughters require parental accompaniment to the store; the final clothing decision rests with the parent!

I can even go farther in stating that I know of a few mothers (family members included) who do not even "take" their daughters shopping with them...There is a general idea of what is needed in the clothing inventory and the appropriate size and budgeted items are purchased and taken home to the closet!

The malls and stores are marketing for too many young children to "dictate" to their parents of what they should purchase instead of parents making those decisions based on budget, age and appropriateness for the occassion.

Best advice...remember...you are the parent!

Perhaps once these daughters have obtained the means for themselves to purchase a portion of their own clothing or become independent of parent finances, so may these young ladies have obtained a respect and understanding for clothing shopping.


As my friends whom have daughters continually say to their daughters (I have a son who only cares about bluejeans and Tshirts)....

If Mommy and/or Daddy are buying it...it is what "we" wish to buy for you! What parents find reasonable, within budget and within their code of dress which is reasonable for that particular age.

Dependent on the age of the daughter, I know many mothers who "dont" even take their daughters to the mall to get clothes, the size and style are chosen by the parent on an independent shopping trip.

Perhaps, once these daughters reach the age where they earn their own disposable income or become independent of the parents' wallets, then they will have adapted a true understanding and appreciation of clothes shopping and what is appropriate for such occassions.

Remember, you are the parent!